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Title: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: CanonGrunt on March 29, 2013, 06:02:53 PM
I am doing this poll mostly because I am in the market for a film body. Right now I am still leaning towards an EOS 1V or an AE-1 Program and getting a few FD lenses. Please let me know what y'all think, what y'all like , and why!

Thanks!

Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: dr croubie on March 29, 2013, 06:56:11 PM
The only reason to get a 1V over a 3 is for slightly better weather sealing, and the extra fps when you've got the Power Booster grip attached, or you want to run IR film (eos 3 fogs IR, 1V doesn't). I've got a PB-E2 on my EOS 3 for vertical framing, but I've never used HSC, only ever one shot at a time, I don't want to burn through a roll of film in 3.5 seconds. Also, EOS3 has the eye-control, 1V doesn't (it's great for street with my 40mm and Delta Pro 100). Both have the same 45pt AF of the 1Ds3 and 1D4.
Otherwise, both are roughly the same, spot-linked metering on the 3 is another plus that my 7D doesn't have.
And the 3 is $100-200, 1V goes for $400+.

Or if you don't want as high build quality or AF, just get an EOS 5 for $20...
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: TexasBadger on March 29, 2013, 06:56:26 PM
If you are willing to go with FD lenses, then I would highly recommend Canon F-1.  My favorite film camera of all time.  If you want EOS, I do like my Elan 7.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: BruinBear on March 29, 2013, 07:06:48 PM
Canon QL-17 Rangefinder!!! Love mine...ignore me, just had to
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: Drizzt321 on March 29, 2013, 07:36:46 PM
Well, my response of Other is based on my recent acquisition of a Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera. As for 35mm, I have a Minolta X-700 that's kinda nice, but haven't tried out any of the Canon models.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: FTb-n on March 29, 2013, 07:38:37 PM
My favorite is the FTb-n, the F-1's little brother.  Partially for sentimental reasons, I learned the craft with this camera.  Great micro-prism focus and 12% center spot meter.  Fully manual and no dependency upon batteries for the shutter.

I've done more with AE-1 bodies, but only using manual exposure shooting.  The electronic bodies are great for shutter speed accuracy and the FTb-n may need more maintenance to keep the shutter speed accurate.

However, if I were in the market for an FD film body, the F-1n would be my first choice.  It has everything I like about the FTb-n and it's built like a tank.

+1 on the Canon QL-17 for something a tad smaller and lot quieter.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: Danielle on March 29, 2013, 07:57:43 PM
I have a mamiya rb67 too. My most preferred by far.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: Drizzt321 on March 29, 2013, 08:12:37 PM
I have a mamiya rb67 too. My most preferred by far.

Just got mine a month ago, really awesome, but still learning my way and adapting my shooting style. And getting used to how film exposes differently than digital.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: Artifex on March 29, 2013, 08:20:57 PM
Honestly, I can only answer Pentax K-1000! This camera is a literally a tank; it's all mechanical, all metal. You could definitly take any joke about the Nokia phone from the internet and replace it by the Pentax K-1000!  ;) The only down side is that it is a bit hard to put the film in it the right way. After 30+ years and thousand of photos, it still looks and feels new.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: skullyspice on March 29, 2013, 08:37:23 PM
The 1v HS is amazing! I love it. My second favorite would be an F-1n with motor winder, so much fun to shoot with. Yes I think I will shoot some film this weekend as well.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: dr croubie on March 29, 2013, 09:12:12 PM
Also, it's really sad that I may have to sell my beloved Bessa L soon. It's a great travel/hiking camera with my 21mm f/4 Skopar and Velvia 50, or jam in some FP4 125 and it's also a great wide street kit.

Of course, the only reason to sell is because I've just scored a Bessa R3A off ebay, with the 1x VF it's the most accurate RF behind a Leica M7, and also I've got a mint Canon 135/3.5 LTM lens in the post. I foresee some sneaky street-portraits with Tmax 400 in my future.

Maybe i'll just keep both bodies, the Bessa L is only $100...
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: risc32 on March 29, 2013, 09:13:15 PM
i really like my eos 1n, but i have more fun "using the force" (zero automation) with either my fuji 6x9 or my 64 yr old graflex 4x5. That one is special. my grandfather took photos of my mother with it when she was very young and I now use it to take photos of my kids.

Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: Hillsilly on March 29, 2013, 09:29:23 PM
I don't own a 1 series film camera, so can't comment on those.  But I own a lot of others.  The Elan 7e and the Eos 3 are my favourites.  I've had my 7e for over 10 years and it has been a great camera.  Last year, I purchased an Eos 3.  Overall, I'd agree that it is better than the 7e.  Since buying the 3, the 7e has lived on the shelf.

For what its worth, my favourite film camera is a Mamiya 6, which is my no 1 camera.  Also, despite some drawbacks, some of my favourite photos have been taken with a Mamiya RB67 Pro S (WOW - Didn't know there were so many other Mamiya people on this forum!).  And I think this is where it gets interesting.  Why would you want to shoot 35mm film given the superiority of digital over that format?  Plus you've also got to consider the hassle of developing it.  And the cost of buying film.  If you shoot Large Format (or if you're not hard core enough, medium format like me), at least you can argue that you're on a similar quality level.  And many large format cameras offer movements / adjustments that can give your photos a very unique look.   The benefit of medium format is that you have very large negatives to play use.  This makes developing and printing at home a lot easier.  And serioulsy, given the prices right now, I'd be looking at a Hasselblad.  And not that its that relevant, but for some reason, girls find guys with Hasselblad's very sexy.  (Look at the advertising for a lot of premium brands and you'll be surprised how often these cameras appear).   
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: dppaskewitz on March 29, 2013, 09:34:57 PM
If you are going to use FD lenses, then buy a T-90.  Last Canon Pro camera before the EF lenses.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: mws on March 29, 2013, 09:58:46 PM
Not a Canon, but my Fuji GW690ii
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: paul13walnut5 on March 29, 2013, 10:03:36 PM
I picked a 3, because it is a favourite.

My favourite compact camera was my Ricoh GR1s (in champagne finish) still have my old Mju II in the cupboard, great pub camera with ilford xp2 loaded!

My favourite 35mm camera was actually my old zenit horizon.  The results were ok, but tit was the winding and the noise and the occassion of taking a photograph.  In contrast my 3 is so blandly, predictably efficient, although the horizon was probably quieter.

I also loved my ETRSi.  I loved the head phurk of viewing the lateral reversed matte screen and doing a pan. 

I used to use Minolta before canon, I suppose I always have a soft spot for the x-500, the SRT-303 and my first adult camera with proper options... the A2e (or EOS 5 as we called it)

Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: funkboy on March 29, 2013, 10:53:48 PM
As you can see from my profile image, that would be the Canon T90 (http://cameraquest.com/t90.htm).


etc. etc. etc. (http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/canont90/)

The ownership proposition today is a little tricky as these were truly professional cameras & thus mostly used by professionals, which means that a lot of them that you find in the market are really beat to hell.  They still work, but since Canon stopped making parts a long time ago you're kinda screwed if you have a problem.  If you can find one in good shape, go for it.  FD lenses are awesome & cheap as chips (just as EdMika :-).

I've got an EOS 1n too just so that I have a good film body for all my EOS lenses.  I think I paid about $150 for it in beat-up condition from B&H about 10 years ago.  Also nice but doesn't do it for me the way the T90 did.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: greger on March 30, 2013, 03:26:21 AM
I voted AE-1 because I own one and it still works. I have a roll of film in it that I have to shoot this summer or take it out
and trash the film. I've heard of people developing pics after the film sat in the camera for years. I prefer Digital over Film.
I shot a lot of Kodak slide film and have some nice pics from the years that I used it. I haven't looked at them for many years and am not sure if they are still good or not.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: Sporgon on March 30, 2013, 05:24:36 AM
I don't own a 1 series film camera, so can't comment on those.  But I own a lot of others.  The Elan 7e and the Eos 3 are my favourites.  I've had my 7e for over 10 years and it has been a great camera.  Last year, I purchased an Eos 3.  Overall, I'd agree that it is better than the 7e.  Since buying the 3, the 7e has lived on the shelf.

For what its worth, my favourite film camera is a Mamiya 6, which is my no 1 camera.  Also, despite some drawbacks, some of my favourite photos have been taken with a Mamiya RB67 Pro S (WOW - Didn't know there were so many other Mamiya people on this forum!).  And I think this is where it gets interesting.  Why would you want to shoot 35mm film given the superiority of digital over that format?  Plus you've also got to consider the hassle of developing it.  And the cost of buying film.  If you shoot Large Format (or if you're not hard core enough, medium format like me), at least you can argue that you're on a similar quality level.  And many large format cameras offer movements / adjustments that can give your photos a very unique look.   The benefit of medium format is that you have very large negatives to play use.  This makes developing and printing at home a lot easier.  And serioulsy, given the prices right now, I'd be looking at a Hasselblad.  And not that its that relevant, but for some reason, girls find guys with Hasselblad's very sexy.  (Look at the advertising for a lot of premium brands and you'll be surprised how often these cameras appear).


ROFLAO  ;D

that's where I went wrong ! All those years I shot with a Pentax 6x7  :'(

Seriously though, I remember that in the 'old' days, those wanting to shoot 'glamour' were recommended to use cameras with waist level finders as generally the models were more comfortable with photographer looking down rather than straight at them.

To the OP, if you're going to include FD mount cameras I'm surprised you haven't included the wonderful F-1
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: Harry Muff on March 30, 2013, 05:29:34 AM
Still got my EOS 1N which I bought new in 1996. Still awesome to hold in m hands.
Title: Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
Post by: CharlieB on March 30, 2013, 08:55:31 PM
The real thing to consider is - do you go with FD or EOS film.

In the FD world, there are lots of good cameras for just a little money - but - you'll need the glass too.

In the EOS world... you're limited a bit.  I've had two EOS5's (A2e's), and still have one, just to have it.  They're ok, but compared to todays digital, are a very clunky and odd design.

The EOS3 is also very good... amazingly so.  If you can find one in good shape, its not a bad "film camera" to have.

These days, all my film work is with Leica.  I just love it.  Wish the M9 was more affordable, and had a bit better sensor (but I can live with the sensor).

Cheers