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Brittany Erin Hyatt

Beginner ... Help Please!

I have never purchased a camera in my life, although I am currently looking into it. I would like a 35mm fully manual camera. If you could give me some idea of what direction to start off in when looking for one of those - or just give me a few suggestions - I would really appreciate it.

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8/11/2004 2:13:07 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Hi Brittany,
For fully-manual SLRs ... think "Used". You can save money by purchasing a previously owned or re-furbished manual SLR body, and use the savings to get better lenses and accessories.
As a longtime Nikon user, I can fully recommend a Nikon FM10, which can be found new or used, or its predecessor, the FM2, first manufactured in the early eighties, but still available used, and a real workhorse! (I still use the one I bought new in 1984, and it works flawlessly.)
Be cautious when buying ANY used camera equipment, though. As long as the dealer/seller is reputable, you're usually OK. But make sure there is a return policy.
Happy hunting!

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8/11/2004 7:03:18 PM

Paul    I have a Minolta X700 and love it.

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8/16/2004 12:25:57 PM

Nancy    Look on the Ebay site. I have purchased 4 bodies for 2 different cameras. All in working order. 2 Nikon FG bodies and 2 Canon A-1 bodies. My partner uses the Nikon and I perfer the Canon. We both purchased our orginal equipment in 1980's. so we have 6 interchangeable lenses for each brand. With that much investment in good lenses it made sense to just get more bodies. I would still use Ebay and purchase a later model. You can check out reputation of the vendors and also look for ones with a comment of 'just serviced'.

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8/17/2004 4:34:28 PM

Robert Bridges   Used Canon and Pentax's are good too. Problem with the Canon is the inability to utilize the latest greatest Non FD mount lenses. Not sure but thinks Pentax lenses are interchangeable with newer Pentax cameras. Nothing wrong with the Nikon either.

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8/17/2004 11:43:12 PM

Steve Warren   I used to have a Pentax K1000, which was amazingly tough. I'd highly recommend that or a Canon AE-1, which I have now.

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8/23/2004 8:40:25 AM

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