A Film Photographer Gives His Opinion on Which Film Camera You Should Buy


If you think there are too many options today when considering buying a digital camera, spare a thought for those interested in buying a film camera. Luckily, this video can give those new to the format a better idea of ​​what’s on offer.

There are a plethora of film cameras to choose from, as the technology hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years and older models are still functional. From the old medium format to brand new 35mm rangefinders, the options are almost endless, and that’s just another reason why the format can seem almost impenetrable for beginners. This video by Willem Verbeeck will hopefully clear up some things for those who are a bit unsure. Even if you’re familiar with 35mm, but might want to try medium format, Verbeeck uses his own experiences to give an honest opinion on how someone might make a final decision on a new film camera. .

Aside from functionality, resolution, and depth of field, probably one of the most important things to consider is aspect ratio. As Verbeeck explains in the video, he doesn’t like the square format very much, but that might be exactly what someone else is looking for. Ultimately though, if you’re new to film photography and on a budget my personal advice would be to get yourself a cheap 35mm to test out if you’re really into the process then you can think about the medium format. And, for me at least, it’s a process worth exploring. Despite all the pretentious debate about which is better (digital or film), my personal opinion is that it comes down to your own wants and needs. Do what makes you happy; the rest will follow.


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