This is the year we'll see a new, affordable interchangeable-lens film camera…

Seagull DF film SLR
This Chinese Seaguall 35mm DSLR is based on a Minolta - could this make a comeback to feed the new frenzy for film photography? (Image credit: Paul Burrows)

This is going to be the year. There’s very little doubt that some before 2024 ticks away, we’ll see the introduction of an affordably-priced new film camera from one or more of the major manufacturers. As I’ve always said, whoever gets there first will have an instant hit on their hands because the pent-up demand is… well, pent up and ready to spend. 

We know from our own readers’ comments – but it’s happening in many markets – that plenty of photographers are ready for film, but a great many of them don’t want to take the risk with a second-hand camera, even a well-regarded classic from a well-regarded outlet. It’s understandable, so a warranty and some service back-up further on in time is what will unlock the wallets.

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.