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    Best 35mm Film Camera

    Hey guys, I started as a digital photographer, but I want to get a film SLR. I currently have a Canon T2i with EF lenes, so a Canon camera would be preferred, but I could be swayed to Nikon (and maybe Pentax.) I want to know want you think the best 35mm camera is. I am interested in the Canon K2, but that's not even close to my final choice.

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    Pentax has many lenses on it. Some of the Pentax bodies require the use of an "A" lens (usually marked as a Pentax-A), but most Pentax bodies which can accept a K-Mount lens can use every K-mount lens made since the mount was introduced back in 1975 with the exception of those with the DA designation which are designed for the smaller APS-C sensor of the Pentax DSLRs.

    This means you have a very wide selection of Pentax (and non-Pentax) lenses you can use.

    With adapters, you can also use most if not all of the M42 screw-mount lenses on Pentax cameras. Mike Butkus has lots of camera manuals over at his site, www.butkus.org; you can use these to see which kind of camera you want to get, or to get a manual for your new purchase. Leave him a donation if you end up downloading one of his manuals for your new camera. His manual collection includes more than just Pentax, so you can also get Canon/Nikon manuals there too.
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    List of Canon film cameras through the ages -> Canon Camera Hall - Chronological order. The EOS line started with the 650 in 1987 reaching the pinnacle in 2000 with the EOS-1V.

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    Best? I guess it depends...maybe, "good enough" or "perfect for my needs"...

    What are your needs / desires? Auto exposure? Small ? Light weight? Quiet? Rugged/Heavy duty? What lens system do you prefer? What type of photography do you do or intend to do?

    There simply does not exist one, single "best" of anything.

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    What's best for the needs of so many others is not, or will it necessarily turn out to be, best for you, short- or long-term. It really does open up a pandora's box of opinions, claim and counter-claim — way too subjective in short.
    The one thing that is best for you to do now is build upon your current Canon system and see how you go, not over 6 months, but perhaps 6 years.


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    Do you already have EF lenses?
    If so you may as well stick with Canon.

    Good deal going now as far as price/performance would be the 1n.

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    No problem sticking with Canon. My personal favorites are the Elan7E/NE or the EOS 3.

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    EOS 5 are currently selling for around £25.00 in the UK, EOS 3 are double that. Both have eye controlled focussing which is brilliant once you have got used to it.

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    Bar none, the best 35mm camera you can get is the Konica AiBorg. This camera is a work of art and has been discussed at length right here on APUG.

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