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Hello! Need Film Advice

Discussion in 'Film and Vintage Forum' started by jeffv145, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. jeffv145

    jeffv145 New Member

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    Hello, my name is Jeff and I'm from Minnesota. I like analog tech (music mostly) but would like to get back into shooting film. I haven't used a film camera since the early 2000s, and would like to get back into it. I used to use a nice (older) Cannon which my dad used in college while studying photojournalism. I would love to get an old Pentax or Cannon, but I have a lot to learn. I am fine with buying used, but I need to make sure that I can still get film. I have three primary questions:

    1. What are some good options for quality modern/new old stock cameras/film?
    2. What is the most affordable way (besides disposable) to start shooting film?
    3. What is the best way to have film developed these days
     
  2. gaelldew

    gaelldew Always on Premium Member

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    Welcome to the forum Jeff.
     
  3. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    Hiya Jeff and welcome to the forum.
     
  4. DonS

    DonS Stuck in Toronto Moderator

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    I moved this to Film and Vintage since it was asking about film and the right people are more like to see it.
     
  5. MikeB

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    35mm and 120 film are the easiest to find and there are a lot of used cameras to be found in both categories. The least expensive approach is to get a used 35mm camera for which lenses are still available - Canon EOS and Nikon top my list, others are available. In choosing a camera, consider getting the more recent models available. You don't need a lot of dodads, menus, or buttons, just basic exposure control. Older cameras can be great fun but issues with mechanics, shutter material, light seals, battery type, repair, etc. are more prevalent as the camera gets older. If you are happy shooting black and white, the best way to have film developed is to do it yourself - it's faster, cheaper, and you will learn more about taking photos as well as processing them. There are plenty of companies that process B&W, fewer that can process color.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I spent an hour or so learning about Holga cameras, which have me interested. They seem care free and beginner friendly. What do I need to develop B/W film at my home? Is there anywhere online to buy film or have it developed? Thanks a ton.
     
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    Lots of stuff on the web. Full explanations for developing b&w film at home.
     
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    I still use film. There are plenty of places which will develop colour and black and white online. I pay £2.99 or 3.99 for a film to be developed, then scan it myself. I suspect it will look be similarly easy in USA.
     

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