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Hi. My daughter is doing a photography course next year and needs a 35mm SLR camera during the course as she will be learning about developing techniques as well as taking the pictures, so digital …
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Hi.

My daughter is doing a photography course next year and needs a 35mm SLR camera during the course as she will be learning about developing techniques as well as taking the pictures, so digital SLR is no good.

I have been looking at the Canon EOS range of camera's as someone advised me that they area very good, but to be frank I don't know which model's are likely to be suitable or not.

It may be that I am looking to deep and any recent SLR will suffice her needs. What do you all think ?

Any help, advice or recommendations would be gratefully accepted.

Maybe you even have a kit for sale ? Let me know. All offers considered.

Thanks in advance.
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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I'm not sure which model of these my dad has, but he swears by it, at the age of 75 he's just finished doing a degree with the open university and photography played a big part of it ( he was also a RAF photographer for 30+ yrs ), my husband has a recent very expensive Nikon which he's disappointed with compared to my dads, I will probably be speaking to him later and will ask him what model he's got.
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I'm not sure which model of these my dad has, but he swears by it, at the age of 75 he's just finished doing a degree with the open university and photography played a big part of it ( he was also a RAF photographer for 30+ yrs ), my husband has a recent very expensive Nikon which he's disappointed with compared to my dads, I will probably be speaking to him later and will ask him what model he's got.


:thumbsup: Thanks.
#3
It can be a bit of a minefield out there. Forums are usually based around a specific brand (Pentax users & etc) so it is difficult to get an unbiased opinion. The second-hand SLR's are all over ebay & a lot go for small money. I have Minolta 7000 & 5000 series, which were a big seller (wikipedia is useful, btw) and were bought specifically as their lenses work on my new Sony Alpha DSLR. I also have old Russian Zenit - these are bombproof and a host of M42 fitting lenses can be found for a few quid to a few hundred quid, on ebay.
Lomo cameras are all the rage too, using 35mm film and used by students to create saturated colours/double exposures/vignetting etc results.
Google & research a few forums - but it can be time consuming.
#4
A rough rule of thumb for the Canon EOS range is:
xxx/xxxx (e.g. 1000 or 350) are entry level slr's
xx are prosumer level slrs
x are the pro bodies.
Basically the less digits the model number the better.

This is a great body but you'd need to buy a lens to go with it (although many of the EF fit digital lenses will work fine)
http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=180214
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or this one (more basic camera, but with an ok walkabout lens) and now looking for offers:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/digital-camera-camcorder-classifieds/1100816-sale-canon-75-300mm-iii-zoom-lens-eos-300-film-camera.html
#6
Used to use a canon 500N slr , great little camera, can be had on ebay for a good price now. :thumbsup:
Around a tenner for a 500N body on the bay.

http://*********.co.uk/Canon-EOS-500N-SLR-35mm-Film-Camera-body-500-N_W0QQitemZ180432316094QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Photography_Film_Cameras_ET?hash=item2a029aa6be


add cgi dot ebay
#7
If she's going to be learning about taking photos then really you will need a non-autofocus camera as that is still easily the best way to discover the use of depth of field. This being so, I'd definitely look for a second hand entry level model such as an Olympus OM-10 (with the manual adapter) or a Pentax K1000.

This site is good for used photographic equipment http://www.ffordes.com - they have an OM-10 for £49 in excellent condition and also an excellent selection of complementary lenses at very reasonable prices. I can't say what would be the best lenses to choose as that will depend on the range of subject matter but a good all rounder set would be a 28 (wide angle) at £49, a 35-70 (moderate wide angle to short telephoto) at £59 and a 65-200 (short to mid/long telephoto) at £109 or for a 'suits most purposes' one lens outfit go for the 35-105 (moderate wide angle to telephoto) at £89.

They don't have a K1000 showing at the moment but it may be worth asking them.

The main reason I'm suggesting these is that you are virtually forced to learn about the basics of photography if you want to get decent results, and decent results you will get.

Pretty much an entire generation of enthusiastic photographers was brought up on these (and other similar models) and there's no reason to suppose that anything more modern is any better (indeed many would say that more modern cameras take away or at least make inaccessible most creative control).
#8
I can vouch for the OM 10 as I had one when they first came out and have only just converted to digital.
You can also try local camera clubs. (I learnt most of my photograpy skills from my one) and camera shops as 35mm cameras are quite cheep there.
I wanted to put my 35mm equipment in part-ex for a digital Olynpus and I thought better of it and have put all my old SLR's in attic for my grandchildren
#9
Thanks everyone for you helpful comments. Hopefully I have managed to pick up a cracking deal off fleabay. A Canon EOS5 with 28-80mm lens for less than £40. I'm guessing these would have been hundreds of pounds a few short years ago. Lets hope the daughter is pleased with it come christmas.

Andy, excellent tips there, I'm not sure if the focus can be set to manual on the EOS 5 but your reasoning makes perfect sense, however I had already purchased the EOS 5 before seeing your post.
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Are you looking for a new one?
I have a Practika with a 50mm lens that you could have for free, plus postage

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