Beginner Film SLR

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by gtwosaints, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. gtwosaints

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    Well since the price for a DSLR is so high, I won't be able to get one, and digital cameras in my price range don't have the features I need, I'm going to go for a film SLR. Digital has always seemed a little overrated to me because I don't like the process of printing them and film has always seemed to be better memories and my dad agrees. So, I've been wanting to get into photography for quite a while. So, I have $200-ish for a film SLR (used or new), lens, and film. I'll probably be doing all around photography, from portraits to B&W. Do you have any recommendations?
     
  2. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Canon AE-1 can be found inexpencive with ease. Lenses should not cost too much either, but they will not mount to a dSLR later on down the road, Diffrent mount system entirely.

    I personally prefer the Canon EF Body over the AE-1 but they are a little harder to come by and quickley get out of the 200 dollar price range.

    Both Bodies use Canon FD mount lenses and should have with them a 50mm or 55mm factory lens (but, I won't garentee it will but)
     
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    Pentax 35mm SLRs (the ones with the bayonet mount lenses, called
    "K-mount") have the advantage that their lenses will also work on digital SLR
    cameras should you decide to go that route later.
     
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    Nikon lenses work both film and digital as well. So I would go for either 70's Nikon film body......or I highly recommend the Canon A-1, I have one and love it and lenses are real cheap as well
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    +1 for the Pentax.

    I also like the Nikon FE series. It's electronically controlled, so you can use the camera on the fly more easily than you can with a full manual camera.
     
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    The B&H catalog still lists a few film SLR's in your price range....

    Vivitar V3800N w/28-70 lens (K-Mount) $159.95
    Canon EOS Rebel K2 w/28-90 lens $189.95
    Nikon FM10 w/35-70 lens $249.95

    ...in the event you want something new!
     
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    Nikon F4 or F5, they are THE pro SLR's of their time.

    I want one.


    Edit: Oh, a SLR for $200? Pentax's are nice and like nealjpage said, Nikon FE is a good auto camera.
     
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    Keep in mind the average price of todays lenses. A $200 budget won't go very far. That is why the older bodies are to the advantage of tight budget buyers.

    I can get dozen or more lenses for the price of one of the more common preowned modern lenses.
     
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    My vote goes to a Pentax, like a K1000. That thing is famous for a reason. I recently bought one with a 28mm prime for $70 on Ebay, so I'm sure for $200 you would be able to equip yourself even more adequately.
     
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    I'm also trying to get into film photography, I looked around on craigslist, and found deal, and I did a bit of bargaining. I got a black Nikon FM, a f1.4 lens 50mm lens, a f 3.5 35-70 zoom, and a f 2.8 28mm lens for $100.
     
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    I believe you can pick up a Nikon 90s AF camera with a fairly cheap zoom for the $200.
     
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    Thats pretty good:thumbup:

    I just got a Minolta 700si from ebay for $40. I really wanted a full manual camera but I also wanted something that used the same lenses as my Sony DSLR. I have the two Sony kit lenses plus a 50mm 1.7 Minolta Prime that I snagged for $20.
     

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