For first time user, try to get the friendly user film cam which come with metering and some auto function. Just to get familiar with the film function and technique. Once you think you confident enough to go to another level then you can start to pick and choose which is the best and the expensive cam. Not all people have a patience with film nowadays. Just worried halfway tru you give-up.
I have a friend who at first very keen and seriously to use a film cam. So he get a Minolta XG then halway tru give-up not even complete a single roll of film. Reason given so troublesome, very hard to focus.
It's not difficult to master honestly
but you must start from the very beginning,
meaning buy a film camera which requires you to adjust everything manually
maybe a leica M3 is good for it
it's not hard to focus or meter, it's if you want to or not
i've rolled hundreds of rolls of films thru my M3 and i'm not even half-done with it
because i love film and digital is a totally different medium
so it really is up to you if you wanna buy film or digital but most importantly,
you must like it.
with that, anything is easy.
Thanks for the encouraging inputs.
Photography's my big interest, thus i wanna try any aspect of photography that i can get my hands on. The basics of film photography is definitely one of them. The process of learning to do thing manually should be fun.
Does canon dslr lens work with canon film slr? If so, i'll probably lay my hands on a canon slr. So can share lens. Any recommendation of friendly canon slr to start with?
ah.. cash converter! good idea. i didnt think of that place. will head there to check this out. thanks for the idea.
To JoelT: Sry for riding on your thread.
look for a newer camera with auto everything that can be switched off
so that you will have a full manual camera and switch on what ever auto you want
with the exception of the advancing/winding of the film
u might wanna try a disposable camera at muji. less than 10 bucks. not sure about other disposable cams thou. i mean, if u just wanna try film, u can seek cheap alternatives.
unless u are going after the "feel" of handling a film setup, then that is a diff story...
cameras are not made of tofu
if you can find one with reasonable condition and price, the 30 is a decent film SLR with 7 AF points with Eye-Control Focusing, which allows you to select an AF point just by looking at it in the viewfinder..
To master film is another thing altogether because there is just so many aspects to learn from. Even after you got your camera, lenses and all that, there is still the choice of film. Do you want to shoot on negatives, slides or black and white? After you have decided, then what film to use? Velvia, Portra, Superia, T-Max? Then what ISO to use? Finer or grainier? The list goes on.
But don't let that scare you off because as with everything, there is a learning curve. At least for me, the satisfaction I get from shooting on film makes all it all worthwhile.
Be careful, film is one heck of a slippery slope!
I am not looking to play with film. But to learn about manually settings.
I want a canon slr as i own a canon dslr. Make sense since i can share the lenses, right?
Thanks for the 'scary' advices! ha~
I'm using Nikon, can't give you much advice on Canon cameras, however, AFAIK, if you are using a Canon XXD or XXXD DSLR, most likely your current lens can't be use on a Canon film camera.
perhaps you just get a 50mm f1.8 lens, so you can use it on both film and DSLR. this lens is not that expensive, you can get more lenses can work on both bodies if you have the budget.
shooting on film is not that difficult, all you need to know is willing to learn all the basic about photography.