camera buying advice needed

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Bill, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    I'd like to buy my teenage son a 35mm slr camera for Christmas. It's been
    years since I looked at cameras. I've looked a bit online at stuff like the
    Canon EOS series. I want something that can be used in both auto and manual
    mode, and hopefully that's capable of upgrading in the future. What
    recommendations does anyone have in the $500 range (body and lens(s)? Also,
    will an old lens from an old Canon camera fit the new bodies? Thanks in
    advance. Please email and remove the "nospam" in my address.
    Bill, Nov 29, 2003
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  2. Bill

    Slingblade Guest

    If you mean will a lens from the pre-autofocus series cameras (FD lens
    series and earlier) fit on the EOS system, then the answer is no; but
    the EF lens series (autofocus series) has been around for quite a few
    years and any lens in that series, should to my knowledge work on any
    modern EOS bodies.
    Slingblade, Nov 29, 2003
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    brian Guest

    The Canon EOS 300v , ( think its the REBEL in the US), is well within your
    price range and is an excellent camera, works on fully manual to fully
    automatic, with plenty of programmed modes in between.As for upgradability,
    EOS lenses fit the entire EOS series of cameras, from the lowest to the
    most highest spec model at around £1300 body only. Or the digital biggy at
    around £7000 body only, but there are a good few models in between thosein
    both 35mm and digital, and even a couple below the 300 model in 35mm. The
    canon lenses range from affordable to astronomical ,but there is something
    for everyone there, and manufacturers like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Vivitar,
    Cosina, all make lenses to fit the EOS series. Not quite as good as Canons
    own lenses, but more affordable, and Sigma in particular make excellent
    lenses. I know your in the US, but a good website I know of with a full
    range of canon gear is a UK site, might be worth a look to get an idea of
    what you want,, prices are in UK but im sure you can
    work it out for US, to get a rough Idea of what you could pay, UK prices
    also tend to be more expensive overall and Jessops isnt a bargin store
    either, so don;t take the prices as gospel. The Canon model names differ in
    the UK from in the US , but im sure you can find out whats what on the net.

    Before I get shot at from the other camera manufacturer users, I would just
    like to add that I have always used Canon, and have very little experience
    of any other camera makes or models, so this is a biased opinion based on my
    experiences, I would hope that other manufacturer users would input some
    useful data about their prefered kits, rather than slagging me off for my

    Hope this is of some use to you in your quest for a good kit for your boy.

    brian, Nov 29, 2003
  4. is an excellent source of specifications for digital
    cameras. When you are ready to buy, keep in mind that vendors that offer
    exceptionally low prices may not deal honestly. For fair prices and
    excellent service, go to If you are in or near New
    York City, you might visit the B&H Photo store on 9th Ave. between 33 & 34th
    Sts. Their sales staff are well informed and helpful. They are closed
    Saturdays, open Sundays.
    Marvin Margoshes, Nov 29, 2003
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