Old Film SLR

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  1. sultan

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    I am going on a school trip to New York next week but don't want to take ~$1000 worth of camera equipment that can be stolen and my old P&S doesn't fully meet my high standards for image quality. I am thinking of buying an old Pentax SLR (some manual focus 70s model) and a ~$100 prime lens to go with it to supplement my digicam when IQ is essential. Is it a good idea? Is NY (Manhattan) full of photo opportunities that will make use of an SLR or will an old P&S (Canon A70) do?

    Note: I want to go pentax because I like Pentax and all my equipment (body and lenses) are Pentax/Pentax compatible.
     
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    If all of your stuff is going to work with it, I don't see a down side, provided the body works and you're getting a good deal.
     
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    If you're turned onto a Pentax, pick up an old K1000 and a a 50 and maybe a tele zoom. Minolta sr-T101 and a couple of lenses would be comparable. Canon's and Nikon's would run you a bit more but well worth the investment.
     
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    K1000s are nice but I dont want to spend over $120 on the body. I am thinking of a $50-$99 MG that is nice and small.
     
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    Me Super or Super program. The MX was a manual camera, and pretty reliable from what I've been told. Most of those Pentax bodies were small.
     
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    A $99 ME Super and a $49 50mm SMC-M f/2
    Does that sound good?
     
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    It sounds like a lot of money to me. Too much for the body even if it's working. The SMC 50mm f2 is the low end lens.

    PS If you can find the 50mm 1.4 SMC, I heard they were unmatched, but I'm not sure if they're compatible with the newer digitals.
     
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    Yeah, I would prefer a lower price for an old camera and a low end lens. Any good places you know of in Mississauga/Toronto area? (in Canada) Or do you know of any places in Manhattan that sell such cameras at a low price? I would prefer $100 or less for the camera + the lens. I don't need anything too fancy.
     
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    There are lots of K1000's on ebay for under $75.. if you want to be sure you have a working one, keh.com has a bunch with lenses included. They cost a little more than the ones on ebay, but it's more likely to work ok, while the ebay versions are gambles.

    I have a K1000 myself and while I don't use it anymore since I purchased my Nikon FE, it is a great camera.
     
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    Any luck of finding something at B&H NY Superstore for ~$100?
     
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    Depending on how much time you are planning on spending in NY and where you are going I think you will be EXTREMELY dissapointed if you did not bring your A-list gear. Now if you plan to go and just get stupid and do whatever don't bring it but really if you plan to tour some fo the big sites there will be alot of photo opportunities.
     
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    I've decided that I'll just take my P&S but I'll take about $150 USD so if I find a great deal, I'll buy it. I have a $400 duties exemption so that won't be a problem at the border on the way back.

    Note: I'll also spend the money on food.
     

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