One of the greatest benefits of shooting FILM is that most film cameras can be purchased now days for very low prices. It is even more so when it comes to Classic Cameras which can be found for ridiculously low prices in second hand stores, flea markets, garage sales, and on eBay.
This little fact means that you can have as many cameras as you wish (or at least as many as your partner will put up with) and have fun playing around with them.
My first classic camera was a 1952 Kodak Brownie Hawkeye
I found it in a garage sale and even though I wasn’t sure it was working I took it home ($8), loaded it with a black & white 120 film ($2.49), and took it out to the streets. The images turned out beautiful, soft and dreamy ($ priceless). The Brownie was a definite keeper and the beginning of a beautiful relationship with different classic cameras.
If you too are interested in using an old classic camera such as the Brownie, you have to keep in mind that most of these cameras use some type of film that might not be available in stores anymore.
The Brownie, for instance, uses 620 film, which is obsolete. But have no fear; there are a few ways to use 120 film instead. One such way is respooling the 120 film into a 620 spool, in a darkroom, a changing bag (chekc out this tutorial: www.brownie-camera.com/respool/respool.shtml) or even inside a camera that can take both type of reels (The Brownie Hawkeye is in fact one such camera).