The Best Starter Film Cameras

  • Posted on: 29 April 2015
  • By: gordon

Best Starter Cameras For Film Photography

Picking the right starter film camera is key if you want to enjoy film photography. Here are some camera recommendations from the twitter community.


Nikkormat cameras were consumer film cameras by Nippon Kogaku K. K. from 1965 until 1978. They use the Nikon F mount which means the can use some of the world's best glass.

Nikkormat at wikipedia.
Camerpedia on Nikkormat FTN.

The Olympus Trip 35 is a half frame 35mm camera manufactured by Olympus of Japan.

Olympus Trip 35 on camerapedia.
Ken Rockwell on the Trip 35.

The Holga is a great starter camera and a fun way to get into Lomography if that is your thing.

Holga guide at
Lomography's guide to the Holga.

This is a great starter rangefinder. The various Yashica models are built like tanks and will last forever.

Ken Rockwell on the Yashica Electro 35.
Yashica rangefinder guide from from the Yashica Guy.

Great starter SLR. It is a dead mount which means lots of great cheap glass available on ebay. guide to the Canon AE-1.
Canon AE-1 at Camerapedia.

Minolta manual focus film cameras are great values with some excellent lenses available for very little money.

Minolta lens guide at the Rokkor files.