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What is the best camera for you?

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

Come roll with us

Volume 5:

How to choose the best camera for you!

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In this fourth volume of come roll with us we help you choose the perfect camera for you.

When looking to buy your first film camera it can be a bit daunting having so many choices and different models and styles!

In this article we are going to go over a few of the types of cameras and what style they suit best for different levels of ability.

Styles of cameras include:

Point and shoot

SLR (Single lens reflex)


TLR (Twin lens reflex)


Large Format

There is more but these are the main types


The small compact automatic cameras that everyone knows and loves!

These are perfect cameras for beginners or someone looking for a small camera to travel with or bring to a festival to keep in your pocket.

Benefits of a point and shoot:

Compact size

Automatic features

Most have built in flash

Super easy to use

Fun retro look

Some come with zooms

Downside of point and shoots:

Lack of creative control over photos

Some lenses lack sharpness (can be nice)

Models include:

Olympus MJUII and MJU series

Canon sure shot series

Pentax espio series

Contax T2

Konica big mini series

Many others

SLR single lens reflex

Are a interchangeable lens system with a mirror and prism setup allowing you to see through the lens. These cameras are considered slightly more advanced to a point and shoot but there are automatic models with auto focus much like modern day digital slrs. Using a slr give you the options to have full creative control over your photos! There are two types of slrs a manual slr and a automatic slr see below where we going into more details and models.

A manual slr:

is one where you have to manually focus the camera, there are different variations of this style with some cameras like the Canon AV-1 which allows you to shoot in aperture priority which is where you choose the aperture (depth of field) and the camera chooses the perfect shutter speeds for the light in the setting. Other models have built in light meters where they help guide you to the correct shutter speed and aperture settings. The slr is a great style of camera and such a pleasure to shoot with once you get the hang of the controls.

Models include: Olympus OM-1, Canon AE-1, Nikon F ect

An automatic slr:

is one with auto focus and automatic features much like a point and shoot but with an interchangeable lens. Most of the models include fully automatic setting with the option for manual override like most modern day slrs. These cameras are super light weight normally and easy to use a perfect first film camera or upgrade from a point and shoot.

Models include: Canon eos series, Nikon F late series, Minolta dynax, Pentax z series

Benefits of a SLR:

Full creative control over your photos with manual settings

Ability to change lenses and use prime lenses

Teaches you how to use light meter

Learn more about aperture

More authentic experience (in my opinion)

Have a classic look and feel in the hands with metal construction

Downsides of slrs:

Can be quite heavy and bigger

Might not expose photos correctly (if using manual)

Require light seals changing every few years


Is a camera fitted with a rangefinder, typically a split-image rangefinder patch: a range-finding focusing mechanism allowing the photographer to measure the subject distance and take photographs that are in sharp focus. A more advanced way of taking photos vs point and shoots and slrs. Some models have interchangable lenses also. Rangefingers tend to be the more expensive type of camera from LEICA. You can also get medium format range finders like: Mamiya 6 and 7, Bronica 645

Models include:

Leica M series, Canon canonnet series, Canon 7, Minolta Hi Matic, Nikon S series, Contax series, and many more.

Benefits of a range finder:

Has a very precis focusing system

more compact vs a slr

Leica glass is a huge plus

More street cred haha

Very quiet

Downsides of a rangefinder:

Generally more expensive

Takes a minute to understand the system

Some dont have built in light meters (use sunny 16 rule or external light meter)

TLR Twin lens reflex

Is a type of camera with two objective lenses of the same focal length. One of the lenses is the photographic objective or "taking lens" (the lens that takes the picture), while the other is used for the viewfinder system, which is usually viewed from above at waist level. These cameras are for more advanced users as they take quite some time to get used to the handeling.

Models include:

Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, Yasicha series, Mamiya C series, ect

Benefits of shooting with a TLR:

Light weight for a medium format

Cosmetically beautiful

Classic feel and use


close focusing

Downsides of TLR:

Can be hard to get images straight at first

Paralax what you see isnt the image

Film is expensive 12 shots a roll

Large Format

I havent personally shot large format but look incredible but its very hands on and a big process to get each shot but when you nail it theres nothing else quite like it! 100% for very experinced shooters

Some recommendation at the end:

First film camera:

Point and shoot


Automatic SLR

Second film camera:

Manual SLR


Automic SLR



We hope this has been fun to read and you have learnt something and will find it easier to choose your next film camera :)

Tune in for more volumes of Come roll with us



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