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Top 10 Reasons You Should Learn Photography on an Old Film Camera

By Jules Ebe on June 2nd 2013

What’s the best camera for learning photography? Before you run out and buy the next “big thing” in digital technology, watch as DigitalRev’s Kai W explains the top 10 reasons why you should use an old manual film camera to learn all your skills.

As a darkroom junky myself, I can attest to the fact that learning on a manual film camera not only gives you an edge, but it helps transition someone who may have only used their phone for pictures into someone who has a sound grasp of the foundational components of photography: light metering proper exposure, aperture, f-stops, ISO, and composition. After all, when each shot counts (literally), you tend to pay closer attention to the light and what you are framing in your lens. And don’t forget the “Sunny 16” rule.

10 Reasons Manual Film Cameras are Best for Learning Photography

Not sure what camera to get? My favorite 35mm film camera is the Pentax K1000, and can be found for around $26 used. Which ever camera you find, be sure to start with a 35mm size which can take those old film canisters.


Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

[via DigitalRev]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Had a K 1000.

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