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5 Frames with the Canon Rebel G and 50mm f/1.8 – by Wyatt Ryan

The Canon Rebel G is not a sought-after film camera, but it’s what I was gifted for a film photography class I accidentally took in college. It was my moms’, and is either well taken care of, or rarely used. It’s rather simple, with one dial to control shutter speed and aperture, a shutter button, a self-timer, different exposure modes ranging from A to M, an ISO mode to change the automatic reading of the film, exposure lock, and TTL center weighted metering.

The “Nifty Fifty” paired with the G is one of the lightest set-ups I’ve come to hold in my hands. All together it weighs less than a pound (.45 kg), fits easily in a sweat shirt pocket, and is very inconspicuous when it comes to street photography with its small form.

Metering is accurate, and looking through the viewfinder, it is incredibly easy to see your aperture, shutter speed, and exposure reading. Shutter speeds go up to 1/2000th of a second, and down to 30 seconds.

When popping open the back, the film goes on the left, rolls to the right, and automatically spools up on the right. As you are shooting, the film rolls back into the film canister, preventing any shots taken from being ruined. I have come to love this feature, as winding up film is a pain in the ass with my Leica M3 and Mamiya 645 1000s.

All and all, I’d recommend this set up to anyone looking to get into film. The whole set up won’t cost more than $150 (less if you buy a used nifty fifty). This camera is entirely responsible for my expensive dive into film, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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    Martin Siegel
    November 25, 2018 at 10:02 am

    EOS 500N in Europe and New EOS KIss in Japan

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    November 25, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Nice article! I too have used this combo. It is lightweight, easy to use and the results can be amazing.
    Here are some of my shots with it:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157631877881600

    What method did you use to scan your film and get such sharp results?

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      November 25, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      I’ve been sending my rolls to North Coast Photo in Carlsbad, California! Once I have updated software I’ll be scanning with a V750 I just got!

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    November 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    This was my first camera! Still have it, in perfect condition too. And of course paired with the same lens. This is what got me hooked on film in high school and college.

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    December 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing! It’s been a good system to work with; my first was the 620. My last was the K2. I’m back in the market for a film SLR and am looking at the EOS film series.

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