Photography course-what camera?

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  1. sammi_b

    sammi_b TPF Noob!

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    Ive just started a city & guilds level 2 course but I dont have a camera! Im looking for one under £150 (film) can anybody recommend any and also where to buy from?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Are you looking for a newer (auto focus) camera or would an older manual focus camera suit you fine?

    The old Pentax K-1000 seems to be a popular suggestion for people just starting out. A sturdy, reliable camera that was once very popular, so it should be easy to find on E-bay or in a 2nd hand shop.
    Same goes for the Canon AE-1.

    Either way, a 50mm lens would be a nice lens to start with.
     
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    Well I need a camera that can be controlled manually, I just dont really know what Im looking at, although I would like a nikon can you suggest any models?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, I'm a Canon user...so I don't know very much about the various Nikon models.

    Someone around here will have some suggestions though.
     
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    When a class asks for a camera with manual controls they usually mean manual aperture and shutter control. Most 35mm SLRs have this.

    Do you want a newer style, mostly electronic, auto-focus camera, or an older style, mostly mechanical, manual focus camera?

    I like the Nikon FM2 or FM2n. It's an older style camera. Durable, and simple to use, but it has a few nice features such as a higher than normal flash synch speed, and mirror lock-up (with the self-timer function). My favorite feature is that it can operate with no batteries.
     
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    we have some pentax k1000's at our school and i really like those. i've also heard they are VERY sturdy and well built so they wont break easy. I shoot a nikon n65 and its been good to me.

    first post :wink:
     

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