i am searching for a digital camera that mimics an “ordinary, film camera”. does a type like that exist?
Question by Justin Williams: i am searching for a digital camera that mimics an “ordinary, film camera”. does a type like that exist?
i’ve been using a kodak easyshare z740 for quite a few years, now. it’s a functional camera, but apart from it being old and beat up, i am being limited by both the features it lacks and it boasts.
foremost, i’m looking for a camera that features an interchangeable lense. something i would find particularly attractive is a camera that lacks all of the automation crap that seems to polute the market. i am avoiding any cameras with AF! i suppose, optionaly, automatic exposure adjustment wouldn’t be too terrible, but what i want to ask is if there exists a camera type that mimics the conventional film-style cameras in every way except the fact that the photographs are digital.
if i haven’t explained clearly enough, i want a digital camera where i adjust the focus, depth of field, shutter speed, iso, etc. all manually. i know that the higher-end digital cameras do all of this, but the catch is that i don’t have a lot of money to spend. i’d rather try and find a camera to which i won’t waste money on features i’ll never end up using (also, the creative control would be phenominal.) any recommendations would be very helpful. i’m going to keep looking, but i’d figure i’d cast this out there. thanks!
Answer by KNDChicago
All DSLRs have interchangeable lenses and many of the features you don’t want built in to even their lowest priced models. Most of the Nikons have no auto focus or image stabilization in the body but theyre high priced anyway. With Canon Im not sure but one or both IS and AF are also not in body but bodies are still expensive. You can turn off the features you don’t want to use but unfortunately you’ll still have to pay for them. All exposure controls can be manually set. There are no “bare bones” DSLRs.
If you want new as opposed to used I recommend the Pentax K-x. Its an exceptional value at its price. The Pentax K-x performs better than the Canon XS (1000D) or any other camera in its price range and as well or better than some more expensive models (test comparisons below). Check prices from B&H in USD then see test comparisons below
Pentax K-x w/18-55 $ 521 HD video
Pentax K-x w/18-55 and 50-200 $ 625 HD video
Pentax K-x w/18-55mm and 55-300mm $ 715 HD video
Nikon D5000 w/18-55 $ 700 HD video
Rebel XSi (450D) w/18-55 $ 560 No video
Nikon D3000 w/18-55 $ 550 No video
Canon T2i w/18-55 $ 900 HD video
Canon 7D body only $ 1700 HD video
Canon 50D body only $ 930 No video
Should you later want it the K-x Image Stabilization and Auto-focus both in the body. No need to pay for IS or AF with each and every lens you buy as with Nikon and Canon. This will save you significant cash throughout the years you own the camera.
See performance comparisons for the Canon 1000D, Nikon D3000 and Pentax K-x here
Performance between the K-x and Nikon D5000 is very close as shown in this comparison
The K-x outperforms the Canon T2i and Canon 50D See the comparison here
And the K-x outperforms the Canon 7D here with just a hair advantage to the 7D at high ISO
The Pentax K-x is a beginner friendly camera.
“The Pentax Kx has enormous value, thanks to its remarkable image and print quality, fine build, and class-leading burst speed, all combining to make one impressive digital SLR camera. The Pentax Kx is a Dave’s Pick. For sheer image quality at a wide range of ISOs, the Pentax Kx is tough to beat, especially for the price.”
“The Pentax K-x is an impressive entry-level digital SLR. It brings very good image quality (especially with a decent lens), snappy performance, tons of features, HD movie recording, and good build quality to the table. If you’re looking for your first digital SLR, then the K-x should be high on your list.”
MacWorld.uk (Editor’s Choice)
“Ultimately, this is a beginner-friendly model featuring most of the latest must-haves”
Its true there are more Nikon and Canon lenses available. Check the prices. Can you afford all the lenses available? If you can do you plan on buying each and every one? There are more than enough Pentax and third party lenses available for any photographer.
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