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    hello all a newbie in photography...... now into digital photography. but was interested in getting a flim based SLR....... well was looking for models from canon and nikon...... so was wondering .......what are the better models to start out with ?

    also not too heavy on the pocket too. budget is from 1k to 1.5k
    this inculdes a zoom/ telephoto lenses.....

    also asking all is between nikon F75, F55 and canon EOS 300
    which is a better buy ?
    of which the canon model offers a telephoto lens

    tks to all for their suggestions .....

    7ways

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    You can try these sites for F55, F65 & F75.

    http://www.bythom.com/n75.htm

    http://www.nikon-image.com/eng/35mm/f55.htm

    If you can afford it, get F75 or F80.

    regards

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    thanks ....... for the site
    was wondering for F80..... what is the price ????
    thanks

    7ways

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    If you are those who'd like a fully manual mechanical ones you can try:
    Nikon FM2, Nikon FM3A...

    Or even getting a pre-owned mechanical ones that are not made anymore:
    pentax K1000, Yashica FX3 etc..

    ... I get a kick from hearing a mechanical click rather than the whirr of an electronic operated shutter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevenWAYS
    thanks ....... for the site
    was wondering for F80..... what is the price ????
    thanks

    7ways
    F80... good choice (I'd get that if I were to restart). Perhaps you'd like to post at Buy & Sell or Nikon forums, perhaps you'd get better answers there.

    or perhaps the moderators can help shift this there like they did before? Or maybe Canon users would like to input something?

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    hi sevenWAYS,
    my own route from a couple of months back till now:

    Early May - Bought a second hand Canon A40 2MP Digital Camera
    - Learnt quite a fair bit from this camera and tried several types of shots with this.

    Early July - Decided to get a film SLR and were the same as you, thinking of which to get.
    In the end, I settled for a Canon system, just personal preference. I was choosing between the EOS300 and EOS30. In the end, i got a set of EOS300 with kit lens 28-80mm for less than $300 second hand here in clubsnap. As an amateur, I'll not want to spend more to get a better body and lens but in the end not using the extra features. Of course, better equipment means that better and more opportunities to shoot more and better pictures. But that does not restricts me, I'm quite happy with it after buying a 50mm F1.8 prime lens a few weeks ago. I'm intending to upgrade slightly as I progress and learn along the way, shoot more and know and learn more about my strengths, weaknesses and fields I might want to specialise in. The extra cash that I saved in the beginning, I can use it to shoot more film/slides and use it for rainy days just in case (anything can happen in these days esp now).

    For that budget that you are having, you can either get a Nikon F80 or Canon EOS30/33. Add a couple of hundreds for 1 or 2 lenses and maybe an external flash if you need it and maybe a tripod as well. Save the rest to burn on films/slides and the developing and/or printing costs, they don't come cheap (each roll + developing and/or printing and maybe scanning) can cost anything from $6 to $20. Shooting 1-2 rolls per week = 5-10rolls per month, amounting to $30-$200 per month, depending on type of film/slide and printing/scanning you do.

    Just MHO
    You can also come down to SEED and ask around and maybe you can even try out the various cameras during SEED too

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