cheap 35mm camera for yearbook action shots

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Greg, May 3, 2005.

  1. Greg

    Greg Guest

    I am the yearbook adviser at a school that doesn't have a lot of money.
    In the past I have used digital cameras but we don't have enough money
    for one that takes decent action shots (blurs). Is there an
    inexpensive, 35mm camera available that is easy to use (students taking
    pictures)that takes decent action shots? We have decided to go back to
    cropping the old fashion way to get more quality from our pictures.

    Greg, May 3, 2005
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  2. How about using disposable cameras? No, the picture quality isn't great,
    but it's far better than any cheap digital camera and you won't have to
    worry about someone losing or damaging the camera.

    Does your school have a photography class? If so, maybe the photography
    teacher can recommend something or perhaps he has a stash of cameras for
    loan to students who don't have their own.
    Scott Norwood, May 3, 2005
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  3. AnOvercomer 02, May 3, 2005
  4. A good starting point would be a Nikon N75 with a 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikon
    lens, about $250 at B&H after rebates. Shoot Kodak Portra 800. The
    idea is to get a fast shutter speed (produced by the large aperture and
    the high film speed) at low cost (produced by the film option). The
    Nikon 50 f/1.8 AF is a lot of bang for the buck. The N75 has enough
    features to be useful but is easy to learn. The Kodak Portra 800 has
    wider exposer latitude and better resolution than 800 speed consumer
    grade films.
    You should have the 50mm in any case for lower light / overcast work
    but if you think you need more range another $90-$100 will get you a
    28mm-80mm or 28mm-100mm Nikon zoom in an N75 kit, after rebates. Get
    these from a reputable dealer, eg. local, or B&H / Adorama in NY, to be
    sure you are getting the Nikon lenses with the kit.
    You could also look for similar combinations of used gear from, B&H or other reputable sources. In the used market you
    could also consider older manual focus cameras ranging from the Nikon
    FG on the low end to a Nikon FE-2 on the high end.
    bob.kirkpatrick, May 3, 2005
  5. Greg

    Peter Irwin Guest

    Any SLR or compact rangefinder from the 1970s will work very
    well for this purpose. It should take no more than about
    half an hour for an experienced person to teach an average
    high school student how to use such a camera effectively.

    Such cameras are frequently available in good working order
    for less than $100.

    Peter Irwin, May 4, 2005
  6. No. Good cameras with fast lenses are expensive.
    uraniumcommittee, May 4, 2005
  7. Greg

    james Guest

    The Pentax K-1000 has "traditionally" been the choice for this type of
    request for student work, but it almost seems that *because* it's been
    the popular student camera, it has high resale value. But you can find
    them, and there are tons of great lenses for the Pentax mount.

    Lots of school sports photography has been done with a K-1000. It's
    been "THE" camera club camera for a long time.
    james, May 5, 2005
    Greg Campbell, May 5, 2005
  9. Greg

    james Guest

    Yes, it's hilarious. The reason they were popular was because they were
    relatively cheap while being good enough to take seriously.

    What's really funny is the prices people are paying for Argus C3's. I
    think because Angelina Jolie used one in a movie.
    I'd take that. I wore out an AE-1. (Something broke in the winding
    mechanism. Might could have been fixed, but I had that camera for
    years, and I'd already started collecting another system, didn't have
    any good FD lenses, etc.)

    But I wouldn't mind using one now. Some of those FD lenses were
    awesome. The battery is kind of a pain though, right?
    First endorsement I've heard of Vivitar, here in the land of "only L-series Canon".

    I had a Vivitar zoom for my AE-1, and I thought it was pretty damned
    good. But that was in the 70's, and I'm sure I was scraping just to buy
    that lens. And it couldn't have been very expensive, if I bought it
    then... I have a drawer full of Soligors and Albinars, I don't even
    know where I got them. (Even I wouldn't have bought an Albinar lens.)
    james, May 6, 2005
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