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I Need Advice On What Camera To Get

Sat Sep 08, 2001 10:21 pm

I want to get a camera for aviation shots. I want something fairly cheap but good quality. I would like the film to be fairly inexpensive to buy and develope. Any ideas? Any books telling you what type of camera is good? Any websites??? Any help would be great!
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RE: I Need Advice On What Camera To Get

Sun Sep 09, 2001 1:11 am

All I can suggest is, go for a used SLR. Here's my rig:

-Zuiko OM-1
with a

50mm f1.8
=Total price $175 CDN



This 15+ year old rig is still an excelent choice for any beginer since its cheap and provides excelent results for the amount of $$ spend. I am planning to purchase replace the 75-150mm with a 65-250mm once I have the money, but for now it is good enough.
As for film, use any 100ISO slide, its better for avitaion photography unless you really dont want in which case use Fuji Reala 100.

Heres a recent example, shot by me with the 75-150 zoom at around 100mm, using Fuji Sensia 100 ISO film in early evening.

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RE: I Need Advice On What Camera To Get

Sun Sep 09, 2001 3:07 am

There are no real unbiassed reviews (especially with the Canon-Nikon religious zeal).
All the major brands are good, but some general tips can be given:

- get a 35mm SLR (there are others, but they are pricy)
- get a camera with a metal lensmount (to hold heavy lenses better)
- best get a camera with aperture priority and shutter priority modes, and not just a bunch of program modes
- try the camera, try several models in the shop to find the one that best fits your hand. Can you reach all the controls comfortably?
- For aviation work, you'll need a good telelens (most people use zooms for flexibility). 70-300 or 100-300 is good for most locations (though you'll always long for something longer). The 28-80 or similar that comes with most cameras is nice for closeup work or non-aviation shooting, but not usually of very high quality (though not real bad in many cases).
- avoid superzooms (28-200, 20-300 etc). Optical quality is quite poor, and they are slow
- Until you get a filmscanner, you're stuck with printfilm. Fuji Superia (Reala) 100 is good, or Sensia 100 slidefilm. Both won't break the bank either.
- Get a high quality camerabag. Lowepro for example makes very good ones. It'll save your equipment!
- I use Skylight 1A filters on all lenses. Many people prefer UV filters instead. They protect your lens and reduce haze a bit.

My kit:
- Nikon F80
- Cosina 100-400
- Cosina 19-35
- Nikon 28-80 AFD
- Lowepro Nova 5 camerabag

- Minolta X300
- Tokina 70-210
- Kiron 35-70 (spare)
- Kiron 28-200 (spare)
- Minolta 50 f/2.0
- Minolta 35-70 f/3.5
- Minolta system camerabag

- Minolta Scan Dual II filmscanner
- Minolta binoculars

Good websites are (among others)
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RE: I Need Advice On What Camera To Get

Sun Sep 09, 2001 10:56 pm

I would go for a used N70 or an new N65. If you can get a good deal on an N60 go for it. BUT AF is slow. Splurge for a nicer lense.
i have
28-80 sigma
70-300 nikkon ED

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