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    What would be the best SLR to get for a beginner?

    Quote Originally Posted by jhonmartinvish View Post
    I'm planning on starting a beginners photography course in September but don't know what kind of camera to get.
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    Well, despite what any of us might have to offer, what does your course syllabus say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelbsc View Post
    Well, despite what any of us might have to offer, what does your course syllabus say?
    Good call, now that you mention it my daughter's recent photography lecturer was incredulous when she mentioned her dad had and used a film camera (boy did I get in trouble. Apparrantly I had deliberatly set her up to be embarassed...!). You may find yourself at a seriuos disadvantage by following advice from here. Her university used (and supplied) entry level canon eos consumer kit's with the 2 kit lenses flash & tripod. Perhaps you should ask your course convenor for advice, you may not need to purchase a camera to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EASmithV View Post
    Pentax K1000 (cheap, good quality, and plentiful lenses) or Nikon FG or FM / FM2 (superb glass, well built). Avoid Canon manual focus, as investing in FD mount lenses is a bit folly if you decide you want a more modern camera as well as a mechanical one (though plenty of people use and love theirs), the bodies sometimes develop shutter issues...

    Avoid Digital too (Especially Canon digital) it's really boring.
    or Nikon FG or FM / FM2 (superb glass, well built).

    I agree for Nikon. FM2 is a really good choice.

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    Aww, you Nikon fans and Canonphiles have most of it wrong (hey, at least you still shoot film, so you don't have it all wrong). Pentax is where it's at. Pentax lenses are good quality and quite inexpensive these days (I picked up a 28-80mm Pentax zoom up a few months ago from KEH for $13). Plus, Cosina still makes a camera that uses Pentax K-mount glass. Heck, with my AF Pentax body and an adapter, I can even use every full frame lens Pentax ever made - K-mount, screw mount, it doesn't matter!
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    One that works

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobC View Post
    One that works
    This. One that has been CLA'd.

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    You guys know this is an old thread, yes? The OP never came back after his initial post in 09/2012 either.

    Carry on...
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    Why is this thread in the pinhole sub forum ? and more interestingly, why wasn't it moved three years ago lol ?

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    A Pentax K1000.

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    maybe it will get ... dun dun dun ... DELETED!

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