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Category: Best Photographic Equipment to Buy : Film-Based Camera Equipment : 35mm Cameras : Comparing Camera Brands

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rajesh kumar

member since: 10/3/2004

Which Film Camera is Suitable for a Beginner?

I'm a beginner in photography. I would like to buy one film camera. Would you please suggest one? I need better quality - my range is $400 to 450.

1/7/2005 6:00:54 AM

Kerry L. Walker

member since: 12/21/2004
  There is no one camera that is the best. The cameras by all the major manufacturers are good. Canon, Minolta, Pentax and Nikon all offer good cameras in your price range. Pick the one that fits your hands the best and has the features you want. Automation is good but you will need manual controls also.

1/7/2005 7:35:03 AM

Scott Pedersen

member since: 11/18/2001
  Pentax has nice cameras. I have always been satisfied with my ME-Super. Compact and will can be used fully manual if needed. Of course on the modern ones you have auto focus and apature. Lots of great tools on them. Im assuming that you budget is for camera body and lens. Looks like the ist or one of the zx series is what you want. Check out B and H or Ritz camera too for a kit. body and lens. They have diffent ones. Probobly shoot for focal coverage in the 28 to 100 mm range. That should be a good starter for you. You can add later depending on what you want to do. The modern lenses are for the most part quite nice as far as sharpness. They are going to be slower of course than high end lenses. Now remember a high end lens will run you oh 700 bucks and up I would say. everybody starts with the lens that comes on the camera and goes from there.

1/11/2005 5:13:33 AM


member since: 12/2/2004
  Hello Rajesh,
Let me know if you are still interested in buying a film camera.
I have one for sale.
If you are interested, email me


1/12/2005 2:23:12 AM

Jacob P. Eubanks

member since: 1/16/2005
  Personally, I would recommend you find yourself an older manual SLR ( I use a mamiya Sekor 1000 DTL, preferably one with the K Mount (m42) like a pentax k1000 or the 1000 Dtl. These cameras take very clear, beautiful pictures (especially in Black and White) and are easy to learn on. Likewise, the lenses have come way down in price (i have about 10 lenses in my setup and Ive spent less than 150 bucks). These Lenses are also usable on modern day cameras. You could probally pick up a camera and a few lenses for around $100. Whats really nice about this is, if you decide it's not for you, you're really only ouyt 100 bucks, on a camera that holds its market value.

1/16/2005 5:34:20 PM


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