recommendations wanted for budget camera body in UK.

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Edwin Petree, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Edwin Petree

    Edwin Petree Guest


    I live in the UK. I'd like recommendations for slr camera bodies under 100

    I used to have a Pentax ME and a Konica FC1, but I lent them to my nephew
    and I don't think I'll be seeing them again for a while.

    I liked to simple reliabillity of the Pentax ME. I felt I could go
    anywhere with it. It was small and light and fun to use.

    So, for a tight budget what kind of camera's should I avoid?

    For this price I could get another ME, or maybe an ME super, or should I go
    for a Pentax MZ-s?

    I could go slightly overbudget and get a new Centon (I think these are
    'seagul' in the US.)

    If anyone has any other recommendations I'd be grateful.
    Edwin Petree, Jan 14, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    The ME Super is a good camera. The MZ-S is an excellent camera, but it
    isn't going to be anywhere close to £100 - are you sure you are thinking of
    the right one?

    Bandicoot, Jan 14, 2004
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    Edwin Petree Guest

    You're right, thanks for pointing that out.

    I meant the Pentax MZ30, not MZs.

    The choice of Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE and Metered manual
    caught my eye on the MZ30, plus the price (body only) of about 60 quid
    seems reasonable.
    Edwin Petree, Jan 14, 2004
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    I think you ought to be able to get an ME Super within your budget. More
    durable and more capable than the plain ME. If you can live without auto
    exposure, you might even find an MX at or near your price range; even
    better build quality and better feature set (DOF preview, for example).

    The MZ-S is one sweet camera, but it would *really* exceed your budget!

    I'd lean toward the MX.
    Mark Roberts, Jan 14, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    OK. I'm not personally familiar with the MZ-30. An ME Super or, as Mark
    suggests, the lovely MX, would be more durable - but the MZ-30 will be a lot
    lighter and offers AF and more exposure automation.

    One issue with the MZ-30 is its compatibility with older lenses: it won't
    work with Pentax K and M lenses, but is fine with the later K A (manual
    focus) lenses and, of course, the autofocus F and FA lenses. Thus if you
    have any older K or M glass, or might want to buy some in future, the
    MZ-30, -50, and -60 are all a problem. (The Manual focus MZ-M works fine
    with all these lenses.)

    In the Pentax arena, you might want to look at Boz Dimitrov's excellent

    Others here can make suggestions of other makes to consider - probably Canon
    is the only other reasonable proposition new in this price range, but there
    are lots of good used options - if you decide not to stick the Pentax.
    (Personally, I'd stay with Pentax, but that's a personal thing.)

    Bandicoot, Jan 14, 2004
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    Bob Hickey Guest

    I had an MZ-30; in the U.S. it's a ZX-30. It's got a lot going for it,
    especially for the price, BUT, any time I tried to shoot any kind of action
    w/ it, I just gave up. Just way too slow. I suspect it's about the same as
    most any AF in it's class, but still, it's just way too slow. Every year I
    go watch the the NYC marathon, so I have a pretty good fix on shutter lag.
    An ME will seem supersonic next to a ZX-30. I even find the Spotmatics
    faster than Minoltas and Konicas. Ricohs w/ a motor and that heavy 135 is
    really quick. Never know "till you use them.
    Bob Hickey
    Bob Hickey, Jan 14, 2004
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