Back to School CamerasOur picks for great "back to school" cameras or great starter cameras, all fall into the 35mm film camera category. These are basic and classic, and great systems to learn photography on. Why start on one of these as opposed to digital? The reason is, shooting digital allows people to too easily rely on automatic functions such as focus, metering, aperture, and shutter speed controls. By shooting on a manual system, it can build up your photographic knowledge and skills by starting at the beginning and allowing you to slow down and understand how and why the different controls are working. Not only is this important if you want to do anything within photography professionally, but it will also help to take your photography much further in general by providing you with the knowledge to apply to any other format you choose to shoot in, including medium format and digital.
All of these cameras have manual control settings such as manual shutter speeds, apertures, ISOs, metering, and even focusing. They also all include a hot shoe on top of the prism for an optional flash attachment. Along with having full control over your settings with these cameras, they are simple, sturdy, and super affordable.