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The Best First Film Camera for Any Shooter

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It’s one of the questions we’re asked most often here at CP, across our social media accounts, and through our online shop. Every day, new shooters and experienced digital photographers ask us to help them choose their first film camera.

It’s not an easy task. Often we don’t know the shooter’s goals, experience level, or budget. What we do know, is that there’s a film camera out there for everyone. They just need to find it!

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of recommended cameras for people looking to buy their first film camera. From totally inexperienced shooters to those seeking the ultimate film camera, we’ve taken the time to curate a list that’ll help any first-time film shooter find the film camera that’s right for them. We’ve even included links to our full reviews where applicable!

We should add that there are many more cameras out there that could’ve made this list. We tried to focus on cameras we’ve reviewed.

Check out the list, and if you’re a veteran film shooter let us know in the comments which camera was your first!

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Minolta MD 50mm ƒ/1.4 – The Ultimate Standard Legacy Lens?

With the runaway success of today’s mirror-less digital cameras has come another photo gear boom. And while the products in question are neither new nor novel, they’re essential and seem almost tailor-made to the mirror-less machine. We’re talking about legacy lenses. With impressive performance and value, legacy lenses have become a real passion for more and more in-the-know shooters.

And it’s easy to see why. Cameras like Sony’s A7 and Fujifilm’s X-Series have never looked better than when fitted with a classic, manual-focus lens. These modern, mirror-less marvels provide a perfect platform for the stylish and technically masterful lenses of yesteryear.

But with so many brands and models stretching back more than fifty years, which is the lens to choose? Especially in the standard 50mm focal length, the sheer quantity of available glass can be pretty overwhelming.

So, today we’ll make a case for what may just be the very best standard, 50mm legacy lens. With an ideally balanced combination of performance, build quality, versatility, and price, this lens is the perfect complement to your new mirror-less camera or classic film SLR.

It’s Minolta’s MD 50mm ƒ/1.4, and if you’ve been looking for the best legacy fifty, you may have met your match.

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5 Great Film Cameras Under $100

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These days, film cameras are a dime a dozen, and while they may not be as alluring as the newest mirror-less marvel from Sony, they’re definitely worth owning. Not convinced? Well if their natural full-frame quality, bulletproof construction, and undeniable hipster cachet hasn’t won you over, consider the fact that just a few decades ago these machines were being used by every single professional photographer and photojournalist in the world to capture everything from product photos to war-zones, portraits to moon landings. Yes, film cameras have been to the moon. And you haven’t. Show some respect.

What’s the downside? There are too many. In less than ten minutes shopping online, a would-be film shooter can come away with an astounding number of pro-spec options. With this many machines to choose from, selecting the right camera can be pretty overwhelming. I think that’s why it’s one of the questions that most frequently trips me up: “Hey, what camera should I buy if I want to shoot film?” For ten minutes I yammer on about the pros and cons of twenty different machines, leaving the asker more confused than before the question was asked.

My typically fumbling response springs from the knowledge that every camera has its own suite of strengths and weaknesses; the same attribute that might make a camera ideal for one person could make it problematic for another. Choosing the right camera depends greatly on answering the question, “What are my shooting habits and preferences?” With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of five all-around excellent film cameras, and included the type of photographer for whom each would work best.

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A Curated List of Black Friday & Cyber Monday Camera Deals

BLACK FRIDAYIt’s that time of year again. Christmas is less than a month away, and soon everyone will be trying their damnedest to prise open your wallet and relieve you of your hard-earned cash.

The bastards.

It can be tricky to navigate the world of costly photo gear at the best of times, but add the bombardment of sales that comes with the holidays and differentiating the deals from the steals becomes even harder.

To lower the noise level and cut through the hype, we’ve compiled a nicely curated list consisting of only the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals available to photophiles this year. We’ve taken the time to parse them out, and separate the wheat from the chaff. Rest assured that if you’re looking for the best deals on camera gear you’ll find it here, just below the break.

The list will be updating throughout the holiday and the weekend, so check back often, as retailers continue to announce sales.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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How to Use Macro Close-Up Lens Filters

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Are you interested in macro photography but not so interested in shelling the clams to pay for a specialized macro lens? Or maybe you’re not interested in lugging around another big hunk of glass that’ll only come out of your camera bag once a month? The feeling is familiar, but so is the drive that pushes photographers to want to capture every angle of the world around them. For those would-be macro shooters who are striving for a coexistence of budget, laziness, and passion, there may be a simple solution: Close-up lens sets.

Suffering from something of a bad reputation in the past, these close-up lenses aren’t as bad as many would claim. Sometimes called “close-up filters”, consider them to be a magnifying glass for your camera. They screw onto the filter thread of any lens, and can effectively diminish the lens’ minimum focus distance to allow super-close macro shooting. They’re extremely inexpensive and completely capable. Portable, cheap, and well-made, close-up lens sets are a truly viable alternative to the dedicated macro lens.

Read on to discover the pros and cons of close-up lenses, how to use them, and where to buy them. Before long you’ll be snapping shots of insects fit for National Geographic.*

*Your macro photo results may vary. Your shots will likely not be published by National Geographic, or by any other publication, or enjoyed by anyone anywhere.

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