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What really are the best beginners cameras? - Part 3

What really are the best beginners cameras? - Part 3

Part Three of Three So in part three of our article on what really are the best film cameras for beginners, we take a look at our nominations for the crown of “best beginners film camera”.Remember, we’re applying the criteria from Part Two of the article so worth reading that if you haven’t already.Olympus OM20The Asahi Pentax, the first successful film SLR, was such a success back in the late 50s, that nobody bothered to question whether SLR cameras could be designed in an even better way. That is, until Olympus took a fresh look at things with their iconic...

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What really are the “Best Film Cameras for Beginners” - Part 2

What really are the “Best Film Cameras for Beginners” - Part 2

Part two of three WARNING – people easily offended by other people disagreeing with their entirely subjective views might want to look away now. This post might upset a few people, but that certainly wasn’t our intention when we started writing it.READ PART ONE of the series before you read this second part…. We have read many articles entitled “The best ever film cameras for beginners” or “film cameras beginners must try” and so on.We think these articles often fail to do some basic things: Explain what criteria the writer thinks makes a good beginners camera; and Tell us why...

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What really are the “Best Film Cameras for Beginners” - Part 1

What really are the “Best Film Cameras for Beginners” - Part 1

Part one of three WARNING – people easily offended by other people disagreeing with their entirely subjective views might want to look away now. This post might upset a few people, but that certainly wasn’t our intention when we started writing it. So, here goes……  We have read many articles entitled “The best ever film cameras for beginners” or “film cameras beginners must try” and so on. And we’re afraid to say we think a lot of them are absolute toilet. Not because they contain cameras that aren’t our favourites, or because we would have a different list, but because...

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Film Review - Washi F

Film Review - Washi F

We recently wrote a piece about a truly unique film company - Washi - and gave you a rundown of their various films.Well, we’ve now shot a roll of Washi F (ISO 100) What is Washi F?We’ll let Washi head honcho - Lomig - tell us all about it;“Washi F is originally an X-ray medical film for mass diagnosis of lung diseases.  It was intended to be used originally within a special medical 70mm camera, but I cut it into 35mm and made the perforations myself.I can then spool it into normal 35mm film cartridges, and you can shoot it in a 35mm camera!As...

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Olympus OM4 – Intelligent Metering….1983

Olympus OM4 – Intelligent Metering….1983

Anybody who has shot with film will know that shooting in situations where you have contrasting light is a nightmare.Take this example – you’re shooting indoors in a not particularly well lit room. It’s a bright day out and there’s a window behind your subject. Because meters typically take an average reading for the light across the whole scene (with a bias towards the centre) the meter will often think it is lighter than it is where it’s dark, and darker than it actually is where it’s light. The result - images where you subject is too dark to even...

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