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Old 17-11-2008, 19:44   #1 (permalink)
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Advise on 35mm Film Camera

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I know I have not been around for ages { a lot of other commitments now over riding everything i'm afraid} but I need advise for a friend of mine and know this is the best site to use.
The situation is my friend is after a camera, she has a Practkia MTL 5B with a few screw lenses but she suffers very badly with Arthritic joints {hands, wrists ect} and although she has tried cannot get on with any digital camera she has tested out. What she is after is a camera body that takes film but that has auto load and auto wind on or if not something that could be connected to her camera that would do it for her and also take the lenses she has already. The thing is she also needs to use a tripod so any attatchment would need still to allow her to connect to the tripod. I did say that a lot of digital cameras have large buttons and ease of use but she cannot manage with the cards so that is out. Any ideas??
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Old 17-11-2008, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Advise on 35mm Film Camera

Nice to see you on the forums Sparhawk

I would have thought that in the circumstances, digital would have been the answer. Cheap, large capacity cards mean that the card could stay in the camera and be downloaded direct from the camera. AF and good metering systems mean that good shots can be obtained without having to manually adjust every setting.

However, I suspect that if a suitable body could be found, compatibility with the old lenses would be difficult. Maybe a superzoom like the Tamron 18-250 would cover the range required? Maybe a bridge camera would do the job?

Some cameras like the Kodak have docking systems that might be worth consideration.

I don't know of any SLR equivalent that would have an auto load system, but motor drives were available for the major makes that would advance the film and cock the shutter. Again, I don't know if any were made for the Practica - I suspect not.
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Re: Advise on 35mm Film Camera

Hi Sparhawk. I can understand the problems with Card removal in some cameras,its not that easy on a Canon 350 d due to the lip on the CF card being on the side that is nearest the camera body instead of the outside away from the flap hinge.I am sure if manufacturers did more on listening how the end user thought of their prototype models and not journalists we would all be better off.

More on your fiends problem. What Digital cameras has she tried out?, and the main problems ie;is it the size,weight, fiddly buttons etc. As Graham has suggested you can leave the data card in the camera and use a lead or a special docking station that comes with or as an extra with some cameras. You say it must be a film SLR why is this?

I am sure with a bit more info Pixalo members can at least suggest a few models for you friend to try out.
Obviously cost will come into the equation as well.
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Old 18-11-2008, 19:05   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Advise on 35mm Film Camera

Hi Gentlemen
Thanks to both of you for your quick responce to my question {I knew this was the right place to come} I think that this may give you some idea of the situation.
At the moment I have a Practika 35mm SLR but find it difficult to load films now due to my disabilities I want to change it for something similar but auto film load and wind on / rewind.I have arthritis in my hands and fingers as well as every other joint so anything to fiddly to use is out of my league.I don't want to give up my photography but I have had to cut back on it til I can find a different camera to take the lenses I have.I have a Practkia MTL 5B the lenses are screw fit, but I know there is an adaptor available to convert from screw fit to bayonet and vice versa.I also have to wear a wrist brace on each wrist so movement is seriously reduced now, so I bought me a tripod and a shutter cord with a button on the end.Most of the time I struggle to grip or hold most things, I even have to have 2 handled mugs and special fat handled cutlery.My camera was a something I bought when I was 17, since then I have added more lenses and upgraded my telephoto lens.
The above is from postings she has done to explain to me her plight. I will try to find out what other cameras she has handled but that at this time I am unsure of. Her husband has a digital camera {make unknown} and she has also been to a "camera shop" to try out other ones but got a bit of the "hard sell" which as we all know is a great put off for anyone. I also think that being it is many years of "click,wind on, click" the new situation of just click then click again is a bit strange {i know it was for me when I got my first DSLR}. The final point is price as with only one wage coming in I know she does not want to have the lenses for the Practika being redundant. I know this is a tough one, I racked my brains prior to posting here and could not think of anything and if no one on here comes up with an answer so be it, at least I have tried for her.
Thanks for reading this and trying to work out away for her to carry on with a hobby she loves and whatever the outcome I know she will be most greatful for all your help or ideas
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Old 18-11-2008, 19:17   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Advise on 35mm Film Camera

Have a look at a Canon EOS 1000fn

The body is lightweight, fairly small so easy for smallish hands. The camera uses autoloading so all you would have to do is pull out a tail of film to a little dot then close the back.

I have one that I'm keeping for nostalgia, it took hundreds of good photo's and after 20 years still works.

You can get a minty good one with lens of fleabay for peanuts these days and it would do what you need. Unfortunately I think Practica had there own lens setup which wasn't compatible with other camera's.

Not sure that Practica carried on much after the MTL series so it may be a limiting factor
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I had a EOS 5 (I think they are called A2 in US), before getting my EOS 3 film camera. I found it easy to use, has large shutter button, autofilm winder and easy to use dial to select shooting mode. You should be able to pick up good condition ones for about 70.

If that practika had M42 mounts then you can pick up a converter to EOS for about 4.
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Ditto the EOS 50e - also auto-load and large dials/buttons.
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Re: Advise on 35mm Film Camera

I think Chris and Chrisa are right about the Canons. Adaptors from 42mm screw to Eos are available cheaply on eBay and the loading is very easy and pretty foolproof. I can vouch for both the Eos 620 and the Eos 5 on that front as I still use them quite often. They also have automatic rewind, which will help.

The downside with all the Eos film cameras that I've met is that some of the important controls always seem to be a little awkward and may be more so for arthritic hands. On the 5, the control dial locks in the off position and a small central button must be pressed to release it. The 620 has a very fiddly main control at the top back of the camera. Even the top of the line Eos 1 has a fiddly power switch.

The great thing about these cameras, though, is that they're cheap as chips now. Perhaps she could contact a local photo club who may be able to get people to let her try some of their cameras?
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Re: Advise on 35mm Film Camera

Hi Guys
I thank you all for your replies {as I stated to start with} I just knew that if anyone could come up with any answers it would be on here I will pass on the information that you have given me and hope that she will be able to find something to her liking
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I had a EOS 5 (I think they are called A2 in US), before getting my EOS 3 film camera. I found it easy to use, has large shutter button, autofilm winder and easy to use dial to select shooting mode. You should be able to pick up good condition ones for about 70.

If that practika had M42 mounts then you can pick up a converter to EOS for about 4.

I got an EOS5 about 4 months ago on ebay for 39 and it had only shot 5 rolls of film
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