best semi pro film SLR

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  1. cpelsy2k1

    cpelsy2k1 TPF Noob!

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    Hey All,

    Ive decided to take up a photo class next semester at my college and i need to purchase a film SLR. Now i know i could pick up a real classic for less than a hundred dollars but i would really like something from the 90's and on. Ive been looking at the nikon n90s and the canon eos 1n and i really like both. I want something that i can use for awhile but that i can also take my lenses with me when i go digital. Any thoughts? Anything i should keep in mind while looking at the new and used market? thanks!
     
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    Take a look at the Elan 7N. That's what I use, and it's a very well-featured camera and almost perfectly fits the description of "semi-pro." The 1n should also be a nice camera, although I'm not very familiar with it. I do believe it was made to be a top-end professional camera in its day. But if you want something new and don't want to have to buy it used, the Elan 7N is a very good buy. There was a thread just recently in which thebeginning asked a similar question and I gave a longer description of the Elan 7N. I'll go find it and edit my post with the link.

    edit: here ya go: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=32498
     
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    I don't know what your looking at in terms of budget, but I would suggest a Nikon F100. I use a N90 and really like that too.
     
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    I would second the Nikon F100. It's a great camera and built like a tank.
     
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    I have both the N90s and a F100. The F100 is difinitely a better camera then the N90s. I really like the N90s, but there are a couple things that may sway your decision. "G" type Nikon lens are not fully compatable and neither are "Vibration Reduction" lenses. In fact the VR does not work at all. The "G" lenses cannot be used in apeture priority or manual modes because the N90s does not have the ability to change apeture on the camera like all the newer Nikons do. The last problem with the N90s is that used ones typically do not look very good because the rubber on the film door comes off easy.

    The F100 is the N90s replacement. Nikon got everything right on this one.

    K
     
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    I am a primarily Nikon user but I would second the recommendation for the Elan 7n. It's a great camera.
     
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    i was about to suggest either of those, or if you want canon an Elan 7n. as you see, these are quite popular. any of these cameras will be great, and both support terrific lenses.
     
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    You have to decide what system you want. Nikon or Canon...

    Canon seems to be better with digital. Full frame sensors and all...

    Elan is good. There's no reason to shy away from film rebels either. The camera is just a box to hold film in. It's the glass that counts... and boy it's gonna cost you.
     
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    Or you can get a fully manual nikon. they're beasts that work forever, and build a collection of autofocus lenses which you can use later with digital body.

    I'm a Canon guy... Can anybody chime in? Can AF lenses be used on manual bodies?
     
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    not for canon's. different mounts. i tried myself actually. nikons you can though, supposedly. i second Doc's suggestion about a nikon manual focus if you dont need the AF. great cameras.
     
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    I have a "collection" of Nikon gear aquired over the past 35 years. Price will dictate where you go in a semi-pro camera. I believe with Nikon you have a wider choice of bodies and lenses. The N90 and F100 already mentioned are great. If price is an issue you can't beat an F3 with or without the motor drive. Mine is with, and it feels too small without. Without the motor, its small enough to make a great candid camera for PJ or street photography. It's a MF but will mount about any lens Nikon made since 1959. (as will most Nikon bodies) Its built like a tank and IMHO about the most rugged 35mm body made with all the pro features except AF. I now shoot a D1 and a D1X. I love being able to mount and meter with my older MF long prime lenses. In AF in focuses lightning fast as it has the guts of the F5, another great pro camera. With the intro of the D2 series, the D1 series cameras are now very reasonable for pro-level DSLR's.
     
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    Nikon does have better compatability for lenses between it's manual and AF camera bodies than Canon. That being said Canon is excellent as well. I prefer Nikon but it's a personal choice.
     

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