If you think that there are too many options today when considering buying a digital camera, then spare a thought for those who are interested in buying a film camera. Thankfully, this video can give those who are new to the format a better idea of what's on offer.
There is a plethora of film cameras to choose from, because the technology hasn't changed much in the last 50 years, and old models are still functional. From ancient medium format to brand new 35mm rangefinders, the options are almost endless, and it's just another reason why the format might feel almost impenetrable to newbies. This video from Willem Verbeeck will hopefully clear up a few things for those who are a bit unsure, though. Even if you're familiar with 35mm, but maybe want to try out medium format, Verbeeck uses his own experiences to give an honest opinion on how someone could make a final decision on a new film camera.
Functionality, resolution, and depth of field aside, probably one of the most important things to consider is aspect ratio. As Verbeeck explains in the video, he doesn't much care for square format, but it might be exactly what someone else is looking for. At the end of the day, however, if you're just starting out in film photography and you're on a budget, my personal advice would be to get a cheap 35mm to test out if you're really interested in the process, then you can think about medium format. And, for me at least, it is a process worth exploring. For all the pretentious debate on which is better (digital or film), my own view is that it's about your own wants and needs. Do what makes you happy; the rest will follow.