Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?

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ThaQuest
ThaQuest Senior Member • Posts: 1,367
Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

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A very good question that was likely asked 15 years ago...
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ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

We had a quite a few P&S film cameras plus two AE-1's and an A-1. I don't remember the model name of our P&S cameras, one is Canon and another Nikon.

All my film cameras were sold to a local camera shop two years ago. A local camera shop near you might have one for you.

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Ed B
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ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

I still shoot a roll of slide film once in a great while because when I switched to digital one of my Canon cameras (EOS3) was only a few months old and I still have that camera.

I hate to see it just sitting around gathering dust plus I've always loved slides.

Anyway, everyone is different but I can't understand why anyone, today, would use a film camera for travel.

Why?? 

vicsin Regular Member • Posts: 197
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Without a doubt, Sony r100 vi.  70-200mm lens, outstanding iq, all the bells and whistles in a very small package.  I've taken thousands of very satisfying photos with it.  If you can afford it, you won't regret it.  Hands down the best for what you mention.

Leonard Migliore
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vicsin wrote:

Without a doubt, Sony r100 vi. 70-200mm lens, outstanding iq, all the bells and whistles in a very small package. I've taken thousands of very satisfying photos with it. If you can afford it, you won't regret it. Hands down the best for what you mention.

Is there a film camera with that name?

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Easy. Kodak Retina IIC:

Image from Chris's Camera Pages

Compact, beautifully made. Schneider Xenon lens. An absolutely great camera.

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Ernest M Aquilio
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My choice would be the Konica Hexar AF or my personal favorite the Mamiya 6 w/50mm lens. Those are both hefty so maybe also consider the Olympus XA series

Searching for the "best" is subjective. We all have different requirements. Good luck in your searching!

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Sorry I missed the"film part". Still feel the same way though.

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So you want something with zoom, or no?

For my own travels, I usually take a fixed lens film camera (sometimes 2!), in addition to my m43 gear. My hands-down 35mm favorite so far has been a Minolta AF-C p&s (35/f2.8). It meters accurately and reliably, the lens is pretty sharp, it has a sliding front cover similar to Oly Mju (except vertical) which protects the lens AND disables the shutter button. I also appreciate that it doesn't have an auto wind/advance.

A close 2nd place is an Oly PEN EE half-frame. Again, it meters really well and the lens (28/f3.5) is sharp. Not very bright, tho.

Though I don't care too much about 35mm film cameras with zoom, I've used a Oly Mju Stylus zoom 105, with a 38-105 f4.5 lens. It took very nice pictures, zoomed smoothly, and took up next to no room in my pocket.

There are tone of these types of zoomable p&s, but none of them really had wider apertures. You'll basically be approaching SLR-size if you want a f1.7 or something, and even bigger if you want zoom, too.

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That's a pretty camera! Does the lens extend, with a bellows? Or is that cover just a cover?

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Ed B wrote:

ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

I still shoot a roll of slide film once in a great while because when I switched to digital one of my Canon cameras (EOS3) was only a few months old and I still have that camera.

I hate to see it just sitting around gathering dust plus I've always loved slides.

Anyway, everyone is different but I can't understand why anyone, today, would use a film camera for travel.

Why??

It's fun for a change, and as each roll costs quite a bit of money, to buy and scan, you end up with an extremely high rate of keepers - and they have a very distinct look. I left my digital camera at home on a few short weekend/day trips and have no regrets.

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Ed B wrote:

ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

I still shoot a roll of slide film once in a great while because when I switched to digital one of my Canon cameras (EOS3) was only a few months old and I still have that camera.

I hate to see it just sitting around gathering dust plus I've always loved slides.

Anyway, everyone is different but I can't understand why anyone, today, would use a film camera for travel.

Why??

Agree, I can't see how film and travel mix anymore. Travel by air and you have inspection and x-ray issues. Travel by whatever means and you need to allow space to bring film, as I don't think you can count on being able to purchase it widely. In many environments, you'll need to protect it from heat. Getting it developed while travelling will also be problematic, and if you wait until you return, you could fail to notice a camera malfunction (increasingly likely with aging cameras), and thus lose all photos past the malfunction.

By all means, continue to enjoy using film if you so choose, but it'd suggest that as a local endevor.

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Ernest M Aquilio wrote:

My choice would be the Konica Hexar AF or my personal favorite the Mamiya 6 w/50mm lens. Those are both hefty so maybe also consider the Olympus XA series

Searching for the "best" is subjective. We all have different requirements. Good luck in your searching!

Expensive! Should have mentioned the $100 price limit. Although I do aspire to the Mamiya 6 or 7 one day...

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iPhone or Samsung Galaxy but just a tad over your $100 (!) limit. Any pawn shops nearby? (nt)
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Corkcampbell wrote:

cool idea but i'm happy with my Pixel 2XL as a digital camera

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ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

Canonet f.17, 40mm lens. Not sure about the price or how easy it is to find one in good condition (i.e. with intact light seals, from what I read).

Full disclosure: it was my first camera and so my judgment is clouded by good memories.

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ThaQuest wrote:

Ed B wrote:

ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

I still shoot a roll of slide film once in a great while because when I switched to digital one of my Canon cameras (EOS3) was only a few months old and I still have that camera.

I hate to see it just sitting around gathering dust plus I've always loved slides.

Anyway, everyone is different but I can't understand why anyone, today, would use a film camera for travel.

Why??

It's fun for a change, and as each roll costs quite a bit of money, to buy and scan, you end up with an extremely high rate of keepers - and they have a very distinct look. I left my digital camera at home on a few short weekend/day trips and have no regrets.

Ugh, money, time, inconvenience, lots of all three. I'm with Ed, I don't see the point at all. I get just as many keepers with digital, but gain the freedom to retake several times just in case one turns out better -- at no additional cost. In fact it's more keepers because if I DID happen to miss something in settings that caused blur, I'd be aware of it then and have the opportunity to reshoot it right there on the spot. When you find you had unknown blur on film, you're in the drugstore back home!

I'm not even going to mention the additional benefit of WiFi sending pics to my wife's phone for insta-posting.  HUGE factor for me.

But it's OP's time, money and effort. If you like it, more power to you. Have fun, OP!

-Kelly

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Leonard Migliore
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BG28 wrote:

That's a pretty camera! Does the lens extend, with a bellows? Or is that cover just a cover?

The picture shows the camera in its operating configuration; the lens is extended as far as it will go. The lens retracts and the camera folds to a thin package for carrying.

It is really a superb camera with a great lens. And the way they were built, I'd guess you can still get one in perfect operating condition. My recommendation was not a joke.

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ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

Any other ideas?

There is the Fuji Natura S, with a 24mm f/1.9 fixed prime lens.

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The Olympus XA had a 35mm f/2.8 fixed prime lens.  There were other similar models – some of which may have shared that widest aperture setting.

Raymond Cho Senior Member • Posts: 1,754
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I am not aware of the F2.0 options. Ricoh GR film camera and Contax T2 etc .. comes to mind as well as the Yahica T4 and Olympus MJU - all the ones with prime lens - not zooms.  They are F2.8.

If you want something like a Fuji X100 size, maybe something like a Nikon FM2 with a prime F2.0 lens? Like a 35mm F2.

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