Film is so expensive I'd jump on this Kodak Ektar H35 Prime deal (if I lived in the US)

Kodak Ektar H35
(Image credit: Kodak)

It’s no secret that film (and developing costs) have gotten helluva expensive recently. A roll of 35mm now starts at around $12 but can be vastly more. That’s a lot of money for 36 shots – which is why we love the Kodak Ektar H35 half-frame film camera – it takes double the number of shots so you can capture even more memories on one roll!

I love shooting film, there is a quality to it you just don’t get on digital even when you edit your photos with that film aesthetic. With no preview, getting them developed is always a surprise, and even the ones that don’t quite turn out how you expect have a certain magic to them. What I love about the Kodak Ektar H35 is you can be very creative with your shots and take two different perspectives or two complimentary shots to create one final image.

Kodak EKTAR H35 Half Frame Film Camera| was $59.99|now $35.20Save $24.79 Ends midnight (PT), July 12

Kodak EKTAR H35 Half Frame Film Camera| was $59.99|now $35.20
Save $24.79 Take double the number of prints and capture even more special moments with this half-frame 35mm camera. It's lightweight, easy to use and this is the cheapest we've ever seen it. Ends midnight (PT), July 12

Even though I own one of the best film cameras ever created (the Nikon FM2) I still love a cheap, easy-to-use point-and-shoot. If I’m out with friends, it’s so much easier to have a camera with a built-in flash and simple exposure controls so that anyone can use it. Trying to explain how to focus and check the light meter on a “proper” film camera takes time and energy I just don’t have. 

Kodak Ektar H35 sample images

(Image credit: Kodak)

Since it’s made of plastic, the Kodak Ektar H35 is lightweight and pocket-sized, so you can take it with you pretty much anywhere you go. It comes in four different colors, brown, black, sage, and sand – although brown is the only one currently down to $35.20 (and, in my opinion, it’s one of the best-looking!) The camera has that real vintage feel to it but it’s worth noting that it’s only a leather look and not actual leather. 

Whether you’re looking to get into film photography, or after a cheapish camera you can take everywhere with you, the Kodak Ektar H35 is perfect for beginners to more serious photographers. You might have to watch a video on how to load the film correctly (otherwise you’ll end up with a blank roll of film which is very disappointing) but that will be the most challenging bit of using this camera. 

The deal above is for Amazon US – if we can find them, local prices appear below.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.