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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
The purpose of the camera is to teach photography and have
students gather experience with using light.
F-mount lenses, fully manual controls - not sure about the wifi - might leave a hole in your pocket though [Zeuxis, Feb 12 2014]
||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.
||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>
||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.
||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.
||//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.
||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