Film cameras making a comeback.....

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    I watch a lot of Japanese TV and I am amazed in recent months - the air-time paid to generally 35mm film cameras...but also even the old Yashica and Mamiya twin-lens reflexes....And even Japanese plate cameras....ie mostly Mamiya.....It seems for the Japanese at least they are increasingly heading back to the film cameras - from the digitials we all use.....There must be a reason....and the reason(s) I am getting are better resolution, and the cost of the film and processing - requires better composition and results...

    Anyway, just wondering how any Australian photographers feel.....I have had many of the old Japanese classics.....Yashica, Minolta, Olympus, Canon, Pentax....and they all had good features and limitations.....Is film coming back at a professional level here - as it appears to be doing in Japan?

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    What instigated this is old Leicas getting outrageous amounts in Japan....and just saw an old 35mm Yashica rangefinder, looked early 1960's to me - selling for $6500 AUD......People are buying.....and at those prices the cameras of course are fully functional and renovated......F me ded.....Something is going on....I may have to build a darkroom again...LOL.....I miss those early cameras....They were so dedicated to the job......

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    The big advantage of the didital is you can go out there, point your camera and go bang, bang, bang.................. for as many shots as you like, then go home download onto your computer and keep 3 out of the 100 you took, then wipe your card and start again tomorrow, no cost. I was travelling about Australia photographing birds. You set your camera up before you begin the day, put it on automatic, the bird lands on the branch, fire, bang, bang, bang.............. You catch him sitting there, then taking off.

    But there is a pretty famous Australian landscape photographer [can't think of his name] who sells plenty using your old style camera, 35m, tripod, and he gets the ultimate picture, setting up at dawn to catch Ayres rock when the sun 1st hits, whatever.

    Horses for courses.

    P.S. What I would really like is the original laptop computer, with "no touchpad". If someone had the wisdom [there's no wisdom in modern technology] to bring out the standard old style laptop for the people who just want to do their work, with no games that are there to thrill the young at heart, I reckon they'd make a fortune.

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    Yes I am a bit unsure myself which is the superior medium....although the cheapest is obvious.....

    Funny you mention birds.....I worked with, just perhaps, someone you may have heard of....Prof. Brian Collins....He was heavily into northern finches.....habitat viability, populations, etc.....and I did some physiology work for him......This was back in the 90's.....Good guy......and well known in ornithology circles at the time.....

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    hope you are correct on the cameras .. i inherited several from my ancestors

    not much of a photographer myself but didn't throw the stuff away in case

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    Salvation...I don't know how correct I am - but several old film cameras especially 35mm...but even older plate, as in 4" X5" cameras....are bringing in stunning prices (at least in Japan). IF they still work - and are in fine condition.....Even some of the old Yashica 120mm twins-lens reflexes...are getting good prices - as are Mamiya equivalents.....Easiest way to test them - with film bought on ebay at 'reasonabe' prices....it is becoming much more common on ebay as the trend to film grows....Prices are not that bad either.....the hard part in Australia - is someone to develop them....But they are some who do - at a price.....Anyway, snap away on them - get them developed and do your research on values......if any......Some are staggering...some are far less so....Good Luck!

    What cameras do you have?

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    Which cameras have you got Salvation? I like to do precision work....I can dissect small mammals, birds, reptiles, snails etc....or humans - even before they realise they've been dissected.....On the technological side.....I can fix virtually anything, Honda motorcycle transmissions to a 747 INS avionics box.....So if your cameras are 'desirable' let me know.....I would give a fair price on them.....But I would advise you to check if they fully functional first.....then, you don't need me at all.....But you can contact me freely, if they are Japanese models working well - on where to sell them thru......

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    my father was the main photographer in the family ( but not the only one ) one i remember is a 35 mm Minolta

    several were circa WW2 box brownies , all my father's cameras were bought before 1968 .

    some of the others might be newer

    i am still not 'home ' so can't check model Nos ( for a while )

    haven't handled any of them for nearly 5 years , and have no film stock to test them with

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    Hi salvation....I hate to say it but the Minolta brand is pretty much like Kodak in the US....just ordinary...like a couple others...Ricoh comes to mind easily....The Brownies too are worth a few bucks if working......The film 35mm for the Minolta,,,, and 120mm for the Brownies is available on ebay....around $5-10 a roll, depending on color or B/W......I can't say it is worth your effort to sort thru them......If they look physically ok and the mechanics seem to work....run a roll thru them and see how you go.....And put them on ebay if you like.....

    The Japanese models that get the big bucks are Mamiya, Pentax, Canon, and Yashica....surprisingly Nikons do ok but the markup is not as extensive as the others.....Early Canons with large low F-stop lenses are total gems...and command top dollars...For Germany Leica's do best of course, but some of the East German models do very well to - great construction and magnificent lenses.....Praktica is a real stand out.....sold at at very low prices....getting top dollars now....Good luck.....or just hang on to them for another decade and see how they go!

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    no promises but could be another 2 years ( or more ) before i get back to the cameras

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