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What Would Be The Best For These Requirements?

Mon Apr 09, 2001 11:31 pm

Hello folks,
I'm looking for a new camera and lens. I have absolutely no idea
which of western cameras are good (I used to shoot with the Russian Zenit 12XP) but in general requirements are the next:

for body:
- shuter speed down to 1/1000s;
- bayonet;
- completely manual or possibility of work in completely manual mode
(like adjusting focus, shutter speed etc.);
- the less electronics - the better.

for lens:
- 300mm.
I'm ready to spend about $400.
What would you advise???
 
BA
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RE: What Would Be The Best For These Requirements?

Tue Apr 10, 2001 6:43 am

Well I have a Pentax ZX-7 and I am quite happy with it. It is an automatic, but everything can be done manually as well, including shutter speed and focusing.

The kit comes with 1 lens only, a 28-80MM f/3.5-5.6, which is quite a good lens. I bought seperately an 80-320MM f/4.5-5.6 and I am VERY happy with it.

This whole set that cost me $540. It is above your limit, so I don't really know what to tell you. $400 is really quite low for an SLR and a 300MM lens.

You might want to ask Aer Lingus, he owns a Minolta STsi and seems quite happy with it, and it might be within your spending limit.

Hope that helps

Kind regards.
BA
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USAir_757
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RE: What Would Be The Best For These Requirements?

Tue Apr 10, 2001 6:44 am

Go for a Pentax K1000 or MX. These are completely mechanical cameras, no electronics whatsoever.



Regards,
C. Wassell
-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
 
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RE: What Would Be The Best For These Requirements?

Tue Apr 10, 2001 9:17 am

Look into used cameras. My first camera was a Canon AT-1, very simple and completely manual. I was so happy with it that 3 years later I bought a second. Those to this day are still my main cameras. For about $75 you can get one in good quality with a 50mm f1.8 lens (They are C/FD mount). You could pretty easily pick up a nice, used 300mm lens for $325 (or less).

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