You might what to look at the classified section of Apug.
Here's what's going to happen: You'll either get lucky the first time around. OR, you'll buy the cheapest camera that you can. It won't work. So you'll buy another. Maybe it will work. Maybe it won't. Then you'll buy another. Same thing. You'll repeat this until you, a) give up in frustration, or b) get a working camera.
I'd buy that $99 camera with the knowledge going in that it works.
Going the cheap route can cost you more in the long run. Buy a working camera. Buy it once.
I'll second the recommendation for the AV-1. They are dirt cheap. I got mine for less than $20 and it's in near-mint condition. Don't think that because a camera is cheap it won't work. Cheap cameras are cheap because people don't want them anymore. The AV-1 has never been popular.
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Originally Posted by Wolfeye
...and with the AV1 use an adaptor to M42, use any screw lens stopped down at selected F stop, and with TTL it will work out the shutter speed automatically for P&S.....of course you have a readout in the view finder to change aperture to shutter speed.
btw you focus at max aperture for screw lenses but must remember to stop down for the shot, as only FD lenses will work on auto.
Pentax screws are easy to use as they have a stop down slider from max to the set aperture.
If $50 is too much sell your other cameras
If don't want to do that sell the lenses you have for the canon and buy film and use that film in the camera/s you do have
I'm tight with my money
but if $20 bucks is all you wish to spend on something you really NEED
you don't need it
Just sounds a lot like GAS/persona
Very useful=very valuable does not=$20
Cheap tripod surprisingly good
Buy one used off ebay. Cheap new. Don't let people tell you they're garbage
They are cheaply manufactured but they're stable like a Bogen.
Do NOT buy a wal-mart piece of crap.
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I think I'd save up, then buy a better body, like the 1st generation AE-1 for $99 that's been overhauled. Either that, or look in the AS IS section of KEH. They sometimes sell bodies that need refoaming for cheap. I've seen some BGN grade Nikkormat bodies going for $25, just because KEH doesn't want to refoam them. If you're willing to do the work yourself, you might be able to get a properly working AT-1 or AE-1 for $45-$50, then buy one of the kits off eBait.
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How about a Olympus XA from KEH? More or less manual, great lens, and tiny size!
Oh, and 65$
I've been happy with my Rebel S, they go for about 40 USD
That Rebel won't work with the older FD lenses that the AT-1 used.
Oh, I figured that was ok because he linked to a bunch of EF cameras. Didn't read close enough I guess.
Originally Posted by cdholden