I have most of my experience withfilm cameras. The reason for this is that they're simpler. New DSLRs have only one moving part, the mirror, and everything else is electronic or digital. Instead of having film, DSLRs have a light sensor that breaks the light it is exposed to into lines of code. If a DSLR continues to freeze up, you may want to plug it into a computer and wipe the camera, whereas if a film camera is stuck on something, you can check four different places with a screwdriver. Since new DSLRs are very copmlicated, and deal more with copmuters and electronics than anything else, I will not be talking about them.

Film cameras are pretty simply once when you learm th basic. Looking at the image above, we can see that the top controls everythnig about the camera, unlike newer cameras with menus and settings displayed on a LCD screen. The only real control is the black wheel filled with numbers. The affects the exposure of the film, and thats it. On the top there is also the shutter button, which takes the picture, the film advance lever, which lets you take a new picutre, and the film rewind wheel, which lets you spool your film together so you can take out the film later.

Referecning the image again, the back is where the film goes in. It is very important that you dont have any film in the camera while working on it. Just as a bit of maintance, this part of your camera should be cleaned out once a month to make sure that dust doesnt settle. If it does, your images will actually come out with hairs or dust particles on them.

The image is that of a Canon FT QL camera. I restored one of these, and you can hear about what I did to fix mine by clicking on the link.

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