I like to shoot with film cameras because they can teach a lot about photography without letting you cheat the way digital can.
I do not know how many times I have shot, and just thought “Oh I can just fix this in PhotoShop later.
In fact, I remember taking photo courses in college, and the professor requiring us to shoot film.
We had to shoot with a 50 mm lens on 100 ISO slide film for the class.
Some manufacturers like Lomo, still produce film cameras.
In any small town, you can find an Antique store with tons of old cameras.
A brand new Polaroid camera is going to cost you over $60, however a functioning vintage camera at an Antique or Thrift store will normally cost you $1-$5.
Or my Diana, which will cost you $45, I picked up for $10.
The first thing to do when picking up a used camera is to make sure it still works.
Since most of these cameras are made of pretty simple construction, they are easy to check.
All you need to do is turn the film advance knob and make sure the take up spool turns. If you can trip the shutter with the back off you should see light through then lens.
That little trick won’t work for all cameras. Polaroids require film in them before the shutter button will do anything. And more advanced film cameras require film and batteries.
However, the more modern film cameras that this trick will work on are usually more expensive, and you should consider buying those through online camera stores like B&H.