The recent resurgence in interest in film photography has made film cameras a popular subject for Instagrammers, bloggers and YouTubers.
Dozens of film camera-related channels have popped up on YouTube recently, such as Japan Camera Hunter’s bite-size look at classic camera models and film retailer Analogue Wonderland’s Analogue Television, joining veterans like photographer Matt Day, the classic camera-reviewing Zenography and the Film Photography Podcast’s channel.
However, one that’s really got heads scratching over at Kosmo Foto is this video from the CameraGurus channel.
Their recent clip ‘Best Budget Film Cameras of 2020’ includes some pretty familiar examples (hello Pentax K1000, take a seat Canon AE-1), as well as some possibly budget-busting choices (the Nikon FE2 camera is fantastic, but definitely not cheap anymore) alongside… well, alongside a digital camera.
We think this list meant to include Olympus’s classic Pen F half-frame SLR from the 1960s, but instead we get long lingering footage of the retro-flavoured PEN E-PL8, a digital camera from 2016. (Don’t believe us? Scroll to 0.58 on the video below.)
That’s not the only thing. After the three-and-a-half-minute trawl through the five cameras (the E-PL8 included), the video jumps to what we presume is stock footage of film fans shooting Zenit SLRs and Zorki rangefinders while talking about the relative merits of more megapixels. That’s right, megapixels.
And if you can decipher what the final section is about – the benefits of buying a camera with “a flashlight” – then please let us know. We’ve watched it three times and we don’t have a clue.