How to Find Your Perfect Film Camera
There are a few important questions to ask yourself when you are looking to buy either your first film camera or add something different to your collection.
1. Do you want something simple or something to learn photography with?
If you're looking for something simple to take pictures with quickly, we recommend a point and shoot, or a SLR with automatic settings. If you are looking for something to learn photography with, we recommend a SLR with automatic and manual settings. This means you can start off on automatic settings and start to use manual settings when you become more confident.
2. What will you be taking photos of?
You'll probably want to take pictures of lots of different things, however if you mainly want to take photos of a specific thing, this is what we recommend. For portraits, we recommend a camera with a focal length over 35mm. This is the number relating to how close you have to be to your subject. With SLRs, you can change the lens, and therefore change your focal length. With some point and shoots, you get a zoom, so you can change your focal length this way. If you want to take more photos of landscapes, or have a camera that is versatile for everything, we recommend something with a wide lens, or a focal length of between 24mm and 35mm.
3. Have you used cameras before?
If you're new to photography or haven't used a traditional camera before, we recommend keeping it really simple. Point and shoots typically control all the settings for you, and some SLRs also have fully automatic modes.
4. Do you want to use it everyday or occasionally?
Some SLRs are big to carry around with you everywhere. If you want something to fit in your pocket or bag and be with you on every adventure, a point and shoot may be your best option. There are some more compact SLRs like the Pentax ME Super or Pentax MV.
5. Are you going to take it with you when you travel?
You may not want to take a SLR travelling with you, as they are larger and can draw attention to you as a photographer. Point and shoots like the Olympus Trip or Olympus Pen were made for travellers and being on-the-go. They are compact and robust, with slightly more settings than a fully automatic point and shoot. You may also consider a half-frame camera, which takes two portrait shots on what would normally be one landscape shot, meaning you can get 72 shots on a 36-exposure roll of film.
These are just the basics in helping you to choose your first film camera. If you need more help or would like our professional advice, get in touch. We would love to help you find your perfect camera.