Looking to get started in film photography and hunting for your first camera in the used marketplace? Photographer Casey Cavanaugh made this helpful 9-minute guide containing 5 tips to ensure you find a good one.
Here’s a rundown of the 5 tips (watch the video for an in-depth look at each one):
#1. Check Shutter Speeds: Test the 1-second shutter speed to see if age has affected the shutter speeds of the camera.
#2. Check Light Seals: Look around the edges of the door for intact light-tight material. A flashlight can be used to check shutter curtains on certain cameras.
#3. Check the Lens: See if the lens has any fungus or haze. These can be caused by improper storage.
#4. Check Focus: Check focus as best you can based on known distances and whether the system has any obvious flaws in the camera.
#5. Bring Battery and Flashlight: Test the camera’s electrical functions using a fresh battery. A flashlight can be used to check for light leaks and lens flaws.
You can find more of Cavanaugh’s videos by subscribing to his YouTube channel.