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35mm film body
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:23:33 PM »
Hi,
few past weeks I started to think about nice older body for 35mm film. Unfortunately I have no idea where to start, or what to be aware of and I found lot of them really cheap on ebay ::)
Right now I have only one requirement - EF mount, so I can use my current lenses...

Any ideas and advices are welcome.
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« on: June 30, 2013, 12:23:33 PM »

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Re: 35mm film body
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2013, 01:10:32 PM »
The only ones commanding real prices these days is EOS 1V, which means great film bodies like EOS 3 and EOS Elan 7N are real bargains.  I have/had all of the above, and EOS 3 would be really all one needs.  Try to find one with the battery grip for that cool look and faster AF speed. 

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013, 02:23:06 PM »
i bought a rebel g (ef mount)for about 20 bucks on ebay, Ive seen more of em for far cheaper(a buy it now for 5 recently, not sure if its even cost efficient for the seller at that price!). I havent finished the roll of film yet so I cant tell how good it is, and I really have no experience with film, but it seems capable, small & accepts my lenses with no problem so far.

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2013, 03:00:38 PM »
"older"?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/194453-USA/Canon_2043A005_EOS_1V_Camera_Body.html
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I have a 1N and it works great.

A lot CA'ers recommended the 3 for its great AF system.
I have yet to put it through its paces, but I think it's the best of the 3 for its price.
The BDP-E1 grip works on both.

Take a look at this to see the differences.
http://photonotes.org/reviews/1-1N-3-1V/

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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2013, 03:21:22 PM »
you can't go wrong with a film camera...i bought one too...love it!

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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2013, 08:49:56 PM »
EOS-3, great camera.

Barring that... I dunno.  I keep a pair of EOS-5's on hand.. and I have no idea why.  Haven't shot 'em in years.

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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2013, 09:27:11 PM »
Try KEH.COM

They have tons and give a 6 month warranty on used.

P.S. has any one noticed that Canon USA now has a 1 year warranty on refurbished gear?
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2013, 10:10:29 PM »
If you can find one, the EOS 1nRS is a wonderful camera. It has a pellicle mirror so that there's never a blackout when the mirror flips up as there is on most cameras. Great for shooting sports or for seeing if someone blinked when you take a picture at a wedding. Wish I'd not sold mine.

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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2013, 10:30:50 PM »
In digital the camera bodies have different sensors and processors, so the camera itself will determine picture quality (along with lens of course).  With film bodies, the film and lens determine the quality, so a good film will give you the exact same quality whether it is in an entry level Rebel or a top professional 1V or 1N.  So in terms of quality, you cannot go wrong.

One of your main considerations will be do you want a large and heavy body (more robust) or a small and light body.  I am tall and have large hands, so I actually prefer the feel of  a larger body.  That is one reason I never upgraded my (film) Elan2e to an Elan 7 series, because they made the bodies smaller.  Eventually I bought a used 1 because everyone was going digital and I got it cheap and then I upgraded it to a 1N that someone actually gave me for free.  If you like a robust camera, 1N or 3 is the way to go (the 3 has eye control focus).  If you want something lightweight, Elan2 or Elan2e (latter has eye control) if you want a bigger feeling body or Elan 7N or 7Ne (latter has eye control) if you want a smaller feeling body.

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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2013, 11:05:53 PM »
I took a lot of great pictures with my EOS 3.
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2013, 11:31:38 PM »
I just remembered one other consideration to look for.  If you want to do multiple exposures (2 or more shots on the same frame of film), make sure you have a body with that feature.  It can come in handy and is typically the main thing I still use my film camera for.  Here are some recent double exposure samples that I just posted in the gallery http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=15641.new#new .

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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2013, 11:37:34 PM »
I used a T90 for years - great camera.

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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2013, 12:05:49 AM »
In digital the camera bodies have different sensors and processors, so the camera itself will determine picture quality (along with lens of course).  With film bodies, the film and lens determine the quality, so a good film will give you the exact same quality whether it is in an entry level Rebel or a top professional 1V or 1N.  So in terms of quality, you cannot go wrong.

One of your main considerations will be do you want a large and heavy body (more robust) or a small and light body.  I am tall and have large hands, so I actually prefer the feel of  a larger body.  That is one reason I never upgraded my (film) Elan2e to an Elan 7 series, because they made the bodies smaller.  Eventually I bought a used 1 because everyone was going digital and I got it cheap and then I upgraded it to a 1N that someone actually gave me for free.  If you like a robust camera, 1N or 3 is the way to go (the 3 has eye control focus).  If you want something lightweight, Elan2 or Elan2e (latter has eye control) if you want a bigger feeling body or Elan 7N or 7Ne (latter has eye control) if you want a smaller feeling body.

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It also depends on your budget. You can generally pick up a used 1n or 3 for much cheaper than a 1v. However, if you're looking for Canon's flagship film camera (faster AF, best weatherproofing, and highest max FPS), then the 1v is the one. It took some patience, but I was able to snag an almost like new copy on eBay with included PB-E2 booster for only $575 shipped.

On a side note, I have never used the eye control technology (e.g. on the EOS-3), but from the reviews I've read it is a fairly niche feature; you wouldn't want to use it for all scenarios because its reliability isn't ideal under EVERY circumstance. I'm assuming you can turn it off when needed, though...
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2013, 03:30:41 AM »
If you want ultimate coolness, pick up a 1000FN.  While it lacks most of the camera features found on the Eos 3 and 30, they come with a variety of music selections and will entertain all of your friends. 
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2013, 03:49:59 AM »
Thank you all for great tips, I'm aware that film body is mainly only about autofocus (if it have some, right?  ;) ) and build quality and rest is up to film, so it looks like EOS 3 is ideal for me. I checked some reviews, and I can't wait to try it with my 24-70 II   ::)
1V looks great too, but I don't feel like spending so much money on film body, which I want (right now) only as an experiment.

Can you also please recommend some films? I would also appreciate some sample photos and maybe some good and bad experiences, thanks
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2013, 03:49:59 AM »