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    250swb got a reaction from Aryel in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    It's ambiguous what the OP means by 'wowed' but it didn't take long before his bank balance is being put under strain and he's gone from simply getting back into film to feeling inadequate if he's not using a gold plated Carlos Fandango Multiblad. But wowed by results could mean following in the footsteps of HCB or buying a donkey to carry a 16x20 up a mountain like Ansel Adams.
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    250swb got a reaction from justru49 in I like film...(open thread)   
    River Wye, Derbyshire, at Litton Mill. Early sunshine creeping into the valley.
    Adox CMS20II with Nikon F3. Click to view on better resolution.

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    250swb got a reaction from pippy in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    But changing one non-compatible lens out for the overall usability of the AI/AI-S lenses shouldn't be ignored. With the AI-S lenses you are already into the realms of Auto Exposure and even bodies that offer auto film advance. In particular the 28mm AI-S is a considerable optical improvement over the AI version, although these improvements aren't equally significant between all AI and AI-S lenses.
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    250swb got a reaction from MarkP in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    But changing one non-compatible lens out for the overall usability of the AI/AI-S lenses shouldn't be ignored. With the AI-S lenses you are already into the realms of Auto Exposure and even bodies that offer auto film advance. In particular the 28mm AI-S is a considerable optical improvement over the AI version, although these improvements aren't equally significant between all AI and AI-S lenses.
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    250swb reacted to aksclix in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    Hm.. ok! 😌 will shop around and see what I get 
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    250swb reacted to pippy in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    ...which is precisely why I've been suggesting the FM over the FM2 in this thread. It's a more universally usable body in terms of Nikkor lens availability.
    Philip.
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    250swb got a reaction from Ray Vonn in Lightroom Rendering M11 Images Soft   
    It's a common misconception that a larger file size will automatically appear sharper right out of the camera. When you have a small image you have natural edge sharpening because of the abrupt jump between pixels displaying tones and colour, when you have a large file you have a greater number of pixels and these cause a softer transition between tones and colour because they are recording more information. So you just need to sharpen the image a bit more than you did with 24mp or 36mp. I imagine your LCD and EVF are applying some default sharpening.
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    250swb got a reaction from RayD28 in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    It's ambiguous what the OP means by 'wowed' but it didn't take long before his bank balance is being put under strain and he's gone from simply getting back into film to feeling inadequate if he's not using a gold plated Carlos Fandango Multiblad. But wowed by results could mean following in the footsteps of HCB or buying a donkey to carry a 16x20 up a mountain like Ansel Adams.
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    250swb got a reaction from MarkP in I like film...(open thread)   
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    Adox CMS20II with Nikon F3. Click to view on better resolution.

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    250swb reacted to Brancbūth in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    I really don't think I could recommend the Mamiya II for a first venture into film photography. @aksclix has already mentioned that they will probably hold off on rangefinder focusing and exert more energy on nailing manual shooting, rather than having to tackle several steep learning curves at once, so the 6, 7, and 7II would be out. The glass for those cameras is what makes them so good. The bodies themselves are problem-ridden and becoming increasingly difficult (and subsequently expensive) to repair, if they can be repaired at all.
    Also, the OP has defined "wow factor" as being "an image I can look at and feel the characteristics of film photography.. nice colors, contrast, atmospheric beauty that people refer to." I sincerely believe that 35mm is just as capable of delivering that than medium format is.
    I think the FM2 is a good choice.
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    250swb reacted to pippy in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    The 105mm really is a superb lens for portraiture as is the 85 f1.8 Nikkor-H for a bit of a 'looser' crop if you can find one which has the AI aperture ring.
    Philip.
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    250swb got a reaction from Brancbūth in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    I think if you got the legendary 105mm f/2.5 you'd have a full set for everyday photography. And if you find the 55mm a bit heavy look at the pancake 50mm f/1.8 AI-S, a lens that gives a Summicron a run for its money.
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    250swb reacted to aksclix in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    Yea, the recurring cost is a given… gotta do what you gotta do.. I did quote a 3k budget because nothing Leica is inexpensive… considering the FM2, I am almost down to 10-15% of that budget with some F lenses I already have 55 f/1.2, 28 f2.8, 20 f2.8
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    250swb reacted to logan2z in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    As others have suggested, I'd probably stay away from medium format at the start.  It's more expensive to get into and you'll probably want to be able to shoot more than 10-12 frames a roll as you're learning.  Medium format image quality is obviously better, but you'll be able to get a nice 8x10 or 11x14 print from 35mm without any trouble.  If you decide to stick with film, then there are plenty of good MF options from Hasselblad (my personal choice), Fuji, Mamiya, Plaubel Makina, Rollieflex, Yashica, etc.
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    250swb got a reaction from Shlomo in I like film...(open thread)   
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    Adox CMS20II with Nikon F3. Click to view on better resolution.

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    250swb got a reaction from bandrews in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    It's ambiguous what the OP means by 'wowed' but it didn't take long before his bank balance is being put under strain and he's gone from simply getting back into film to feeling inadequate if he's not using a gold plated Carlos Fandango Multiblad. But wowed by results could mean following in the footsteps of HCB or buying a donkey to carry a 16x20 up a mountain like Ansel Adams.
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    250swb got a reaction from ropo54 in I like film...(open thread)   
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    Adox CMS20II with Nikon F3. Click to view on better resolution.

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    250swb got a reaction from logan2z in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    If you are looking at newer SLR bodies from either Nikon or Canon they are often limited to more expensive and heavier modern AF lenses or various functions are crippled if using older lenses. This is partially why you keep hearing the word 'FM2' mentioned, a simple manual camera that works with a vast range of manual focus AI or AI-S designated Nikkor lenses. These lenses are in abundant supply and they are top quality, and the prices for Nikon equipment means you can build a large outfit very quickly allowing you to experiment with focal lengths and maybe even a second body so you can shoot colour and B&W at the same time. 
    If you want to try medium format many tend to be 'system cameras' needing various other pieces of kit to make them work how you'd like, such as needing spare film backs, extra lenses of course, a couple of different viewfinders maybe, a tripod. Unless you already know what you like I would keep it simple and buy a TLR Yashicamat 124G from a reputable dealer, it has a top quality lens and the negatives will make you appreciate the big difference between MF and 35mm.
    You'll soon get a feeling for what you like, maybe then think about a Leica or a Hasselblad for the experience, but it's already been mentioned, the film and the lens are the key things and the body is very secondary to the image.
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    250swb reacted to Aryel in Negative carriers size for black borders   
    Yes, I fully agree. I particularly love delta 3200 and use it a lot both in 35 and 120. 


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    250swb got a reaction from Aryel in Negative carriers size for black borders   
    The grain looks very good, it's something you should expect when using a faster film and something you can use for emotional effect. 
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    250swb got a reaction from HighlandLeica in I like film...(open thread)   
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    250swb got a reaction from stray cat in Negative carriers size for black borders   
    The grain looks very good, it's something you should expect when using a faster film and something you can use for emotional effect. 
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    250swb reacted to logan2z in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    You've already received some great suggestions, but I'd add my vote for something like the Nikon FM as a good starter film camera.  It's less expensive than the FM2/FM2N and is essentially the same camera.  Nikon AI lenses are good quality and very inexpensive too.  You can probably buy an FM in good condition with a 50mm AI lens for about $150.  If it turns out that film is something you want to keep doing, then you could consider a Leica film camera like an M4 or M6 (if you want a meter) down the road.  But since you don't have any M glass at the moment, it might be better to start out inexpensively with a Japanese SLR.
    Home developing of film sounds more difficult than it is.  I've only started developing at home recently (I've been using a lab for the last few years but making prints in my home darkroom) and have already been getting better results than I was getting from a lab.  But, again, I'd keep it simple at first and maybe find a decent lab that you can use for developing while you get the hang of shooting film.  One step at a time...
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    250swb reacted to oldwino in Starter but capable film camera for 2022?   
    If you can deal with manual focusing, a Nikon FM2 is a good reliable camera, and the Nikon AI lenses are very good and very reasonable priced (especially when compared to Leica). My FM kit, with 24mm, 35mm , 55mm and 135mm lenses, all in excellent condition, cost me less to buy than a used Leica M film body. 
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    250swb got a reaction from eddds in Those that added digital...did it take over?   
    Back in the day my M9 took over, also my MM, but the M240 less so and my M10 collects dust. The more clinical digital images become the less I like them. At least my Z7 is like a Swiss Army knife (compared to an M or even an SL) and has many uses especially for work, but I never use it in preference to film.
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