Despite the great number of modern photographers using digital cameras for their work, a large number of people still rely on the use of film cameras to produce desired images. Personally, I will always appreciate the incomparable texture and beauty of an image taken with film more than a digital photo. There are tons of film cameras around for use today, and they come in a wide variety of models. Here are ten that both professional and amateur photographers are still using to capture beautiful images.
10 Film Cameras Photographers Still Use Today
1. Canon AE-1
The Canon AE-1 was the first of many Canon SLR models, and is one of the most famous and widely bought film SLR cameras to date. Because of it’s current abundance, it’s possible to get one in really good condition for less than $50 on eBay. Although these 35mm cameras were generally purchased by amateur photographers because they’re inexpensive and easy to use, some of the controls and advanced accessories also appealed to a professional audience, making their popularity everlasting.
2. Nikon F3
The Nikon F3 is the longest running professional grade Nikon SLR. It is both universally popular and easily recognizable. This classic 35mm model is great for both beginners and seasoned photographers because it is easy to use and produces really great looking photos. Nikon released a few F3 model variants throughout the beginning of the 1980s, but none of their success was as lasting as the original F3 camera.
3. Polaroid 600
Although the popular phenomenon of shooting with Polaroid film is slowing tapering off, there are some photographers who still use and appreciate the art of instant film. Polaroids are definitely meant to be used when trying to shoot for a specific aesthetic–if you want a sharply focused film photo the Polaroid is not the way to go. It’s really meant for a more aged looking product. One of the biggest reasons why Polaroids keep selling even as their price goes up is because they’re a classic camera, and besides the lesser instant film cameras from Fujifilm and Kodak there’s really no camera around that can rival that special Polaroid aesthetic.
4. Contax T2
Point and shoots aren’t the camera to grab when you’re trying to get really focused, up close shots, but they are good for daily documentations. The Contax is probably the best camera to carry around with you every day. It is compact, convenient and takes really good photos.
5. Leica M3
The most successful of the M model series, the Leica M3 is the best selling Leica model of all time. A favorite among film cameras, the Leica should be a staple of every photographer’s collection. It’s compatible with every Leica lens, so once you get it you never have to worry about buying the wrong lens. Feel free to shoot all the amazing pictures you want with this one!6. Hasselblad 500C
The Hasselblad 500C is more expensive than the other cameras on the list, but with a Hasselblad you also know that you’re getting good quality. Because it’s a more professional grade camera it’s a smart investment, and it will definitely bring the owner years of great looking film.
7. Kiev 88
Similar to Hasselblad models, the Kiev 88 is considered a cheap alternative to the more intricate medium format cameras under the Hasselblad name. These Russian cameras sometimes get bad reviews, mainly in the 35mm models, but with the right love and care a medium format Kiev can give a photographer years of beautiful photos.
8. Olympus OM40
The OM40, ideal for most compositions, is the latest model of the Olympus OM series of cameras. If you’re looking for a reliable 35mm camera in the Olympus brand, this one is probably your best bet. A positive about this camera is its cheapness compared to a lot of other 35mm cameras in the market. The only downfall to the OM40 is the bulkiness of the body, but that’s easily forgotten once you start shooting.
9. Bronica SQ-A
This is a camera that isn’t built to fail. Often called a “workhorse,” this camera is used primarily for wedding and portrait photographers. It’s a cheaper solution to other medium format cameras, like the Hasselblad and Kiev, which makes it an obvious necessity in the collection of every photographer.
10. Pentax K-1000
The Pentax K-1000 is hugely significant in the history of photography. One of the highest 35mm sellers of all time, the Pentax has been noted for it’s reliability as well as it’s sturdiness. You know it must be a good camera if the manufacturers have bound it in leather. The camera works smoothly and easily, like every good film camera should.