Lookin' for an SLR

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by blackdoglab, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. blackdoglab

    blackdoglab yeah I'm easy.... but I'm not cheap

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2006
    Messages:
    1,057
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    in my darkroom
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I'm fairly new to photography and I'm searchin' for a good but inexpensive 35mm slr. My requirements are simple, it must cost below $250.00, have a good zoom lens on it, do double exposures, have a bulb mode shutter, and take good pictures. I've been eyeing a vivitar in the freestyle photographic catalog that costs about $170.00 and it looks somewhat promising. I'm going to be using it for photographing landscapes, plants, dogs and other pets that cross my way, and the occasional human.
     
  2. SeanL

    SeanL TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2006
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, I'm assuming you're looking for film, cause you won't find a DSLR that cheap, you may not even find a new film camera that cheap. Any slr will look for the applications you're looking for, it all depends on the lens you use. But yea not big into film photography, but I'd reccomend Nikon or Canon.
     
  3. Tiberius

    Tiberius TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2006
    Messages:
    328
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    You can get some pretty nice bodies in that range, but a decent Zoom Lens itself (For film, probably a 28-105 if you want both landscapes and portraits) would cost around $200.
     
  4. omeletteman

    omeletteman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Messages:
    922
    Likes Received:
    15
    check ebay. I bought a really old school SLR for $35. It didn't come with a zoom lens, but I'm sure for an extra little bit you could find one that did.
     
  5. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Messages:
    2,117
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Tottenville, Staten Island, NYC USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    When buying an older 35mm camera, be sure that it will work without batteries. The electrical system on an older camera can go south and leave you with a nice display item if it cannot be operated without it.

    That said, there are many older 35mm bodies to pick from. Same with the lenses. Just picked up a Konica TC with f1.7 Hexanon to carry as a spare.
     
  6. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    478
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Don't be afraid to consider old manual focus film bodies. I'm currently using an FE with an MD-12 motordrive and I love it! I can drop it, kick it, and play soccer with it and it will still work like new!

    Go to a local camera store and see what they have in used equipment. I suggest goign with a Nikon or Canon camera if you can afford it, and as long as you buy a lens with an aperture ring, your good to go!
     

Share This Page