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Could you recommend a 35mm film camera with a bright viewfinder?

Discussion in 'Film and Vintage Forum' started by Grizelda, Dec 22, 2017.

  1. Grizelda

    Grizelda New Member

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    Could you recommend a 35mm film camera body for me? On a whim I bought an Asahi Spotmatic II but I find the viewfinder almost impossible to use - for my eyes it is too dark for accurate focusing under anything but ideal conditions with a fast lens.
     
  2. tenchy

    tenchy Rain maker Administrator

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    Aren't all through the lens film cameras bright, depending on the max aperture of the lens of course? Long time since I looked through mine I must admit.
     
  3. welly

    welly New Member

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    Hi Olympus viewfinders are very good but most higher end SLR s will have good viewfinders
     
  4. MannyPhesto

    MannyPhesto Member

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    Minolta X-570 viewfinders are big and bright. It’s also a phenomenal camera.
     
  5. Jim Garten

    Jim Garten Member

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    Are you looking for manual focus or AF?

    If AF, the Nikon F50 is a great camera to use and a good bright viewfinder
     
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  6. Phill104

    Phill104 Old Hand Premium Member

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    Do you have any lenses in your current digital setup?
     
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    Newbandit Always on

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    If you are struggling with your eye sight, as said AF would be a huge help
     
  8. Andy 0

    Andy 0 Always on Premium Member

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    Some of the professional level cameras did have interchangable focus mattes, many of which would add a stop of brightness to the viewfinder.

    I think it's a function of the camera internals, the mattes, prism and mirror quality. I have some really low-quality film SLRs from the Russian/low end Japanese stable of the 70s and I've found the viewfinders can be quite variable even between identical models of camera with the same lens.

    Might be worth giving it a quick clean-up, a few layers of finger-prints, a bit of cigarette ash and pocket fluff in these cameras can cause things to go 'dim.'
     

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