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    Hey guys,

    My father gifted me his old film camera. After blabbering on and about how it's worth a few thousand dollars and that I should care for it like a baby, I've figured I should make photography a new hobby.

    I'd like to invest a few dollars in buying a digital camera. I don't knwo much at all, I'm not an experienced photographer but want to give it a shot. I'll never know if I like it unless I try. ^_^;

    My budget is around $1500 (Canadian $) and after reading on and about, I've decided I want an SLR. Now the thing is that I have NO clue which to buy. I know pretty much nothing about cameras and their specs. I already have a few lenses and have an old Nikon one.. maybe I can buy a digital camera on which I'll also be able to use my lenses? They're manual focus by the way. (AFAIK..)

    Here's what I have, and I'll be eagerly waiting for suggestions! Oh, and I live in Canada - Montreal. :]

    The camera is a NIKON.

    I don't know what model.. (Says "FM" on the back, then a bunch of numbers.)

    The lenses I have are;

    1- NIKON LENS SERIES E (35mm 1 : 2.5)

    2- NIKON NIKKOR 50mm (1 : 2.8)

    3- This one is a little weird.. because I can separate it in two.. like if it had a "base".. not sure if that makes any sense? But essentially it says VIVITAR 135mm (1 : 2.8) MC TELEPHOTO. (And I have a UV Haze for it.)


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    Thanks yorkshireman. :]

    I'm hoping to become an active member of the community once I get a digital camera, just need to find an appropriate one. ^^

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    Welcome, K--. Hopefully some answers coming soon.

    I suspect that "base" you're referring to is an extension tube, which allows a lens to achieve closer focus than normal, typically for macro work.


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    I'm a little confused, if you have $1500 to spend on a shiny brand new one, why are you concerned with the old one?

    I have recently inherited an SLR myself, and have decided to take up photography as well.

    The man at the photography store told me that if I wanted to go digital I could probably buy a converter to use the lenses I have as long as I bought the same kind of camera. It's my understanding from reading online though that the lenses are different in the digital cameras, and will not achieve the same result they did in the old SLR.

    I'm very new though, so take anything I say with a pound of salt.

    Anyway, I don't have $1500, Canadian or otherwise, so it's this old film camera for me!

    Have fun on your search. Maybe you have a nice camera store in your neighborhood that could explain camera specs to you? That's where I'd start.
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    Yeah I'll consider asking around if there's a specialised camera store around .. although strangely enough they tend to be somewhat more expensive than large sellers (E.g; BestBuy and Future Shop).

    Also, I don't really worry about my old camera. It's more to have someone figure out if I can use my old lenses in a new SLR. :P

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    I apologize for getting "spammy", but I've found something that looks strangely like a really good deal on Kijiji (which is the Canadian equivalent to Craigslist XD)

    Canon EOS 1000D Rebel XS 10.1 megapixel.
    With Lens EF-S 18-55 mm f/3,5-5,6 IS and a lens EF-S 55-250 mm f/4-5,6 IS.
    SD card of 8GB. Another SD card of 4GB Class 6.
    4 filters UV 58mm. Batteries charger.
    Bought the 25th of february, all like brand new with the boxes and instruction manuals and everything.

    He says to have taken 374 shots with it.

    He wants to sell it because he originally bought it for his girlfriend who then found herself not interested in photography. (He has another one for him.)

    He's asking $950 for it, negotiable. Since it's used, there would be no taxes.

    What do you guys think? Is that a good deal? Should I negotiate for it?

    Oh also, any idea if I would be able to use my old lenses as listed above with that one?

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    A friend of mine who is a photoraphy pationate told me that Nikon lenses won't work on a Canon..

    And he's made me SERIOUSLY consider to buy this:

    http://www.lozeau.com/product.aspx?n...8994&lang_id=F

    So unless someone has a better suggestion, I believe I will buy that as I can also use my manual focus lenses on it. XD

    Also: Just general info for everyone, I just called a photography shop, they told me that only the Nikon D90 and higher will properly receive manual focus lenses!

    Older versions won't.. I guess I'll be getting a D90 then. ^_^;

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    Bought the Nikon D90 with an 18-55mm. ^^

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    Congrats. Nice camera!


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    Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.”
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