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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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The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras

The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras

We all know for sure that a Pentax full frame camera is coming this year, but Sony Alpha Rumors is adding some very interesting news. Apparently, Ricoh will be using a full frame sensor of some sort in the camera from Sony–specifically the same one in the Sony A7r that is also in many Nikon DSLRs. Essentially, that means that there are going to be more than one DSLR on the market with the same sensor and probably comparable image quality.

For what it’s worth, this is also probably a great move because the sensor works so well with older glass–which Pentax has lots of in the prime selection. This also means that the company may start to update even more of their older lenses like the 31mm and 43mm which are weird focal lengths but can be very nice to work with on a full frame sensor.

What we’re very curious about will be the autofocus interface. In many previous camera models, Pentax made it so that the user needs to specifically tell the camera to set the directional buttons to choose a focusing point or to set another parameter like flash and white balance.

But beyond this, we’re also wondering how the camera will overall fair at the end of the year with such an old sensor and what full frame lenses will be able to resolve that kind of detail–sans their newly announced zoom lenses. It’s going to need to be jam packed with features that are useful for editors to state something like “we should’ve had this years ago.”

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All images by Drew English. Used with permission.

I’m not afraid of people. I’m not afraid of talking to total strangers. But for years I have had an aversion to approaching people on the street and getting them to participate in my creative process point blank. Living in New York City, you’re consistently surrounded by seemingly unlimited human diversity, which I find very artistically inspiring. My eye is often drawn to an interesting face, look or style and my knee-jerk reaction is a desire to capture their portrait. Unfortunately, my nerves always held me back and I have missed out on countless opportunities.

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Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 shot wide open. You're not going to get bokeh like this with the Olympus offering.

Medium Format SLR cameras aren’t incredibly expensive compared to their digital descendants, but some of them can be quite pricey if you’re looking for the very best. Indeed, there are some cameras that when mentioned will make a photographer’s jaw drop. Medium format can give a photographer better image quality than 35mm and 35mm digital while also providing them with a fairly portable camera to do their professional work. But amongst those cameras, four stand out as some of our favorites.

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chris gampat the phoblographer yashica electro 35 gsn camera reivew (1 of 4)

April is all about analog film photography. With Film Photography Day coming up and Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day after that, now is a better time than ever to get your butt out there and start shooting with film to improve yourself as a photographer by forcing yourself to put more effort into each image.

But choosing the right camera for you can be a complicated decision. It can be incredibly difficult and intimidating. But this guide is designed to make it simpler for you.

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Pentax 70-200mm f2.8

It seems that a Pentax full frame camera is finally on the horizon and slated to be released this year according to Pentax Forums. And part of the proof is in the company’s latest releases with their brand new 70-200mm f2.8 and their Pentax HD D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW Lens. Both lenses are K mount and are designed for a full frame camera of some sort–which means that Pentax has indeed been working on creating new zoom options in addition to updating many of their primes to have the company’s branded HD coatings.

More tech specs are after the jump along with images and pricing.

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