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Best Cameras to Get You Back Into Film

News Flash: Film is making a comeback, and in a very big way. You watched it happen with vinyl, and now you’re slowly watching it happen with film. But is it really that shocking? Just as people learned that analog sounds better with music, it also often looks better with photography.

Your interest is piqued and you want to see what all the fuss is about, but you have no clue what you’re doing. You don’t know an SLR from a rangefinder, or 35mm from medium format.

The Canon AE-1

One of the most well known and widely circulated 35mm SLR cameras ever made, the Canon AE-1 has one of the most important seats at the table. Manufactured from 1976 to 1984, this camera helped bridge the gap between hardcore photo professionals and hobbyists. These rigs are sturdy and reliable, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get your hands on. Plus, Canon’s FD lenses are incredible and famous in their own right, and can generally be had on the cheap. Its younger brother, the Canon AE-1 Program, whose notable advancements include a fully automatic mode and shutter priority, is also a great option for people looking to get into analog photography.

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