Where to buy affordable film cameras

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Mars, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Mars

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    Hi! I teach Photography, high school, where can I buy affordable film cameras, like Pentax K 1000, or Canon AE 1? I was hoping around $30 each. Thanks!
     
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    EBay if your lucky .
    Prices have gone up this last few years , $30 isn't much.
    If you have a local camera shot that sells used gear , and if your after quite a few cameras , call in and see if you can do a deal on "X" amount of cameras .
     
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    I just checked eBay, and as-is for-parts cameras (k1000 etc) are going for more than $30. Working, with lens $100-200 for the Pentax, $150-300 for the Canon.

    I wonder if typewriters are going up in price as well? Damn kids!
     
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    Camera fairs are your best bet but as mentioned prices are rising particularly for good mechanical cameras.

    Ian
     
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    You can buy usable and reliable film cameras for around 30$, just look for those black plastic things that some people bought in the '90s. The cameras you listed are instead highly regarded and sought-after, and by no means you will find one usable and in decent shape for 30$, unless perhaps at some crazy yard sale.
     
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    Yup, probably the best value now is in auto-focus SLRs from the last days of (mainstream) film usage. Not sure how long this will last though as I've noticed blogs starting to write about things like the Canon EOS300, which is normally a precursor to increased demand and climbing prices
     
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    Check Ebay like others suggested but may be skipping the K1000 as it's quite expensive in my opinion. I would suggest the Nikon FM or if you want to teach without meter then the Minolta SRT-101. Well it does have meter but it's tough to get it working right as you need expensive battery and even then there is no warranty that it's accurate. The Canon AE-1 is also inexpensive but I don't think it's good for teaching as it's geared for auto exposure rather than manual.
     
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    Been buying from KEH for years. Chances are that for $30 you might get a camera in terrible shape if at all. My advice is to do a car wash or bake sale and raise more money. BTW Nikon FM is the best of them all.Seeing them on eBay for $50-$70.
     
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    Why do you need to buy $30 cameras to teach photography now? How were you able to teaching photography before?

    If the $30 is for an affordable film camera body, how much are you willing to pay for lenses?

    Since many high school students use cell phones, why can you not teach the principles of photography with what they are actually using?
     
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    When I taught 35mm film photography, I purchased inexpensive Nikon and Canon compact cameras on Ebay for loan to students who did not have their own.

    [​IMG]

    Nikon & Canon Compacts by Narsuitus, on Flickr
     
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    Point and shoots can still be had under your budget, entry level AF, Nikon 65, even Pentax SF with kit zoom could be found for under $30. I just checked Shopgoodwill.com auction site, lots of PZ50, 10s, and the like, all with kit zooms for under $10.00 add another 10 to 15 for shipping still under $30.00. Local Craig's lists.
     
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    hi mars
    you might call some camera repair shops some
    have gear like you are looking for
    that they sell to students .. it won't cost 30 clams though
    but at least you won't have to spend the 60clams getting a CLA ..
    you figure if you are buying one from a repair guy, it's .. already repaired :smile:

    have fun !
    john
     
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    e-Bay you will pay 15$ just for shipping...

    It is 2018, APUG is gone and to keep it it has to accept digital. Maybe it is time to rethink old stereotype? Photography is not about film and switching gears. And it never was, where are many so called photographers who knows how to expose film, develop and even print, but you look at it and it is photography only by the technical part...

    I never learned photography then it was film only. I was turned off by all of this chemicals and darkroom part, plus manual exposure. It was not related to photography to me. I wanted the image, not the process.
    So, I learned technical aspects of photography only with advanced digital P&S, where I was able to use M, AV and TV modes and set ISO manually. Now it could be done with free app on the mobile phone. And where are Magnum photogs who are publishing mobile phone photos and even teaching photography with mobile phones....

    But it is hard to teach photography this way, because time is not wasted with technical accepts.


    Anyway, if it needs to be on film here is film manufacturer who does offer film cameras. Why not support existing film manufacturer, instead of gambling with old cameras?

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/906261-REG/ilford_1174186_xp_2_super_flash_single_use.html
    Or with HP5+ BW film and if you buy 10+ of those, it will be shipped for free.
     
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    Check the film photography project (FPP) They collect unwanted film cameras and donate them to educational institutions in the US.
     
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    You need to look for the cameras that aren't 'cool'

    EOS Rebels, Entry level Minolta, OM's that are not single digit, you can get some of the Canon T series for near nothing, Konicas don't seem to command much price.

    I'd say pawnshops are places you can still luck out. Either that or put up a sign at a local retirement home.
     
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    KEH KEH.com

    ebay.com

    as you may know, ebay can be a crap shoot, you may want to chose only items with return privilege though that sometimes pushes up the price.
     
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    I buy from KEH because they are very conservative about their ratings and there return no questions asked policy is so easy to use. If there is a problem they will take a return, exchange or repair the camera or lens. I have been using them for years and it takes away all the risk of buying on eBay or Craig's List.
     
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    There are many M42 mount cameras out there that can be found for cheap, brands like Zenit, Chinon, Yashica, Pentax... There are plenty of affordable lenses for them as well. It would probably be more cost effective to stay with one lens mount in case the bodies die on you. M42 bodies can be the cheapest and most plentiful available. Many of them are fully manual and come with or without a light meter.

    I've had this M42 Chinon since the 1980's and it still works great, it was heavily used when I got it.

    [​IMG]Chinon SLR by Bryan Chernick, on Flickr

    Another option that was stated above is the cheap plastic SLR's that have a manual mode like my Nikon N60 pictured below. They can be found on eBay in your price range with a lens.

    [​IMG]Nikon N60 by Bryan Chernick, on Flickr
     
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    Questions like these make me wonder. Back in the 60's and 70's did photography instructors ask where they could buy wet plate cameras cheap?
     
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    When you say"back in the 60's and 70's", are you talking about the 1800s or 1900s? The photo history books that I have read have led me to believe that "wet plate" was probably over with by 1900. Many of the cameras that people in this group buy and use come from the 1960's and 1970's. Maybe some of the younger members of this group need to read about the history of photography also. It really is quite interesting and usually only covers a period beginning in the 1830's....Regards!
     
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    I can help you with One or Two, but maybe Not Quite that cheap.
    Send me a PM if you are interested.
    Good Luck :smile:
     
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    Canon EOS 300 (EOS Kiss III in Japan, EOS Rebel 2000 in North America). A lot were sold.
    If you were nearby, I have two of them that I could give to you - complete with the grips that take AA batteries.
    Also, if you were local, I would direct you to Beau Photo in Vancouver, who have become a home for unloved 35mm film SLRs. They check them all and then sell the working ones on Consignment.
     
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    If I were the OP, I'd contact a dealer like KEH and try to get some sort of quantity deal on whatever it is that they're looking to clear out of their inventory. This probably won't include Canon AE1s or Pentax K1000s, at least not in great condition. But maybe ;you can come close.
     
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