Just looking for something to toy around with since I never really got too much experience with a 35mm SLR. Is there any Nikon SLR that I can use my DX lenses on without A. Breaking the Bank. B. Not worth it because of the DX crop?
Also consider that if you do get a film SLR, you'll have access to 'FX' lenses made unpopular by the DX format. For example, a great all-in-one lens like the 28-105mm would pair wonderfully with something like the F/N80.
For about $200, you can get yourself a wonderful little kit to play with, and have advantages like larger viewfinders, and avoid some limitations of digital sensors such as diffraction beyond f/11, severe CA (in some cases) without expensive coated lenses, to name a few. If you want to get fancier, the F100 is a fully capable 35mm SLR, almost equivalent to the D700 in the film world. A little pricer, but loads of fun.
Remember that any new 'FX' lenses you pick up for the film camera can also be used with your digital body.
Thanks for the info! I actually remembered my sister took a photography class and had an old SLR. Just picked it up today. Nothing special. I'll see how much fun I have with it, then decide if I want to upgrade.
It's a Minolta XG-1. She also has a Minolta X-370. I judged the book by it's cover and took the XG-1. Now after researching both, it looks as if the X-370 is better. She has 3 lenses, but one is in the focal range of another. So I took the 50mm f/1.4 and the 80-300mm f/3.5-5.6 nothing fancy, but it's just to play with, and free!