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Old 12-23-08, 11:55 AM   #1
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Affordable Film Camera

OK... I am enjoying my Sony Alpha 200, and have not really done too much with my telephoto lens or filters, nor in fact have used many features beyond using it as a really nice point and shoot camera...

My local community college doesn't offer classes in digital photograph. However, they do offer a series of courses starting with B&W then color film photography, and I am beginning to think I would like to take the courses.

So, I am thinking I might like to buy a used, affordable 35mm camera, and a couple of lenses and take the courses.

Any thoughts and ideas?

What do I need to look out for if I decide to buy used cameras and lenses?

I am assuming the professor will have some guidance, but could always use some foo guidance too...
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Old 12-23-08, 12:07 PM   #2
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www.keh.com You can get some real deals on high quality film cameras right now.

Auto Focus
Nikon F100 pro quality for less than $300
Nikon F90 great camera less than $100

Canon 3 pro quality for less than $300
Canon 5 great camera less than $100

Manual Focus
Nikon F3HP pro quality for less than $300
Pentax MX great camera for less than $100
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Old 12-23-08, 12:11 PM   #3
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OK... I am enjoying my Sony Alpha 200, and have not really done too much with my telephoto lens or filters, nor in fact have used many features beyond using it as a really nice point and shoot camera...

My local community college doesn't offer classes in digital photograph. However, they do offer a series of courses starting with B&W then color film photography, and I am beginning to think I would like to take the courses.

So, I am thinking I might like to buy a used, affordable 35mm camera, and a couple of lenses and take the courses.

Any thoughts and ideas?

What do I need to look out for if I decide to buy used cameras and lenses?

I am assuming the professor will have some guidance, but could always use some foo guidance too...
Look for a used Minolta on ebay... doesnt the Sony use the Minolta lens mount??
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Look for a used Minolta on ebay... doesnt the Sony use the Minolta lens mount??
Actually I hadn't considered that, but I believe it does use the Minolta mount. I think the lenses I have are optimized for digital, but they might work fine for film if I am doing manual focus and aperture setting. I'll have to look into that.
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Be careful, the A200 uses a sensor that's smaller than the size of 35mm film. If the lens is designed for that size imaging area it may cause vignetting.
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Get a Pentax K-1000 if you can find one on e-bay for a decent price.
Very good basic camera for learning film photography.

http://catalog.ebay.com/Pentax-K1000...=p3286.c0.m271

The K1000 is a basic rugged SLR camera--which is de rigeur if you are trying to take photography seriously.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_reflex_camera
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I'd lean toward a Minolta. You'd probably have to get some older screw-drive Minolta full-frame lenses to get going with it. But, if you get decent ones you'll love having them for your A200 as well.

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You can probably find an older Minolta OM10 for not much money. Good camera and a lot of available lenses.
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The K1000 is a basic rugged SLR camera--which is de rigeur if you are trying to take photography seriously.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_reflex_camera
It is a great camera, I've had one for 26 years and it's still going strong.
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If you decide to take the classes, pm me your address and I'll send you a nice old-school kit:

Minolta X-370 body
Minolta 28-70mm f3.5-4.8 lens
Minolta 200mm f4 lens
Minolta Auto 220X flash

Everything is in new condition. Ho ho ho! Merrrrry Christmas!

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Carbonlife...

Can't beat that for affordable... PM sent.

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Get a Pentax K-1000 if you can find one on e-bay for a decent price.
Very good basic camera for learning film photography.

http://catalog.ebay.com/Pentax-K1000...=p3286.c0.m271

The K1000 is a basic rugged SLR camera--which is de rigeur if you are trying to take photography seriously.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_reflex_camera
Do it! I first learned photography at summer school in grade 8 with one of this babies and B&W film including developing. I loved it. These things are work horses and great cameras.
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If you decide to take the classes, pm me your address and I'll send you a nice old-school kit:

Minolta X-370 body
Minolta 28-70mm f3.5-4.8 lens
Minolta 200mm f4 lens
Minolta Auto 220X flash

Everything is in new condition. Ho ho ho! Merrrrry Christmas!

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I'd be thirding or fourthing or whatevering the K1000, but you can't beat free.
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