These Cool Film Rangefinder Cameras Can Be Yours for $150 or Less

If you’re a fan of rangefinder-style cameras and would like to give their vintage forerunners a try, here’s a bunch that won’t break the bank.

Vintage cameras, especially rangefinders, are still pretty popular not only due to the sustained interest in film photography but also because they are often highly collectible items. However, that also means the most popular and coveted ones often come with a hefty price tag, putting them out of reach to most. But there are actually a lot of rangefinder cameras out there that won’t break the bank, so even if you’re a complete beginner, you won’t be intimidated by the cost. In fact, you can grab many of them off eBay for around $150!

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10 Popular Point and Shoot Film Cameras for the Compact Shooter

If your gear of choice has to be small, pocketable, and iconic, you might want to give these popular point and shoot film cameras a try.

We’ve all heard the sage advice that the best camera you have is the one with you, and for many people, it’s their smartphone. Others still prefer an actual camera, albeit a small one that they can bring everywhere, instead of a bulky DSLR. A mirrorless camera makes for an easy choice if you’re a digital shooter. If you’re curious about film cameras, you must have heard of two increasingly famous but also insanely expensive models: the Contax T2 and Yashica T4. But if those are way beyond your budget, you actually have plenty more options.

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5 Incredible Film Point and Shoot Cameras For Concert Photography (Premium)

The images used in this article have been embedded via Flickr and are copyright their respective owners. Click on an image to be taken to the Flickr page. Lead Image by Tomohisa

If you want to shoot a concert these days you can just get outta here with any ideas of taking your ‘professional’ camera into the show with you without a press credential. Setting aside compact digital options, one idea you may consider is an old film point and shoot paired with a quality high-speed black and white film.

These cameras are small, compact, and most likely won’t be prohibited from an event. We have compiled a list of five film point and shoot cameras that we think have the chops to help you capture some amazing concert imagery from the crowd perspective.

 

 

 

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A Love Story: An Ode to Three Iconic Film Point and Shoot Cameras

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All images and text in this story by Beat Belmont. Original concept by the Phoblographer.

I got into photography because of a camera. In late 2012, I saw a Yashica Electro 35 ME on a Swiss auction-website and just wanted it. I didn’t know much about cameras, photography or film. But I thought it could be interesting to go a different way than everybody around me who came back from vacations with a thousand jpegs, only to let them rot on a hard drive.

I got the camera, ran a few rolls through it, had fun and then GAS kicked in. I had just begun to earn some money from newspaper-internships during my journalism-studies. Over the next year I bought about ten different cameras. I didn’t need them, but I still used all of them. For me, that’s one of the amazing aspects of shooting film nowadays – you can pick up all sorts of interesting cameras for a fraction of their original price and they click away just like new ones.

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