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Old Apr 10, 2011, 5:51 PM   #1
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Default Good starting film camera?

So I want to buy a film camera of sorts. I have a low budget however (Under $150). Although my main cameras that I use are Sony Alpha cameras, I do have a Canon film lens already so I would probably just need the body. I am currently looking at the Canon EOS Elan 7. Would this be good?

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Elan-35m...474997&sr=1-11

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Old Apr 11, 2011, 4:47 PM   #2
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If your Canon lens is FD mount and not EF mount (newer Canons) then look for a Canon AE-1 or Canon AE-1 Program camera like this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/CANON-AE-1-CAMER...3#ht_797wt_905

But since you are having a Sony system you could look for a Minolta Maxxum 600si or Dynax 9 that could use your newer AF lenses and are the superior AF film cameras by Minolta. If they get too expensive look at Dynax 5.
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If your Canon lens is a Canon EF mount, the Canon EOS A2 is a tough film camera. I've had mine since 1995 and it still works well. Since then my wife recently bought me a Canon EOS 60D, so the A2 was going to be sold. But my 15 year old son has voiced an interest in taking photography at high school - which requires a film camera. So the A2 isn't done yet.

If your lens is a Canon FD mount, there is the:
Canon A1 - full automatic
Canon AE1-Aparture priority
Canon AT1-Match needle metering

I have all of these also and each is a good camera for it's particular style.
All can be had on ebay for a good price. Watch the older cameras, as the black sponge rubber might be bad and need replaced. Good luck.


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Ok thanks for the help guys. I'll start looking on eBay for a good deal.
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hi
i own a canon elan 7e
and its a sweet camera
not as built as as an ae etc
but it has auto eye focus and it has a nice feel to it
google it
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If you have EF mount the elan is a nice camera. Pretty cheap on ebay. So is the eos 630.
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