i have a 27 year old pentax k1000,
my first 35mm camera ... new it was 120$ with
a 50mm f2 lens. it not a high end body.
it works as any other 35mm camera i have ( i think i have 2 others )
worry about seeing, and your glass
i wouldn't worry too much about the body ...
unless, of course, you have a camera body fetish.
in that case, enjoy!
Well then I guess I have a camera body fetish
I simply find certain things much easier to accomplish with different gear. When I am in the "camera is just a box" mode then I use LF. Refreshing, but not something I want to do all the time.
I'll just conclude by saying that I don't think that appreciation of gear and photographic vision are mutually exclusive! I am a certifiable gearnut. Avid reader of MTF charts. Measurbator. Whatever you wanna call it. So what, I have no vision? I think I have some modicum of vision. It's not like I keep my gear in velvet boxes.
I enjoy adapting gear to the purpose at hand, and thereby trying new things. I do not enjoy p&s style fully-automated photography, and too often people make the assumption that if you are a gearhead like me then you necessarily like full automation. Not at all. I simply like whatever gets the shots that I want for the least expense and least fuss. Whether that's a cambo 8x10 or my 2mp blackberry camera phone, I just don't care.
The danger of being me is that the gear starts to fill your house. I now have two rooms that are completely unnavigable because of 25 camera outfits and such. I know that I should sell some stuff but I really appreciate the designs of these things and it'd be like selling children. What cameras I have sold I now miss terribly! Oh well.
Absolutely a camera body makes a difference to image quality.
I find I get vastly superior images when using a camera body which holds film.
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
Yep, there's an awful lot to making a camera work properly. However, as most manufacturers do a good job making their consumer models (Nikon F65, F75 etc...) the main differences between those cameras and the F5 and F6, as far as the image is concerned, is the photographer holding it rather than the camera itself.
Originally Posted by Q.G.
There are lots of examples that demonstrate that a pinhole camera in the right hands can produce better images than the most expensive professional kit being used by someone less gifted / experienced.
Paul Jenkin (a late developer...)
I would have to agree, the easier the camera is to handle in YOUR hands the more you will want to use it.....
Originally Posted by Pete H
But I must also say, about 18 years ago I had a customer at the camera store, where I ran the photo lab, do some testing on some of the high end Canon auto focus SLR cameras. His complaint was that even when working on a tripod the mirror slap actually shook the camera enough to make the image soft..... enough for him to not buy it, actually her returned it..... sure wish I could remember which camera it was...... but then again he was comparing it to images shot with his R series Leica, which he had to do to eliminate my enlarger lens......
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As I always told students, know the limitations of your equipment and work within them. I have taken many a good photo with a disposable camera......
Originally Posted by Paul Jenkin
Thanks to all who replied... It's appreciated. I still would like the 1N, something about the plastic film guides/rails in the 7E that bug the heck out of me. I'm probably crazy and that's fine, as I don't think that matters much.
Yes if the metering is bad or if there's any problem with essential parts (shutter, speed settings, compensation).
It's the lens that matters. You have a great lens then you may take sharp pictures with lots of detail.