Fro Film Project Episode #002 – Buying the right Film Camera

Now that I have started the FroFilmProject a lot of people have been asking what is a good starter film camera to buy? Let me start out by saying it’s not like trying to find the right digital camera. You don’t have to worry about megapixels or buffers or anything that you are used to.

What it comes down to is, does the camera accept lenses, does it have a working light meter, does the shutter work and can you set your settings manually. The film is going to generally expose the same in an expensive camera as it is in a cheap one. Again it comes down to GLASS GLASS GLASS x seven.

If you have never shot film I do recommend trying it out. The first place you can check out for some quality used bodies is Allens Camera, give them a call at 215.547.2841. Ask them for the FroFilmProject discount and maybe they can work you a killer deal on an old film camera.

If you already have a specific camera system and a bunch of full frame lenses not DX then try to pick up a camera that accepts your lenses. In all honesty pick up a 50mm and go to town, just shoot with that one lenses.

Everything still works the same when it comes to getting your exposure, read the meter and use your brain to determine if it makes sense. The only difference here is you don’t get to see a preview after you take the image.

If Allens does not have what you are looking for your can find some amazing buys on Ebay. I just purchased a Nikon F4 for 0, is that over priced or just right, who knows. You can find something like a Nikon F5 or Nikon F100 for a couple bills and have an amazing film camera.

I hope you are enjoying the FroFilmProject and decide to go pick up some film to shoot.

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  1. SavageInstitute
    April 21, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    “Put a lens on it, if you have one.” lol That would help, good to know.

  2. urwholefamilydied son
    April 22, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    What a waste of time. Didn’t go over any cameras or features… sounded
    more like an advertisement for that store. Also, Nikon fanboy coming
    through… 5 Nikons and then, an olympus, a minolta, and a canon. Plus all
    that ridiculous 8 frames per second high end 90’s stuff?? HAHA. Get a good
    digital camera, and then if you want to have fun with film get a simple
    film camera. You’re not going to be wasting your money on film,
    processing, and time shooting 8 frames per second on a mostly plastic
    electronic film camera from the 90’s. I’d recommend any camera from the
    late 70’s or early 80’s. Where’s pentax on that table? This video is
    shit, and this dude is making money off uploading lots of videos. 

  3. John B
    April 22, 2015 at 12:11 am #

    You can also get the EOS 1V without the battery grip, making it much more
    manageable. The F5 better? Highly debateable. And the F100 eats batteries
    like a hobo on a half-eaten hot dog.

  4. gsboss
    April 22, 2015 at 12:21 am #

    my first film was a vivitar for free from my parents basement.

  5. Plutonius X
    April 22, 2015 at 12:53 am #

    Nikon F100 is awesome. Light, inexpensive and awesome.

  6. Ruudsosalsa
    April 22, 2015 at 1:02 am #

    I bought a Nikon F80 (or N80 in USA) for about 25 euros, great deal,
    amazing camera for that price, released in the year 2000!

  7. Mike Powers
    April 22, 2015 at 1:20 am #

    Just picked up a Canon AE-1 for $25 in great shape. Anyone know anything
    about this camera? Good deal? Good camera?

  8. Big Al
    April 22, 2015 at 2:13 am #

    My first SLR was an Olympus OM10. I was working in a garage & a friend
    needed tyres. I got the tyres & he gave me his OM10. That was 30yrs ago. I
    just picked another on Ebay for £20. Love it.

  9. Alberto arce minaya
    April 22, 2015 at 2:54 am #


  10. Ethan's Variety Channel
    April 22, 2015 at 3:50 am #

    First film camera was Pentax K1000. Got it for $50 and shot 5 rolls through
    it, then sold it for $100 and now I am looking for a Nikon FM2n so I can
    use my Nikon lenses with it.

  11. Nicholas Tan
    April 22, 2015 at 3:57 am #

    I bought Nikon FM for about 90USD. Shooting ilford and fujifilm films :D

  12. Kenneth Gray
    April 22, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    I just got the Olympus om10

  13. Christos Nitsos
    April 22, 2015 at 4:33 am #

    ΟΜ-10 +50 mm f1.8 lens cost 40 Euro + CLA + Manual adapter = 70 Euro

  14. Jon Penton
    April 22, 2015 at 5:27 am #

    I know this video is 1.5 yrs old but my first film camera was a pentax
    k1000 with an SMC-M 50mm f2 prime lens, which I was given a year ago by my
    boss at Starbucks and just a couple days ago I purchased a Nikon FG with a
    Kiron 80-200mm f4.5 for $50. Very excited. Now I just need to replace my
    lost glasses so I can accurately focus my photographs.

  15. Antonio Garcia
    April 22, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    mamyia 645 with the ground glass not the prism 

  16. surfdigby
    April 22, 2015 at 6:09 am #

    I was given a “broken” Nikon FE yesterday. Turns out it just needed new
    batteries, but I’m going to run a roll of film through it to check it’s all

  17. Adam Troup
    April 22, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    When I originally shot film I just had a standard zoom and a telephoto
    zoom. Now I have a large range of professional EF lenses I use on a Canon
    5Dmk3, I decided I wanted to shoot some film again but wanted to be able to
    make use of all my current lenses. Using the logic that it really doesn’t
    matter which camera I choose as the film will be the same I bought a super
    cheap Canon 500n from ebay for £10. I have to say it was the worst
    experience ever, I hate that camera. Main reason is the tiny view finder
    that is a strain to see through and the auto focus points are a lot of the
    time near impossible to see. With such a tiny view finder I certainly
    wasn’t going to be able to manual focus with great accuracy. I shot a roll
    of film and before I had even finished it bought a new camera to start
    shooting a different roll through. I bought a Canon EOS 3 – this is a much
    better camera to use. The viewfinder is big and bright and all the focus
    points are super easy to see. I have used fully manual camera’s in the
    past and have actually ordered a fully manual minolta (XGM) as I already
    had some lenses and for a manual focusing experience you can’t beat one
    that was designed to do just that. I guess when choosing a camera the main
    question would be do you want to be able to use your modern auto focus
    lenses or need to potentially buy new ones to go with an older system. Be
    aware that there may be a larger difference in terms of user experience
    than you might first think. 

  18. can2ej6
    April 22, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    a friend gave me his canon rebel kiss2, but the camera i fell in love with
    is nikon FM, omg 

  19. Preston R.
    April 22, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    My first film camera was a Pentax ME that was my father’s in high school.
    My first film camera I bought and primarily use is a Yashica D TLR with the
    Yashikor lenses. I paid $100 for it. Can’t get enough medium format.

  20. Peter Regoršek
    April 22, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    I started shooting with digital cameras, but at some time I became
    unsatisfied with this technology. So I bought fully mechanical SLR Zenit E,
    a soviet made metal camera from seventies. And It is fantastic equipment!!
    Now I am thinking to buy also one Nikon film SLR from nineties or early

  21. ksams0987
    April 22, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    pick? buy them all haha. i have 6 haha

  22. jenspod
    April 22, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    Olympus OM10 with a zuiko 50mm F 1.8

    Bought that baby for 35 bucks in flawless condition.

  23. simonhc3
    April 22, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    What should i sell my nikon d3200 with 18-55 kit lense? Just 2 months old.

  24. James Greer
    April 22, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    Canon EOS 3000 with various lenses $20NZD