Five Camera Bags for the Discerning Film Photographer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Co Shooter Camera Bag product images (12 of 12)ISO 1001-400 sec at f - 3.2

If you’re a film photographer, then chances are that you’re very particular about your camera bags. You probably don’t need to tote along a laptop with you but you need film, a camera or two, lenses, filters, flashes, light meters, etc. You surely do need different things and often in a smaller package.

So after going through our archives, we found a few bags that you’re bound to really like.

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Vintage Camera Review: Hexar AF

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Hexar AF Review Product images  (4 of 12)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.0

Few cameras will make a photographer’s mouth water like the Hexar AF. When it comes to some of the best point and shoot cameras that use 35mm film, it’s tough to get anything better (though there arguably are other options.) The Hexar AF is often said to be one of the best available for street photographers and has a fixed 35mm f2 lens stated to be a copy of a Leica Summicron. Everything about it is designed to be low profile.

The design of this camera is so good that it can be seen in many today–with it likeness most prominently compared to the Fujifilm x100 series of cameras. If you’re a street photographer, there’s a lot that you’ll like about this camera. In fact, even if you just want a fixed lens point and shoot, you’ll adore this camera. At the same time, there are things that could drive you a bit nuts if you crave more full control.

All film was generously processed by the Lomography Gallery store here in NYC. 

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How to Get into Film Photography on the Cheap

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

Film photography isn’t at all dead; in fact it’s evolving. What’s seemingly disappearing in terms of push and effort on behalf of the more traditional brands isn’t exactly so. The younger generation of photographers embrace the format as a way of trying something completely new that they didn’t really get a chance to use growing up. It’s a departure from the digital world that gets caught up in all the technical jargon and can easily blur the idea of art.

Film can also be an incredible learning tool if used correctly and can also give you lots of really cool and experimental uses with the right mentality. But you’re trying to get into film without breaking the bank, then here’s how.

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Canon Announces 7 Series Rangefinder with Leica Mount


If Canon’s new announcement today is anything hinting towards the future, then Photokina is bound to be quite an interesting time in the camera industry. Today, the company announced the Canon 7 rangefinder camera sporting a Leica screwmount lens mount. The camera is designed to appeal to those of us who love rangefinder ergonomics: such as the photojournalists in the crowd.

But that’s not all that may appeal to the Canon camera users out there.

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The Best Film Leica Cameras to Start Out With

Leica M3 Cutaway (1)

Many photographers that still shoot film adore Leica–and those photographers also want to go for the very best eventually. You’ve got lots of great options to start out with though, and there are loads of old rangefinder cameras that you can get, too. But some photographers only want a Leica–specifically a film Leica. These cameras by far have some of the best ergonomics and most simplistic features even today.

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Sony and Leica Have Killed the Mirror in the Digital Age

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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9 Rangefinder Cameras Worthy of Note

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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Three Medium Format Film Rangefinder Cameras We Love

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer LCDVF Fader ND Mamiya (8 of 11)

There is almost nothing better than having the benefit of a small rangefinder camera body and the large negative area of medium format film. While this isn’t available yet in a digital edition, lots of photographers want it. But those who want this also know how incredibly good lots of the medium format film rangefinder cameras are.

Indeed, most folks talk about the SLR cameras because they’re cheap; but there are lots and lots of film rangefinders that would possibly make you put down your digital camera and keep it in a box somewhere to gather dust once you see the incredible quality that these cameras are capable of.

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