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35mm Camera Buying Guide

Although the 35mm camera  has become obsolete due to the digital photography phenomenon, those who still refuse to switch over to digital will still find 35mm cameras but now only from certain companies such as Olympus.  Great for people who simply want to take and develop their photos the old fashioned way without any of the nonsense of digital with using your computer, memory cards and other whatnots. You will probably get curious glances from the people around you when you whip out your 35mm but you'll hardly mind knowing that only an idiot would steal your antique of a camera and that your memories are safely stored away in the shoebox in your closet and not a disaster prone computer.

Basics of a 35mm

  • Lens: non-removable; some come with two lenses for optimal zooming or an extra wide lens for panorama shots.
  • Zoom: usually referred to as 3x meaning that its focal range is 100mm to 300mm; the higher the number, the closer you can just to your subject.
  • Auto-Focus: standard in 35mm; the camera will automatically focus on your subject.
  • Flash: non-removable; standard in 35mm; for shooting in low light settings; some come with various flash modes for different lighting situations.
  • Auto-Rewind: the camera will automatically rewind the film once you're down with the roll.
  • Point and Shoot: another name for 35mm with auto-focus for its ease in use due to its many automated features; now also used for compact digital cameras.
Recommended 35mm Cameras

Olympus 35mm Supezoom 105G 

Samsung 35mm Zoom Camera 

Olympus Superzoom ultra compact 35mm camera 

Canon 35mm Camera with 38-150mm Zoom 

The Pros of 35mm

  • The quality of photos from a 35mm camera is undeniably the best. Film can capture much more light and color than a computer and so creates a crisper, clearer, more colourful image.
  • For people who just want their plain old prints, there is no need to go digital.
  • 35mm is still the easiest to use and most convenient.
  • Negatives last a long time so if you want more prints or larger prints, all you have to do is take it to the store.
  • Cheapest cameras in the business.

The Pros of Digital

  • No shoeboxes. No clutter. That enormous pile of photo albums is reduced to a folder on your desktop.
  • Digital cameras come as small as a box of matches.
  • You can take a lot more photos with a digital, with the added ability to erase less flattering photos.
  • Sharing photos is a lot easier and faster using email.
  • If you invest in your own photo printer, you won't have to leave the house to develop and print your photos.

SLR Cameras

Since 35mm is actually the size of film, most SLR cameras also technically fall into this category because they also use 35mm film.  The difference between the two is that SLRs give the photographer much more creative control since it is up to the photographer to adjust the aperture, the shutter speed, and etc.  Because of this, SLR users should to be familiar with the knowledge of the inner workings of a camera and photography which is not necessarily needed with normal 35mm camera with all of its automated features.

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