Buying a rather cheap SLR.

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  1. Weaving Wax

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    I have a little over $300 to spend and I was looking at this: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Silver-Camera-Deluxe-28-90mm/dp/B00004YZLV/sr=1-4/qid=1162867098/ref=sr_1_4/002-9849073-8146414?ie=UTF8&s=photo"]http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Silver-Camera-Deluxe-28-90mm/dp/B00004YZLV/sr=1-4/qid=1162867098/ref=sr_1_4/002-9849073-8146414?ie=UTF8&s=photo[/ame]

    I don't know if this is the right forum for this, but you can move it if it isn't..
     
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    I love my Canon. Its not the same as what your looking at but you can't beat their cameras! Good luck! Let us know what you pick.
     
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    Those camera's go on ebay very cheap. I use Canon stuff and like it a lot. If looking for another film body at the cheap end of the market I'd probably go for the EOS 630. Apparently it was a true work horse of a camera, and can be picked up very cheaply these days. http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-EOS-630-2...yZ107919QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    For that sort of money you could buy a very high build quality second hand Canon body probably wiht a couple of good lenses.
     
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    What would be some good lenses?
     
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    it looks like a good camera to me. But let me weigh in with another idea.

    For much less you can find a good used camera on E-bay. You could pick up a very nice body for around 175 which would leave you with quite a bit for a nice lens or two. Nikons Canons etc all made good camers and lens that can be found pretty cheap on E-Bay.
    I personally would also suggest looking at Pentax Film Cameras, Back in the day before Canon was a big name, Pentax glass was second only to Nikon and then not by much. You can find pentax cameras on Ebay with a lens or two for around 150-175.
    IF you want to know the quality of pentax glass, the 50mm f/1.2 they made for my camera in the 1970's still sells for around 300-500 dollars. B&H photo sells that lens for 500. So thats my 2 cents
    either way though, that would be a good choice, but i would also look into some older SLR's on Ebay
     
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    Film stuff? I was wondering what would be a better buy. I mean, I like to know what I'm taking pictures of before I spend the money to print them. But, I do like film B&W photos. So...I don't know, I'm not trying to get into a film vs. digital war, because each has it's own pro's and con's, but on ebay a digital doesn't seem to go below $400...
     
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    oh, i was talking about film stuff..i mean the camera you are looking at and posted a link to is film...
    my take on film vs digital is Digital does a wonderful job with color at any ISO setting and pretty much has the color market hands down. However, i still feel that color slide film has its place and i prefer that to digital. However, slide film is hard to use and limited in that they dont make too many fast slide films. As far as B&W pictures go, i feel that film will always beat out digital. for various reasons
     
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    Hmm. Well, for the money, film might be the way to go for me right now...seeing as that a digital camera isn't under $400, plus buying lenses will cost a lot...so over 1,000 or so right there, which I don't see myself coming into any time soon. I do know that devoloping film cost a lot and that buying in bulk is he way to go if I plan on taking a lot of pictures...I was wondering, if I go film, what lenses/filters should I buy? I want to do like night time stuff and stuff in dim light/long exposure shutter speed stuff. But, not exclusively, just that's what I would prefer to do...
     
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    If I were you I would look on www.keh.com. You'll find some older Canon's that offer more features, and are more robust, for cheaper than that. I would buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens (from that same site), and use that until you understand focal length. Then you'll know better what you need/want.
     
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    I recently bought a Canon EOS 650 in great shape for $25 US, and shortly after a Mint Elan 7 w power booster for $150. They're practically giving away great film cameras on Ebay! Like Matt said, you can find some great older film cameras with far superior build quality for alot less.
     
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    Thats a good way to learn basics such as walking instead of zooming, but theres no way you learn about focal lengths with a single prime lense. A cheap zoom will do a much better job teaching you what kind of focal length your style requires.
     

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