Using a film camera can be a rewarding experience, especially in these days of modern digital technology. For those who prefer film and lets face it only high end digital camera's come anywhere close to a good quality film SLR.
First lets look at what type of camera you are after.
- Medium Format
The above camera's cover different needs to the buyer. For the beginner a Rangefinder camera is the way to start. Lets look a a few good qualities about this camera and things to look for when purchasing.
- Simple to use
- Manual operation
Look for scratches on the lens and body defects such as missing buttons or levers.
For a more experienced photographer a SLR ( single lens reflex )camera may be more appropriate. Benifits include but limited to
- Greater flexabilty in taking photo's
- Interchangable lens
- In built light meters ( on newer models)
- Manual or Programable functions
Ask for detailed photo's on the item. A visual inspection will normally show up defects. Try to stay away from camera's that have been dropped. SLR camera's are have tiny parts that can be damaged by mishandling.
For a experienced photographer or just to try something different, medium format camera's are the next choice.There a several different sizes. These are the more popular sizes.
- 4 x 6
- 6 x 7
Medium format camera's are becoming less exspensive to buy as proffesional photographers head towards digital to compete in their industry. What does this mean to us the consumer.
- More affordable
- Better quality equipment
- Ideal starting point to seriously take up this fine hobby
Most importantly be sure to ask your seller to provide detailed photographs of any equipment to are interested in.
A good seller will always provide this and any infomation relating to the product they are selling.
With ALL secondhand camera's dents, scratches , dust , fungus can seriously affect the camera's performance.
Last but not least enjoy your new camera and keep the medium of film alive.