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Marcie C. Dunmire

35 SLR AND 35 mm

what characteristics of a 35mm SLR make it different from the rest of the 35 mm family?

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11/6/2002 4:02:21 PM

Michael F. Harrington   Marcie, 35mm is just a film size that will fit in anything from point and shoot cameras to SLR's manufactured for such films.

SLR features do not belong only to 35mm cameras. SLR "characteristics" are the same whether or not it's 35mm.

The letters "SLR" stand for "Single Lens Reflex". It is a type of camera that uses a mirror behind the camera's lens to refect the image up into the viewfinder/meter. Thus, the photographer sees the image through the lens (TTL) just as it will be seen on the film plane.

When the shutter is released, the mirror swings up out of the way so the image then has a straight shot to the film.

There are very fine cameras which are not SLR, which use rangefinder viewers and do not let you see thru the lens. They do have problems in one area called parallax control on extremely close-up shots. Even so, I would not overlook a good one such as Nikon makes or Leica, etc.

This sounds like a photography 101 class question. Are you sure I ma not doing your homework for you?

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11/10/2002 7:58:19 PM

Tiffany Atwell   This question was actually taken verbatim from a Ritz Camera, Inc. job application.

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5/12/2005 12:06:50 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  The main difference in today's marketplace is that SLR cameras have interchangeable lenses, while other 35mm cameras (usually called point & shoot) do not have interchangeable lenses.

So if you sell an SLR, you can push the customer to buy a few lenses, too. That should sound good on a Ritz application. ;-)

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5/12/2005 12:51:16 PM

Zelene Gomez   Hi,I don't have an answer for this question, but I just thought it was funny that I entered this website having the same question, and I was surprised that I actually foud exactly what I was looking for. why? Because I am also applying for the same company... :)

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11/11/2005 11:17:56 AM

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