9 Fun, Super Affordable 35mm Film Cameras for Beginners

Want to shoot film but not break the bank? We hear you. Here’s our top 9 cheap and easy 35mm film cameras for every beginner film photographer.

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Film photography has modern artists by a chokehold. It’s a medium of patience and labor while being the subject of a hot, debated issue of potential price gauging. In this day and age, it has become increasingly difficult to purchase various film stocks, whether that be 35mm or 120 films. Smaller, compact cameras that were once budgetary are now 3x as much in price. We at Moment like to make art more accessible for those who want to get their feet wet, so we tested and used a variety of super affordable cameras for beginners. Below is a list of highly cheap cameras to use if you want something less serious. Take a gander and see what you like between our top 10 favorites.

At A Glance…

To Know:

The Ilford Sprite 35-II is a fun and affordable way to jump into analog photography! The Sprite 35-II will meet the needs of people experimenting with 35mm film and looking for a camera that’s ‘no frills’ simple. It’s a step up from disposable cameras and being re-usable, it won’t create extra waste. The camera has a fixed shutter speed (1/120s) with a 31mm, single element f9 fixed-focus wide-angle lens, perfect for capturing most well-focused daylight scenes and also features a built-in flash with a 15-second recycle time for night time shooting.

What We Love:

35mm Reusable Film Camera

Reusable, much better for Mother Nature.

Fixed-Focus Wide-Angle Lens

Perfect for street and lifestyle images.

Optical Viewfinder

Work just like a real camera.

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Ilford

Sprite 35-II Reusable 35mm Film Camera

Dip your toes into film photography with the Ilford Sprite 35-II! A really fun and affordable way to start experimenting with 35mm film

Buy for $36.95

To Know:

The new classic, KODAK EKTAR H35 Half Frame Camera is ideal for photographers looking to reduce film usage and related costs. You can have twice as many images per roll. For example, a film roll with 36 exposures can yield around 72 half-frame photos - doubled! It features a built-in flash and a small-and-light body, and is designed to be handy and easy to use; even film beginners can handle KODAK EKTAR H35 effortlessly. Furthermore, it comes in four colors, namely black, brown, sage, and sand. How can it not be the perfect film camera for different social occasions? With KODAK EKTAR H35, you will always be ready to capture any treasurable moments—anywhere, any time.

What We Love:

Lightweight and Easy-to-useThe pocket-size camera is light and tiny, and hence convenient for you to bring along daily. Since its instructions are simple, it is suitable for all analog hobbyists.

Four Colors

Contrasting the bright colorful series we have already had, the colors chosen this time are low-key and unadorned, making KODAK EKTAR H35 a stylish item to record your everyday life.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Reusable Film Camera

Best For: Adventure, travel, street. A lighter option for those wanting bright, vibrant images.

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Kodak

EKTAR H35 Half Frame Film Camera

Wanna maximize your film roll? The EKTAR H35 Half Frame Film Camera doubles your images per roll using half of each frame per shot. Reduce cost, shoot more!

Buy for $49.99

To Know:

Holga's 135BC 35mm Bent Corners Film Camera with 12MCF Flash is a nostalgic toy camera for individuals who prefer light leaks, minor soft focus, and retro vignetting to create absolutely distinctive photographs. Due to its simple and affordable design, the Holga has become one of the most iconic toy cameras available. The traits that define the Holga would be considered flaws in any other camera. The internal mask on the Holga 135BC 35mm film camera differs from the original 120 film versions in that it cuts the image corners, providing a subtle vignetting effect - hence the moniker BC, or "Black Corner" version.

What We Love:

Tripod Socket

It's called a "toy camera" nevertheless it has features that photographers count on, like the ability to mount it on a tripod. The base has a standard 1/4"-20 tripod socket next to the film rewind release button.

Black Corner

The Holga 135BC 35mm film camera differs from the original 120 film versions in that it features an internal mask that cuts the image corners, creating a soft vignetting effect - hence the name BC, or "Black Corner".

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Holga

Holga 135BC 35mm Bent Corners Film Camera

Looking for that retro film vibe? The Holga 135BC will create absolutely distinctive photographs with retro vignetting, minor soft focus, in a fun package.

Buy for $59.99

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The Holga 120N is one of the most iconic toy cameras available, distinguished by its exceptional image quality, as well as its simple design and basic controls. The Holga is most recognized for its standard-length 60mm f/8 plastic lens, which produces a soft, dream-like look, which is further highlighted by the inherent vignetting and light leaks created by the plastic body and simplistic construction, which are shown here in a black finish.

What We Love:

Medium Format

Higher quality imagery due to the larger sensor.

Portrait Mode

The mid-tele lens is perfect for portraits and various perspectives for lifestyle.

The Details:

Brand: Holga

Product Type: Reusable Film Camera

Best For: Those wanting a more elevated 120 film camera at a super affordable price.

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Holga

Holga 120N Medium Format Film Camera with Hotshoe

Looking for that retro film vibe? The Holga 120 N produces a soft, dream-like look, which is further highlighted by the inherent vignetting and light leaks.

Buy for $39.99

To Know:

Get flashy with the Diana Mini! The Diana Family's little plastic sweetheart is now bundled up with a Diana F+ Flash to keep you shooting your dreamy 35mm squares and half-frame shots in all lighting conditions. With the flick of a little switch, you can move from the retro square format to the amazing half-frame format, giving you the ability to take 72 shots on one 35mm film roll. To further enhance creative possibilities, there are Multiple and Long Exposure features, a tripod mount and a cable release attachment.

What We Love:

A Flashy Little Joy Of A Camera

Light up your after-dark antics with the fabulous flash attached to this mini 35mm version of our dreamy Diana F+. It's the perfect way to shine a light on your square format or half-frame pictures.

Experimental

Fun colors, vibrant images that are much different than others on this list.

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Lomography

Diana Mini & Flash 35mm Reusable Film Camera

You know you wanna get flashy! Do it with the Diana Mini! The Diana Family's little plastic sweetheart is now bundled up with a Diana F+ Flash

Buy for $79.99

To Know:

Preloaded with Color Negative 400, this intrepid image maker will follow its owner to the ends of the earth and capture their analog adventures in dazzling color - dress it up for underwater exploration and down for on-land occasions too.

What We Love:

Preloaded with Color Negative 400 Film

Ready to go, easy to use.

Reloadable With Any 35mm Film

Reusable! We love that for the environment.

The Details:

Brand: Lomography

Product Type: Reusable Camera

Best For: Simple camera ready to go out of the box for ultra beginners.

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Lomography

Simple Use Color Negative 35mm Reusable Film Camera

Dip your toes into film photography with the Lomography Simple Use Film Camera! Reloadable, preloaded with funky 35mm film, has Color Gel flash filters. Fun!

Buy for $29.90

To Know:

The Lomography Black & White Simple Use Camera, Preloaded with Lomography Lady Grey ISO 400 film, this reloadable camera is perfect for beginners and can be reloaded with any 35 mm film. What’s more, thanks to the powerful flash you can capture the moody monochrome madness everywhere you go 一 even in low-light situations.

What We Love:

Preloaded with Lomography Lady Grey ISO 400 film

Ready to go, baby!

Flash: Built-in Flash

Built in Flash for those needing an easy lighting solution to your monochrome images.

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Lomography

Simple Use B&W 35mm Reusable Film Camera

Analog madness at your disposal! The Lomography Black & White Simple Use Camera is preloaded with Lomography Lady Grey ISO 400 film

Buy for $19.90

To Know:

A convenient disposable camera for use in both indoor and outdoor shooting situations, the QuickSnap Flash 400 from Fujifilm is loaded with a 27-exposure roll of Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400 color negative film for bright, vivid results in a variety of lighting conditions.

What We Love:

27 Exposures

Plenty of chances to take the right shot.

ISO 400

Perfect for everyday use and most light situations.

Built-In Flash with 10' Range

Great flash focus for nearly anything.

The Details:

Brand: Fujifilm

Product Type: Disposable Camera

Best For: Everyone looking for a vibrant disposable camera that offers flash and automatic settings.

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Fujifilm

QuickSnap Flash 400 Single Use Film Camera

Looking for a convenient disposable camera for use in indoor and outdoor shooting situations? The QuickSnap Flash 400 from Fujifilm is loaded with 27-exposures

Buy for $16.99

To Know:

Now you can have the world's best-selling B&W 35mm film in a single-use camera. This classic B&W film allows for maximum pushability when needed, while its wide exposure latitude leverages even the most challenging lighting situations. And the distinctive grain structure adds a level of realism as dramatic and profound as each subject.

What We Love:

BLACK AND WHITE

Simply put, we love a good high-concentrated black and white film.

SLIGHT GRAIN


A textured picture makes a moody image even more intense and real.

HIGH CONTRAST


Contrasted monochrome images serve their purpose; this film stock captivates every detail well and alive.

The Details:

Brand: Kodak

Product Type: Film Stock

Best For: Photographers wanting a detailed, yet textured film stock to boast moody imagery for any fine art project.

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Kodak

Professional Tri-X 400 Single Use Camera

Dip your toes into Black & White film photography! Try the Tri-X 400 Single Use Camera without commitments featuring the best selling B&W film on the market

Buy for $13.00