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What Kind Of SLR Should I Get?  
User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 9 months 10 hours ago) and read 2731 times:

I'm currently using Canon A-1 and AE-1 cameras to take pics, but when i learn all the basics in photography, what kind of new SLR body should i get? I don't want it to be too expensive. My dad's company has a Nikon F5 which i'd  Love to use, but i don't think he'll let me so i have to get something MUCH cheaper.

Zulu Alpha

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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months ago) and read 2691 times:
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Hi

Get yourself a cheap autofocus package which includes some sort of zoom lens.

I have a Canon EOS 1000 with 210mm zoom, very cheap package in the UK (some years ago now).

The camera is basic, nothing fancy, but it takes great pictures for me.

Some will say go for this and go for that but the final decision is up to you and your budget.

Have a look at the lower end range of the Canon series, like my EOS 1000!!

Best regards

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1003 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2681 times:

What's wrong with the A-1 and AE-1 that you already have? Having used both in the past, it actually difficult for me to see what huge benefits replacements would have other than autofocus - the A-1 has multi-exposure modes, and both cameras can be used with winders. OK, so some of the new AF cameras have slightly more sophisticated metering systems (evaluative, etc) but both the A-1 and AE-1 should do pretty well too.

Rather than say "when i learn all the basics in photography, what kind of new SLR body should i get?" why not just stick with what you have until you identify some shortcomings in those cameras that newer stuff could overcome?

Andy


User currently offlinePlanespotter From Germany, joined Jul 2000, 106 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

I used the A-1 for 9 years and its a great camera. Do not change to a cheap AF camera. Better wait until you are willing to spend more money on a really good AF Camera.

What lenses do you own for the Canon cameras? Do you have a winder?

Stefan.


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 713 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

Unless your prepared to spend big money on a top of the range SLR, stick with what you've got. Canon FD lenses are superb and some real bargains can be had on the 2nd hand market. I have used Canon manual focus until very recently, and I can assure you I had to spend several thousand £ on EOS kit to get a significant improvement over my old Canon FD system.

The fact that you're asking the question pretty much confirms the point I'm making - if and when you outgrow an FD system, you'll know exactly what you want and won't need to ask!

If you want to improve your pictures, take the money you were going to spend on a camera and buy film - no camera on the market can substitute for experience, as I think is proven every day in this forum by those complaining about acceptance rates!

Cheers,

Colin




Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

Thanks for all replies.

Planespotter

No i don't have a winder.
The ones i have that can be used for spotting are:

Canon 35-105mm Zoom
Canon 200mm Tele
Tamron 2x Tele-Converter

Zulu Alpha


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 713 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

Zulu,

You have some fine lenses - the 35-105 is well regarded as one of Canon's best, and the 200 is also an excellent lens. You would have to pay some serious money to better these - eg. Canon "L" series costing many hundreds of $.

If you're looking to spend some money, I'd suggest looking for a 2nd hand Canon FD 300mm - the f4 is a good lens, and shouldn't cost too much, but if you're feeling flush, look for a 300 f2.8 - a fantastic lens, and with your convertor, would also give you a respectable 600mm f5.6

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

Thanks a LOT, Ckw!

Zulu Alpha


User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Does anyone know where i can get the 300mm lens?

Zulu Alpha


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