I’m visiting Paris next year & I’m a novice at photography. What’s the best film camera kit to begin with? ?

I’m going to take a Cool Shot digital camera as well but I want fantastic photographs to commemorate my experience. I want to take color and black & white photos of the city. I want to capture the architecture, the markets, the cobblestones, the people, the gardens, through my very own eyes. I need a camera that will deliver without being over-complicated. I have a budget of 0-0 which should include the camera and lens (other accessories are not as important). I also need recommendations for film (i.e. during the morning, day, night, for museums, restaurants, shops, markets, we’re attending the opera, cabaret,etc. and would like photos of our formal wear…. lol, for those sites where a big camera isn’t feasible, the Cool Shot will serve me well). Thanks so much for your help! 🙂

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    3 Responses to “I’m visiting Paris next year & I’m a novice at photography. What’s the best film camera kit to begin with? ?”

    1. spam juice Says:

      In my opinion, I really recommend you getting a Nikon D40 kit with a Nikon 18-135 lens (should fit your budget). The camera is smaller than your average DSLR, quick and easy to use. The main advantage that I see with digital cameras is you can change ISO on the fly. With film camera, you will have to change out your film to adjust for different light levels. This will help you since some of the museums do not allow flash photography. The pocket digital cameras are convenient, but you will not be happy with the end result compared to a DSLR.

    2. ßÄ?€ß㣠M??†€?™ Says:

      are you sure you want a film camera? Go with a digital…

    3. Ara57 Says:

      Well, you have asked a book full. You might be better served by a dSLR. Film does not give instant feedback. So unless you have available intensive classes and are very quick on the up-take, you most likely won’t be able to judge exposure on the fly in many changing conditions. Also digital sensors and memory won’t be affected by X-ray.

      Which ever route you go, a moderately wide angle fast lens will be useful indeed, or a 50mm f/1.8 or 1.4 on a film camera. My favorite lens for walk-around film is the Nikon 24-85 f/2.8 – 4. You could get a used film body and the 50mm lens well within your budget.

      Or you can go light and easy and get an Olympus Stylus Epic 35mm film camera. It has a nice lens (get the fixed focal length and not one of the zooms) It is bright and sharp and you can stick it in a pocket for street shots. Kodak 400UC is lovely film for color, and I like triX for B&W. Ilford is woth looking at, too.

      Have fun in Paris!

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