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I think I\'ll give this a try!
Old 12-13-2005, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am taking a beginning photograpy class ( I thought it would be nice to be behind the camera for a while instead of in front of it) what is a good beginner camera that would be very inexpensive in case the hobby just doesnt take off for me?
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what is a good beginner camera that would be very inexpensive in case the hobby just doesnt take off for me?

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Anything with full manual control.
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I second that. Digital's nice too but not necessary. If you you want to dig in deep and get serious about it... start with film.
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a tough decision whether to start with film or digital. If you're very computer savvy, digital is probably a good choice. If you're not overly computer savvy, then that'll just add another layer of complexity to the situation.

If you decide to go with film, I've got a Canon Elan II that I'd cut you a good deal on. If you decide to go digital, I'm sure you'll get 1001 suggestions from the peanut gallery here.

I hope you enjoy the class!
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Im not going to argue with the film guys because I know nothing about it.
but on the other hand if I would have started with film I honestly wouldnt be doing this as a hobby...I would have wasted more money on film because I didnt know what I was doing..the benefit of digital is your out nothing if while your learning.

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I would definitely perfer digital, but we have to do film for the class. Its very basic Photography I, Black and White only and darkroom procedures, so I think I have to have film.
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I have to have a film camera for the class. Are there film cameras that are also digital? Part of the class is basics, lighting, black and white and darkroom procdures
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If you get on Ebay you can usally find some older manual cameras in pretty good shape.

A couple you can look at is....

Pentax K1000
Mamiya DSX 500 or 1000

Most will at least come with a 50mm standard lens. And you can still find used lenses for each.

Good luck
Joe

Check KEH.com, they carry mostly used items at good prices. Anything rated over BGN (bargain) should do you well.
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I'll bet you have a friend that can loan you a 35 mm Manual Camera and a couple of lenses. If you decide to buy remember that if you stay with one brand your lens and flashes can work as you move on to digital equipment. Good luck.

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The K1000 is a good basic camera but unless you know what to look for you can end up buying a mess.

You might want to consider one of the newer film cameras with both AF/M as well as having full Manual, Aperture, Shutter & Program operating modes. Although you'll be mostly using the Manual controls during the course, after it's over the other modes particularly Aperture are very useful. These cameras all have built in flash and power winders ( advances the film after each shot.)

Something like one of the Canon EOS Rebels, there are many different models or a Nikon N65,N70,N75. They usually come with a normal zoom covering the 28 to 80/90 range that will work fine for your course. These types of cameras are plentiful and relatively cheap on the used market.

I've found that you can buy a newer film camera for the same price as a K1000 on the used market.
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