It’s not all about the gear or how much it costs
There is a lot of expensive, top of the line gear out there. You know all about it because it’s pretty much the only gear you see posted about on film accounts. Leica, Hasselblad, Contax, even point-n-shoots are getting pricey these days. But we’re here to tell you, it’s not all about the gear or how much it costs.
For example, more than half of the content posted on our social media is taken with a Canon EOS film body that costs less than $100. We often shoot with a Canon Rebel that costs roughly $15 paired with either a Canon 50mm f/1.8 or 40mm f/2.8–both of which cost around $100.
This camera looks cheap and is cheap BUT it doesn’t mean it’s incapable of amazing results.
I often find that I not only enjoy the experience of shooting with a Canon Rebel over a Leica, but I also like the results better. And not only that–for less than $150 you get a 2000th max shutter, a smart matrix meter, multiple exposure mode, a variety of other modes, exposure compensation, a flash, and so much more. Yes, cameras like these aren’t nearly as durable and may feel cheap, but that’s the beauty of them. You don’t have to worry about the possibility of breaking it because it’s easily replaced. That makes these great everyday cameras for travel, adventure, hiking, rainy days, etc. One downside is that they’re not mechanical like a Canon F-1, Nikon FM2, Leica m6, etc. But the Canon Rebel batteries are tiny and last forever, so all you need to do is keep a pair of batteries in your bag in case you need them!
Photos taken with the Canon Rebel
Trev reviews a camera you probably don’t hear much about or see much frequently, other than maybe on our own Instagram. It’s not a Leica it’s not a Nikon FM2, Nikon F3 Pentax 67, Hasselblad or one of the expensive point shoots that you can get these days. It is a camera that has pretty much created 50 percent of the content that you’ve seen on our TheDarkroom page over the past two years. It’s not a camera that’s on anyone’s top 10 list or most desirable. You’ve seen the Canon Rebel likely because you’ve heard of the digital ones. Before digital, Canon made rebels from the mid-90s into the early 2000s and this is one of the newer early 2000 models there are a lot of different models but first how I came to start shooting with this camera is five years ago when I got my first autofocus film camera it was the canon elan 7 and I got this camera just because I found a good price on it and it fit my hand really well and I just all the functions work for me and I love this camera but then naturally you want to upgrade so I upgraded well I wanted to upgrade to the 1v because that’s like the holy grail of EOS Canon lenses or cameras but I couldn’t afford that so I went with the next best thing and that is the eos 3. so the eos 3 spec-wise is technically better you know it shoots at 8 000 of a second which is really fast it shoots six frames a second which is also really fast but I don’t need that it’s a little more rugged but over the years and actually the first couple months i started realizing that i would naturally go towards this camera it because it is smaller and it is significantly quieter this thing sounds like a samurai sword when you take a photo it’s just very loud it draws a lot more attention because it’s bigger and this one also the elon 7 also has a pop-up flash which i don’t use too much but on occasion it’s kind of convenient to have and then two years ago my wife when she wanted to start shooting more film she got a canon rebel very similar to this it was a different model but very similar she had the white 40-millimeter pancake and it was just kind of a goofy not so attractive setup and i didn’t think much of it at first until i saw her photos and her photos were just as good as mine on this camera or the eos 3 they’re just a sharp the metering was good and you know that and that’s the beauty of film cameras and we’ll get into that in a little bit but so long story short i got one for myself and i got the black 40-millimeter pancake lens that’s a 2.8 and i love this this is one of my favorite lenses so the cool thing about so first of all look at that size difference um this is rebel and the eos 3 and if you take this 40 millimeter pancake and you put it on the eos 3 and you go out and shoot the same photos in the same scenes you’re going to get the same images you know there’s only a few little factors like say you need a super fast shutter speed or it’s really fast moving subject you need slightly faster autofocus then this might outperform it but for the most part for normal film photography these cameras with the same lens even if you don’t use the same settings you just use the meter reading these have very similar media me this one’s a slightly more advanced meter but i’ve never noticed a difference in quality between these two and that’s because outside of your own vision and creativity when it comes to film your quality of your image comes from your lens your film and your exposure the body’s just holding it together basically and has the meter inside of it so as long as you know how to use your in camera meter and you and your camera works well for you and you know how to use it you should be able to get really good photos regardless of how expensive your camera is and i over the years have started to use this more than my elon 7 just because it’s it’s just works for me it’s very small i’m not not a big person and you can see it’s it’s just a really small camera and especially with a lot of hype around point-and-shoots now with a lot of uh high-end point shoots going for like their prices are just getting really high you know like the 35 nikon 35 ti and 28 ti and the minolta tc1 and the contacts t2 and t1 and there’s a lot the fuji class the olympus stylus epic you name it this might be controversial but this camera is better than all of those it will take better photos than all of those cameras the only difference is it is bigger so it is a little bit bigger it’s actually lighter than some of them but when it comes to image quality and versatility this camera is significantly better because you know if you want 28 millimeter like the nikon uh 28 ti you put a 28 millimeter on it if you want 35 you put a 30 on it you want anything else you put that on it you have that focal length you have faster autofocus you have manual focus you have manual mode you have um aperture priority shutter priority program you even have an auto mode and you even have a pop-up flash that works really well and will create just as good of results as any of those point-and-shoots and this camera is very sharp well the camera’s not sharp the lens is very sharp and a lot of the other lenses are very sharp as well and you can change your iso you can do double exposures with this you can pick multiple different things it’s just a very versatile camera but also very cheap and speaking of cheap this one was 25 and this lens was bought used for a hundred dollars but brand new it’s 150 so you know even if you bought that lens brand new with this camera you can find these cameras for fifty dollars or cheaper um everywhere you know kdh sells them you can even find them on um facebook market and stuff like that but i recommend buying them from a place that may have tested them so you know that they’re working well and that the flash works and stuff like that um but yeah so if you want to learn more about this camera if you want to see the photos that this camera has taken be sure to check out thedarkroom.com because we have a blog there that um shows some of our favorite photos that this has taken and we also if you have any questions about um different you know models there’s a lot of different models i think there’s there’s probably more than 10 different uh canon rebels out there but they’re all uh very similar some of them vary but if you have any questions about that or want any recommendations let us know and then also in the comments below we would love to know what your equivalent is of this camera do you have a cheap camera that’s maybe a nikon or a minolta or anything else we’d love to hear what your cheap but still very good camera is um we and it’s fun talking about this because it’s fun to share with you all that it’s not all about how much your gear cost it’s not how desirable um your camera is and how good looking your camera is this isn’t the best looking camera but it doesn’t mean that it can’t take good photos and it doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable to shoot because i actually really do enjoy shooting with this camera because i don’t have to think much it’s it’s just a very good camera yeah until next time.
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