Advice on a new camera?

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  1. blinded

    blinded TPF Noob!

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    Heyja

    My Minolta body died after 18 years, so it is time for something new. I only have a few Minolta lenses, just the basic primes, so I was thinking just buying another Minolta af body.
    I also thought that it would be smart for me to just ditch them and get a Nikon system. I was thinking something like an F80 and a few lenses for around $600? I see that there are a few nice used setups on ebay for around this price. In the future I wanna get a DSLR, so it would make sense to get Nikon equipment.

    My main needs are obviously 35mm film, and it must be able to change ASA settings. I've used a few lower end cameras that are DX coding only, and since I use my own canisters, it doesn't work. My price range is around $500-$600 canadian, so I'm probably looking used.

    any input on the f80 or anything in the price range?
    There are a few f90 (I think thats what they were) used bodies at the shop for around $600. I'd more than likely want to purchase on ebay to save alot of money.

    thanks.
     
  2. voodoocat

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    Minolta will be coming out with a DSLR later this year. It will have image stabilization built in which eliminates the need for expensive lenses with that feature.
     
  3. blinded

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    After trying both the F80 and the Elan7n, I've decided on the Canon. The F80 is a bit smaller, but I like the feel of it more than the Canon. The only reason I won't go for the Nikon is that the Canon is a bit cheaper, and there is a way bigger selection of glass for cheaper than Nikon. Who knows, I may change my mind in the last second though.
     
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    Unless your doing alot of sports/action photos i would go with the Nikon. Canon AF, and fps are the fastest, but the N80/F80 has a built in spot meter, which could be very valuable. Plus with a Nikon you can buy the new Nikon lenses, or if you find a good deal on an old nikon manual lens you can still use it because the body is backwards compatible.
     

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