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  1. Trevor Weaver

    Trevor Weaver TPF Noob!

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    Hello, My name is Trevor, I used to do photography with point and shoot cameras in the 90's and I've always enjoyed doing it, but for some reason I stopped. Just a few months ago a friend of mine let me play around with his nikon fm2, and then I realized that I almost forgot about how fun it was to do photography. He showed me how to develop film, and scan negatives and everything. It was great!

    Now I want to get started again. I have adequate knowledge of cameras, I know I Want a manual, film, SLR camera .I'll be primarily shooting on B&W film (I can't develop color on my own at this point) and scanning the negatives on my computer. I've been searching craigslist, and I found 2 deals to get started on, but I don't know which one I should go with:

    or this

    My friend told me that basically any camera from pentax, nikon, canon, minolta, konica, ect. would be fine to learn the basics. He said that eventually I'll want something better. I'm going to stick with nikon (so I can mooch off of my friend's lenses) but I'm not exactly sure about a model, I'm working on some cash for the eventual upgrade, my budget will be around $300. and I plan to be shooting motion shots (like animals running, sports ect.), landscapes, and very close up pictures (so basically a bit of everything). I don't know what to look for when I buy this camera though.

    I'll also be developing film, scanning negatives and printing photos on my own, so is there a (cheap) scanner and/or printer that will allow me to scan my negatives, and print photos at a decent quality? (budget around $200+)


    Hmm, I may be asking too much :confused:

    tl;dr: of the two cameras at the top what should I get? What should I get after that, when I learn the basics, and what scanner/printer should I get?
     
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    Go with the Pentax K1000.
     
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    i really don't know much about film slr's but why would someone rather purchase a film slr than a dslr knowing that with a digital slr you can do more things and save money
     
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    Newer =/= better.
     
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    I have DSLR and used to shoot SLR B&W film it is just not the same experience. I am loving DSLR but in time would consider shooting film on an SLR again. Just shooting is almost the same in but post processing there is something really different working in a dark room. In post processing they feel like two completely different medias and I miss doing dark room work, it was an art unto itself. They are not the same thing, I thought they would be close but just so different in many ways.

    I agree I would pick the Pentax K1000.
     
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    You say that you want to stick with a Nikon so you can borrow your friend's lenses...but neither of those two are Nikon (or compatible)...am I missing something?
     
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    They're $50 and $60 for the whole package apparently? That 200mm f/4 in the second kit sounds pretty nice!
     
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    I thought I was the only one.........


    Well, he's not going to get a DSLR for $60. I also agree that film is still a cool medium. I sold my Minolta X700, but only to help finance the D80 I just bought. Otherwise, I'd have kept it.
     
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    He's referring to "eventually" when he get's something better.
     
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    Same reason I sold my old F-1n and AT-1. Along with several lenses and a couple of year old film scanner.
     
  11. RyanLilly

    RyanLilly No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thats what I was thinking; Buy them both!
     
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    Both sound interesting for the price. But go in assuming that about half the stuff in each package will be useless.

    I might consider buying both packages too ... but be aware that the Spotmatic and SP 1000 use screw-mount lenses, while the K 1000 uses the Pentax bayonet mount.

    I'd also be a little leery of that last item in the second pkg. - the "Pentax Mount Adapter K." That might indicate that the lenses in that package are actually screw-mount instead of bayonet mount. It's not really much of a problem, I used one a lot back a few years ago when I was converting over from Spotmatics to my first K 1000. But just be aware.

    Oh, and one more thing - based purely on the potential age of the cameras involved - Pentax stopped making Spotmatics in 1976. the K 1000 was made from 1976 until 1997. So ... the K 1000 would certainly be "newer."
     

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