Upgrading to a professional grade film SLR

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  1. jonolikesbuster

    jonolikesbuster TPF Noob!

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    So I want to upgrade to a nicer film camera and I need some help choosing. I shoot alot of B&W, color stuff too, and I'm just getting into to slide film. I currently shoot with a Canon Rebel K2, which I borrowed from my school along time ago and just never gave back. I have a nice digital SLR but I like shooting film better. I dont want to spend a ton of money and would like to spend sub 500 but possibly more. So these are the cameras I'm looking at but I'm open to other suggestions. I've really just started doing the research.

    Canon EOS-1V : Its really nice, no doubt, but its pricey.
    Canon EOS 3 : Seems nice too, and I've read good things. It's in my price range too.
    Nikon F5 : I'm not a Nikon guy but that doenst mean I'll dismiss it. It seems ok but lacking compared to the Canons. In my price range though.

    I really dont know too much about the film camera world, ask me about digitals and I can tell you something (hell, I sell them for work) but film, not so much. Your help would really be appricated. Thanks.
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I use a Nikon FE2 and really like it. It's an aperture priority in automatic mode and I can use full manual as well. If I'm feeling nostalgic I reach for the Pentax K1000.

    I guess we (or I, as I don't speak for everyone here) would want to know what kind of features you're looking for. That'll help us narrow it down for you.
     
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    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I would get a Nikon F100 personally.. lots of features of the F5, but smaller (without the battery grip, which you could add if you want) and less expensive too.

    "Nikon F5 : I'm not a Nikon guy but that doenst mean I'll dismiss it. It seems ok but lacking compared to the Canons."

    Not sure what you mean.. I don't have personal experience with it, but i've read that the F5 is considered one of the best (if not THE best) professional film cameras ever produced.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The Nikon is certainly a great camera and one of the best as it was one of the last film SLRs designed by Canon or Nikon.

    But I wouldn't bother to switch from Canon to Nikon...the Canon models are just as capable and you already have a Canon and (I would assume) at least one lens. You could then use your Rebel as a back up.

    Have a look at the ELAN series. The newest one being the ELAN 7n. It's a nice step up from the Rebel without being too expensive. The EOS 3 is a step up from there...and some say the best 'non 1 series' body that Canon ever made. The 1 series bodies are great...and there are several to choose from.

    I can't imagine spending $500 for one though...but I also can't imagine spending $8000 for a top digital SLR either :roll:
     
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    Go with the EOS 3 if you've already got Canon glass, unless you have a substantive need for the 1v features....in which case, save up.
     
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    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    MAMIYA 7II (boomed a voice from the wilderness) (wanna nut?)
     
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    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I admit it, I'm a nikon guy, and to say the f5 is "lacking" is ill-informed, it's considered by many to be the finest film camera ever made.

    That said, I'll second the nomination for the f100, it can be had for $300 and is a fantastic all around camera.

    Another great camera to consider is the Nikon F4s, it's older then the f5 and f100, but it's full-featured and has a bit of retro look and feel that separate it from modern digital cameras--the f5 and f100 look like a digital slr with the screen missing. The F4 is typically priced between the f100 and f5, but you can find a deal, I recently bought a nearly flawless one off ebay for $270.
     
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    If you can live without autofocus and all the other auto stuff I'd go for (and use) either a Nikon F3HP or FE2. Both are aperture priority auto but with full manual as well. They are brick-solid yet don't weigh nearly as much as the cripplingly heavy F100 (which I ditched because of the weight of the thing!)
     
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    F5, hands down

    or like someone said earlier, mamiya 7ii
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    For 35mm I like Nikons too. But, I shy away from a lot of technology and
    features. I would never use most of those features anyway. AF is the
    most "high tech" feature I use and that's just because my eyes aren't what
    they used to be.

    I find I take better pictures (for my taste) if I have to think about each shot
    anyway.
     
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    Lots of good suggestions already. The mechanical Nikons haven't been mentioned yet - the F2AS and the FM3 are both very fine cameras, one pre-AI and one AI.

    The Mamiya 7 II is a very fine camera as well, but it isn't an SLR of course. I don't know whether or not the people who are recommending it have one or not, but it is severely limited with lenses longer than the standard 80. That suits me because the 65 is my standard lens for it, and the 150 is usable as a slightly longer than normal lens (equivalent to about a 90 mm on 35 mm), but forget anything longer. The 43 mm is a wonderful lens, and worth getting the camera for. It is in the same league as the 38 mm Biogon on the Hasselblad SWC as far as I'm concerned.

    Best,
    Helen
     
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    yeah, the mamiya is not an SLR... and i dont own one... but i have shot 5 rolls in one- and i am sure it's the best camera ever made (imo)

    the nikon F5, on the other hand, is a camera that i do own.
    it is a 10, although still not my "style" of camera.
    if stuck between canon + nikon, i would take into account any lenses you already own, price, and i would also go into a store and inspect each one.
     

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