4 Affordable Vintage Film Cameras

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If you are a film camera enthusiast then surely you’ve heard legends about Leica, one of the most sought after brands.  The quality of the material used to produce these cameras has always been top notch.  Not only the camera body but Leica glass (or the lens) is very sought after.

Due to their prestige and worldwide reputation, Leica cameras carry a big price tag.  While it may be a fantasy for some to own a vintage Leica film camera, most of us can rest assured we don’t need to break the bank to get our hands on some quality vintage film cameras.
Let’s have a look at some classic film cameras.

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Olympus Pen

The Olympus pen is a neat 35mm film camera that was produced between the 50’s and 80’s.  It’s named accordingly given its size and convenience. It’s actually a half frame camera—which means you get double the exposures on your roll! When you take a picture in the landscape orientation, you are actually exposing for a portrait photo.

Olympus Pen

Canon AE-1

The Canon AE-1 is one of Canon’s most popular film cameras and one of the most popular cameras of all time, selling over 1 million units worldwide! This was Canon’s answer to the first affordable TTL (Through The Lens metering) camera. The AE-1 was Canon’s workhorse providing shutter and aperture priority.

Canon AE-1

Rollei 35

In 1966, when the Rollei 35 was released, it was the smallest 35mm camera in existence. This is a nifty little camera; it looks like a spy camera from the Coldwar era.

Rollei 35

Diana

The Diana is a cheap plastic camera manufactured in China during the 1960’s.  It’s almost like a toy camera and was very cheap to purchase. They were often given away as small gifts and prizes.

The resulting photos these cameras produced had an “incorrect” feel to it.  They produced a halo effect and oversaturated colors.  The last few years saw a resurgence in the desire to produce photos in this style.

Diana

Polaroid SX-70

We are all familiar with the iconic Polaroid company.   These cameras produce instant photos that develop as they are shaken.  The SX-70 is one of the most sought after of the designs with its metal body and that can fold down flat.  This is the epitome of the vintage Polaroid camera.

Polaroid SX-70
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