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Digital is fun, but.... (help me buy a new film SLR)

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I can't get over black and white images looking like they're missing.... something. To the guitar players who read this, it's akin to having one string ever so slightly out of tune -- most people won't care or notice, but it will bug trhe ever-loving crap out of you.

Here's the problem: I loaded up my AE-1 with a roll of HP5 to do some tooling around with all the snow, and the damn thing finally took a hike. It was a hand-me-down from my father way back in high school, and shooting film has always been a real soft spot for me.

So I get to browsing Keh and notice a slew of EOS 3s and 1Ns for bottom dollar -- perfect. Weight and size are not an issue for me, but after roughly 15 years of shooting an AE-1, I'm looking for a nice upgrade. I will only likely shoot b+w, but I do shoot a variety of subjects. So which say ye, oh OCNers? I'm leaning toward the EOS 3, with or without the grip/booster (my AE-1 has the booster on it, and my XS is gripped, so it wouldn't be a real dealbreaker if it came either way, but I guess I would prefer to have it), but the 1N has that intangible appeal for some reason.

Help computer.
Edited by sub50hz - 2/2/11 at 9:21pm
post #2 of 15
Well, the 1V is a beast of a camera... But all of the higher-end EOS film bodies are great. The oldest EOS bodies work with even the newest of EF-mount lenses...

However, if you've got the FD-mount lenses, why not get the New F-1 or the T90?
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I've got more EF lenses than FD lenses -- and the only 2 FD lenses I ever use are the kit 50mm and a Vivitar 28mm. I've got a trio of lenses I love to use on APS-C (35mm f/2.0, 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8) that would be so much better on full frame/film.

Also, that '1V' should have read '1N'. I will fix that now.
post #4 of 15
I went for the 1v since I can't stand polycarbonate.
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I went for the 1v since I can't stand polycarbonate.
That's all well and good, but I don't mind plastic, and the bodies in question are the EOS 3 and 1N. Thoughts?
post #6 of 15
i just use a rebel G. it's perfect. fits all my nice canon lenses, exposes perfectly everytime, fits in the bag along with everything else (1v is a huge monster) and is happy with tri-x or velvia.

the best part is it costs around $25. so when you shake off the whole film thing, you won't lose anything.
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the best part is it costs around $25. so when you shake off the whole film thing, you won't lose anything.
From a price standpoint, that's a great option, but I'm looking for something a little more durable and a little larger. I haven't "shaken off the whole film thing" after many years of shooting (although, admittedly, I haven't shot any film in the last 5 years), so I would like to get something a little nicer this time 'round. I'm not made of money, but I'm willing to stomach a few hundred bucks for something I really enjoy.
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Nikon F3. AF film cameras are so boring.
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Nikon F3. AF film cameras are so boring.
You can turn AF off, you know. Most of what I shoot are stills, for which I prefer manual focus even on my XS.

P.S. I've already mentioned what 2 bodies I am contemplating and made note that I already have a handful of EF primes -- so why would I buy something that's of even less use to me?
post #10 of 15
then i'd from those two choices, i'd get the eos 1n. a 100% viewfinder will help a ton for film as cropping takes more effort than a few mouse drags/clicks.
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