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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Vintage Leather Adjustable Strap (4 of 10)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Every time a photographer wants to start to experiment with film, new excitement stirs. But at the same time, it’s always wise to take a great educated guess as far as what camera you want to start out with. For starters, consider not only the camera system but the lens system–just like in digital photography. Figuring out what films you want to work with is another headache but one that is significantly easier to do than what camera you’re working with.

For this reason, we’ve come up with our list of the best film cameras for any photographer to start out on.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica Q camera product shots (1 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

With the Q and A7R Mk II landing on the front the page of every photo website and in the Facebook feed of nearly every photographer, the mirror is looking less necessary by the day. What was once a conduit to essentially allow photographers to see what they’re photographing is now a vestige, something that needs space and adds weight. Ask any photographer who’s used big rigs, they’ll say the weight is the biggest drag, and that they’re increasingly drawn to smaller cameras by the likes of Sony, Fuji, Olympus and the like. Companies can make smaller cameras by taking out the mirror, and the company who’s been working on it perhaps the hardest is Sony. Leica’s up there now, too, but for different reasons.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica MA first impressions (5 of 6)ISO 6401-80 sec at f - 2.8

Rangefinder cameras will always be at the heart of many photographers for their small size, simplistic ergonomics, silent shutter, and low profile looks that keep many away from thinking that you’ve got an expensive camera around your neck. Though they gave way to SLR cameras in terms of widespread use, they were still very popular amongst documentary and street photographers. In fact, many of the cameras still are in use by photographers.

We’ve rounded up some of the best film rangefinder cameras that you can find or that were iconic to many photographers. Here’s our list.

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Last year, ONA teamed up with Leica to bring the Berlin camera bag. Then they brought it out of the limited edition space, and this year they’re updating the bag again. The ONA Berlin II is a wink and a nod to one of the hippest cities in the world, and is made with rich grain leather that ONA guarantees will look amazing with use.

The interior has a red look to coincide with Leica’s company; and the bag can hold a Leica M along with a couple of lenses, an iPad and personal stuff. The Berlin II also has a removable top grab handle if you don’t want to sling it around your chest.

This bag, like the more production ready Berlin, has only one red button as opposed to the limited edition with two buttons.

Want one? They’re available today for $399; which seems a tad pricey–but considering how high quality ONA’s camera bags are that you need to see in person to believe it’s very fair. On a personal note, we really wish it could hold a 13 inch MacBook and therefore become more functional as an everyday bag.

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Today, Leica is announcing a brand new Monochrom camera in the form of the Typ 246. Like the Monochrom before it, this camera captures black and white images due to the color filter being removed. The new M Monochrom has a 2GB buffer, Leica Maestro processor, a 24MP full frame sensor, has ISO settings up to 25,000, and since this is a CMOS sensor you also get Live View functions. Like the previous Leica M, it can also use the R adapter to use Leica’s R lenses.

The LCD screen sports a sapphire cover and the body is made from magnesium alloy. Customers can also purchase a free copy of Adobe Lightroom with the M Monochrom.

Photographer Ragnar Axelsson has a special video made about the camera, and the Leica Camera Blog features more images shot with the camera.

As more information comes in, we’re going to update this post. Want the new Leica M Monochrom? It’ll cost you a pretty penny.

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Chris Gampat the phoblographer photo plus expo 2010 leica sample photos (2 of 9)

We hope you’ve got deep pockets…

Well, to be honest, we don’t expect anyone to be able to purchase a lens like the ones listed here in this post. But you should know that they number amongst the most expensive ever made and sold right now. We’re sure that in the right hands, they’ll take the greatest images that you may ever see, but some of them are for very special use.

Here’s our curated list of the most expensive camera lenses.

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