A&P Wanting to get more into photography, should I even bother using my old film camera?

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  1. Kamekaze v.OT

    Kamekaze v.OT New Member

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    Minolta x-700 with an auto 280px, 2x tele converter, vivtar 49mm (?),75-300, 35-105, 24-35, and a couple other lenses that I have no Idea what they are for. all of these lenses or manual focus and old as dirt but immaculate. Ya'll think I should spend a few bucks on some rolls or film and learn with my dino camera or sell off my toys I dont use and try to find a cheap dslr? I love taking pictures but I have never really messed with anything but my point and shoots...
     
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    i dont see any harm in using what you already have
     
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    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Using my all manual k1000 with a 50mm prime for a few months did wonders for judging exposure and composition.
     
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    dslr is much more suitable for accessibility uses and storage, however learning how to use a camera and advance in photography is fine with a film camera, providing it has all the adjustable features.

    cliffs: film works, dslrs work even better
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    if you've already got Minolta stuff look into Sony cameras. You can find a cheap Sony starter body, (maybe a 300 or something) and use all your old Minolta gear. Don't knock Sony til you try it.
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    it can be a great learning experience. i've thought about picking up an old film setup since they are so cheap, but then i realize i don't hardly have time to go shooting with my digital setup. :o
     
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    Film isn't as expensive as you might think from just comparing cost per frame... because you won't waste shots on film like you would with a digital.

    Given that you already have all that gear, sure, pick up a few rolls and see what you can get. I've been shooting film lately on an old AE-1 since I don't own a DSLR, and I'm starting to see what I could do with something better than a P&S. It's also making me focus hard on what I'm doing instead of falling back on the typical spray-and-pray digital approach, and I'm getting more shots I like.
     
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    dont sell it, just buy a cheap dslr if you are worried about film costs. then you can still use your film stuff to learn off of after you get more into it.
     
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    Alright, so I suck quite a bit with manual lenses so far and Im getting tired of buying/processing film to see how badly I sucked. I think its time to go digi and maybe shoot some film once I know I can take the kind of photos I want... Anybody here wanna trade a blackberry 8900 and a psp for some gear :hsd:?
     
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    Like I said, something like this http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/pho/1267877080.html and learn away. When you want to upgrade, you can probably sell this for close to what you paid for it.

    And as far as shooting film later on...why? What does it really offer? Dump that shit and move on with your life.
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    film appeals to certain people:dunno:

    there's a local forum here in TX with a butt load of film addicts.
     
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    That's weird, still works for me. :dunno:
     
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    you can buy my Canon 40D and the Canon 17-55 2.8 IS lens :wiggle:

    this will put you well ahead of your learning curve and won't have to upgrade until you are ready for Full Frame. :)
     
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    :nono: no such thing as a wasted shot with digital. well... until you run out of memory :mamoru:
     
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    But there are with film, which was kinda my point.

    'course, it can lead to complications, such as when you load up a roll of 800 you overpaid for, and don't know what to do with it :hsugh:
     
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