New Film Photographer - Need Help Picking Camera

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Aodhan, Apr 23, 2004.

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    Aodhan Guest

    I'm a mechanically inclined and ive used a digital camera for some time - Im
    about to start a photography course in college and I'm going to need my own
    film camera and im curious what everyone thinks is the best camera brand,
    and/or model, and why? Ive been doing professional photo restoration for
    years with adobe and jasc and im really excited to get into film photography
    but am extremely new to this. I want a very high quality camera that will
    keep me from having to replace for a couple years. I have a good amount of
    money to spend and it would be very helpful for people to mention their
    favorite brands and models. Thanks a lot!

    Aodhan, Apr 23, 2004
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    RSD99 Guest

    "Aodhan" posted:
    "... I want a very high quality camera that will
    keep me from having to replace for a couple years. ..."

    Probably a Canon or Nikon ... the more toward the "pro" models the better.

    Canon would probably be the EOS-1v or EOS-1vHS
    with Canon "L" series lenses

    Nikon would probably be the F5
    RSD99, Apr 23, 2004
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    Zebedee Guest

    Personally, I use two Nikon FMs. They've been my mainstay for SLR
    photography for years. I use digital too but for specific purposes only.



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    Zebedee, Apr 23, 2004
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    David Guest

    is the N80 (or F80) in your price range? It offers a lot, for a relative
    inexpensive price (body only).
    David, Apr 23, 2004
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    Littlemoot Guest

    I had an F-65 but I traded up to an F-80 (N-80) after a few months. I
    can't think I'll want to get rid of the F-80 in a hurry, really happy
    with it.
    Littlemoot, Apr 23, 2004
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    Aodhan Guest

    Do you know much about the N55?
    Aodhan, Apr 23, 2004
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    D.R. Guest

    I concur, the F80 (N80) is an awesome camera!

    D.R., Apr 23, 2004
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    dadiOH Guest

    You didn't say what the impetus of the course would be nor did you mention what type of photography you wish to do. Believe it or not, there are cameras other than 35mm and many of them are far better for some types of photography.

    IMO, you should handle various cameras in whatever format you will be using to see how they fit they fall to hand. Fact of the matter is there *is* no best brand or model; some prefer one, some another but all will do as good a job as another. I don't mean to imply there is no difference in quality among cameras, just that any of the well known brands/models will work admirably and that the final decision should be influenced upon how well it fits you.

    As an example, I have used 100s of cameras in all formats; the one that fit me the best - the one that fell best to my hand - was the venerable twin lens Rolleiflex.


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    D.R. Guest

    Epecially since is it almost the same
    as the F100, for much much less price.
    D.R., Apr 24, 2004

  10. Needless to say, there are a lot of cameras available and you didn't give
    a lot of details. For example, the most obvious missing detail is the amount
    you want to spend ("a good amount of money" is clearly rather vague).

    In the end, when you ask a question like this (the "best" whatever), most
    are simply going to point to the brand they now own. After all, they
    justified the purchase of that brand in their own mind long ago, so aren't
    likely to now say something else is better. Further, since very few have
    actually looked at all the other brands currently available, few can
    honestly say how their particular brand compares to others. Even past
    experience is no gauge of the current models from any particular brand.

    With that said to temper my own recommendation, I think the camera I now
    use, the Minolta Maxxum 7, is the very best I've ever used, and that
    includes a lot of cameras over the years (models from Pentax, Nikon, Canon,
    Mamiya, Contax, Yashica, and Minolta).

    You asked us to include a "why" in the reply. In answer to that, I feel
    the Maxxum 7 has achieved the most comfortable balance of ergonomics,
    features, ease of use, price, and performance. Unlike some cameras I've
    used, this camera feels like it was built by someone who has actually used a
    camera - this camera. The controls are well laid out, straightforward, and
    consistent. The most common features are within easy reach and the less
    common features are selected using fairly similar steps. And the many
    features speak for themselves.

    While I cannot honestly say this is the "best" camera available, I do urge
    you to consider it during your search.

    Dwight Stewart (W5NET)
    Dwight Stewart, Apr 24, 2004
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    Paul Cassel Guest

    You really do need to describe the course and, if possible, the format you
    have in mind. I doubt there is one best camera anyway. Personally, I think
    you should buy anything cheap, use it for a while, then you'll know what
    you lack and what you should spend your considerable budget upon.

    I've taken some darn good shots with pin hole cameras which I've made
    myself. Money isn't the issue. You are.

    Paul Cassel, Apr 25, 2004
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    Aodhan Guest

    yeah thanks for the opinion, sounds like the most of the responses ive been
    getting - I bought a nikon n55 for pretty cheap and im gonna go from there,
    thanks for everyones opinion.

    Aodhan, Apr 25, 2004
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