What Would Photographers Pick as Their Desert Island Camera and Film?

By Kat Hannaford on at

Thanks to Desert Island Discs, we have a pretty decent idea of what music the nation would be listening to if it were marooned on a desert island. But what would you choose as your camera and film of choice? I asked several note-worthy film photographers for their tropical paradise picks...


Paul Giambarba; former designer for Polaroid and The Impossible Project

"My camera of choice would be a Polaroid Model 100 and a pack of Type 107 film. The camera closes so it would be protected from the elements. The b&w film would not suffer from temperature extremes as much as Type 108 color." Visit Paul's site.


Sally Bibawy; Lomography's President

"It would have to be the Lomo LC-Wide and the Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100, so we could capture the intense blue skies and crashing waves." Visit Lomography's site.


Jonathan Canlas; wedding and portrait photographer

"Mamiya RZ Pro II with Kodak Portra 160 because it's so bright on deserted islands so 160 would be the perfect ISO. Combine that with the color palette and vision 3 technology and all bases are covered." Visit Jonathan's site.


Graeme Mitchell; commercial and fashion photographer

"Kodak Tri-x (TX400) with a Fuji GSW690iii 6x9 rangefinder. Because Tri-x is literally a film you could shoot and process on a desert island and still have great result with, and a 6x9 rangefinder because it's, well, my favorite camera this week." Visit Graeme's site.


Janelle Lynch; large-format landscape photographer

"I’d bring my Deardorff 8x10 and Kodak’s Portra 160 8x10 film. Why? Because I never use anything else." Visit Janelle's site.


Nic Nichols; Four Corner Store

"If I was marooned on a deserted Island, I would save two things from that lifeboat: My Holga 120n, and a roll of Kodak Ektachrome. I’d want a camera that created a cheerful image, and a film that could handle the deep blues of the water, the rich earthtones of the sand and seashells, and the lush greens of the palm trees." Visit Four Corner Store.

Image Credits: Desert island from Shutterstock, and camera pic from Ken Rockwell.

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