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    The best 1st SLR is a Pentax K1000, or something else. Simply put, best course is to find a simple and reliablea camera without a lot of bells and whistles to cloud up the main goal of a first camera, which is leaning how to control exposure, and learning the reciprocal relationship between film, shutter, and aperture. Where you are at now, everything else is amounts to a distraction.

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    One of three choices - Nikon, Canon EOS, or Pentax - Go for a system that shares the same lenses between film & <cough> digital bodies. You'll need to do a little research on the available lenses, but certainly steer away from the Canon EFS lenses as they will only fit the digital bodies.

    Find yourself a reputable second hand camera shop (maybe London Camera Exchange) and see what they have in stock and can recommend - What ever you do, do not visit Jessops for unbiased advice.

    Oh, and don't mention the "digital" word here unless you want a late night visit from Professor Abraham Van Helsing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    The best 1st SLR is a Pentax K1000, or something else. Simply put, best course is to find a simple and reliablea camera without a lot of bells and whistles to cloud up the main goal of a first camera, which is leaning how to control exposure, and learning the reciprocal relationship between film, shutter, and aperture. Where you are at now, everything else is amounts to a distraction.
    and there's a k1000 for sale now with lenses in the classifieds ... here on apug ..
    ( http://www.apug.org/forums/forum379/...developer.html )
    Last edited by jnanian; 09-14-2012 at 06:10 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    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.
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    You also may want to consider the Pentax KX. Same body as the K1000 (which is based on the Pentax Spotmatic) but with more features, sometimes priced the same or less as the K1000 because it isn't as well known.

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    [QUOTE=
    Avoid Digital too (Especially Canon digital) it's really boring.[/QUOTE]

    I take it you meant Canon digital is best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    The best 1st SLR is a Pentax K1000, or something else.
    Like a Nikon F2, or FE2 or something else. Actually the 1st SLR is the best one that you can get on long term loan... With wide, normal and long lens set in the f2.8, 1.4 and 2.0 range respectively.

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    About 30 years ago, I taught High School photography. The school supplied the cameras, and the only ones that survived the year were the K1000's. Granted, the kids were rougher than they should have been on them, but the cameras kept working, and stayed in spec. None of the Nikons, or Canons did.

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    I am also a fan of the Pentax K1000.

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    Pentax K1000.

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