There are hundreds of blog posts out there with extended reviews and detailed explanations on which film camera you should buy.
The only problem with these blog posts / reviews is that they provide too much information, and analyze many cameras that cover different needs and different budgets. They tend to be more confusing than helpful.
In this post I will try to recommend some film cameras based on my experience. if you have free time and you are willing to learn some new things you should search for more detailed information for these cameras on the Internet.
Do not trust me! These are my personal choices after two years of involvement with analogue cameras and reading many many articles about them.
There is only one important question:
Street photography, Landscapes or Portraits ?
I am going to split this guide into 3 main sections based on answering the previous question. Each section will have two subsections based on budget with two options each, based on format (35mm and Medium Format).
Disclaimer: Having the right lens is as vital as having a good and reliable body. In my choices I don’t mention any lenses but they have been taken into account, so be sure that any of the below suggestions offers the proper lenses for each case.
Henri Cartier-Bresson with a Leica
Martin Parr with a Plaubel Makina 67
Moriyama with a Ricoh GR1
Harry Gruyaert with a Leica M6
Alex Kompotis with a Mamiya 7 II
Marco Liu with a XD-7
Me with a Bronica GS-1
Steve McCurry with a Nikon FM2
Todd Hido with a Pentax67
Erik Gross with a Nikon FM2
Thodoris Markou with a Pentax645N