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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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Five Best Cameras for Photography Students

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There’s a certain question that I get asked virtually every single day. People need to know what camera they should buy for their upcoming high school or college photography class. It’s a great question, and one that I’m always happy to answer, as it means that someone’s about to begin a process of discovery that often grows into a lifelong passion for the medium.

After fielding this question three times today, I’ve put together a quick article showcasing what I believe are five of the very best cameras for new students of photography. These cameras provide everything that most high school teachers and college professors insist their students’ cameras offer, while being affordable, quality machines.

Take a look, pick the one that suits you best, and get shooting!

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10 Holiday Gifts for Photo Geeks

10 holiday gifts for photo geeks

The holidays are here, and you’ve got a photographer on your shopping list. At the best of times, this can be a daunting task; camera enthusiasts are seriously picky about their gear. But this isn’t just any shopping trip. No, ho, ho. This is a holiday shopping trip.

You’re in for a torturous voyage to the very deepest pits of hell. You’ll languish in parking lots engorged with SUVs, contend with frantic shoppers bitterly jockeying for the latest widget, and idly fester in checkout lines that make the Motor Vehicle Registry feel like a springtime stroll along the Seine.

And when you emerge from the other side of this excruciating ordeal, does the picky photo geek on your shopping list appreciate what you’ve gone through? Hardly. Instead, you’re reluctantly informed that the camera bag you bought doesn’t quite have enough padding, and that the lens cleaner you bought would be perfect, if only it were the correct PH balance.

Man, photo geeks are annoying.

But if you think the picky photog on your list deserves something other than coal, here’s a curated list of the best holiday gifts for photo enthusiasts that we’ve come across this year.

We’ve included something for every budget, so take a look, enjoy some inspiration, and shop from the comfort of home.

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5 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras – Part 2

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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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5 Best Japanese 35mm Film SLR Cameras

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The last time we compiled a “Top Five” list we were focused on the simple joy of point-and-shoot cameras. The automated nature of the five cameras we chose was perfect for those photo geeks interested in making beautiful photos with ease. But today we’re going to talk about something a bit different.

Today’s top five is all about vintage SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Back in their heyday, these machines were the diametric counterpoint to point-and-shoot cameras, and for more than half a century their robust construction and fully adjustable nature made them the choice of working photographers all over the world.

We know that experienced photophiles are already rolling their eyes, wondering how we could possibly distill the thousands of amazing SLR cameras into a list of only five. We understand, and we agree that there are too many fantastic SLRs to call this an all-encompassing list.

Instead, we’re here to present five of the very best vintage, Japanese SLRs. These machines are legendary, totally relevant today, and are so fantastic that were you to choose any one you can be assured of owning one of the best SLRs in the world. If you’re looking for the absolute expression of photographic engineering in the form of an SLR, you’ve come to the right place.

So sit back, relax, and check out our list of the five best 35mm film SLRs from the land of the rising sun. If by the end of this post you’re not ready to add to your collection… well… have someone check your pulse.

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