New To Film - Need Help On Which Camera To Buy

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  1. Mina

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    Hello everyone!

    I'm about to start school and am looking for a 35 mm slr film camera and would really appreciate some help. Which camera should I get between the following: Nikon F3, Nikon FM10, Canon AE-1, Pentex K1000, and Promaster 2500 PK?

    I would like to keep my budget below $220 and am not sure if streching it for the Nikon FM10 is worth it?

    Also, is Ebay a reliable place to purchase a film camera?

    Thank you so much!


     
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    I see that you own a Canon Rebel XS DSLR ... you could consider one of the 35mm film Canon EOS cameras, as they use EF lenses.

    Are you intending on keeping a film SLR and it's lenses for the long term ... or just for school ?

    If it just for school I would suggest a Canon EOS camera such as the EOS A2 or Elan for cheap.
     
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    Thank you so much! Yes I do own the Canon Rebel XS - would like to upgrade within a year though. I would like to continue on with film as well as digital, past school...
     
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    Then you should consider a camera system (Film/Digital) that can share lenses/accessories ... so look at the Canon EOS film line.
    If you have any EF-S lenses ... they will cause vignetting on the EOS film cameras.

    Now, there are no EOS film camera's made in the old metal body/chassis like the camera's you have mentioned earlier ... the entire EOS line is plastic/metal ... so you will have to live with that.
     
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    What do you have with your XS right now?

    Normally, I would agree that you should stick with the Canon EOS line since you're already 'invested' in it - but if all you have is a Rebel and the kit lens, I don't know that I would call that an 'investment'. Especially when you consider that you're planning on replacing it within the year.

    Your choices will be somewhat limited with a $220 budget, but there are still very good EOS bodies to be had for that price:
    Canon EOS 1N 35MM SLR AUTO FOCUS CAMERA BODY - KEH.com
    Canon EOS 1N WITH POWER BOOSTER E1 35MM SLR AUTO FOCUS CAMERA BODY - KEH.com
    Canon EOS 3 WITH DATE BACK DB-E2 35MM SLR AUTO FOCUS CAMERA BODY - KEH.com
    ...And tons more.


    Also, IF all you have for lenses right now is the EF-S kit lens, you will have to buy a new lens too. EF-S is for digital crop sensors only. For full-frame digital or 35mm, you need EF lenses.
     
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    I only have one lense as of now - the lense that came with the kit. It's 18-55mm lense.
     
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    Btw, I most likely will be replacing the Rebel with another Canon withing the next year.
     
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    I thought so.

    I just meant that if you really wanted, say, that F3 - don't let a Canon kit lens stop you.

    Right now, no matter what 35mm camera you buy, you are also going to have to buy a lens for it. That 18-55 lens will not fit it.

    If you stick with Canon, the 50mm 1.8 is the least expensive EF lens you can buy (around $100 new). It would work on the film camera and your digital camera.


    So... Switching from Canon wouldn't really be a huge added expense. I'm not trying to talk you out of a Canon camera (I have a few and love them) - just want to make sure you understand that there is no practical reason that you 'must' buy a Canon film camera. You need to either add enough money to the budget to buy a lens (even if you go with Canon), or get a cheaper camera (don't worry - there are tons of those too).
     
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    Thank you very much for both your suggestions.

    I am still in school and it's only my third photo class. I will definately invest in a better lense in a few months for the Rebel XS as the kit lense I am not too crazy about.

    I found a few deals on Ebay for the Pentex K1000, Nikon F3, and Canon AE-1. I'm drawn to all three of these cameras but do not know which to go for...?
     
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    Forgot to mention, the ebay deals come with body and lense!
     
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    If you like the Pentax K1000 and Nikon F3 ... I suggest you look at the Canon new F-1, F-1n, or FTb.

    I had the Canon new F-1 ... best 35mm film camera I ever owned.
    I never liked the viewfinder info of the A/AE series, it was not made for manual exposure shooters.
     

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