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    For an inexpensive Change From 35mm

    What FILM camera would you choose as an inexpensive change from a 35mm camera? This would be for a teenager who would enjoy working with a different film. I was thinking TLR, but would like to read opinions. Thanks.

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    How about a medium format folder.
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    In a TLR I've used and like the Mamiya 330. A folder is also a good choice. For B & W they might enjoy a Voigtlander RF. My most used medium format currently is either a Diana + or a Brownie Hawkeye. Check out the Diana at http://www.lomography.com/diana/. BIll Barber

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 Olives View Post
    What FILM camera would you choose as an inexpensive change from a 35mm camera? This would be for a teenager who would enjoy working with a different film. I was thinking TLR, but would like to read opinions. Thanks.
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    Either a TLR or a pinhole. The pinhole Holgas are not a bad way to go. My new favorite camera is a pinhole I made from a Ricoh TLR with a frozen focus helicoid. I removed the glass lenses and made the pinhole using a pop can and a needle. I also do like the Holga, but I think you need to first become pretty comfortable in the darkroom to get consistently good prints.

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    Yashica TLR.
    A C220 as a good second choice. I would suggest a folder but with only guesstimate focusing for most of them, this might not hold the kid's interest. A C220 with a 65 mm lens will kick butt whether they are into street shooting or landscapes. if they are into portrait type stuff, a 105 or 180 mm lens are pretty reasonable these days. heck, it's all reasonable. The Yashica is very light and small.

    If you want to spring for a bit more, M645 equipment is dirt cheap too and usually comes with a metered prism.

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    Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8330/4.3.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105)

    Another vote for a TLR. Its very different operating feel made me rethink my views on cameras when I first picked one up. Lots of fun and unique in our SLR dominated world.
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    Teenager? Get them something simple and something that won't make you cry when they drop it.

    I guess it depends on the kid. Some are very careless with their belongings, while some aren't.

    If we're talking about a careful kid, then I probably would look at a TLR -- Yashica or maybe a Rolleicord or even a medium-range folding camera.

    If we're talking about a rough and tumble kid, then possibly a Holga (which could also be a good choice for the careful kid).

    In either case, I would opt for something as simple as possible.

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    My reason for suggesting a folder is that (a) they are very cool, even today and (b) they are very compact. Teenagers these days are so used to pocket gizmos, they probably don't want to schlep anything large. On the other hand, with some old cameras there may be that puppydog effect:

    Aww, that's cool, can I have a look?
    It's my 100 year old film camera.
    Wow, you know how to shoot film?
    Sure. Say, are you doing anything tonight?

    And so forth.
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    TLR. Even thought they look different, they are surprisingly friendly to use. My Yashica 12 has amazingly accurate match-needle metering and focusing is a delight with the big top viewscreen.

    Folders are only inexpensive if they come without a meter and a rangefinder. So that works only if you have a very experienced teenager, or one patient enough to carry and use an accessory light meter and rangefinder (or tape measure!)
    My other camera is a Pentax

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