Old Film guy needs advice

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    Many years ago as a young man I shot a lot of film. I had my own darkroom (B&W) and loved the smell of dektol...lol. Shot mostly cop stuff... crime scenes, car wrecks plane crashes etc. I understand the mechanics of photography. Shutter speed, f stop, film ISO, focal length, how to figure flash range, long exposures, all that stuff. Then along came kids, job and life. 25 years later I would like to get back into it. I'm looking for a camera that will do everything (and more) that my old SLR would do, such as change the iso, bulb setting for long exposures, adjust f stop and shutter speed manually, control depth of field etc. I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHERE TO START! Suggestions?


     
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    What was your old camera? Buy another one! Used film stuff is ├╝ber-cheap these days. Just make sure to find one that either has been CLA'd, or spend the money to CLA it once you get it.
     
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    Still Have a Cannon AE1 P all the lenses and my dad's 1950's Contessa with a Ziess lens
    But I think I want to go digital
     
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    Uhhhh..... CLA?
     
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    Clean, Lubricate & Adjust.

    If you want to 'go digital', just about any entry-level DSLR will work just fine for you.
     
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    Clean, lube adjust?
     
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    You made it sound like you wanted to shoot film again. Clean, Lubricate, Adjust. That's what you want to look for when buying a film camera.

    Since now you said digital, what type of photography you interested in?
     
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    OK..... so what is an "entry level" camera? What kind of price range?
     
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    I'm interested in something that is fairly versatile. Mostly outdoor stuff. Some family and friends. I guess I'm looking for a step up from the point and shoot stuff where I have some control.
     
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    Entry-level = low-end models. Nikon D3400, Canon Rebel T5....
     
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    For a DSLR, a Nikon D3400 would be a nice starter body. You could start with the kit lens, 18-55 and take it from there. Pentax makes some real nice entry level DSLR's as well.

    You could also go with a Sony A6000 or NEX6, mirrorless and buy an adapter for your current glass you have, it would be manual focus only but give you a nice start.
     
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    As a film guy, you'll probably appreciate a 'full frame' digital SLR more than the 'crop' size sensors.

    The 'full frame' DSLR has the same field of view as the old 35mm film cameras. Maybe look at the Canon EOS 6D if not out of your budget.
     
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