Total Newbie looking for info on SLR

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by oldschoolornew, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. oldschoolornew

    oldschoolornew TPF Noob!

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    Hi,
    I am interested in starting to do some film photography. I am looking for advice on a camera to buy. I want to buy some older camera perhaps from craigslist.
    I remember reading a lot of discussion a while ago on what brand / model people should buy, but it has been a while and I'm just now coming back to this idea.
    So my question is what's a good brand? I remember reading that a certain brand can fit all the lenses made by the brand, while other cameras have different connectors and only fit some of the lenses. Also what is a good model to look for.

    I know this sounds very general, but perhaps someone could share a link to a nice article particularly on this topic.

    Thank you everyone.
     
  2. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi and welcome!

    Better questions to answer would be what is your budget, what is your experience, what would you like to mainly shoot and would you rather have a camera that you can ease into digital with or go really old school and has the Cool factor?
     
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    Thank you for your response.
    I have no experience other that playing with an Olympus OM10 that ended up not working :lol:
    I'm not concerned with digital really yes, in fact it's the opposite - I probably want to stick to 35mm film.
    My budget is not a problem. However, I am looking for a nice used cam that's more timeless but still full of good features - basically I want it to be as cheap as I can get it with it still being a great piece of equipment. I liked the OM10, but again I have no clue what I am talking about. And as I kind of mentioned in the OP, I want to be able to find lenses for it with relative ease.

    Edit: what I'd like to shoot. Probably stills to get a hang of how the cameras work. I'm thinking general shots of nature - trees, etc. Probably some close-ups of flowers/bugs, lol. And possibly close ups of things further away (bird in a tree).

    That's probably pretty retarded sounding.. sorry :)
     
  4. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    No, that was pretty clear really. ;)

    With SLRs what you want to look for is the lens. To get an idea try looking through some toy binoculars and then look through a quality one. Though both might be the same magnification the better ones will give you a much richer view. The camera is just a box that holds the film really although it can help with exposure.

    If you need auto focus then I would stick with Nikon or Canon- either one is fine though I'm particular to Nikons. I think you might be better served though with a manual camera Again, Nikon and Canon made some of the best but Pentax and Minolta were right up there. Not to say Olympus or Yashica or a number of other manufacturers didn't make good cameras it's just that at todays prices you don't need to muck around looking for a top flight rig. Or the German cameras for that matter. ;)

    Shooting birds gets really expensive because you need a Big telephoto- the more the mm's the more the $$'s but if that's what you want then I'd go with Nikon because you would have a larger (in numbers anyway) selection and thus an easier time finding what you want.

    Shooting small things is a lot easier either with a special lens or extension tubes or magnifying filters.

    Good luck with it
    mike
     
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    oldschoolornew TPF Noob!

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    Thank you Mike, I'll be letting you know if I decide to purchase something :)
     
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    The most popular choises are Nikon, Canon, Minolta, and Pentax. I personally prefer Nikon because of lens compatibility, I own nikon slrs from 1959 all the way up to dslrs from 2009, and ALL my lenses work on every single one of them.

    the cheapest nikon Film SLR with a respectable feature set is the FG series--these only cost about $30. The best "bang for your buck" is the F100, which go for less then $200, and are arguably the best film slr ever made.

    I personally am a big fan of the FE, and the F3.
     
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    Canon AE-1 Program

    Nikon F-301/N2000

    Minolta X-700

    In order of preference you should be considering. Any of those will run you around $50 used with a basic 50mm lens. You will pay more when they come with extra lenses, a flash, remote or wire trigger, camera bag, tripod, etc, etc, etc. You MIGHT get lucky and find one of those in the $35-$40 price range... and for $25 if EXTREMELY lucky.

    Whatever camera you decide to buy... check it out first if you are able. If you are buying from online auction, make sure they offer a full refund. Some will not refund shipping. And see that they offer maybe 7 days versus 3. Beware of ANY auction or ad where it says AS-IS, because that nullifies any "return" policy they say they are offering.
     

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