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mojitomax

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1,724 posts

80 months

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Hi all,

I've just been looking back through some old pics that were taken with a film slr and scanned. it was a minolta dynax that i sold a while back (wish i didn't now)

I'd like to get a film camera just for fun and snaps so i'd like something cheap preferable with autofocus and metering.

can anyone recommend anything.

alternatively, if i go for a fully manual older camera am I going to be struggling with focus and metering whilst out and about?

Thanks for the help

Simpo Two

60,679 posts

153 months

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Try one of the 'last' SLRs from the early 2000s; I recently sold a Pentax MZ-6 for £36 and a Canon EOS300 for £28 for friends on eBay. All the current features but film not digital.

mojitomax

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1,724 posts

80 months

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I was looking at a rangefinder type camera for ease of use and small size

i've got an old polaroid land camera that I gave to guests to use at our wedding and it produced some great shots, But film is expensive and it's a bit big and cumbersome to lug around for retro snaps.

it had a rangefinder type focussing device so focussing shouldn't be an issue. I'll just set it to manual exposure. job done

vladcjelli

1,991 posts

46 months

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How much is film processing nowadays?

What would be the best way to get digital versions of your photos after processing?

The cheapness of film SLRs has piqued my interest.

Simpo Two

60,679 posts

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mojitomax said:
I was looking at a rangefinder type camera
Putting that in the brief would have been a good idea then.
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davepoth

23,543 posts

87 months

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One of the "last of the line" SLRs will do full auto adequately, but manual is more fun. The trick is to buy one that works with any lenses you have - the bodies are really cheap since they're obsolete, but people kept their lenses.

As to pricing - it's not any more expensive than it used to be. B&W is around £8 a roll, I think colour can be had a bit cheaper. You'd be hard pushed to find a company that didn't offer scanning negatives at 20+ megapixel as their standard service rather than making prints.

mybrainhurts

78,702 posts

143 months

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FUN, you say..? confused

davepoth

23,543 posts

87 months

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mybrainhurts said:
FUN, you say..? confused
You know how we spend hours and hours moaning on here about how ESP, ABS, Brake Assist, Lane Assist, Active Cruise Control, throttle and brake by wire, stop-start, and all manner of other things have taken all the fun out of driving?

It's the same thing. If you know how to take the photos with no aids at all, it makes you a better photographer even in automatic mode. You know exactly when the camera will struggle with auto-focus or auto-exposure before you take the shot, and you can sort it out beforehand.

Plus there are some times when the camera can't understand what you are asking it to do. Photos without a flash in a nightclub are a good example. Manual mode gets you places that automatic just can't.

Kermit power

17,041 posts

101 months

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Hmm... Maybe I should put my Grandad's old SLR and lenses on eBay. Hadn't realised there was still a market for them!

Simpo Two

60,679 posts

153 months

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Kermit power said:
Hmm... Maybe I should put my Grandad's old SLR and lenses on eBay. Hadn't realised there was still a market for them!
Good lenses can hold value very well - I sold 2 Pentax 'F' lenses for well over £100 each. They didn't look much; no idea they were so sought after! But brand is important - Sunagor etc won't do much more than £25.

Craikeybaby

3,720 posts

113 months

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If you want one with AF and you have a DSLR go for one that you can share lenses with, I've got an EOS 5 that I've taken some good images with.

Where abouts in the Midlands are you? I got given an old film SLR a few years back and it has just sat in my office, would be willing to give it to someone who would use it more.

Seight_Returns

1,017 posts

89 months

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vladcjelli said:
The cheapness of film SLRs has piqued my interest.
For very occasional use I agree they're a bargain at around 30 pence a shutter activation.

I'm upto about 20,000 activations on my 400d and 10,000 on my 7d over the course of the last 6 years, which I think is about average for an enthusiastic amateur snapper. You can do the maths as well as I can.

I agree there's a certain something about film though. An old EOS film camera that would work with my EF lenses would be a nice addition.


Edited by Seight_Returns on Thursday 4th October 22:02

mojitomax

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Craikeybaby said:
If you want one with AF and you have a DSLR go for one that you can share lenses with, I've got an EOS 5 that I've taken some good images with.

Where abouts in the Midlands are you? I got given an old film SLR a few years back and it has just sat in my office, would be willing to give it to someone who would use it more.
Thanks. pm sent

Kermit power

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Simpo Two said:
Good lenses can hold value very well - I sold 2 Pentax 'F' lenses for well over £100 each. They didn't look much; no idea they were so sought after! But brand is important - Sunagor etc won't do much more than £25.
Well the pick of the crop seems to be a Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4 prime. Anyone know if it's worth anything?

davepoth

23,543 posts

87 months

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Seight_Returns said:
For very occasional use I agree they're a bargain at around 30 pence a shutter activation.

I'm upto about 20,000 activations on my 400d and 10,000 on my 7d over the course of the last 6 years, which I think is about average for an enthusiastic amateur snapper. You can do the maths as well as I can.

I agree there's a certain something about film though. An old EOS film camera that would work with my EF lenses would be a nice addition.


Edited by Seight_Returns on Thursday 4th October 22:02
The thing with film is that you can't check the shot you've taken. You very rarely reshoot something when you're using film; you learn to get it right first time.

dfen5

1,514 posts

100 months

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If I were to buy a film camera now it would be a Contax of some desription. I loved my 139 with a 50mm T* lens. Superb b/w results.

Seight_Returns

1,017 posts

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davepoth said:
The thing with film is that you can't check the shot you've taken. You very rarely reshoot something when you're using film; you learn to get it right first time.
Must be a bit like learning to drive by getting no feedback at the time but getting 36 pictures of you doing it in the post 3 weeks later. Not sure that would make you a better driver.

Vipers

19,867 posts

116 months

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Simpo Two said:
Kermit power said:
Hmm... Maybe I should put my Grandad's old SLR and lenses on eBay. Hadn't realised there was still a market for them!
Good lenses can hold value very well - I sold 2 Pentax 'F' lenses for well over £100 each. They didn't look much; no idea they were so sought after! But brand is important - Sunagor etc won't do much more than £25.
I wonder how Takuma lenses held their value, got a few of them, including. 300mm. Still have the Ashai Pentax SPII, got it in Hong Kong in 1970 for £60.




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Simpo Two

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Kermit power said:
Well the pick of the crop seems to be a Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4 prime. Anyone know if it's worth anything?
Judging by current eBay samples, about £70 - which seems low for a 1.4.

NB Asahai Takumars are well worth listing too.

pipes

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58 months

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Kermit power said:
Well the pick of the crop seems to be a Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4 prime. Anyone know if it's worth anything?


The low price for this lense is that it is not 'A' mount, so will not fit Sony DSLR's and it will probably be manaul focus and only suitable to older Minolta camaera's

Paul
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