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manual digital SLR camera

digital SLR camera with manual controls only
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A digital "student" SLR camera with manual-only controls for focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO setting. It should have an APS-C or 4/3 sensor and use vintage manual film camera lenses. It should have the option to run on either disposable batteries or rechargeable battery pack, and accept film camera lenses. Micro-USB connection is a plus, as is built-in Wi-Fi.

The purpose of the camera is to teach photography and have students gather experience with using light.

whlanteigne, Feb 11 2014

Nikon DF http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-df
F-mount lenses, fully manual controls - not sure about the wifi - might leave a hole in your pocket though [Zeuxis, Feb 12 2014]

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       I'm greatly looking forward to 2nd hand full frame cameras becoming cheap, as I want to get hold of a clapped out one and squeeze the sensor and necessary electronics into a film back for a proper camera.
TomP, Feb 11 2014
  

       Students? Most professionals would kill to have a DSLR with full manual control and physical buttons instead of auto-modes and picture "enhancement" modes. The camera companies must know this, and yet they dumb down even their highest end cameras so that Japanese grandfathers can leave them in auto mode and shoot 1000s of photos. </rant>
DIYMatt, Feb 12 2014
  

       I think market for a manual-focus DSLR would be too small to make it economically viable. And professionals would just laugh at a camera that didn't have aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes.
hippo, Feb 12 2014
  

       What's wrong with my caucasian grandmother buying a DSLR and leaving it on full auto? It has better optics and image sensor than a pocket camera. The fact that a full auto mode is available doesn't _need_ to hurt the professional features of camera, and the fact that more of them are sold reduces the per unit manufacturing cost. Sounds like a win-win to me.   

       Of course if the camera manufaturer is dumb they might see that the majority of the buyers are using the automatic modes and think that is their target market. If the manufacturer is smart, they will realize that they need to target the professionals, while providing a nominal set of automatic features for the large number of people who will go out and buy whatever it is that the professionals are buying.
scad mientist, Feb 12 2014
  

       //What's wrong with my caucasian grandmother buying a DSLR and leaving it on full auto? It has better optics and image sensor than a pocket camera. The fact that a full auto mode is available doesn't _need_ to hurt the professional features of camera//   

       If she wants to spend more than she needs to and carry more weight, that's her business. But a DSLR isn't necessarily going to perform better than a point and shoot camera if used in auto mode. The better optics don't help much if the electronics are limiting their capability. And having auto mode might not need to hurt the pro features, but pro features often get buried in menus along with all the 'consumer' features.
DIYMatt, Feb 12 2014
  

       The Nikon Df is a full-frame (read: expensive) dSLR.   

       Per online auctions, I've seen that the all-manual K- 1000 still commands a premium price, more so than later, more expensive, more complex and "more capable" film SLRs, such as my Program Plus, or my A1.
whlanteigne, Feb 12 2014
  
      
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