35mm cameras - dirt cheap.

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by A.Lee, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. A.Lee

    A.Lee Guest

    I went away last week, took the compact digital camera.Girlfriend took
    her Pentax MZ50. We both commented on what a pain it was to have to turn
    on the camera before a pic could be taken.
    This got me thinking back to the late 70's/early 80's when I first got
    into photography, when all cameras were (pretty much) when to use
    immediately the lens cap was taken off. You'd have set the shutter and
    aperture for the prevalent conditions previously, as well as a neutral
    focus point, then when a pic opportunity arrived, the camera was ready,
    and could take the pic, and be near enough right 90% of the time.

    So, I said I'd have a look at getting an 'old' camera again.
    Nikon FE's, Canon A1's and Olympus OM1/2's were lusted after 25 years
    ago, so I looked at them first - Nikons still at £100ish with lens,
    Canons at £50-75, and the bargains of the bunch, OM2's going for £30-50
    inc. 50mm lens.
    What more could I want?

    So the choice is down to any of the OM 1/2 range. £50 for a pro quality
    camera. What more could you want for a quality, easy to use camera?
    Alan.
     
    A.Lee, Oct 12, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    On Sun, 12 Oct 2008 09:02:47 +0100
    OM1/2 were never really pro quality, but not bad all the same. My
    photography (quality and quantity) doesn't justify pro quality kit but I
    seem to have acquired a collection of Praktica, Zenit, Yashica,
    Voigtlaender and others (1929 Ensign folder, anyone, or a box Brownie?)
    - fun to use and most of them pretty much disposable. When I was a lad
    proper photographers had exposure meters and rangefinders and
    darkrooms, now so do I[1]. :)

    [1] And a selection of stuff waiting to be serviced, some of which
    will probably never work again but the tinkering is fun too.
     
    Rob Morley, Oct 12, 2008
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  3. On Sun, 12 Oct 2008, A.Lee wrote:

    A> I went away last week, took the compact digital camera.Girlfriend took
    A> her Pentax MZ50. We both commented on what a pain it was to have to turn
    A> on the camera before a pic could be taken.

    Or you could leave your digital camera switched on. Try it - see if it
    eats battery. Or does it completely switch off after a time?

    --
    Alan

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    However, unless this a very old message, a "tuna" will swim right
    through. )
     
    Alan Clifford, Oct 12, 2008
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    Woody Guest



    Tried to buy 35mm film lately? Not only is it getting scarce but the
    prices has gone up somewhat (laws of supply and demand?)

    I did note however last time I was in there that Asda are still selling
    bags of 5 x 24 Fuji film - I think for £7.50 (used to be about a fiver.)
     
    Woody, Oct 12, 2008
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