Hey everyone, I'm completely new to photography, and I'm required to take an intro course as part of my college fine arts eduation. However, I'm totally lost as to what type of camera I should purchase. I'm looking for good quality for a reasonable (AKA: college student) budget.
Please understand I know next to NOTHING about cameras, so I really cannot go into detail of 'what I'm looking for.'
I know that I need a 35mm camera with all manual controls.
I was going to use my brother's Minolta XG 9, but the light meter isn't working, and I'm not quite sure how much it will cost me to repair the meter. Someone told me that it may just be the bulb, in which case it would be relatively cheap. I know it's not the batteries because I just put a new pair in today because that was originally why I thought the camera was not working.
However, I'm preparing to find out that the repairs on the camera will be costly, and if that turns out to be the case, I would prefer to spend the money (with slightly more, of course) on my own camera. I just don't know where to start. I know nothing of brands and models, and don't know where to start reading reviews.
I'm hoping everyone here can give me a lot of insight into good brands and models for a college student that isn't primarily interested in persuing photography after the class. Therefore, I'm hoping to spend no more than $150 or so (hopefully less) on a used camera. Please make some model and brand suggestions based on my current needs.
I'm completely lost.
Thanks so much!
Any of the brands will be suitable: Canon, Olympus, Nikon or Pentax. Just be sure that it is MANUAL focus. All of the brands made/makes 35mm SLR cameras that have manual controls. Some will of course have program features; just don't use them. Get a 50mm lens for the camera that youy purchase and you're in business!Check out B&H, Adorama & Keh for pricing and specs. These companies should provide you with a guarantee.
As an option, you could use your brother's Minolta and buy a hand-held lightmeter. I'm sure you could pick up something like a Vivitar 35 for maybe $20 bucks. Visualizing the dials on a light meter will bring the one-stop relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture into real persective. I'm sure your instructor would say fine.
If you really want a manual camera, I'd look at a Konica Autoreflex T2, T3 or A. They're tanks and cheap, and their optics are excellent. Other worthy candidates are the Olympus OM1, Pentax MX or K1000 and the Nikon FM2. You should be able to score a good working one with normal lens for around $75.00
Best of luck.
I have a 35mm Sears-Ricoh KS Super. It has a 50mm standard lens, a 135mm lens, a 2x converter and a flash all in a camera bag. Last tine I used it, it worked fine. Might need new batteries. This is a pretty good student camera. My daughter used it in her college photo class. I keep it around because I can't bear to just throw it away and it has very little value on the used market. If, you'd like it, you can have it -- just pay me $10.00 for shipping it. If interested, you can email me at email@example.com.
I've been referred to http://www.garryscamera.com/ on several occasions to get my X-700 repaired at a reasonable price. I think he charges around $50 to repair Minolta X series SLRs. I have no first hand experience with them but they appear to be highly recommended by many in the Minolta Manual Focus group on Flickr.
Are you setting the camera to manual? Or apeture priority? (the A setting on the shutter speed dial on top of the camera)
Oh goodness, Davidw, I could give you the biggest hug. I didn't know it needed to be on 'A' for the light to work. It's working correctly--and I probably didn't need to buy new batteries to boot.
This leads me to another question, then. When I use the 'A' setting, it obviously tells me which shutter speed to use based on what my aperture is set at. Therefore, after using the 'A' feature, would I turn the feature from 'A' to whatever shutter speed the light meter told me, or do I take the picture while still on the shutter speed 'A'?
No, it sets the shutter speed for you, based on the apeture. That particular camera has apeture priority and non metered manual, that's why the meter shuts off when you set it to a shutter speed. I don't regard it as a great camera to learn on because of the non metered manual exposure. I do have a X700 that uses the same lenses that is up for sale.
How much are you selling the X700 for? Condition? Is it listed somewhere that I can read/view it?
Check your Private Messages. I'm a college student, so I understand.