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I'm Just Starting Film Photography

I have a digital camera and use it all the time. However, I want to buy a film camera to shoot everyday things: nature, landscape, and people. I don't have a lot of money to spend. I would probably use a 35mm format. If you could give suggestions on cameras, it would be appreciated.

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8/21/2006 8:16:01 AM

Kerry L. Walker   Do you want autofocus or manual focus? Do you want an electronic camera or one that is not? Although nearly all manufacturers have abandoned the film market, there is a plethora of used equipment on the market that will probably outlast the digital camera you are now using.
The old standby Pentax K1000 is a good choice. It is all manual and will last for years to come. The lenses are excellent.
I have an Olymous OM-2n, and I love it - 27 years old and still going strong (although it doesn't look so great anymore). There are so many choices from Nikon and Canon that it is nearly impossible to list them all. Some have manual metering only, while others have either Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority, or both.

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8/21/2006 8:38:03 AM

Linda D. Smith   PENTAX IS GREAT. I have three film cameras and as for them no longer being in the film market. Well I just bought a new zx-60 to use as a point and shot and very little price. About 130.00 and it fits all the same lens as the ZX-M which by the way is the replacement for the k1000 way lighter, and better, and has some automation to help you with your exposure. I have two of those, my main use for business. Those to are not very pricey, B & H has a great selection of cameras and deliver usually within a week. I have been a pentax fan for seems like forever, over 30 years!! I started with the k1000. But why go used if for little more you can get new and improved.
Good shooting.

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8/22/2006 6:20:25 AM

Roy A. Meeks   Great film camera to start with is the Nikon 6006. Also the Nikon 8008. Both are very reasonable now. Be sure to get a good telephoto lens (28-200) Just curious as to why you can't shoot all the nature, people and landscape with the digital? Roy

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8/22/2006 6:50:33 AM

Jean Tremblay   So many people have switched to digital and are no longer interested in a "film" camera. I'll bet you could get an excellent second-hand camera for a good price. Like Roy, I wonder why you don't use the digital for these things? Jean T.

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8/22/2006 7:02:19 AM

Mary N C. Taitt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  I agree that you can purchase great film cameras very inexpensively now at almost any decent camera shop. I Picked up a Nikon F AND a lovely Nikormat, both great film cameras, for under $100, in fabulous condition. Someone had gone digital and just wanted to unload them. And I got a Canon film body that fits the lenses I use on my digital cameras for $75--another excellent choice, depending on whether you want old manual for newer auto.

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8/22/2006 7:10:30 AM

Stanley C. Sims   I would only add that if you can change lens on your digital camera, then I would buy into that same system. That way you can use the same lens on both cameras. I shoot film, and use the Pentax system. If I ever go digital, I would probably buy a Pentax camera. There are some really good bargains on ebay.

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8/22/2006 9:40:57 AM

Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
  I'm kinda in agreement with Jean. Most people switch to digital from film and those that are shooting both, generally use the digital for 'everyday' shooting and save the film for the more serious stuff.
Are we to assume that you are shooting with a digital P&S and would like to have something a little more versatile, but don't have the cash outlay for a DSLR? It's okay, you can be honest!
If so, keep in mind what Stanley wrote. And that is, if there is a DSLR that you are interested in buying, perhaps sometime in the future, then it would be wise to buy a film camera of the same brand so any lenses you might purchase for the film camera can also be used on the digital later on. Just makes sense. That way you won't have to buy another set of lenses along with an expensive digital body.

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8/22/2006 5:43:59 PM

Kerry L. Walker   She's shot digital. Now she wants to move UP to film. LOL

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8/23/2006 7:43:20 AM

Robert F. Walker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/24/2004
  Well, I am guessing you are young, seeing that you started with Digital and want to now experience Film Cameras. I have a Nikon Auto-Focus Film camera with a Sigma 28-135 zoom lens, which I have used alot and still use. You can not go wrong with Nikon quality. Prices on used Nikon cameras should be quite reasonable now. Hope you enjoy your new "Film" experience, WE all have!

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8/23/2006 9:21:46 AM

Sunil Mishra   I have Nikon N80 a wonderful SLR film camera which has been sparingly used and in excellet condition. Should you require it pl contact me on email

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8/24/2006 8:57:43 AM

Nanette B. Stephens
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  I started with a Nikon N80 Auto-Focus Film Camera with a Sigma 28-135 zoom lens and also used my husband's other Nikon Lenses and absolutely loved it. You can go from the automatic mode to the manual mode and have a blast experimenting. Give it a try, you will love it. Good luck and have fun with yoru new experience.

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8/29/2006 12:59:40 PM

Donald R. Curry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2006
  I use a Nikon N90S and I love it. Check out the reviews on this camera.

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9/13/2006 3:04:06 PM

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