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libertyranger:
As the title says, I am looking for a film camera suggestions.  I would like a Canon and one that works with my current EF lenses (50mm 1.8 and a few others).  I'm not sure what my budget is.  I know there is the 1V that I could find used for a decent price, but what do you guys recommend....

My first SLR was a Rebel T3i so i am not familiar with film based camera, however I would like to learn.  I know there are things that film can do that digital still cannot. 

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to everyone's perspective on a good Canon Film Camera and their film of choice :)

libertyranger:
I should add that I would like a fairly new one.  Nothing to old.  So far I've seen the Rebel G, Elan 7, and 1D Mark V (think it was the last high end film camera that Canon made).

Jettatore:
If you don't mind a completely off the wall suggestion compared to what you initially posted...  I'd go for Medium Format.

"Which 6x6 camera is best? If you're rich and strong, I like the Rollei 6008 single-lens reflex system. If you are traveling and want something light, the Mamiya 6 rangefinder system is wonderful. If you're poor, you might consider a twin-lens reflex such as the Yashica 124 or Mamiya."
http://photo.net/equipment/medium-format/choosing#choice

If that suggestion isn't helpful, my apologies, I'm also searching for an article I read a few months ago to help answer your actual question.  But I'd recommend either spending more time with digital post production editing, or go into a format of film that would likely be simply unaffordable in today's digital market without a lot of DIY knowledge.  Also if you aren't planning to develop the film or at least the prints yourself this seems like an utter waste of time in the 35mm format, the idea that digital hasn't surpassed 35mm film yet (a notion that was brought up in a post on this forum not to long ago) is basically laughable and anyone who really believes this simply needs to learn more about digital photo editing, like it or not (and failing that effort, a simple collection of digital filters or color correction actions can and will quickly mimic any stylistic qualities, like muted color tones, etc., that those photographers are 'accidentally' or 'for free' getting with film that they like so much, i.e. it's a simple task to reproduce such filmic qualities in digital if you know what you are doing.

If you want to go into the developing process of traditional photography, that makes a lot of sense, but again, I'd move into an affordable medium format which will help differentiate the possibilities between your 35mm digital efforts and your film interests, giving you an excited set of reasons to pursue both over the longer term.

libertyranger:

--- Quote from: Jettatore on June 28, 2012, 01:01:11 PM ---If you don't mind a completely off the wall suggestion compared to what you initially posted...  I'd go for Medium Format.

"Which 6x6 camera is best? If you're rich and strong, I like the Rollei 6008 single-lens reflex system. If you are traveling and want something light, the Mamiya 6 rangefinder system is wonderful. If you're poor, you might consider a twin-lens reflex such as the Yashica 124 or Mamiya."
http://photo.net/equipment/medium-format/choosing#choice

If that suggestion isn't helpful, my apologies, I'm also searching for an article I read a few months ago to help answer your actual question.  But I'd recommend either spending more time with digital post production editing, or go into a format of film that would likely be simply unaffordable in today's digital market without a lot of DIY knowledge.  Also if you aren't planning to develop the film or at least the prints yourself this seems like an utter waste of time in the 35mm format, the idea that digital hasn't surpassed 35mm film yet (a notion that was brought up in a post on this forum not to long ago) is basically laughable and anyone who really believes this simply needs to learn more about digital photo editing, like it or not (and failing that effort, a simple collection of digital filters or color correction actions can and will quickly mimic any stylistic qualities, like muted color tones, etc., that those photographers are 'accidentally' or 'for free' getting with film that they like so much, i.e. it's a simple task to reproduce such filmic qualities in digital if you know what you are doing.

If you want to go into the developing process of traditional photography, that makes a lot of sense, but again, I'd move into an affordable medium format which will help differentiate the possibilities between your 35mm digital efforts and your film interests, giving you an excited set of reasons to pursue both over the longer term.

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Thank you for the suggestion.  I think I just want to try film out.  As far as my comment goes about film offering more than digital, I suppose I am just repeating what I've read in my research.  However, I know I could definitely learn more about digital editing and will continue to do so.

I would like to get my own darkroom some day.  Perhaps for now, I would have the film processed at my local photography store.  I just want to try out the film side of things, since being a younger man, did not have the opportunity to when I was younger (film was quite expensive to me when I was 12).  I thought 35mm, due to it being "full frame."  I would like to have a full frame camera some day (5DIII), however want to try it out and know film would be cheaper at the moment and just plain fun to learn/experiment with.

Jettatore:
Yeah I thought about 35mm film as a fun (cheap) way to test out the full frame capabilities of my L lenses, and then I just got a used 5D classic instead for a reasonable price.  I completely understand wanting to get into film photography, no qualms there.  I'm having trouble finding that article that I wanted to share with you, still looking though, here's two other links in the meantime.  If I find the right article I'll post it...

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/why-we-love-film.htm
http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/index.htm#35mm

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