Are Any Film Cameras Still Being Made?

Discussion in 'Modern Film Cameras' started by Vincent Peri, Mar 29, 2021.

  1. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    I got the impression that the Nikon (really Cosina) FM10 was still being made. Then I came across a link to B&H Photo that said the Nikon F6 was the only film camera being made, but that was probably from a year or so ago. Then I found a Wikipedia article on the FM10 that said it and the F6 were still being manufactured in 2020.

    So, what is it? Any film cameras still being made?

    Thanks for any info.
     
  2. AFAIK, the FM10 was discontinued in 2017 and the F6 in 2020. Probably the only manufacturer still producing film cameras is Leica.
     
  3. I think these companies still make brand new film cameras or did until recently. In some cases production levels are low and cameras are sometimes manufactured to order rather than for stock. With the increasing perfection of 3D printing I expect an increase in small scale camera design and production.

    Linhof: Linhof Precision Cameras made in Munich | Linhof
    Chamonix: Chamonix View Camera
    Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
    Gibellini: Gibellini Camera
    Arca-Swiss:
    Canham: K. B. Canham Cameras, Inc.
    Intrepid: The Intrepid Camera Company
    Cambo: Manufacturer High Quality Techcam, Architectural and Reproduction Cameras, Studio Stands and studio/video accessories - based in Kampen, The Netherlands - Cambo
    Ritter: LARGE FORMAT CAMERA REPAIR R T RITTER|TOWNSHEND VERMONT
    Walker: Walker Cameras | Large Format Cameras & Accessories | Home Page
    Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
    Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
    VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
    ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
    Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
    Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
    Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
    Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
    StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
    Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
    Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
    Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
    Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
    Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
    Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
    Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
    Dayi:
    Plaubel: http://www.plaubel.com/
    HF Large format cameras: https://www.facebook.com/HFcameras/
    Star Camera Company: http://www.starcameracompany.com
     
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  4. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    Thanks for the replies. I should have specified I was wondering about 35mm SLR's only.
     
  5. SCL

    SCL

    Sort of a cheat here...Leica still makes 35mm rangefinder cameras which can use their old Visoflex reflex attachment to turn it into a clumsy SLR, but only for use with their lenses from 65-1000mm with removable lens heads.
     
  6. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

    Not an SLR, but I think KMZ (Russia) still makes the Horizon 35mm panoramic camera, now marketed by Lomography. KMZ and Cosina also still make lenses to fit 35mm cameras.
     
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  7. No real cameras in that category anymore. Nikon F6 was the last.
     
  8. I expect Nikon stopped making the F6 and FM10 years before they were discontinued, when the existing stocks became exhausted.
     
  9. Wasn't produced by Nikon anyway, the manufacturer had been Cosina.
    That's what I had assumed - hence my initial answer.
     
  10. More importantly, the better film cameras, like my two, a Leica M4 and Nikon F2AS, will still be transporting film and pleasing whoever owns it long after I (59 years old) am dead and gone.

    The M4 was completely gone through by DAG in 2019 and is mechanically just flat sexy to use, and the F2AS is coming shortly from Sover Wong complete with his new resister in the meter head rated for a 50+ year life cycle..

    DP-12 ring resistor

    and adjusted to semi-spot metering..

    Spot metering

    Both will be operable long after new digital camera I currently own or have bought or any el cheapo new 35mm camera some company like Cosina either has made, or might ever make.
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2021
  11. IFF there's still film to transport. I think film making is already becoming small-scale, craft production on old machinery that is, itself, wearing out.


    so some people say, but with digital ( much less built-in meters on film cameras) the catch is usually getting batteries, otherwise there's not much to "wear" out.

    When the Macintosh was introduced, there was a movement called "Apple 2 forever" or some such. I'm sure that somewhere someone is still using their Apple ][+

    BTW, I speak as one who owns something on the order of 200+ film cameras!

    Exakta Varex forever!
     
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  12. As long as I can find a horse for my carriage, I'm a happy camper.
     
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  13. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

    And I'll continue to enjoy collecting and using my "el cheapo" Cosinas and other off-brand cameras that the Nikon/Leica snobs turn their noses up at, and getting great results from them. :)
     
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  14. I had an idea to build my own one-off twin format camera. Don't laugh, this produces beautiful images. Polaroid Tominon 105mm lens fitted to old Kodak folder. Converted to 120 film but can also take the original size 70mm film of which I have two color bulk rolls. Cost of camera plus lens plus NOS bellows, A$110 all up.

    Kodak Tominon (2).jpg Kodak Tominon (1).jpg
     
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  15. Batteries are always a problem, and always will be.

    I am working on replacing the cells in an EN-4 pack for a D1X.
    It seems that they are 4/5 A (not AA) NiMH cells, which I bought 6 of.
    But then I found a good price on an already built replacement.

    I recently bought a Lytro Illum, which should be fun to use.
    The company closed down, and I got a good used price on it, but it only
    comes with one battery pack. Unlike some others, there are no brand-X
    packs being made (yet), and also no supply of Lytro packs.

    Some out there cost more than I paid for the camera (and battery).

    So, some day I might have to try rebuilding one of those.
     
  16. Yashica MF-2 DX?
     
  17. If looking for a 35mm SLR I'd buy used and have it professionally serviced (maybe some restoration to exterior). Many such cameras can be made to look and function as new if you don't mind spending some money.
     
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  18. I agree. A new Leica M-A may cost $5500, but you can buy a mint Leica M4 for $2000 and have it restored mechanically to better than new for less than $1000 and end up with a better camera than the M-A.
    Project that to a Nikon F2 which you can find used for under $200 and have restored to better than new by Sover Wong for less than $800.
    We really donโ€™t need new cameras, but rather dedicated repair techs.
     
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