Introduction to 35mm Film CamerasOur first of three film camera format posts (35mm, medium format, large format)...
Chances are, if you have been into photography for more than 5-8 years, then you have shot 35mm before. 35mm was the standard for both at-home picture taking (vacations, snapshots, etc), and for learning the basics of photography on. If you have joined the photography world, whether for hobby or career in the last couple of years and went straight to digital, then this post if for you.
|Canon Rangefinder IIs, without lens|
|Nikon (AF) F4S|
If you're interested in shooting 35mm and have no prior camera gear, then there's a few things you will need to ask yourself before trying to figure out which system to start on. Do you want a more manual or more automatic camera (and focus)? What is your price range? Do you already have a system that may have compatible lenses and accessories (such as Nikon or Canon AF)?
|Contax T2 (AF point and shoot)|
I asked a few other people around here what their recommendations were, and they were: (Also more K1000 recommendations), Canon AE1, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon FG, and Minolta SRT series.
If you have been around 35mm for awhile and want to move up, Leica is typically considered the 35mm elite, as the cameras are better quality and much more expensive.
So, thinking about picking up 35mm yet? Consider all the "pros": it's easily transportable, affordable (and affordable as a second system, no need to ditch your digital!), aids in learning and mastering manual photographic principles, can produce an authentic "vintage feel" without the digital manipulation, the film is available and easy to find. Most manual 35mm systems are also far less delicate that digital systems and have less electronics (or none) to worry about failing or becoming damaged. Unlike with digital, you also don't have to worry about charging the batteries constantly (but do occasionally check the batteries to make sure they are still good and not corroded). And what some digi. users may consider a con, but most film enthusiasts consider a pro is that you must be more selective of what photos you are taking since you are more limited on space.
35mm brands and categories (browse on KEH.com)
Canon EOS (AF)
Canon Manual Focus
Contax G Series
Contax N Series
Minolta Manual Focus
Nikon Manual Focus
Pentax Manual Focus
Tamron Adaptall (35mm Lenses)
+ many other 35mm miscellaneous and collectibles