December 16, 2015 at 1:58PM


Low Cost Film Camera

Are there any low cost film cameras out there? Shooting film sounds cool, but is it practical? If anyone could show some prices for a whole setup that would be awesoem.


Low cost, and film, do not go together. Depending on the project, the cost of the camera may be negligible compared to the cost of film, supplies, processing, etc. So, if you're concerned about the cost of a camera, you probably can't afford to shoot film.

December 19, 2015 at 11:09AM, Edited December 19, 11:09AM


The camera is going to be waaaayyy cheaper than the film itself plus the processing and getting it scanned at a high res. Film is fun, but it just turns into a stressful mess if you don't have the budget for everything needed.

December 22, 2015 at 12:33PM

Wyatt Spalding
Director of Photography

Not practical whatsoever. Theres alot of capable old film cameras that can give you a nice image. But to get that image is a huge expensive process compared to digital.

16mm or super 16 would be acceptable to get scanned be not the worst image. Theres a few cameras out there but what was recommended when this bug bit me were these russian cameras that I think ran super 16. C mount lenses and all that. Lensing and stock testing is the next step that will take up money and time. You can always wing it but with super 16 mags being small you wont have much room to experiment. You could try to build a scanning method yourself but thats also expensive and time consuming.

March 23, 2016 at 7:23AM

Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer

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