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Sub $40 SLR and lens ? What can you find and think of?
Old 01-25-2017   #1
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Sub $40 SLR and lens ? What can you find and think of?

What's a decent SLR and lens combo you can get for $40 (trolling on eBay)

I just picked up a maxxum 7000 and 50 1.7 for $25, but I think I got lucky
Maxxum with the 35-70 f4 are cheap too

What can you guys think of?
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Old 01-25-2017   #2
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Old 01-25-2017   #3
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Ask it another way - which SLR/lens kit on ebay costs less than lithium battery (or adapter w/ silver battery) it takes?
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Old 01-25-2017   #4
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Minolta X300/X370 w/ 50mm lens.
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Old 01-25-2017   #5
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Probably Miranda with lens if you get lucky. Robust and pure mechanical cameras.

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Old 01-25-2017   #6
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For shelving or shooting? I took it for shooting.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-RE...QAAOSw5cNYhVa7
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-Re...4AAOSwKfVXFC14

Similar to SLR kit my family have used and it is still in usable condition. It gave us not decent, but great family pictures. We switched to digital at home after this camera, few years later I scanned negatives from this Canon EOS Rebel kit and... started to shot with film again.
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Old 01-25-2017   #7
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Minolta X300/X370 w/ 50mm lens.
I was going to say the same. I picked up an X500 with the 58mm 1.7 for roughly that price last year in near new condition. And as much as it pains me to say it, the end results are indistinguishable from my M2 or M3.

That 58mm lens is wonderful.
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Old 01-25-2017   #8
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I've found non-F Spotmatics with 55mm f/1.8 Super-Takumars in that price range. Spotmatic SP500 in particular can be an absolute steal.

If you're really lucky you might find an SL with lens for that amount.
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Old 01-25-2017   #9
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LOTS of them on shopgoodwill.com , LOTS.

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Old 01-25-2017   #10
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Pretty much any old, entry level-ish with a 50mm. Pentax k1000 being the classic.
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Old 01-25-2017   #11
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Mamiya 500/1000 TL/DTL. Cheap, common, robust. Nice lenses too. You could probably find a working one for under $30 if lucky. These also work fine without mercury batteries unlike most of its contemporaries.
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Old 01-25-2017   #12
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Pentax P30T or P3N body with SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2.0 lens

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Old 01-25-2017   #13
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Ricohs are inexpensive and good quality.
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Old 01-25-2017   #14
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Pentax ME or (better) ME Super can usually be found for around that price. More modern and plastic? Minolta Maxxum 5's with the kit lens are going for that price these days. Lots of features on those. But there are so many great ones out there.
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Old 01-25-2017   #15
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Hmm, some 50s are creeping up in asking price, probably for the "intro to fast prime" genre

Any of the kit/standard zooms decent and cheap?
Minolta 35-70, Nikon 35-105 (not really THAT cheap)
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Old 01-25-2017   #16
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The Vivitars like the 220 go for dirt cheap. Yashicas that aren't the top models.

I just bought 3 SLRs with lenses (Yashica FX2, two Spotmatics) from separate auctions on Goodwill this week that went for $25 with shipping each, even with their ridiculously high shipping costs. Thought I would get over-bid but didn't, so now I have a bunch more SLR gear to move on to people that will use it.
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Old 01-25-2017   #17
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Fujica 705 series + Super Takumar 35mm 3.5 or any of the M42 50/55mm standards...my 2 cents..
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Old 01-26-2017   #18
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OM10 + Zuiko 50/1.8!
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Old 01-26-2017   #19
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EU: Praktica Nova. Also the LTL and MTL types but those are less sturdy. And Revuenon cameras that are rebranded Chinons or Ricohs or Yashicas. Both in M42 and PK types.
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Old 01-26-2017   #20
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An Olympus-OM with a 50mm lens might settle you for even less.
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Old 01-26-2017   #21
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Minolta X300/X370 w/ 50mm lens.
In non-working condition?
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Old 01-26-2017   #23
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Ask it another way - which SLR/lens kit on ebay costs less than lithium battery (or adapter w/ silver battery) it takes?
And don't forget postage...

Regards, David

PS And, if you get it for the opening bid, will they pull out of the sale and keep hold of your money and ignore emails?
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Old 01-26-2017   #24
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Ricoh KR5 and KR5 Super, or the Sears KS500,(re-branded KR5)
And it will work without batteries and has a a Pentax 'K' mount so extra lenses are widely available, both camera brand and third party.
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Old 01-26-2017   #25
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What I do think? Hm...

IIRC, you've told a couple of times that your father has cupboards full of photo gear.

So why waste time with eBay purchases?
Because I like cheap beater cameras to teach people on, and to gift

Plus, his gear isn't "mine"
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Old 01-26-2017   #26
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Heaps

Particularly interesting is the Midrange AF SLRs from 1980-90s. Not so attractive models are easier to get cheap.

I got a Nikon F80 with 28-80 kit lens for that amount, including a bag and a nice Japanese made cable release. F90's were the high end and there is the occasional kit for that price or lower. Yesterday I saw one for 25€, 28-70 zoom included. I wanted to get that zoom as a walkaround lens.
I even saw the amusing case of a 50mm 1.8D being cheaper kitted with a film body that used stand alone.
I don't know Canon's lineup as well but the situation is similar. Curiously in my area (film) Nikons are cheaper priced.

Pentax P30's seem rather available and often come with a 35-70 zoom (bah) or a 50mm 1.7 (nice). My interest is in kits that bring a 50mm, which standalone can be worth more (here).

A month or so ago there was an Olympus OM1 and 50mm 1.8 for 40€, in my town. Months ago a couple of cameras but one was an OM2 with a 50mm 1.4, still regret not getting that one. Didn't grab it at the end; just to put more $ into film instead. I have one, albeit jammed and in need of a CLA. Still under a tight budget and restrain myself not getting too much gear.

In Spain there's a classifields app that ranks items by distance, and for some goods it's a good method.
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And don't forget postage...

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PS And, if you get it for the opening bid, will they pull out of the sale and keep hold of your money and ignore emails?
Story: Bought an interesting P&S in a thrift store for $5. Got home and found it had a $20 battery inside.

Min Bid: Today, eBay protects the buyer. You won't have this kind of trouble. Every min bid item I've bought has been cheerfully shipped.
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no, working condition.
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Old 01-26-2017   #29
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Olympus 10 with a 135mm or 50mm lens. I know because I couldn't sell a working one for $40 with a 135mm Zuiko a few months ago.
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I picked up a Mamiya Sekor MSX 500 with 50mm F2 lens in a charity store for $5.50. Light meter uses a standard SR44 battery.

Naturally, since finding this camera I've spent quite a bit more on screw mount lenses.
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Old 01-26-2017   #31
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The OM10 is the real bargain that seems to be available everywhere, I got one last year with a Tokina 28 - something zoom for nine pounds...

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What's a decent SLR and lens combo you can get for $40 (trolling on eBay)

I just picked up a maxxum 7000 and 50 1.7 for $25, but I think I got lucky
Maxxum with the 35-70 f4 are cheap too

What can you guys think of?
I immediately thought of the Maxxum (7000i). Maybe one with a slightly bleeding LCD. Great camera.
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Don't be afraid to check used camera dealers
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Don't be afraid to check used camera dealers

Dear Garage Boy,

I picked up a Nikon 8008S in "bargain" condition from KEH for $ 16.00. I had recently purchased a $ 125.00 Nikon F4S from another major used camera dealer and wanted another Nikon AF camera to supplement my Canons.

A more critical buyer would find something wrong with the 8008S I bought, but it works perfectly and exposures with ambient light and with the $ 25.00 "bargain" SB24 I bought at the same time seem just fine to me?

You can get a 28-70 AF zoom lens for $ 25.00 or less on Ebay or Craigslist any day of the week.

If you want manual focus you can find Pentax ME Supers for less than the price of decent lunch. Don't be afraid to buy some $ 5.00 dead camera every now and then. Some of them are truly dead, but I'm batting about 75% on just putting a good battery in a dead camera and getting a working one. Usable lens are cheap and plentiful!

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Hi,

Good point about the dead ones as most have a half used film in them and a dead battery. So the owners gave up!

It's important to take out the dead battery and look for corrosion of the battery contacts before handing over your cash. Also remove the lens and look through it and so on.

As for batteries, some are expensive and rare (perhaps in your town) and have to be got by mail order. It's easy to make a short list of them and, of course, the mercury substitutes. Not much point saving cash on a camera and then finding it needs a lot of expensive batteries. The ones taking one or two SR44's are best, then the CR2s and CR123's.

A minor point is that buying a lens cap and instruction manual on the www can make the camera a poor bargain.

Another point when checking is that some cameras will only fire the shutter when they have a film in them; there's a switch to check somewhere. So they look dead even with new batteries in them. So save the half used film to check this. Then use it to practice trimming the end for your Barnack...

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Hmm, some 50s are creeping up in asking price, probably for the "intro to fast prime" genre..
true for fast 50s(55/58s), but f1.8 and f2 are cheap and many are very good ( Takumar 1.8/55, OM 1.8/50, asf. ) and even some f1.4 are still very cheap, e.g. Minolta f1.4/58, a few days ago one sold, on the 'bay', together with a SRT101 + case for BIN price 39.98
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For something a little different, a Konica Autoreflex TC with 40mm 1.8 lens. Sharp, versatile lens, although the camera's shutter sound is almost like a MF SLR's.


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Nikon FG bodies with lenses can be found that cheap all day long.
Sometimes a Pentax Spotmatic or K1000.


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I've seen Nikkormat FT3s with 50/2 nikkors go for around that amount. Take current batteries, SOLID and easy to use. shopgoodwill.com

I have nothing to do with them, but find their prices and many products attractive....

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Sometimes a Pentax Spotmatic or K1000.
I've heard of first-generation Asahi branded K1000s going for $15-20 or so.
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I've seen Nikkormat FT3s with 50/2 nikkors go for around that amount. Take current batteries, SOLID and easy to use. shopgoodwill.com

I have nothing to do with them, but find their prices and many products attractive....

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That must have been a long time ago. Or a garage sale! I look for those all the time and the lens itself is that price, usually more. A working FT3 is also much more than that.
Excellent camera. I use the FT2 which is the same but also allows the use of non AI lenses and it takes modern batteries. The FT3 needs AI/AIS lenses.
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