I have decided I want to “take up” photography again. I took it in college and I LOVED it. Would have switched to photo j from magazine journalism if I had the $$.
I had to buy a SLR camera for the class. Bought a used Nilkon FG-20 from a local store for around $200-250. This was probably in 1998 or so.
Since then, I’ll admit, the camera has been abused. I know that at some point my friend ruined the focusing screen trying to clean it. It sat on my desk forever and I know I dropped it once or twice. Now I see that there’s a crack in the case, and shutting the film case is pretty hard now (it doesn’t line up correctly).
Tried to fix the focusing screen myself but I got the wrong part and now I think I’ve made it even worse. Since it’s been dropped and is cracked, I have a feeling the thing just isn’t worth having repaired professionally.
I sort of want to go to a store to get another used one, but with Ebay or online shopping I feel like I could get a better deal. There’s loads of used and new SLRs for sale.
How do I choose one? Alot of the ones on ebay have accessories I never had and would like - different lenses, filters, a flash, a tripod, a CASE…
Yes, i could be swayed with a case
I don’t have any real requirements. I would probably shoot alot of still shots, some black & white. Indoor, outdoor. Photos of my dog.
I just like the quality of SLR photos, and don’t have it in my budget to get digital SLR right now.
I’m willing to drop about $250 on this. Less if I can find something else, but I honestly don’t know what I’m looking for.
If any experienced Dopers can give me some advice - or even links to eBay auctions (I am fond of Buy It Now) that you’d do if you were in my shoes - I’d appreciate it.
Also - is it rational of me to think that I can sell my old camera for parts? Is it easy to walk into a camera store and say “I’ve got this, not sure if it works. Want it for parts?”