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Cheap SLRs e.g Canon 350D with lens from £90 (used) @ CEX
Cheap SLRs e.g Canon 350D with lens from £90 (used) @ CEX

Cheap SLRs e.g Canon 350D with lens from £90 (used) @ CEX

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A cheap SLR for those wanting to try out photography as a hobby or student.
350D is old but pretty decent results can be had.

This is just one example SLR bundle. Browse CEX website for others between 90 and 800!

Feel free to make suggestions...

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Original Poster

whooopa... should have said these are 2nd hand.

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josephobrien2000

whooopa... should have said these are 2nd hand.



might want to add cex in the title, also no need to say 2nd hand as just mentioning cex is enough

Ignoring the CEX element, without knowing the shutter count, it's quite a gamble on one of these.

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fowler002

might want to add cex in the title, also no need to say 2nd hand as just … might want to add cex in the title, also no need to say 2nd hand as just mentioning cex is enough



haha thanks! Im not very good at posts to be honest. never have been. also miss summit!

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InkBlotTest

Ignoring the CEX element, without knowing the shutter count, it's quite a … Ignoring the CEX element, without knowing the shutter count, it's quite a gamble on one of these.



quite agree. didnt take that into account.

I'd imagine the VAST majority of these never get near the 50k shots they are built for....

landwomble

I'd imagine the VAST majority of these never get near the 50k shots they … I'd imagine the VAST majority of these never get near the 50k shots they are built for....


what happens after 50k?

bubblesmoney

what happens after 50k?



There are no guarantees but after 50k shutter actuations, the components are more likely to break or fail to operate. Some bodies' shutter mechanisms last way longer than their expected lifetime but some fail not long after hitting that milestone.

Crikey - this is really old ! - if you want a cheap digital SLR get an old Panasonic G1 or a Nikon D60 - you can find some decent examples around the same price as this & will be a lot better.

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the-bunker

Crikey - this is really old ! - if you want a cheap digital SLR get an … Crikey - this is really old ! - if you want a cheap digital SLR get an old Panasonic G1 or a Nikon D60 - you can find some decent examples around the same price as this & will be a lot better.



it is old, but in its day (2006) it was pretty decent..

expertreviews.co.uk/dig…50d

photos taken look great. examples:
flickr.com/gro…0d/

I think there are alternatives for a few quid more but for those wanting to start out in photography and pay as litte as possible then this camera is fine.

It's probably worth trawling mpbphotographic.co.uk/ and camerajungle.co.uk/ and buying a separate lens or two, I bought a 400D recently for less than these 350D's and its leaps and bounds ahead as it took the best features from the 30D and added more (or even more if you install custom firmware) One thing to note with all the xxxD and xxxxD series is the bodies are light weight plastic with a metal shell so some used examples may be in a very tatty condition vs xxD series which are tough as nails but with a weight penalty.

datalossfs

It's probably worth trawling http://www.mpbphotographic.co.uk/ and … It's probably worth trawling http://www.mpbphotographic.co.uk/ and http://www.camerajungle.co.uk/ and buying a separate lens or two, I bought a 400D recently for less than these 350D's and its leaps and bounds ahead as it took the best features from the 30D and added more (or even more if you install custom firmware) One thing to note with all the xxxD and xxxxD series is the bodies are light weight plastic with a metal shell so some used examples may be in a very tatty condition vs xxD series which are tough as nails but with a weight penalty.



400D for £89, looks like it could be a second body for me and also something I can lend to my sister.

datalossfs

It's probably worth trawling http://www.mpbphotographic.co.uk/ and … It's probably worth trawling http://www.mpbphotographic.co.uk/ and http://www.camerajungle.co.uk/ and buying a separate lens or two, I bought a 400D recently for less than these 350D's and its leaps and bounds ahead as it took the best features from the 30D and added more (or even more if you install custom firmware) One thing to note with all the xxxD and xxxxD series is the bodies are light weight plastic with a metal shell so some used examples may be in a very tatty condition vs xxD series which are tough as nails but with a weight penalty.



Massive thanks for this advice, literally just had my mum ask for a cheap camera for my sister's art at school. She said for 'under £80' which I scoffed at, 400d with kit lens for £128 is better than I was expecting though.

Original Poster

theyre great 2nd hand deals and the price enables students/enthusiasts to startup photography without breaking the bank.

InkBlotTest

There are no guarantees but after 50k shutter actuations, the components … There are no guarantees but after 50k shutter actuations, the components are more likely to break or fail to operate. Some bodies' shutter mechanisms last way longer than their expected lifetime but some fail not long after hitting that milestone.


how does one find the shutter count?

also if one mainly used the camera for videos then what happens to shutter count?

bubblesmoney

how does one find the shutter count?also if one mainly used the camera … how does one find the shutter count?also if one mainly used the camera for videos then what happens to shutter count?



There is software that can find the shutter count but I think it only works with certain bodies.

Regarding the shutter count with video recording, I'd guess each time the camera is put into video mode or live view counts but that's pure speculation.

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not an expert but some of these older slr do not do video recording.
check first!

josephobrien2000

not an expert but some of these older slr do not do video recording. … not an expert but some of these older slr do not do video recording. check first!


True. None of the xxxD series models before the 500D record video and of the xxD series, only the 60D and 70D record video natively.

There are Magic Lantern updates and other firmware hacks that enable video recording on some older Canon bodies however.

InkBlotTest

There is software that can find the shutter count but I think it only … There is software that can find the shutter count but I think it only works with certain bodies.Regarding the shutter count with video recording, I'd guess each time the camera is put into video mode or live view counts but that's pure speculation.



if a digital camera shoots at 120 frames a second in a video and the shutter count is per frame then 50k will be reached soon!

I was loooking to buy a panasonic lumix FZ1000 with 4K recording mainly because frame grabbing is easy on camera in 4K video as every frame is an 8 meg pixel photo. Needs big memory card by great for shooting kids videos as they wont sit still for photos. But if the 50k shutter count applies to newer bridge cameras like the panasonic lumix fz1000 also then i might have to reconsider buying any expensive camera with big zoom and huge cost.

bubblesmoney

if a digital camera shoots at 120 frames a second in a video and the … if a digital camera shoots at 120 frames a second in a video and the shutter count is per frame then 50k will be reached soon!I was loooking to buy a panasonic lumix FZ1000 with 4K recording mainly because frame grabbing is easy on camera in 4K video as every frame is an 8 meg pixel photo. Needs big memory card by great for shooting kids videos as they wont sit still for photos. But if the 50k shutter count applies to newer bridge cameras like the panasonic lumix fz1000 also then i might have to reconsider buying any expensive camera with big zoom and huge cost.


During video and live view modes. The shutter raises once and stays open until the video stops or a picture is taken.
The biggest concern for video is over heating the CCD or specific cameras equivalent.

bubblesmoney

if a digital camera shoots at 120 frames a second in a video and the … if a digital camera shoots at 120 frames a second in a video and the shutter count is per frame then 50k will be reached soon!I was loooking to buy a panasonic lumix FZ1000 with 4K recording mainly because frame grabbing is easy on camera in 4K video as every frame is an 8 meg pixel photo. Needs big memory card by great for shooting kids videos as they wont sit still for photos. But if the 50k shutter count applies to newer bridge cameras like the panasonic lumix fz1000 also then i might have to reconsider buying any expensive camera with big zoom and huge cost.



As Oneday77 suggested, your rationale is flawed because you're comparing apples with pears. A DSLR's shutter is mechanical whereas your typical P&S/bridge camera has an electronic shutter so the rates and causes of failure won't necessarily be the same. To make a DSLR shoot stills at 120 frames per second would probably make it impractically large.

Got myself a 400d for £75 delivered from wexphotographic.com Video isn't my thing so it's not a loss.

Going to rest my 1100D and test it out in the fringe festival in Edinburgh this Tuesday and Wednesday

Original Poster

have fun at the fringe!

not exactly relevant but I used my olympus om10 50mm lens (f1.8) with my olympus e-pl1 using a cheap adapter off ebay.

this is another way of getting a cheap slr (well almost!)

the om10 lens are cheap on ebay and an e-pl1 body is also cheap. (under £100 on ebay).

I got my 400D today. I used 400plus and checked my shutter count, it was 4800! I can't believe that to be correct though.

Original Poster

Dunno.
A guy at work went kn one of those photography expeditions taking photos of birds.
Said he came back with over 2000 shots!

josephobrien2000

Dunno.A guy at work went kn one of those photography expeditions taking … Dunno.A guy at work went kn one of those photography expeditions taking photos of birds.Said he came back with over 2000 shots!



I can believe that, I've taken over 2000 on my 1100D and i only like a 100 or pictures.

If the shutter count is 4800 it seems to be a really great buy in my opinion for a 2007 camera.

Sold!!!
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