There is no doubt that the film revival is here to stay. Whilst it is unlikely that film will ever become a mainstream commercial medium again, many photographers are returning to or taking up film photography by purchasing a film camera and there are many reasons for this.
Some like the look and grain of film.
Some like the challenge of shooting and not seeing the image until it is developed,
Others just love the feel of an old camera.
The question is, what film camera should you buy? The second-hand market is awash with some incredible cameras. Cameras that would have cost a king’s ransom twenty years ago can be bought for less than the price of a kit lens.
Today we are going to suggest some excellent cameras to get you back into film. This list is by no means exhaustive but the cameras here are affordable, reliable and still generally available on the second-hand market.
The Second-Hand Film Camera Market
If you are looking for a camera that will really take you back to basics, the FM2 is the one for you. Rugged, durable and completely manual, the FM2 was an iconic professional film camera from the 70’s and 80’s.
It boasted a revolutionary vertical shutter that could shoot at up to 1/4000th and could even sync flash at 1/2000th. There was an excellent light meter but no automatic exposure modes and the camera was entirely mechanical.
If you are already a Nikon shooter, most non-G lenses will work on the FM2 due to Nikon’s famed backwards compatibility.
A Manual Marvel. The FM2 will take you back to basics. By Marcos André
One of the biggest selling film cameras of all time the AE1 was a beautiful film camera to hold and to work with. It featured an electronic shutter giving speeds up to 1/1000th with manual or shutter priority modes.
The AE1 used the Canon FD mount lenses, plenty of which are available on the secondhand market even today. You can also buy adapters to convert your current full frame EF lenses to fit the AE1.