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hi, I have just started college and I am taking photography and I really need an SLR non-digital camera.

I am looking for it to be full manual, and to have a zoom lense

maybe second hand, about £50-£150

let me know of a good make and model, so i can go hunting...

or if anyone knows of a good one i can get.

thanks
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i played with a Canon Rebel the other day. I gotta say, if I ever buy
another 35mm camera, that's the one i'm getting.
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Pretty much any SLR film body will do the trick for you. You should be able to get everything you need relatively cheap.

I took photography in high-school (1985-86). I bought a Pentax K-1000 body and I still have it today. I think you've got a ton of options here.
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hehe, up 2 selling one lol

i wil check out ebay for possabilities and post them here for you to check if thats ok
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I've got a Nikon N90s, and absolutely love it. In the US it was flagged as the highest end amateur body when it was released. Outside of the US it was the lowest end professional. In the UK it's called the F90x and many professionals used it as a backup body to their F4 (and many still kept their N90s after selling their F4's and goin to digital).

Extremely fast built-in motordrive, unbelievably accurate auto-focus. It will work with all the same lenses as the Nikon digital SLR bodies (except the DX lenses which are digital-only). The "G" version lenses will not work in manual & aperture priority mode, which isn't really a big problem as most G lenses have a "D" alternative which will work fine on the N90s.

Another option is the N80/F80 or F100.

There are many debates about digital SLR, but when it comes to film, Nikon are #1 :)

If that starts getting a little expensive, you might want to have a look at Minolta. The X-700 is an extremely capable 35mm body, and pretty inexpensive compared to the Nikon bodies. The lenses seem to be quite a bit cheaper too in general.
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 34123&rd=1

looks nice to me, and a good price.

what do you think?
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It doesn't look too bad. I have a friend who has that camera, or a similar model, and he seems to like it.
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I would be weary of vivitar lenses though...not the best from what I have read.
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digitalMedia wrote:
Pretty much any SLR film body will do the trick for you. You should be able to get everything you need relatively cheap.

I took photography in high-school (1985-86). I bought a Pentax K-1000 body and I still have it today. I think you've got a ton of options here.


*lol -- I took it in second year of college and still have my Minolta 202 SLR to this day. It's in need of a new battery and a minor repair, but still works. Got that one in 1978.

I sorta agree...any SLR will probably do. I'm assuming the need here is like I needed it, to learn the basics, plus film developing? Hey that, I remember as being pretty fun. I rather enjoyed the smell of the chemicals *grins....
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I would be weary of vivitar lenses though...not the best from what I have read.


I have a 20 some year old 300mm vivitar and it's pretty darn clear. Always worked for me. I don't know how they are making them today though.

*sighs...I used to love photography. I've got some pictures I need to get scanned in and save before they fade too much.
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Yeah, vivitar lenses aren't that bad. One of the first I got for my N90s was a Vivitar 70-210mm MF lens. Works a treat :)
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i just won the minolta x700 :)

for £75 lol

that is $134.70

nice and cheap for a brit... that expensive for you guys?
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$134 - those exchange rates have changed since i last looked :P
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yup, they sure have

thats why i prefer doing work for the brits lol

i do a job, and ask $100 lol, i get £55

something wrong somewhere ;)
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got the camera, and its in good nick, well, i am using it in photography and it is holding up well, in the process of developing my own film ;)
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That's a lot of fun Nuc! I used to do that myself. Gone digital now. :D
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yeh yeh... well, it is college and I think they just want us to get used to the process ;)

If i enjoy it of course I will go digital ;)

one thing i have wondered tho...

I have an slr film camera. SLR stands for standard lense reflex, where the mirrors shoot up for the shot to be taken right?

well, how does a digital slr work?... similar way?

(n00b question :P )
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Yep, same principle, but instead of exposing the film, it's exposing the CCD(image sensor).

I had always understood SLR to mean Single Lens Reflex, but standard and single are probably interchangable.
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i may have the definition wrong ;)

thanks dm, i get it now.

If i had it my way i would have much rather saved up for a digital slr, than spending money on a film cam.. :roll:

oh well
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Yup, it's SINGLE lens reflex... there are Twin lens reflex cameras too.

Like dM says, the basic difference between Film SLR and DSLR is that the light is exposed on a CCD or CMOS, instead of a film plane.

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