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Five Different Film Cameras Perfect for Any Beginner

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Photo Illustration by Andrea Koehler

We may remember taking a little Kodak or FujiFilm disposable camera with us to our field trip in the first grade. Like many things from the past, film cameras are making a comeback. YouTuber David Dobrik created his Instagram @davidsdisposable for his film photos in mid-2019 and since then, has influenced a lot of today’s generation to purchase their own disposable film cameras. 

If you want to expand your film collection and practice your film photography skills, here are five great cameras to start off with.

 

Kodak M35

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If you’re looking for something on the simple side similar to the Kodak disposable cameras, the Kodak M35 film camera would work great. With the simple functions of flash and taking the picture that anyone can learn quickly, this camera can run from $20 to $40. For this camera, you can use any 35mm film from Kodak Gold to Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia 35mm film. In order to get the photos, you would have to go to either your local Walmart or find an online film developing company like Darkroom to get your film developed.

 

INSTAX Mini 11

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Some people prefer the look of polaroid pictures. For a simple approach to this type of film, the INSTAX Mini 11 is great especially for more personal use and everyday memories. It’s a great camera for the younger crowd taking their first steps into photography and who are wanting to learn more about film cameras. 

 

Polaroid Square Instant Camera

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Another great Polaroid option is the Polaroid Square Instant Camera. This camera is just as easy to use as the INSTAX Mini 11. This camera takes Polaroid 600 film, which is also available in a starter set to make things easier. These photos, unlike the Kodak, are instant. Once you take the photo, the polaroid picture pops out. The price of this camera varies from $119.99 to $174.99.

 

Nikon FM10

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On the more technical side, there’s the Nikon FM10. It has more of an old school look and has functions similar to a DSLR such as ISO. Therefore you might need a little more practice and learning to use this camera. It is mainly sold as “used” now and it can run anywhere from $200 to $500 and also uses 35mm film.

 

Nikon F6

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With a similar body of a DSLR, the Nikon F6 can cost up to $1900 used on Amazon, since it has been archived from the Nikon website. This camera is compatible with more recent DSLR lenses. This camera also takes 35mm film and has automatic film loading, as well as auto film advancement which can come in handy between shots.