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Recommendations for AF film SLR

My son needs a film autofocus SLR with a zoom lens of around 28-80mm for University and has a budget of approximately 200 - 250. It would also be nice if he could get a 50mm AF standard lens. Can anyone with pre-digital experience of photography make some suggestions of suitable brands/models to look out for please?
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Re: Recommendations for AF film SLR

Depends if you want to coerce him into the Olympus camp of not!
I was going to say Canon as their EF lenses are readily available everywhere and surely the old film cameras can be had for peanuts. (Chatting to a guy in a hide a while back and he was using an EOS 5 he paid a tenner for). The budget should be ample.
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Depends if you want to coerce him into the Olympus camp of not!
I was going to say Canon as their EF lenses are readily available everywhere and surely the old film cameras can be had for peanuts. (Chatting to a guy in a hide a while back and he was using an EOS 5 he paid a tenner for). The budget should be ample.
Thanks Tim, he's already using an EM-5 for digital but with the exception of the OM707 there was no Olympus AF interchangeable lens SLR
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Re: Recommendations for AF film SLR

I think this was a leader in its day


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Re: Recommendations for AF film SLR

I used to have one of these...……..

Pentax SF

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pentax-Au...IAAOSwRhFb5Gr8

This one has no lens, but they must be available...

I loved the Autofocus, as I did not get on with Fresnel screens...…...
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Re: Recommendations for AF film SLR

Thanks all. I think he has pretty much decided on a Canon EOS 50E with a 24-85mm f3.5/4.5 lens, which coincidentally is a combination that I used to own many, many years ago! Shame I didn't keep it.
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Re: Recommendations for AF film SLR

I thought the joy of film photography was that it wasn't auto-focus!

There is nothing quite like seeing images snap in and out of focus in big bright viewfinders when using fast prime lenses.

Can I suggest that your son looks at Nik & Trick Photographic Services who have a large and growing selection of film cameras and also supply a wide range of film and chemistry. If he is into FaceBook they have an active Facebook page too.

Oh, and whilst I remember, there are several very active film photography FaceBook pages.
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I thought the joy of film photography was that it wasn't auto-focus!

There is nothing quite like seeing images snap in and out of focus in big bright viewfinders when using fast prime lenses.

Can I suggest that your son looks at Nik & Trick Photographic Services who have a large and growing selection of film cameras and also supply a wide range of film and chemistry. If he is into FaceBook they have an active Facebook page too.

Oh, and whilst I remember, there are several very active film photography FaceBook pages.
Very interesting site and info on purchasing a replacement battery for my OM1n

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Very interesting site and info on purchasing a replacement battery for my OM1n

Thanks for posting

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I have bought a few things from Nick & Trick and have had films developed there. They are too far away for me to visit unfortunately but they seem to be a really good team. From what I can see it looks like a proper photographers' shop.
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Re: Recommendations for AF film SLR

Those from a further north may like

West Yorkshire cameras in Leeds
https://wycameras.com/

Real Cameras Manchester

https://realcamera.co.uk/

I been to and bought from both
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Those from a further north may like

West Yorkshire cameras in Leeds
https://wycameras.com/

Real Cameras Manchester

https://realcamera.co.uk/

I been to and bought from both
Or if you want to stray into the far north, almost beyond the Arctic Circle, there is Charles Eagles in Sunderland. I have used Charles Eagles many times and found them to be very good and enthusiastic.

Charles Eagles Website
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Re: Recommendations for AF film SLR

I love my Olympus IS-3000!
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Or if you want to stray into the far north, almost beyond the Arctic Circle, there is Charles Eagles in Sunderland. I have used Charles Eagles many times and found them to be very good and enthusiastic.

Charles Eagles Website
Do cameras work that far North?

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Re: Recommendations for AF film SLR

Nikon F4 or F5 with the edge to the F4 as the most tactile delight of a camera ever made bar none. Also will work with old manual lenses.

Best build quality of any camera. Quite unlike anything else. F5 also nice.

Make sue he goes to a gym first as this helps with carrying them around.

Made myself want one again...
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