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Initial post: 12 Jun 2013 18:08:45 BDT
Hi I currently own a DSLR, (Sony a-57) and I was looking to supplement it with a compact film camera. Does anyone have any suggestions? Was not looking to spend a lot.


In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2013 23:18:17 BDT
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Posted on 13 Jun 2013 01:07:13 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Mrs. Woods,

It also depends upon what you would call compact. There are some truly compact 35mm film cameras ( I take it this is what you are after ) but these, on the whole, tend to be the more expensive of the genre. And as Dr. A has pointed out, what do you mean by not a lot? If you are looking for a film "point and shoot" there are real bargains to be had. The other day I won on ebay a mint Olympus Superzoom 110 35mm weatherproof camera for just 98p. Now this definitely falls into the "not a lot" category, and whilst Olympus call it a compact campera, it is all relative to what was on the market at the time. Something like this may be all you want. Such cameras were made by Nikon, Pentax, Minolta and many others. They were often quite well specified for the genre but as they invariably come with zoom lenses, their image quality could be something of a compromise. But this may be all you require. But they were, despite the technical innards, often very simple to use.

Of the better quality truly compact cameras you may wish to consider check out the Rollei 35 range, Olympus XA, XA2, 3, and 4 models, the Olympus Trip is very popular but not exactly compact in the sense of how small digital compacts are. There are small good rangefinder models from Olympus, Minolta, Ricoh and Konica to name a few. Try searching on ebay to see what is out there that may be of interest to you.

Posted on 13 Jun 2013 10:27:17 BDT
Sorry, I was overly influenced by prices of film compacts two of which sold for about £50 yesterday. Is that within your budget? If so you have quite a choice as TJ points out. Do you want a point and shoot? That is an automatic. That will make a big difference because some of the smallest cameras like Olympus XAs and Mjus were auto. I read that the XA1 (as distinct from the XA which is the best) is not very good because it has so few settings and a fixed focus lens. This article gives the gen:
There is a nice little Contax, several Ricohs, the Rolleis and so on.
If you want zoom then there are many but a little bulkier on the whole.

Posted on 18 Jun 2013 23:17:11 BDT
Alex MacPhee says:
The suggestions you've had so far are good. If you're looking for a good quality compact that is fully automatic, the Yashica T4 and T5 cameras are exceptionally good. I'm not sure what it's like these days, as I've not checked, but the T5 can fetch quite a lot, comparatively speaking. I have one of these myself, and I wouldn't part with it. Very small, good Tessar lens (f/3.5), good meter that can handle backlighting well, and a waist level as well as an eye level viewfinder. Any compact with Contax on it is worth having, though you'll be fortunate indeed to get one for less than three figures. The Rollei 35 range is also a good suggestion, though their handling can be, shall we say, quirky? Nothing problematic, you understand, but on my Rollei 35LED (which I love), the design is so compact that the flash shoe is on the underside of the camera, not the top. But even the cheaper ones, like my 35LED, ooze photographic quality and style.

Please do ask other questions. You'll find people here falling over themselves to offer good advice that's based on long experience.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 10:21:02 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Hi, Alex.

I thought you'd had a "senior moment": an additional waist level finder? I went and checked it out and, yes, strangely it does! I never knew this, and so unexpected.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 10:35:11 BDT
Alex MacPhee says:

One of the useful things about the 'superscope' is that you can frame a subject without bringing the camera up to eye level, and people aren't really aware you're taking a picture, so it's quite handy for candid shots.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 10:38:58 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
A touch of "ancient and modern", just like the little prism type finders found on the older plate and box cameras.

Posted on 21 Jun 2013 17:31:10 BDT
Thanks guys I managed to find a Leica Minilux Zoom for 50 quid so opted for that cheers for the advice though

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2013 18:52:12 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Excellent news. As a longstanding Leica man myself, I naturally applaud your choice.
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