adakshi wrote:Is it any good?
I never shot film SLR, thinking of buying a film AF camera.
bfitzgerald wrote:I would go for the more modern bodies myself..though some of the earlier ones are ok.
As above sensible prices are really the 60, though not so many about to buy s/h. The film 5 is in plentiful supply, though it's small body wise, might suit some more than others. No point buying a film 4, it's a cut down 5..and not much cheaper. 505si Super..is the model before the 5 but with a nice grip IMO, but is not as well featured. Never really was into the xi series..odd designs IMO, but some like them.
The film 7 is not too expensive, if you want the spec and body controls, it's a wonderful camera..prices on the 9 are probably still to high for some who want to dabble.
My top 3 would be 7, 60, or a 5..
bfitzgerald wrote:Not that many date film 5's about..
I think they also accept the IR remote, as well as the normal minolta cable release.
Those 2 are the correct models, more recent bodies, and well featured as well.
They don't lack much really, bar:
No Dioptre Correction
No CW metering
Apart from that you have everything else you would need mostly. 7 point AF is fast and accurate, little difference to 9 point..hardly worth worrying.
The only thing I don't like so much, is the small grip, it really is a compact SLR..which is why I prefer the 60 in terms of handling (even if it does not match the 5 in some spec areas)
bfitzgerald wrote:5 bodies work with SSM lenses.
Everything from the 7 onwards does, even the 4, 3L, 40 etc cheaper models.
bfitzgerald wrote:Film is down to taste. For ektar have a look in the neg film section, I posted some samples there. You can get ok skintones, but it's too contrasty IMO, and I would not use it for people shots unless I was in a push. Ektar is saturated, and contrasty, with very fine grain and it's very sharp. Some will like it, some may not.
Velvia is for landscapers, I can't stand the stuff, but if you like even more pump than Ektar..you have found your film! Esp greens are mega off the planet, not my thing..again taste.
Family shots, well you can try portrait films or even the bog standard types of film such as Fuji superia 100 are decent enough..and cheap too.
Don't forget b&w..not much fun to scan..but can yield very nice results. Best bet is to play about, pick a few different films..don't order in loads of one type, just a few rolls, see what you like colours and tones wise.
bfitzgerald wrote:When you mean the 7 gave up, is it broken..what's wrong with it?
The CR123a batteries are commonly available where I am, as are the Cr2 ones (film 40/60/5/4/3L, 505si etc etc)
Def do not go into a camera shop and buy them, you will get stuffed on price. I found some in a supermarket on special, also check ebay..not sure about the non branded ones, but some decent prices if you look about.
For the film 5, you are looking for a "BP-200" battery pack, not many around europe..but some about in the USA from major sellers, who do s/h stuff.
The BP-200 goes into the battery area, you let the door stay open (the BP has a place for it to drop into), so you cannot run off the CR2 batteries at the same time, just 4 x AA's, don't use lithium AA's (it says this on the bp), but you can use normal or rechargeable ones just fine. Being just AA is fine, it adds weight and size (handles better IMO with the BP), but lasts for ages power wise..100's of rolls no problem.
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