what kind of camera do i need for slid film?

3 Answers

  • Sumi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Technically any film camera that accepts 35mm or 120/220 film will allow you to use slide film.  On a practical level, you're probably not going to buy a medium format camera that takes 120/200 film due to the size, weight and expense.

    A pocket camera will technically work, but it's not recommended for two main reasons: 1) they normally do not have wide-angle lenses required for a selfie which is typically taken with the camera held at arms length.  2) The exposure system of pocket cameras are not reliable or sophisticated enough to ensure proper exposure of slide film.

    Unlike print film where if you should overexpose it by a few stops, you won't see any adverse affects.  In fact, you may find that the colors are more vibrant.  Not so with slide film!  If you overexpose slide film, the film becomes more and more clear with no possibility of recovering the image.  You need to be very accurate with slide film, meaning that the exposure must be within about 1/2 stop of "correct" exposure.  Pocket cameras, with the exception of high-end ones like the Contax G, simply don't have the ability to dial in the exposure or even do it automatically reliably.

    Therefore, in order to take selfies with slide film, you really should get an SLR.  With very few exceptions (e.g. Canon T50, Nikon EM, Minolta 3000) SLRs provide full manual control over the exposure system.  The later models with auto focus, especially those by Nikon & Canon, have exposure systems good enough to put it into full auto and get a reasonable number of frames with exposures that are good enough.  Of course, if "good enough" isn't good enough, you can easily adjust the exposure using exposure compensation or by putting the camera in manual mode.

    I'd look at any of these bodies as great ones to have.  However, since you do not state what you want to photograph, it's hard to say which one would be best for you.  I listed the bodies from least to most capable.

    Canon: Elan, Elan II, A2, EOS 3, EOS 1

    Nikon: N6006, N8008, N8008S, N90, N90S, F300, F5

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Indeed, any 35mm camera can be used to shoot 35mm slide film.

    If you have no experience of using film, you might like to get help from the camera in  setting the exposure level, but most 35mm cameras made in  the last 40 years can give you that help.

    You will almost certainly have to buy second -hand ("used").  Might I suggest you buy from a camera shop, rather than online, since you can get help from the shop in starting out with an unfamiliar piece of kit.

    I presume you are on a course which requires you to use slide film,.  Maybe get help from the teacher.

  • 2 months ago

    Do you mean side film?

    If so any 35mm camera with the appropriate ISO setting for the film.

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