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4 August 2020 19:50

Photography video graphics web | Florence Tiber-Valley Experience
Photography video graphics web | Florence Tiber-Valley Experience

Find Your Analog Camera

We strongly suggest you to re-use a camera abandoned in a draw at home instead to buy a new one

But, even if they were super strong cameras and top-of-the-list at their times, today they are old. Rubbers are the most weak parts of old cameras, beside lubricants which get tough and sticky.

Servicing your old camera

All old cameras need servicing if they were still for long time. Please provide for servicing your camera at home if you can, or we can assist you in servicing your camera in Florence or in the Tiber Valley.

The most common issue with old cameras are light proof seals which get tough and crumble after a couple of rolls you start again using your camera, so light leaks strike your film. Or the shutter is stuck by old grease. If your camera does not work in class, you miss time and lessons! Please think at that in advance, Thank you.

35 mm or medium format camera?

This list is for who needs to buy a camera. The list is comprehensive of some photocameras we suggest to begin the photography course. Cameras selected are easy-to-use, good to help learning, strong and reliable, easy to fix in case of malfunctioning. Not listed cameras are not good for many reasons.

In case you own a model not listed, ask your teacher for assessment. Please note that choosing Nikon, Pentax, Leica or Olympus you will be able to use the majority of your film lenses on the modern digital cameras. Not possible the same with other brands.

This is a list of cameras made for the European market. Some models have different names in the American market.

Analogue film photocameras which are good for to study photography

35 mm format cameras

CANON
F1, F1 NEW, FT (all models), A1, AE1, AT1, CANONET QL 17 and 19, ET, AL, T70, T90, EOS types 1, 3, 5,
Not recommended: T80, EOS Rebel (all models), EOS 1000
Unuseful: AV (all models), CANONET other types non QL17 or 19

CONTAX
RTS, RTSII, RTSIII, G, G2, Aria, N1, S2
Unuseful: T

FED
All models useful

FUJICA
ST (all models), AX-3
Unuseful: AZ (all models)

HASSELBLAD
XPan

KONICA
AUTOREFLEX, HEXAR RF

MAMIYA
500 DTL, DSX 500/1000
Unuseful: NC (all models), ZE (all models)

LEICA
I, II, III, M2, M3, M4, M4-2, M4-P, M5, M6, M7, R, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, CL

MINOLTA
SRT (all models), XM, XK, X1, XE (all models), XD1, XD7, XG, X300, X500, X700, X370, HI-MATIC (only types with lens 1.7 or 1.9), CLE, X9
Not recommended: Dynax (all models), 5000, 7000, 9000
Unuseful: SR, HI-MATIC with lens 2.8

NIKON
NIKOMAT (all types), NIKKORMAT, F, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, FM, FM2, FM2N, FM3A, FE, FE2, FA, F301, F501, F601, F801, F80, F90, F100
Not recommended: F401, F40, F50, F60, F70
Unuseful: FG

OLYMPUS
OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, OM20, 0M40, 35RC (only if 2.8 lens)
Unuseful: OM10

PENTAX
MX, LX, KX, KM, K2, K1000, P30, Spotmatic,
Not recommended: ME (all models)
Unuseful: MV (all models)

PRAKTICA
MTL, BMS, DTL, LTL, BX20D, PLC, BC1, VLC
Unuseful: BCA, EE

RICOH
XR (all models), 500 RF
Unuseful: series 500 (but RF),

ROLLEI
SL2000, SL3000, SL35
Unuseful: ROLLEI 35 (all models)

VOIGTLAENDER
BESSA R, R2, R3, R4, VITOFLEX E,
Unuseful: L type

YASHICA
FR, FR2 (FR II), FX-D, FX-3 (all models), F-108 (all models)

ZORKI
All models useful

CAMERA BRANDS WHICH ARE NOT RECOMMENDED
ZENITH (all models)
LOMO (all models)

Medium format cameras

CONTAX
645 (all models)

FUJI
Fujica G, GL, GW, GSW, 645, 670, GX680, 690

HASSELBLAD
500 (all models), F (all models)

KIEV
All models are good

LUBITEL
All models are good

MAMIYA
C (all models), 645 (all models), RB, RZ (all models), Super 23 (all models), Press Universal, Mamiya 6 and 7

MINOLTA
AUTOCORD (all models)

PENTACON
PENTACON SIX

PENTAX
645, 67,

ROLLEI
ROLLEICORD (III, IV, V, VB)
ROLLEIFLEX A, B, C, D, E, E2, E3, F, GX, FX, T, SL66 (all models), series 6000 (all models),

YASHICA
YASHICAMAT (all models)

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