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    Okay, call me old school or whatnot, but I can't seem to find any 35mm SLR cameras at Wolf Camera's website, Nikon's website, or Pentax's website. Did all the companies stop making 35mm film cameras? And if they still make them, does anyone know of a online retailer or store (preferably within 20 miles of downtown Chicago) that sells 35mm SLRs?

    I've always wanted to get one and don't want to ruin my dad's nice Nikon one.

    Edit: Specifically, I was trying to find an entry Pentax SLR model from about 2-3 years ago. I had my eye on it, but didn't have the funds to buy one at the time. And now I want one, since the DSLRs cost like $600 for 6.1MP.
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  • #2
    Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

    Amazon.com still sells them, but they aren't cheap. Maybe its time to go digital.
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    • #3
      Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

      squeak butts in...

      That is bothersome, consumer digital cameras still don't come close to the quality that you can get from 35mm. To compare, you'd need to purchase a digital camera with around 25 megapixels to equal the detail you can retrieve from a strip of 35mm film. This is why some major photographers can stay with the 35mm and be competitive with the guys using the commercial digital cameras. Granted, you'd have to invest in a NICE scanner to digitize your negatives, but they are still at the fraction of the cost of a commercial camera.
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      • #4
        Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

        Have you ever checked out the N65 by Nikon? I have a couple of these kicking around that are in good shape. Here are some examples of photos I have taken with the N65.

        http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Nor...hoto196497.htm
        http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Nor...hoto108212.htm
        http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Nor...photo71919.htm
        http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Nor...photo65510.htm
        http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Nor...photo69690.htm
        http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Nor.../photo9369.htm
        http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Nor.../photo9288.htm

        Otherwise, Calumet Photo is one I have heard of.

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        • #5
          Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

          Originally posted by Lucky Shot View Post
          Have you ever checked out the N65 by Nikon? I have a couple of these kicking around that are in good shape. Here are some examples of photos I have taken with the N65.



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          Nice pics man!

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          • #6
            Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

            B&H photo also has a pretty good selection:
            http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/catego...m_Cameras.html
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            • #7
              Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

              B&H and Adorama will have what you need, guaranteed.

              If you dont find something on the website for some reason, call BH, you'll get a person who will do business with you over the phone or through fax if you prefer. It's a funny place, B&H. A huge photo megastore run by hesedic jews, funny lil squigly hair things and all.

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              • #8
                Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

                Nice pics, Lucky. I guess 35mm's hard to come buy these days because the retail companies are probably pushing digital so much. I wonder if there's more profit to be made with digital over traditional film. I wish I had the money for a nice SLR. Sigh...someday.
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                • #9
                  Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

                  There's huge money to be made in digital. First of all you get the pile of cash when people switch over their body and ALL of their lenses. Then, as technology advances, you get to sell those people new bodies in addition to the new lenses they would have been buying with the old technology. I'm not a photographer, but I've been a spectator as friends have gone through this process.
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                  • #10
                    Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

                    I just recently purchased a Canon EOS 400d switching over from my Nikon FM1 into the digital era.
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                    • #11
                      Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

                      Originally posted by icky View Post
                      There's huge money to be made in digital. First of all you get the pile of cash when people switch over their body and ALL of their lenses. Then, as technology advances, you get to sell those people new bodies in addition to the new lenses they would have been buying with the old technology. I'm not a photographer, but I've been a spectator as friends have gone through this process.
                      The lenses drove a big part of my purchasing decision. When I upgraded to the D50, my decision rested on being able to use my current group of lenses.

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                      • #12
                        Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

                        Yes, if you get a digital compatible with some of the older Nikkor lenses, you're golden. I'm looking at getting a D80 as soon as I can scrape some luxury cash together.
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                        • #13
                          Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

                          I have a D50 Nikon and love it. With digital you can shoot all you want and then delete the ones you don't like and then upload to Walgreens and pick up the prints in an hour.
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                          • #14
                            Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

                            I switched over a few months ago from my beloved Minoltas 35mm to a Nikkon D80 10MP. Im in love with the .RAW format. Its a real memory hog but SD is cheap these days.

                            Slide film and high quality slide developing has become prohibitively expensive. I was sending my best stuff to Fujifilm lab in Japan. Ive been reading the the film companys are removing themselves from the market as digital is taking over.

                            In any case, Hi-quality film is now a niche market and Digital is the new king.

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                            • #15
                              Re: No More 35mm Cameras?

                              B&H has a good selection of manual cameras that I just looked at in their catalog. Pentax still makes their manual, and Nikon still has a higher end spawn of the F3HP available. Minolta, Olympus and Canon are out of the film business though, I think.

                              Contrary to Squeak - film is leaving the scene because digital quality has exceeded film quality in the professional market - and frankly, the back-end chemistry for film is becoming cost prohibitive. Even film, when processed at Wolf or any good place, is digitally enhanced when it is printed as a part of the automagic process.

                              Now - that being said. A camera that can capture equal to or better than film - is gonna set ya back some $$. But the Pro-sumer end is getting close.

                              A friend of mine had a film camera he wanted to sell.. let me find out what it was.. it may have been the N65 like Lucky was talking about.
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