Why are Film Point-and-Shoots So Popular?

Photography, like anything, has its trends that rise and fall, seemingly at random. Except it never is at random, and the latest trend of film point-and-shoot cameras has seen a surge in the last few years.

If, just a few years ago, your parent or grandparent offered you their old film point-and-shoot camera from the early 90s, you might take it to see what it can do, but you wouldn't think much of it. I collect cameras from all eras, sometimes to use, sometimes to display, so I would likely have gladly taken a Contax T3, but it's nothing to get excited about. Or is it?

The Contax T3 looks like the small, gray plastic brick you are likely used to seeing stuffed into garage boxes and for sale for pennies at a yard sale. But thanks to the likes of Kendall Jenner, Frank Ocean, and other painfully cool influencers, the Contax T3 (and T2) have seen a rise to prominence. A mint condition T3 will now likely set you back $2,400 or more. Don't get me wrong, for a 90s film point-and-shoot, it has a strong spec, particularly with the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm on the front. But those in the upper echelons of society have adopted the aesthetic and found enjoyment in shooting with the simple body. It certainly has a "look" and point and shoots can be fun by virtue of their simplicity.

Have you used a film point-and-shoot? Do you like them?

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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I like point-and-shoots. I almost always have my Canon G7X MkII with me.

I have no idea why the film ones are so popular.

Get someone else to do your presentations. Dude is dry asf and boring. Get someone who gets straight to the point.
Geeez !!!

Most of Vuhlandes's videos function as a vlog. this wasn't a presentation by FStoppers, they just reposted Vuh's video

Give us a break, please! The word boring is not adequate to describe this video. That guy just bubbles some profane statements. He is so bored to do this video, but hell, somehow money has to drop in.

That said: Please stop posting boring and annoying videos of others. I'd prefer less but better content.

Where is the other 90% of this article? Only talking about Contax? No mention of lomography? No stats around the resurgence in film sales? Was this just an idea jotted down on a napkin and thrown too quickly into an article?

so many disrespectful comments because yall thought the the article was "boring". wow. smh.

It's hard to get anyone to look at your phone photos anymore. But you can still wave a print in their face. No one is impressed by inkjet prints, but if it looks like a glossy darkroom product, it gets appreciated.

As someone who has a small darkrpom at home, i can confirm this 😁😁

I envy you! And people's enjoyment of darkroom prints is real. An object and a process...

I hope the rise in film popularity will eventually lead to one good contemporary film p&s release that won't cost much.