Advice on first 35mm SLR

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  1. Youngun

    Youngun TPF Noob!

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    I'm an amateur looking to get a 35mm SLR for a second camera. I'm trying to upgrade from a Digital Fujifilm S5000. It's a great camera, however getting to the point where I would like the capabilities of a SLR, without the 1000-3000 digital pricetag. Any advice on cameras, and if it's a good decision.
     
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    All of the entry level SLR's are roughly equal. I'm a Canon junkie, so I favor them. There are some Nikon junkies here, as well as Minolta and Pentax. Any of them will help you learn more about photography, if you let them. Any of them will act like an expensive point and shoot camera if you let them. The choice is yours.

    That said, if there is a camera shop close enough by to visit, go in, pick up all the SLR's in your price range, and see which one fits your hand the best. Are the controls easy to get to and see when you are gripping the camera? Go to popphoto.com and read their reviews of the different models you looked at, and see what others have to say about each one.

    In the end, each brand has it's strong points, each has it's weaknesses.

    You might also want to think about a manual SLR. You can pick up a pretty nice used Canon, Pentax, Nikon, Minolta, from eBay for less than you'll pay for an entry-level new auto-everything model.

    The learning curve is a bit steeper on manual camera's because you have to figure out focusing, changing aperture, etc. But it is a very rewarding experience the first time you pick up a batch of pics from the minilab, and your shots look great.

    Hope something in this ramble helped! :wink:
     
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    I think what I'd do is first of all decide what high end digital you might lean towards in the future. If it's Canon, (Yes, I'm a Canon fan also) look for a good used Canon AF. You can pick up a good used A2 for about $300 or so, and then if you go digital slr in the future, any lenses you have aquired for the film camera will work on the digital.
     
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    The Fujifilm S5000 looks like a decent SLR, even if it doesn't have interchangable lenses. What was it you were hoping to gain?
     
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    film i suggest eos33 or f75
    digital i suggest 300D or D70 :D
     
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    I have the S5000 currently. I was thinking to get a nikon, then move up to the D70 a little later. I looked at the N75 at the local shop and it looked pretty good, but then again I really don't know much about SLR's in general.
     
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    But why do you want something different? The N75 is film and the D70 is digital. Do you want film for a specific reason? What do you want with the N75 that you don't have with the S5000? The S5000 is an SLR.
     
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    To all of my knowledge the S5K is not a SLR. A film camera would be nice as I could make larger prints and have SLR capabilities without spending the 1500 bucks on a digital setup. I also think that film would be a good learning experience. My biggest complaints on the S5K are only 200 and 400 ISO and extremely annoying shutter lag and time between pictures. Don't get me wrong though, I love that camera. Also, if I'm going to shell out the bucks for a DSLR then I would like to at least have some experience to base my decisions on.
     
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    SLR really just stands for Single Lens Reflex. This just means that when you look through the viewfinder, you are looking through the lens. Unfortunately a lot of other ideas have been attached to the term that aren't accurate.

    The limited ISO and the shutter lag are something you can definitely improve upon. Sutter lag is especially annoying. I just wanted to make sure that you weren't expecting something special from upgrading that you weren't likely to get.
     
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    While this may be true...one of digital's biggest advantages is the instant feedback which can help immensely when learning photography.

    I think your idea to get an entry level (inexpensive) SLR is a good idea. That in combination with your digicam will make a good combo.
     
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    I am definately not looking forward to having to develop film and so on. However, having that in the back of my head might help me be focused on getting a good picture. I've notice that I'll sometimes get lazy and make haste mistakes because I know I can take 300+ pics without costing a cent.
     
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    the s5000 is not an slr, you are looking at a electronic veiwfinder, or an LCD screen, if what marc is saying is true does that mean a Sony's T1 is an SLR?

    The SK5 is 3MP camera with some functionality of an SLR, but not the full range, it has a ten times zoom which is awesome, but i can see why you want the extra things a SLR can do.

    The N75 is a great choice for a begginer and it will help you learn along the way due to its nice layout of controls, if you go to the N80, Nikon throws out all the easy controls and makes it quite confusing for a begginer.

    Go with the N75, and if you like what you see and you actually learn something, start saving for the d70 or later version, because it will take a while to learn the ins and outs of an SLR.
     

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