35mm Film Cameras for Under £50

We've all seen 35mm film camera prices getting higher and higher over the years. It's become harder to find cheap cameras to try out 35mm film photography with. So we put together this guide to share with you the best 35mm film cameras you can get for under £50. 

Reminder: all of our cameras come with a roll of film, free UK postage, and more.

35mm film camera on a map - budget 35mm film cameras

Why should I try 35mm film photography?

A lot of photographers prefer using a 35mm film camera over a digital one. Compared to digital cameras, film cameras are much simpler to use. They can also be a lot lighter and more compact than digital SLR cameras.

With a 35mm film camera, you’re forced to be more thoughtful and deliberate about each frame. It’s a great exercise that’ll help you grow as a photographer. 35mm film cameras are a great option for beginners who are looking to experiment with film photography and also to elevate their skills with photography and how to use camera settings. 

Film photographs are more true to life as film filters the light in a more organic way and as you see it in real life. The colours, shadows, and tones capture the world accurately and you'll always be impressed by how your memories are captured. Oftentimes, you take a photo with your phone and think "well that looks nowhere near as beautiful as it does in real life", film photography could be the answer to this problem for you!

If you are new to 35mm film photography, we recommend reading these posts.

How much do 35mm film cameras cost?

Film photography can be quite expensive, and if you are looking to just try it out to start with, you don't want to spend lots of money on a 35mm film camera. Or, you may be looking for a cheap 35mm film camera to take on holiday or to a festival - because it will no doubt end up on the floor at some point. Or, you may be looking for a 35mm film camera for a friend for their birthday. 

In that case, you don't want to spend £300 on a top of the range 35mm film camera. 

Most point and shoot film cameras (the compact ones) cost around £80-120. Most SLR 35mm film cameras cost around £150-250.

If you are looking for a budget 35mm film camera, we've put together this list of cameras we have for under £50. 

And the bonus is, they come with everything you need to get started - 35mm film, batteries, a cheat sheet, film developing discount, and more!

Olympus Pen EES-2 cameras

We always aim to have at least one camera available for under £50 on our website. If what you are looking for is out of stock, you can sign up for a back in stock alert on the product page.

35mm Film Cameras Under £50

Okay, that's enough talking! Here is our list of 35mm film cameras for under £50.

We offer a couple of beginner sets that are ideal for people who are new to film photography. The sets we offer include a simple 35mm film camera, a roll of film, cheat sheet, and more. 

Here are some other point and shoot film cameras available for under £50:

And if your budget can stretch just a little...

Still stuck on which film camera to buy?

Try our film camera quiz. All you have to do is answer a few questions, and then you will get a list of personalised camera recommendations. 

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Our goal as a 35mm film camera shop is to make film photography accessible and easy for people to pick up as a new hobby. We have lots of blog posts to help you find the perfect camera, or to learn more about 35mm film photography.

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Max, owner of Cameras By Max

Article written by: Max

Max is the owner of Cameras By Max. They work full-time repairing and refurbishing all the 35mm film cameras you see on the website. Their favourite camera (at the moment) is the Olympus XA, and their favourite city in the world is Edinburgh.


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