We’ve all seen those aesthetically pleasing photos on Instagram or Pinterest, how they all seem like they were taken 20 years ago, giving that ’90s to early 2000s feel. Using film cameras to shoot photos has been an ongoing trend on social media, and you might even wanna try it out yourself. However, getting into film photography for the first time can be quite intimidating – that’s why it’s important to choose the best film cameras so that you can start developing your own analogue snaps!
What to look for
There aren’t too many camera manufacturers that are still making brand-new film cameras these days, so most people will opt for used/vintage film cameras – it’s part of the experience! Chances are, if you’re looking to buy a film camera, you probably wouldn’t mind a few scratches and specks. It’s part of the history, after all. It’s what makes each film camera unique! However, there are still a few companies that manufacture film cameras to this day. Plus, if you’ve done your research, or you’ve been following some gen Z influencer’s Instagram, you’ve probably heard of disposable cameras. They’re basically a one-time-use film camera that can’t be reloaded with new film. So, depending on what you’re looking for, and your budget, there are a ton of film cameras that are easy-to-use and can help you produce your desired shots. Here are some beginner-friendly film cameras that you can consider getting:
Beginner friendly cameras
This is one of the best overall film cameras for beginners thanks to its functionality and price point. CANON AE-1 is a Single-Lens-Reflex camera with automatic exposure and a focal plane shutter that lets you switch lenses. So, you’re just starting out photography, and you’re not familiar with shooting manually… this camera allows you to take pictures effortlessly with its automatic function. And since it includes an internal light meter, it provides you with the option to shoot manually as well.
This is one of the smallest and lightest 35mm single-lens reflex cameras that you can find out there. This is also another great option for beginners since it’s not as pricey as the other ones. But don’t be fooled by its simplistic look, since it also offers more advanced settings that you can experiment with. However, due to its small and lightweight figure, it’s not that durable compared to the other models and could get easily damaged if proper care is not taken.
Known as one of the best point-and-shoot cameras out there, this compact film camera is definitely in style right now. This is all due its durable (thanks to its hard plastic shell) and rugged look; and you can bring it anywhere. Though the controls are relatively quite simple, it still provides amazing results. The only downfall of this camera is that there’s no autofocus, but you can change the focus distance with the switch at the front.
Canon Sure Shot Supreme
Another affordable alternative that still produces amazing shots, the Canon Sure Shot Supreme is an easy to use and basic point and shoot camera with a great lens and autofocus. It’s a perfect gateway into film photography! Like the Olympus XA2, it has very simple settings, but also some good features that offer a variety of ways to make using the camera fun and exciting.
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