1. Post #2081
    Killerelf12's Avatar
    January 2008
    1,840 Posts
    was thinking of buying a Yashica Electro 35 GTN, and tooling around with that. it'd be the first time i'd ever really used a rangefinder. any opinions? perhaps a better camera i should go with?
    Do it. I have the original Electro, was my first rangefinder also. Was a lot of fun to use, easy to tell if in focus, even in some darker areas, and the pictures that come out are awesome.
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  2. Post #2082
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    November 2009
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    Do it. I have the original Electro, was my first rangefinder also. Was a lot of fun to use, easy to tell if in focus, even in some darker areas, and the pictures that come out are awesome.
    Alright, sweet, found one on Ebay for a good deal I think.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Clas...ht_4982wt_1396

    edit: actually, wait, cut that, that shit's in india. i'm gonna go with a GSN instead. i've learned my lesson from ordering overseas, shit comes in FUCKED up.

    edit edit: actually, scratch that. going for the GT again, this one is in great condition, and relatively cheap. the shipping is reasonable, and it's within the U.S. the only issue is that i'm bidding for this mutha fugga, and i will not lose.
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  3. Post #2083
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    January 2008
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    The Crown by Headcrabs, on Flickr
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  4. Post #2084
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    April 2011
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    Just developed my first roll of B&W film on the F3 I snatched on ebay, some nice tones (ilford FP4):


    untitled by harry.quast, on Flickr


    untitled by harry.quast, on Flickr


    untitled by harry.quast, on Flickr
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  5. Post #2085
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    November 2009
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    bought the yashica.
    now, we play the waiting game.
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  7. Post #2087
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    May 2010
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    I was thinking of getting a film camera just for messing around and i found that on ebay there is actually a lot of choice for under 20, any make or model that you guys recommend? I would like being able to change the focus point manually as well as the apperture and such so I think an SLR with manual focus lens is essential, other than that just anything that is good for a newby?

    Edited:

    Oh something else I forgot to mention, one thing I dont like about film is that it sometimes looks like the photo is 50 years old, I know that this depends on the settings and whatnot but anything I should keep an eye out for?
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  8. Post #2088
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    March 2011
    646 Posts
    Camera wise I like using Zenits they are sturdy all metal and all manual.
    Another good option is a Praktica, again all metal and all manual.

    This is a good Praktica
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PRAKTICA-S...#ht_500wt_1169
    If you do bid on that one I will swap a Praktica strap for the one that comes with it.
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  9. Post #2089
    Slippery-Q's Avatar
    November 2009
    1,193 Posts
    I was thinking of getting a film camera just for messing around and i found that on ebay there is actually a lot of choice for under 20, any make or model that you guys recommend? I would like being able to change the focus point manually as well as the apperture and such so I think an SLR with manual focus lens is essential, other than that just anything that is good for a newby?

    Edited:

    Oh something else I forgot to mention, one thing I dont like about film is that it sometimes looks like the photo is 50 years old, I know that this depends on the settings and whatnot but anything I should keep an eye out for?
    I'm going with what Communist said, Zenit is very good in my opinion. I own a TTL, my only complaint is the lack of dynamic shutter speeds. It only goes up to 1/500th. Olympus and Pentax make some pretty decent SLRs also. Or, you can raise your price a bit, and go with a Canon AE-1, I own that, VERY nice camera.
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  10. Post #2090
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    March 2011
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    Actually I looked again at that auction its body only :(
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  11. Post #2091
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    May 2010
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    I'm going with what Communist said, Zenit is very good in my opinion. I own a TTL, my only complaint is the lack of dynamic shutter speeds. It only goes up to 1/500th. Olympus and Pentax make some pretty decent SLRs also. Or, you can raise your price a bit, and go with a Canon AE-1, I own that, VERY nice camera.
    funny you should mention the canon AE-1, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1708649892...#ht_500wt_1204, I was going to bid for it but I got held up and run out of time
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  12. Post #2092
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    March 2011
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    I'll take it you are in the UK, If so I'm sure I could find you a camera in your budget from my lot of cameras
    Just tell me the budget and I'll sort out a camera.
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  13. Post #2093
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    May 2010
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    I'll take it you are in the UK, If so I'm sure I could find you a camera in your budget from my lot of cameras
    Just tell me the budget and I'll sort out a camera.
    tbh im just looking atm (and if a real bargain pops up then i might just go for it) as im going on holiday soon for 2 months and there is no way for me to take the camera with me.
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  14. Post #2094
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    March 2011
    646 Posts
    Right then. One day I'll get rid of some of my cameras
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  15. Post #2095
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    July 2007
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    Got another Canon T90 today in mint condition with original eyecup for 35 euros. So now I have 2 T90s
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  16. Post #2096
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    November 2009
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    funny you should mention the canon AE-1, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1708649892...#ht_500wt_1204, I was going to bid for it but I got held up and run out of time
    i'd really recommend that one, it's a very nice camera. the F-1 is also really good.
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  17. Post #2097
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    January 2009
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    picking this up on Monday:

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  18. Post #2098
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    March 2011
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    Why must film be so expensive, it cost me 6.95 for a roll of Ilford XP2.
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  19. Post #2099
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    February 2007
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    Niche market I guess.
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  20. Post #2100
    communistcat's Avatar
    March 2011
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    The only two shops that sell film in my town both charge about 7 for the Fuji and Ilford C41 films. I think I'm going to have to go back to buying off the internet.
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  21. Post #2101
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    February 2007
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    You're dutch right? You can always buy Hema-film! :P
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  22. Post #2102
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    July 2007
    630 Posts
    You're dutch right? You can always buy Hema-film! :P
    No, he's british ;) (me and DoubleDD are dutch though)
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  23. Post #2103
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    March 2011
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    I would like to try some of this Dutch film, it can't be more expensive than what I could get at jessops. Even with postage.
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  24. Post #2104
    Killerelf12's Avatar
    January 2008
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    Why must film be so expensive, it cost me 6.95 for a roll of Ilford XP2.
    Holy shit how does that make sense... It's only $6 here in the states from B&H...
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  25. Post #2105
    communistcat's Avatar
    March 2011
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    Holy shit how does that make sense... It's only $6 here in the states from B&H...
    Well how on earth does it cost less in the USA when its made in England?

    Cheapest on ebay is 5.86 for 24exp
    6.86 for 36exp

    While I'm on the topic of over-priced film look at the bloody price 5 packs of polaroid film will go for
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Polaroid-6...#ht_500wt_1169
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  26. Post #2106
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    January 2008
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    Well how on earth does it cost less in the USA when its made in England?

    Cheapest on ebay is 5.86 for 24exp
    6.86 for 36exp

    While I'm on the topic of over-priced film look at the bloody price 5 packs of polaroid film will go for
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Polaroid-6...#ht_500wt_1169
    That was my point, Ilford is based over there... Complete bull... Sorry man.

    Though, the Polaroid kinda makes sense, as it's not made anymore and some people can be crazy about things no longer in production.
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  27. Post #2107
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    November 2009
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    Lucky you... I haven't been able to find a roll of 620 film for my Brownie for under $20...

    You know what's bad about selling old polaroid film (and polaroid film in general)? At least half of whatever lot you buy will be expired, unless you're buying from the Impossible Project. Then it's just expensive.
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  28. Post #2108
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    March 2011
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    By now I think all polaroid film must be expired, I don't know when the stopped production but the latest dated pack I've seen is 2009. And impossible project film is 20 for 8 shots IIRC
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  29. Post #2109
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    November 2009
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    By now I think all polaroid film must be expired, I don't know when the stopped production but the latest dated pack I've seen is 2009. And impossible project film is 20 for 8 shots IIRC
    My local Walgreens carried some film that would have expired in 2013, and I'm sure there's a period after the expiration where it can still be used, but it's really not worth the cash it would require for the film.

    Impossible Project... It serves the niche market by producing small batches of film every year, and then when it's gone, it's gone until the next cycle. That's why it's so expensive, and people pay a premium for it.

    Unlike the days of yesteryear, Polaroid film is no longer a dime a dozen commodity.
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  30. Post #2110
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    January 2008
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    Lucky you... I haven't been able to find a roll of 620 film for my Brownie for under $20...

    You know what's bad about selling old polaroid film (and polaroid film in general)? At least half of whatever lot you buy will be expired, unless you're buying from the Impossible Project. Then it's just expensive.
    Get a dark bag/changing bag/darkroom and learn to respool 120 film onto a 620 reel. Then just ask for your reels back when you get it developed/develop yourself. The bag will pay for itself after 2 or 3 rolls that way.
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  31. Post #2111
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    November 2009
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    Get a dark bag/changing bag/darkroom and learn to respool 120 film onto a 620 reel. Then just ask for your reels back when you get it developed/develop yourself. The bag will pay for itself after 2 or 3 rolls that way.
    I don't even know if the camera's worth using... There's probably a light leak or something. I want to test it out before I work on fixing it up, see if it even is worth fixing.
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  32. Post #2112
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    January 2008
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    I don't even know if the camera's worth using... There's probably a light leak or something. I want to test it out before I work on fixing it up, see if it even is worth fixing.
    Ahh, I thought this was a working camera. Even still, it might not hurt to get a small changing bag, never know when you could use it.

    On another note, finally pushing myself along to get supplies and start developing this stuff myself. Just won a tank and some reels on ebay, now to get the rest from B&H... Bankruptcy here I come!
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  33. Post #2113
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    November 2009
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    Ahh, I thought this was a working camera. Even still, it might not hurt to get a small changing bag, never know when you could use it.

    On another note, finally pushing myself along to get supplies and start developing this stuff myself. Just won a tank and some reels on ebay, now to get the rest from B&H... Bankruptcy here I come!
    Well, it should still work. It's been sitting in a drawer in my great uncle's spare bedroom for 70+ years. The only reason he stopped using it was to buy a Brownie Hawkeye.
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  34. Post #2114
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    I would like to try some of this Dutch film, it can't be more expensive than what I could get at jessops. Even with postage.
    Hema is a chain of stores that sells cakes, school-accessories and other stuff; they packs with three rolls of 200iso film which you pay 6,95 for; if I'm not mistaken it's just re-branded from Kodak.
    In the bigger cities you get free developing coupons with that.
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  35. Post #2115
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    March 2011
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    Hema is a chain of stores that sells cakes, school-accessories and other stuff; they packs with three rolls of 200iso film which you pay 6,95 for; if I'm not mistaken it's just re-branded from Kodak.
    In the bigger cities you get free developing coupons with that.
    See thats great compared to here Kodak film is 4 a roll when its not sold in poundland or on offer in sainsburys for 50p a roll.
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  36. Post #2116
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    November 2009
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    My local Walgreens sells a 4-pack of Fujicolor Superia 400 for $10. I think they sell a 4-pack of Kodak B&W 400 for the same price also.


    Edit: Gentlemen, was considering investing into a film scanner. Any ideas on which I should get?
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  37. Post #2117
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    January 2008
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    Well, just bought a whole bunch of developing chemicals and supplies, let's see how well this whole learning to do it myself thing goes...

    My local Walgreens sells a 4-pack of Fujicolor Superia 400 for $10. I think they sell a 4-pack of Kodak B&W 400 for the same price also.


    Edit: Gentlemen, was considering investing into a film scanner. Any ideas on which I should get?
    Epson v500, v600 are both very good. I use a v600 all the time, university has two in the library for public use, after I get a roll developed I just walk on over there for a bit.
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  38. Post #2118
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    November 2009
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    Just curious, what's everyone's favorite film to use?
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  39. Post #2119
    Just curious, what's everyone's favorite film to use?
    35mm? Kodak Ektar

    I've heard good things about Kodak Portra but never got the chance to get myself a roll.

    Fujifilm Superia if I want to get "ubercool instagram shots".
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  40. Post #2120
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    July 2009
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    Just curious, what's everyone's favorite film to use?
    Kodakt Ektar 100
    Fujifilm Superia 200/400
    Kodak T-max 400
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