advice needed on new body.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rweakins, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. rweakins macrumors 6502

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    i'm looking into getting a film body. been wanting to get a film slr and learn how to develop film myself and i was just curious as to any suggestions that people had on film slr bodies for general photography.
     
  2. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    I'm using an Nikon N60 and have a great time with it…*straightforward, basic meter, auto-advance, aperture and speed priorities. Just a great little camera.

    Very few bells and whistles compared to most dSLRs though.
     
  3. rweakins thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah in film i'm not necessarily looking for the "bells and whistles" as much. looking for something that does the job well
     
  4. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    Think about a Nikon F/N80 (same thing) or F100. They once cost in the neighborhood of $1000 or more, and now can be had for about $100-150 for the 80 and $250-400 for the F100, depending on the condition of the body.

    Both have good autofocus systems, and all that you need to shoot film well.
     
  5. hmai18 macrumors 6502

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    Even the former mid to high end film bodies are going for dirt cheap these days. I have a Nikon F80 that I wanted to sell, but was given an estimate for $30 from a local shop, so I decided to just hang onto it to pass it on to my dad or something.

    Or you could go old school and pick up an old Nikon FM2, Pentax K1000, etc. and learn on something that will force you to learn all the basic skills before moving onto something fancier.
     
  6. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    The Nikon F5 once went for D3-type money, and now sells for a fraction of that.

    It's also useful to observe that every single 35mm film body is "full frame," rather than being cropped like most digital cameras are.
     
  7. rweakins thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what about on the canon side? i have two canon digital cameras so as far as lenses go i already have a few that could save some cash
     
  8. techie4life macrumors 6502

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    Before I switched to Nikon Digital, I started off with a Canon Rebel T2. Overall, I liked it as a camera, but the cost of developing film helped my decision to switch to digital. I don't have a whole lot of knowledge in the film area, but I do know that I liked my T2 while I had it.
     
  9. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    Film body? My favorites are Nikon F3. Sometimes you can find them at B&H for around $500.00. Also, the flash for it (SB-12?), as well as the motor drive for it (MD-4) are nice additions. This is a heavy but wonderful camera, and made to last. The motor drive moves around 8 frames per second.

    I now use Canon digital SLR cameras, but have a F3 my oldest daughter wants fro Christmas.
     
  10. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    I second the recommendation to look into an F80 or an F100 (I used to have the former, great, great camera).
     
  11. cube macrumors G4

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    The Nikon F90 can be had for $50. I would look for some kind of Canon equivalent, if you have a Canon DSLR.
     
  12. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    If you get a Canon slr, make sure not to use EF-S lenses with it (e. g. 18-55 mm kit lenses or so), because they will break your camera. (On crop bodies, the mirror is smaller.) Other, normal, Canon lenses, will work, of course.
     
  13. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    I'm personally a fan of the Nikon FE, or it's cousin the FM. The FM doesn't require batteries for any shutter speed; the FE does. The batteries run forever in them because you're only powering the light meter (and in the FE, the shutter for a split second at a time).

    They're incredibly rugged, and the best learner/starter camera you can find; a full kit is ~$50 these days. Nothing like doing it all yourself... focus, f/stop, shutter speed. The light meter's just a suggestion-- these cameras make you think about each photo you're going to take.
     
  14. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    Which can lead to some really neat effects when you put a DX crop lens on an FX body…*I shot a few with a DX fisheye that turned out nicely.
     
  15. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    You can get a second hand film camera for next to nothing these days. I can't even sell my EOS 500N (not sure what the special USA name for that is) with two telephoto lenses for US$50. Nobody wants to pay that much.

    But since you can get film cameras so cheap, you can go 'all the way'. I did. I recently picked up a great condition, used EOS 1V for about US$300. Not bad for the most advanced film camera Canon ever produced.
     
  16. scottydawg macrumors 6502

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    I still use a Canon EOS-1 that takes fantastic photos. I would bet you can find one with the motordrive in good shape for no more then $200. They sold new with the drive for about $2500.
     
  17. cube macrumors G4

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    A used Nikon F6 costs over $1000.
     
  18. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    Well, I'm glad I didn't try to buy one of those.
     
  19. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    Mostly because Nikon still makes the F6.
     
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I own a Nikon F4 still, sold my Nikon F3 (sadly) and I've had the Canon 7 Rangefinder (awesome). Prior to that I had a host of Minolta bodies that I eventually left behind for Nikon.

    The thing about the F4 and F5 is that you are relying on electronics, the F3 ... not so much. That was always the argument an old friend had with me about digital cameras in general. We rely on electricity too much. He was very old school. ;) That said, if you can find an F3 I would go for it. An F4 can be had for next to nothing. Don't discount the Canon lines, you don't need to go with a rangefinder and may actually not even want one.
     
  21. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Mamiya M645s are relatively cheap and shooting 120/220 gives you a lot more real estate to work with than shooting 35mm. However, if you really want to do film right, I'd suggest skipping the SLR and getting a good 8x10- there's a lot of interesting stuff to take with a camera with movements and you can contact print your negatives at 8x10. Plus the fact you're forced to slow down will impact all your photography for the better. You'll end up paying a lot more attention to composition, distractions and framing.
     

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