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What camera - film
Film cameras are generally much cheaper than their digital counterparts and there's some superb cameras available for a comparatively small outlay.
Consider your needs carefully before buying - you might think that aluminium flightcase stuffed full of lens and camera bodies may well impress the ladeez, but if you're just buying a camera for holiday snaps, a versatile compact like the Olympus XA (below) may be more than sufficient.
Take a look at sites like www.photographyreview.com/ and www.askthecameraman.com for reviews and opinions of the latest offerings.
If you're after a second-hand camera, good, cheap and reliable SLR cameras include the Pentax MX1000, Canon AE-1, Olympus OM2n/1n, and Nikon FE2. Always buy the camera from a reputable dealer and take a boffin friend along with you to make sure you're not buying a turkey.
For the greater part, old cameras can perform just as well as their modern counterparts, but there are duff ones out there - so be warned!
It's worth remembering that some of the greatest photographs were taken on simple rangefinder cameras without any of the clever electronic stuff seen on today's cameras - proof indeed that it's not the equipment that matters, but the talents of the photographer
For inspiration why not take a look at the work of masters like Andre Kertész, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Bill Brandt
For more info, check out these excellent photo.net articles:
What Camera Should I Buy?
What Camera For the job?
Article © Mike Slocombe 2001
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