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5 Tips for Buying Your First (Used) Film Camera

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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.

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