Camera Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by Strychnine., Dec 21, 2017.

  1. OldManJim

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    KEH Camera, Roberts Camera, & B+H are all good options for used cameras. You can, of course, find them on eBay but those are individual sellers and that's a little riskier than an established store.


     
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    :acne: Very nice. I am glad to see you back. Honestly, I didn't have much hope. I've seen it before. People coming with interest in shooting film and disappearing after realizing how much trouble it is comparing to digital. I hope you are as tough as your forum name suggests. Good luck !
     
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    We sell used cameras here at my job.....Schiller's Camera 314-968-3650 ask for Jim Brooks.
     
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    I like the Minolta SRT-101 and Rokkor-X lenses - my first SLR kit - later used Pentax and then Olympus with each having additional features.
     
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    My co-worker at the lab just got a very nice fully functional SRT-101 with 49mm lens for $85.
     
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    And now, folks have YouTube and photo forums for this.

    That doesn't mean everyone will. It's a big assumption.

    Sounds like they have bigger issues than just getting used to a film camera ;)

    You're underestimating the metering system.

    Not necessarily. Most people start out with sending their film to a lab. If they get the film 'bug' then they may move onto developing. One thing at a time.

    And now you're underestimating the student without knowing his/her capabilities or motivation.
     
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    I second the recommendation of keh.com. Their stock changes, too, so it's worth it to keep checking it regularly. Don't be afraid of their "Bargain" rating, either. The gear is often in better shape than you would expect for a 'bargain.' The "As-is" rating is a bit more accurate, however. There are other Pentax bodies, as well - don't know as much about them. One thing about the Spotmatic, however - it is essentially the same as a K1000, but it has the earlier M42 screw mount. The Pentax bodies from the K1000 onward all use a K-mount (including the DSLRs, so it's easy to use legacy lenses on digital bodies.)
     
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    I love your optimism which I lack in this and similar cases. Maybe just bad experience on my part. To many people without any real commitment. here quite recent one:
    Film Came out with Vertical Black and White Stripes?
    Guy never even looked at the answers.
     
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    Most the recommendations on here are for SLR cameras. I think that in their day the SLR was a very good option, just as today with the DSLR, as you have the interchangeable lens options to make a kit that will cover a wide range of subject matter and styles of shooting. However, I think that film is now more of a niche where one might specialize in a certain style when shooting film and leave the broader range to the digital realm. I expect a lot of todays film shooters are just using a couple of focal lengths. I would go with a 24 or 28mm lens for indoor events and outdoor landscape and 35mm for street.

    With that being said, I would also think it good to look at rangefinder camera options in 35mm (format - as you stated). While it was a bear of a camera to operate, I really had fun using a hand-me-down Argus C-44 rangefinder. The film was hard to load and harder to rewind, metering was with a handheld Gossen, using another lens meant adding on the turret that had the 35mm, 50mm and 100mm viewing angles, it had a cold shoe for the flash, the lenses had filters that did not thread on they were dropped in and held in place by another ring (you will want filters when shooting B&W). But the nice part was the sound of the leaf shutter, much quieter than that of an SLR or DSLR and that lends itself well to street shooting - as does the metering with the handheld meter and then just raising the camera up to frame and shoot. Another great camera I used was an Agfa Super Silette fixed lens rangefinder - it allowed locking in the shutter speed and aperture from the handheld meter and then you could move both together just like you were using the P mode on todays DSLR.

    There may be some bumps along the road. I was at a camera shop a few years ago when a girl that looked to be taking a college photography course was picking up her film and the guy was showing her that the entire roll was blank. She looked like she was ready to throw in the towel, but the guy pointed out that the film was not exposed by the camera (no fault of the Pentax) and she had probably just not loaded it properly and then had not checked to see that it was being wound when advancing the film. My grandfather told me you had to be able to run be able to change a roll of film, good practice for today and changing a battery and memory card.
     
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    I am in education, I have to be optimistic about people wanting to learn stuff :biglaugh:
     
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    Great story. I still shoot time to time my Agfa Silette.
     
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    In this matter my thrust in you is limitless
     
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