The perfect SLR (price compromise)

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  1. Ohio

    Ohio TPF Noob!

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    I have about $250 to spend on a new SLR camera. I like/love Lomo Lc-a, Holga and Olympus XA cameras but want to take photography to a new step. I am not looking for particularly clear shots, or incredible lenses. Just a camera that is good and robust.

    Any ideas/links?

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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah, the Pentax K1000, the Canon AE1 (or A1), the Nikon FE... just to list a few. You said SLR, didn't you?:wink:
     
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    Of the four cameras mentioned, I'd personally opt for the Canon A-1 with the Canon FD 50mm F/1.4 lens. In excellent, near mint, or mint minus condition with a similar condition lens, you might find one a little under your price range.

    Look for an original owner, high serial numbered body - later manufacture - no brassing, and in excellent working condition.

    I recently purchased a separate body and lens for less than $175.00 and even after shooting several rolls of color print film, which turned out to be very excellent, I decided to give the body a CLA (Cleaning, Lubrication, and Adjustment) by an authorized Canon A-1 repair facility to insure its working for many years into the future - Canon will provide you with a list upon request.

    Although the Pentax K 1000 is a fairly good choice, it might be difficult to find an wide array of good Pentax lenses. Before I gave my Pentax K2 to my daughter, I was able to obtain a wide range of Pentax lenses from 28mm to 200mm, but never could find a moderately priced Pentax 35mm F/2.0 or a Pentax 85mm F/1.8 lens at a good price - the later lens rarely popped up on Ebay.

    I believe that the AE-1 would be a good choice as well, but the Canon A-1 is a later model and has some additional features that make it more worthwhile.

    I think that you'll find a very nice array of Canon FD lenses and accessories at good prices on Ebay to add to your photographic collection. Again, look for items that have been well taken care of by their owners and are in excellent to near mint condition.

    As for the Nikon FE suggested by someone, I am not familiar with that particular model, but I have never been impressed with Nikon cameras and/or lenses. I had to work with them for a number of years while serving as a staff photographer at the University of Illinois - College of Medicine - Peoria (Illinois) Campus and wasn't ever impressed with their quality - the 100mm Macro Nikkor lens had so much curvature of field wide open that you had to stop down more than a few stops to eliminate it and even then, its performance never match the 100mm Leica Macro R lens; always thought that they were a little over promoted/rated. But then I have also been a Leica (rangefinder, projector, enlarger) user for decades as well.

    Since the SLR's you mentioned are digital, you might check out the resources and/or articles that I have listed below. It might aid you in making a more intelligent decision.

    I don't think that "film" cameras are entirely dead, but I do believe that digital cameras do appear to be the wave of the future - just as 35mm cameras once were in the age of the Speed Graphics (4 X 5 cameras preferred by the press). On the other hand, digital cameras haven't yet reached their pinnacle as yet.

    At any rate, here are some sites/articles worth exploring.

    This site is an excellent resource of Canon FD lenses, cameras, and some accessories.

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/canon/fdresources/fdlenses/

    This is an interesting and worthwhile article on digital lenses.

    http://www.imx.nl/photosite/comments/c011.html
    Another interesting article:
    Death of photography or why the concept of 'digital photography' is doomed to die soon (November 8, 2003)

    http://www.imx.nl/photosite/comments/c003.html

    Some "Technical Notes" of interest, probably more technical information than you might wish to deal with now, but at least you'll have a reference point when you may be in need of it.

    http://www.imx.nl/photosite/technical/indextech.html

    Finally, for reviews of cameras (film & digital) and other photographic equipment, you might check out this site as well. It also might be very useful in making your decision.

    http://photosig.pcphotoreview.com/defaultcrx.aspx

    Well, I do hope that this is more than useful for your beginning photographic endeavors.

    Bill
     
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    Thank you so much for your interesting post, it was thoughtful helpful and enlightening. I will use the knowledge I obtained from your post when investing in cameras in the future.

    But one important thing I forgot to say. I am 100% against digital. It's not that I want to the kind of cat who only likes old stuff, like citizen kane. I am not the person who just dosen't understand digital photography. But I just don't like it. It's not my court. The only argument I have is that it seems so fake, it dosn't seem as real as real film. To me, real film is what I wanna work with, I don't take press-like photos. I know this has been argued a lot on here. But I don't want to argue about it, my mindset is against digital photography.
    I use a computer, not a typewriter. I have a digital watch. But I can't shoot digital unless I am forced to.
     
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    And you'll never be forced to. Production may slow or cease in some areas, but film's hardly dead. It's the photo magazines that lead you to think otherwise. Good for you to think for yourself in that respect. ;) Have fun!
     
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    Thank you. Honestly speaking, I only became a member on this forum so I could ask that one question, what SLR is good. I just needed an opinion. But people on here are nice, diverse and helpful, so this seems like a really nice place.
     
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    It is a really nice place. Hang around for a bit. :D
     
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    Good luck with your decision! I learned with a Canon AE-1 and it was a great camera.
     

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