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Five Best Medium Format Cameras for Beginners

5 best medium format film camerasIt happens to the best of us. At some point in the photographic journey, every photo geek is going to run into a wall. Things get stale; you’ve plateaued. You’ve been shooting the same subjects with the same camera for too many years, and there’s no way to avoid the truth that you’re getting bored with photography.

But it doesn’t have to stay this way. There are things we can do to stave off the inevitable onset of photographic ennui. Traveling, shooting with friends or alone, and taking a break from the camera are all useful tools in the toolbox of every happy photographer.

But if you’ve tried all this and you’re still finding yourself a bit distracted, a bit blasé about this whole photography thing, the problem may just rest with your format. Crop sensors? Full-frame? 35mm film? Get real. That stuff is so dull, and puny, and pathetic. You need a bigger format! You need something with depth and charisma! You need to shoot medium format.

But with so many cameras to choose from, how do you know which is right for you?

It’s cool. We’ve got you covered.

Here’s a list of five excellent medium format film cameras for shooters new to the vast frontier of medium format.

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The Best First Film Camera for Any Shooter

how to choose first film camera

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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5 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras – Part 2

Leica Minilux point and shoot 35mm film camera 2

A while back, we published a rather popular list of some of our favorite point-and-shoot film cameras. We made it pretty clear that our list was just a small sampling of the amazing machines out there. Even so, many of you chimed in with your favorite models that we may have overlooked.

We loved the response, so to thank our readers for their enthusiasm, we’re bringing another list of five super slick point-and-shoots.

Like the previous five, these machines are remarkable exemplars of thoughtful design and optical capability. They’re affordable, well-made, and easy to use, and they’re machines that any photophile would be happy to have in their hot little hands.

So let’s get to it. Here are five more amazing point and shoot film cameras.

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Rollei B 35 – Camera Review

Rolle B35 Camera Review 7

I get the word from a friend at the very last minute; a seat’s opened up to see the Boston Bruins on home ice, but I’d need to leave immediately and meet him on Causeway with only minutes to spare. There will definitely be rush-hour traffic. It’ll be a loud, crazy night in the middle of the work-week, and I won’t be getting home ‘till 1:00 am. I sit there and ponder whether or not it’s worth the hassle, but then I catch myself and instead start pondering when it happened that I became so old. The ticket’s free, I haven’t been to a game in over a year, and the seats are ice-level! There’s no way I’m missing this.

Grabbing my phone, wallet, keys, etc., I realize it’s been too long since I reviewed a camera, and some ice-level shots at the Garden promise an interesting backdrop. I take a look at the pile of cameras waiting to be tested, and pick out a tiny 35mm film camera by Rollei, the B35. It’s a nice fit. Pocketable and discreet, it’s the perfect camera for casual snapshots, and the kind of camera that won’t distract me from the game. I grab it, load it up with film, stash it in my pocket, and head out the door.

By the end of the game, I’m wishing I had spent a little more time deciding which camera to bring. While the Rollei B35 isn’t a terrible camera, it’s a finicky tool made for a certain type of shooting. Capturing 200 lbs. athletes firing a black, rubber disc at 110 MPH is definitely not what the designers had in mind. Out of the 24 exposures, only two are worth keeping. Days later I’ve adjusted my shooting to suit the camera, and a second roll of film produces a better ratio of keepers. But even so, these shots are far from amazing.

Is the B35 a bad camera? I’m not ready to say that. But I wouldn’t argue too vehemently with someone who does. Still, it has its charm, I suppose. Continue Reading

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