Many film photographers will have noticed an explosion in the number of people shooting film recently, and rising prices for secondhand film cameras.
Some cameras, of course, are becoming more popular than others. That popularity didn’t dim in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
And they are?
10. Olympus OM-10
9. Mamiya RB67
8. Pentax ME
7. Canon A-1
5. Nikon F100
4. Nikon FE
3. Nikon F3
2. Pentax K1000
1. Canon AE-1
It’s obviously not much of a surprise that the Canon AE-1 has topped the last, as this entry-level 70s/80s SLR has been gathering quite the cult over the last decade. According to KEH, it’s so popular it has even knocked Pentax’s student-friendly Pentax K1000.
The Top 10 also includes Olympus’s OM-10, the first budget-friendly SLR to appear in Olympus’s revered OM range.
“The beauty of our business is that we sell the best gear from any year, so we deal in as much legacy film equipment as we do digital,” said KEH’s creative director Luca Eandi. “The results here are not surprising—these bodies are timeless, and so durable that our kids’ kids will still be falling in love with photography through them.”
KEH also published a similar post at the end of 2019, this time looking at the most popular film cameras of the decade (2010-19).
“If you cross-reference this list with our top ten of the previous decade, there’s not too much movement,” Eandi said. “The Pentax ME and Olympus OM10 just snuck onto the 2020 list in favour of the Nikon F4 and F5.
“These classics are never out of style, so if you have one laying around not being used, we can certainly find someone who’ll get some use from it.”