Shopping for the film photographers in your life is not always an easy task. What’s their favorite film? What format do they shoot? What cameras do they already have?
But we’ve made it easy! We gathered up a list of 10 of our favorite gifts for film photographers, no matter what camera or format they shoot.
Whether you’re shopping for the holiday season or just looking for fun way to treat yourself or the ones you love, you can’t go wrong with any of the fun, film photography related items on this list. Enjoy!
1. Fun Film Stocks
There is nothing film photographers love more than film! While any collection of film would make the person on your list smile, we love gifting fun and experimental film stocks.
These are the types of film stocks that are unique and a bit of a splurge, so film photographers don’t always buy them for themselves. Makes for a perfect gift!
Lomochrome Purple film is a great choice. It alters the colors in your images, changing greens to purple, yellows to pink, and more. Such a cool effect on your images!
If you love the idea of gifting a camera but want something more substantial than a disposable, try an instant camera! Instax and Polaroid both have great options at reasonable prices.
For Instax cameras, we love the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 or the new Instax Square SQ1. Both fully analog instant cameras, but the SQ6 has a few more features and allows for more control than the SQ1. The SQ1 is pretty automatic with no buttons, features, or frills, while the SQ6 has a few different shooting modes, a self-timer, and flash control.
And if you want to go for something really cool and unique, try the MiNT InstantFlex TL70 2.0 Instant Film Camera. This camera has a beautiful twin lens reflex design but shoots Instax mini film. It’s quite a bit more expensive than the Instax Square or Polaroid OneStep, but you’ll definitely win points for coolest gift at the party.
4. Toy Cameras
You can tell from this list that film photographers love getting cameras as much as they love getting film.
Toy cameras, such as the Holga 120N and Diana F+, are plastic cameras that are a step or two up from disposables. Easy-to-use, affordable, and a fun addition to any camera bag.
Is there anything better than a book of beautifully printed film images??? Whether you go the inspirational route or the educational route, you cannot go wrong with gifting a book all about film photography.
And for something a little more fun, Polaroid has some very cool and brightly colored options. They have a flat camera strap in colors like green, yellow, or red, and they also have a thinner, round strap in bright blue, orange, and multi-colored.
7. Camera Bag
Along with a camera strap, a new camera bag is a great gift for film photographers. Who doesn’t love a good accessory?!
Along with their camera straps, Ona also makes a beautiful camera bag. They are a bit on the pricey side, but really high quality and a perfect fit for the vintage film photography aesthetic. The Bowery messenger bag comes in both leather and canvas.
Brevite is another great camera bag to look at, especially if your shopping for the adventurous film photographer. Their camera backpack is perfect for traveling and hiking with plenty of room for all your gear.
8. Framed Film Photography Prints
There is nothing quite like seeing film photography in print. Film is such an analog art form, and seeing it printed just makes all of the details of film come alive.
A framed print from the film photographer on your list’s favorite artist makes an amazing gift.