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Carol Shagovac
 

slr camera


which slr camera would be good with at lease a 500mm lense which is easy to use and not to expensive?


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5/3/2004 1:51:13 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  You already have the lens or you thinking about buying both at the same time?


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5/3/2004 4:24:51 PM

 
Carol Shagovac   i have a pentex program a with a spiratone 400mm lense but I think my program a is not really good because it sticks sometimes and I also have to use a tripod. my program a body also has no self winding to the next picture. I would like to use my 400mm lense but I think I need a better slr body I am looking to take pictures of hawks and they are usually far away so I need something more simple. I think if I could set up with my tripod I might be alright but they fly away so im trying to get something with more distance. I was also told I could by a 2x converter to use with my 400mm but I really think I need a better slr body and maybe even a different kind of lense.ive gone through so many different things I think this has been the best but I havnt been able to see them lately and my slr body sticks sometimes and it doesn't automatically go to the next picture I tried a winder but thats broke I think because its not working. most of the time im driving and I see a hawk in a tree and try to turn around and get as close as I can but they see me and fly away. I was told to use a monopod or window pod but I dont think they would be to good to use because its awkward. if you could suggest the best thing for me to use that would be great. I have a sony camcorder with 20x optical and I was lucky enough to get a great picture but the digital part of my camcorder is lousy it comes out looking funny I was told because its digitaly and I want to stay away from digital thank you very much


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5/4/2004 10:15:20 AM

 
Tom Walker   if you want to keep your 400mm lens then stay with pentax and get a 2X multiplier. If not , then any 35mm will do and I suggest a 500mm or 1000 mm CAT lens. They're lighter and a little easier to hand hold as long as your shutter speeds arn't real slow


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5/4/2004 5:20:16 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Buying new from adorama, there is the canon rebels that start from $140 and the canon elans that are around $350.
Nikon has the N75 that's around $150 and they have others that go up to $350 that are comparable to the canon elan.
Minolta has one that starts at $150 and their maxxums that around the $350 dollar range. And pentax has an autofocus camera in the mid $200 range I think, and a manual focus lower than that. I think it was about $160.
As far as lenses, sigma was the only one that you may find affordable. They make a 600mm mirror lens to fit canon, and minolta but the lens is manual focus. The price for that is $400 and it's only aperture is f/8.
And they have a zoom lens, a 170-500mm that is $630. It's auto focus and fits canon,minolta, and nikon.
So bought new, you could get a camera and 600mm lens for around $550. Or a camera with more options, including a higher top shutter speed and faster film advance for somewhere around $750.
Or the zoom lens, add $230 to either figure.


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5/4/2004 5:21:13 PM

 
Carol Shagovac   Thank you very much.


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5/5/2004 1:01:47 PM

 
Carol Shagovac   i also wanted to ask if I can use my 400mm lense with these cameras you mentioned?


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5/5/2004 1:21:22 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  No because your 400 was made to fit a pentax wasn't it. So it's not going to fit a different brand of camera.


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5/5/2004 5:11:41 PM

 
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