Film is for pros: This is the gold standard of photography

Film is for pros: This is the gold standard of photography

By Taru Bhatia | | 13 August, 2017
photography, film cameras, Leica, Polariod, Fujifilm, Holga, Fujifilm Instax Mini
Everyone is a photographer today, what with the camera-equipped smartphone taking over the world. But this doesn’t mean that there is no room left for the purists.

Everyone is a photographer today, what with the camera-equipped smartphone taking over the world. But this doesn’t mean that there is no room left for the purists. In fact, film cameras are making something of a comeback, thanks to photography enthusiasts who prefer the colour quality and tone of film over the digital format. So camera-makers like Leica, Kodak and Fujifilm are competing with each to tap into this segment of the market as though this were the 1960s. While digital remains the primary medium for professionals, shooting with film cameras is what traditionalists tend to prefer. If you are among the latter, you may want to consult this list of five best film cameras available in the market today. 

LEICA M-A (TYP 127)

Leica M-A (Typ 127) is a 35mm film rangefinder camera which features all-metal body with chrome brass top and bottom covers. The camera works with basic aspects of photography: shutter speed, aperture, and film speed. The camera comes with the shutter speed up to 1/1000 seconds, 0.72x-magnification viewfinder, rangefinder that enables manual focusing control with M-mount lenses with parallax-corrected compositional framing. It also comes with rear ISO dial which provides with the speed of the film in use. It also comes with the bulb setting which go along with the shutter speed for long exposures. The Leica camera features hot shoe for compatibility with wide array flashes. The M-mount lenses range in focal length from 16mm to 135mm. Leica M-A (Typ 127) is priced at Rs 5,48,880.

POLAROID 300 INSTANT FILM CAMERA

Polariod 300 Instant Film Camera is a compact and stylish camera which is very simple to use. It is a point-and-click camera that is best for instant photos. Primarily Polaroid cameras are used for parties, art galleries or for travelling. The camera features 4 scene setting, automatic flash to capture instant photo and comes with electronic shutter of 1/60 shutter speed. The device also takes the perfect picture in low light. The camera uses Polaroid 300 instant film and comes with 4 x AA batteries. The device provides with instant, vivid, high-quality business card size prints and comes with the built-in flash. Polariod 300 Instant Film Camera is priced at Rs 17,383. 

FUJIFILM GF670

Fujifilm GF670 is the sole survivor of its breed. It is the contemporary folding camera that shoots 6x6 or 6x7cm images and uses 120 & 220 Roll Film and comes with Fujinon EBC 80mm f/3.5 Lens. The camera comes with rangefinder along with parallax-compensating frame lines and features auto exposure system. EBC Fujinon lens provides 40mm provides with 6x7cm format and 44mm on 6x6cm. The camera is 2-1/2 inches thick when folded and is best for use during travelling. Fujifilm GF670 is the only medium format camera that will fit into the jacket pocket. Fujifilm GF670 is priced at Rs 1,40,921. 

HOLGA 120CFN 

Holga 120CFN was always known for fabulous and unique features and it also took photography to next level. It is a medium format camera which comes with fixed-focus 60mm f/8 lens that gives perspective image. The camera comes with built-in flash and filter wheel that control the output of the light. The camera also supports 2 ‘AA’ batteries for red, yellow, blue, or white color output. The device also features mechanical shutter. The window at the back of the camera also reads the paper on the 120 film which allows having 12 6x6cm square images per roll or 16 6x4.5cm vertical images per roll. Holga 120CFN is priced at Rs 20,130.

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 90 NEO CLASSIC 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic offers adavanced features and specifications that attract traditional photographers. The camera comes with double and bulb exposures abnd is enhanced to capture light creatively. The intax mini 90 is also equipped with macro mode and high performance flash that makes it a instant camera under the concept of “Neo Classic”. The flash emits the ideal amount of light which gets finely adjusted to the distance between subject and ambient brightness. The camera also helps to optimize the exposure while taking the shot. The bulb exposure mode keeps the shutter speed up to 10 seconds while the shutter button is depressed to capture the photo that gives striking night views picture. The dial on the fron of the camera are rotational and mode of the camera can be changed by rotation the dial. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is priced at Rs 10,999. 

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