Oh, and she's definitely a keeper!
Remember: Darkroom = Dimly lit, low-brow wine bar.
I photograph things to see what things look like photographed.
- Garry Winogrand
I'm surprised no-one here has asked if your wife has a sister.
The 50mm 1.8 EF lens plus a 7e would be a great combination.
Or an EOS 3, or even an Elan IIe.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
This was exactly my experience. I started with a Canon 450D and then moved to film soon after. I had at first a cheap canon EOS Rebel G and now moved to an Elan, after experiencing the shutter problem due to the light seals spreading sticky black gum on it. The problem can be quite serious. It can cause the photos to be partly exposed, not exposed at all if the shutter gets stuck or grossly overexposed if jammed while closing, so I can highly recommend as well, when buying, take a very close look and make sure the curtains are very clean and try the shutter at different speeds as well.
Originally Posted by paul_c5x4
Now I'm very happy with the Elan, it has a relatively good light meter and I personally use the Canon 50mm f2.5 macro, a spectacular lens and in my opinion the absolutely sharpest of the whole Canon series. I like it for portraits because if you use it wide-open it does not show too many skin blemishes and at the same time it has extremely low distortion, so the face looks very natural and balanced.
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+1 on this. It was my first film camera. Bombproof, and took every Nikon lens ever made. Pretty heavy, though, and Nikon glass is a bit spendy.
Originally Posted by Tom1956
+1 on the ETRSi comment, too. 95% of the time I shoot my ETRS. I got my original rig for about $125, with a body, 75mm, 120 back, and prism. Add in a 50mm f/2.8, and a 150mm f/3.5 and a speed grip for 35mm-like handling and you're under $300 for everything you could need. A Nikkormat or other nice Nikon body, 50mm, 28mm, and 100ish lenses of good quality and you're looking at $300, too.
I find that my handheld shots on 645 with 400 speed film are about equal to my average tripod 35mm shot with FP4. With FP4, 645 is actually a huge step up from 35mm, and apparent to me (tonality-wise) at an 8x10. Plus, I find 35mm reels tedious and difficult to load. 120 film on the other hand is very easy to work with in the darkroom. If she's trigger happy on digital, MF might make her slow down a bit at first, making the cost difference minimal when you figure in mediocore shots and such that can happen if you're trigger happy with 35mm.
New-ish convert to film.
Pentax MX for 35mm
Bronica ETRS for 645
I would suggest not throwing a camera at her.
On a serious note, my local camera shop always has film cameras and lenses available on consignment. If you have someone like that available in your area, maybe part of the fun for her will be the choosing.
I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger. ("Oohlala, by the Small Faces").
I plan to make up for it by the time I''m 84 ...
Bob Slaughter (megzdad81)
Alas with living in the north west of England there is nothing remotely like that round here
My questions: AF or manual focus, if manual focus does she want or need auto exposure? If she is shooting kids or pets does she need a waist level finder? Sports or wildlife, long lens and a motor drive? Large or small body, what about weight, is she expecting to hike with it? Low light? Batteries, AA or lithum?
There are also cameras in the classified section here on APUG. Might be worth checking out.