life as an aspiring amateur
I discovered the film grain filter in CS4. Maybe I should just buy a film camera. What’s the best one?
There’s definitely a lot of options out there and of course it depends on how much you want to spend. For example a Leica M6 will be costly but you’ll also get a really amazing camera. You should also think about whether you want to go with a traditional film SLR or a rangefinder. I can’t say one is better than the other, they just use different mechanisms to shoot and focus. With that said, here are some film cameras that I’ve heard about/want:
Canon AE-1: This is a classic Canon film SLR that you can nab pretty cheap on ebay or Craigslist. It’s considered a good all around camera and ideal for beginners. It also uses manual Canon FD lenses, which is a classic line of canon lenses that were build remarkably well. Some of these FD lenses are considered legendary lenses. FD lenses shouldn’t be too hard to find nor very expensive. Here’s the Wikipage on the camera- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_AE-1
Here’s some info on FD lenses: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/canon/fdresources/fdlenses/index.htm
Canon 7: This is a classic Canon rangefinder film camera. Actually a model that I particularly like. It’s a another good, affordable camera but probably a little pricier than the AE-1 I mentioned above. Although this camera does not use FD type of lenses. You’ll have to find Canon rangefinder lenses for these and they might be pricier and harder to get than an FD lens. Also won’t have as many varieties of lenses as FD lenses. Here’s the Wikipage – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_7
Olympus XA: This is a compact film camera that I’ve been eyeing for sometime. It’s supposed to be a simple to use, small, rangefinder 35mm film camera that produces really sharp photos. Don’t make the mistake of buying the XA2, a simplified version of the XA. That camera doesn’t perform as well as the original XA, so I’ve heard. These cameras can be a little harder to track down. Ebay is typically your best best but it won’t be too costly to get.
Hope this helps! You could always borrow one of my two film cameras if you want to play for a few weeks. Let me know, yo.
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