10 Best SLR Cameras For 2010

By Shaon, Gaea News Network
Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. But for a for a professional photographer the decision of whether use a digital medium or a film medium for his shots is a tough one. He has to weigh in the obvious advantages the digital medium offers against the color and tonal quality of the film medium. The enthusiasts for film photography argue that The Shutter lag for Digital SLR cameras keep them from capturing the ‘perfect’ shot. It is also believed that the Viewfinder is actually better for capturing a solitary moment than the LCD panel featured in the DSLRs. Also the fact that the film based SLR cameras are quite portable and do not require a number of accessories like batteries adds to its advantages. It has been recorded that the photo journalists of the yesteryear could document the warzone with just a couple of film based SLR cameras and a canvas bag. The film based SLR are based on a simple mechanical design as opposed to the electronic wizardry of the conventional DSLRs. Thus the film based SLRs are less prone to malfunctioning. We have prepared the list for the 10 Best SLR Cameras for 2010 so check them out.

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1. Hasselblad 501CM kit

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Hasselblad is a respected brand for each and every camera enthusiast. They have been around for a very long time in the Camera Market. The Hasselblad 501 CM is regarded as one of the best film based SLR in the market. One of the most Striking features in this device is that it is ‘Modular’, or each and every part of the camera is detachable. Thus it opens up a lot of opportunities for customization. This camera supports all the accessories manufactured by Hasselblad in the past 5 decades. The lens used by the camera is the standard Zeiss CF and CFi series. The lenses have the aperture as well as the shutter integrated in its design. Other than there are dozens of lenses available in the market for the 500 series camera, so customization is always an option. The build quality for the camera is awesome and has a solid feel to it. The images taken with this camera are awesome and can be enlarged to ‘poster size’ without any degradation in quality. This camera does not have a light level indicator but after market viewfinders from Prism can solve this issue. The focusing takes time to get used to, but after some practice it will get a lot easier. This camera may feel like an expensive purchase but considering a long term investment the price is justified. This camera is available as a separate camera body. The Hasselblad 501CM is the perfect entry point into the Hassleblad range of professional camera equipments.

Specifications

  • Depth: 7.08 in.
  • Width: 7.08 in.
  • Height: 4.33 in.
  • Weight:16 oz.
  • Shutter Speed:1 - 500 sec
  • Camera Type: SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
  • Interchangeable Film Back
  • Interchangeable Lenses
  • Bulb Shutter Speed
  • Light Metering Modes :TTL

Price: $1795.00

2. Leica R9

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Professional Photographers and Camera enthusiasts regards the Leica R9 is the best in its class. The Leica R9 is lighter than its predecessor by almost 100 gms. The weight for this camera is shifted towards its base. This design decision enhances its ability while shooting. The LCD back-light helps while shooting under low light conditions. Each and every setting for the camera is customizable. The camera will either enhance the user’s talents or highlight his deficiency in terms of shot composition. The flash meter is built in the camera, so that the the shots are never over exposed. The R series lenses featured in this model may not be appropriate for fast shots, but the results for slower photo shoots are the best in its category. The motor winder is removable which is an added advantage. The camera is on the pricier side but for the myriad of features to be found in this camera the price seems to be a bargain.

Specifications

  • Film Type :35mm
  • Width : 6.25 in.
  • Height : 4 in.
  • Battery Type ; Lithium Battery
  • Weight : 27.87 oz.
  • Self Timer
  • Shutter Speed :32 - 1/8000 sec
  • Camera Type :SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
  • Focus Type :Manual Focus
  • ISO Range - Automatic Setting ISO 25 - 500
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage :93 %
  • Film Auto Transport : Loading Dioptric
  • Adjustment Range :From -3 to +3
  • Auto Exposure Lens Mount :Leica R Interchangeable Lenses Viewfinder
  • Magnification :0.75X
  • Bulb Shutter Speed
  • Speed Manual Shooting Modes :Program Shift, Aperture Priority , Shutter Priority
  • Light Metering Modes :Center Weighted, Spot Weighted, TTL Mirror Lockup ISO
  • Range - Manual Setting :ISO 6 - 12,800

Price - $2150

3. Canon EOS 1V

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This camera is a dream tool for professional photographers. The most applauded feature of this camera is its solid build quality. There are plenty of such cameras in the market which are abused and have a broken LCD screen but the image quality is first rate. Enthusiasts refer to this camera as a tank. This is one of the last film cameras manufactured by Canon. The viewfinder is easily usable even with glasses. The camera can be a little heavy but it is easily maneuverable to line up for the Perfect shot. The focusing is really fast and snappy. The camera is perfect for shooting under any conditions. This camera is the reason why Film based cameras are no obsolete even under the constant onslaught of the digital versions. The maximum shutter speed for this camera clocks at 1/8000 The exposure control may be switched between 1/3, 1/2 or 1. This accounts for the perfect exposure for images under every conditions. The menu structure is a bit hard to navigate but it is just a minor issue.

Specifications

  • Width :6.3 in.
  • Height :4.7 in.
  • Battery Type :Lithium
  • Battery Weight :32.96 oz.
  • Shutter Speed :30 - 1/8000 sec
  • Camera Type :SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
  • Focus Type:Autofocus , Manual Focus
  • ISO Range - Automatic Setting:ISO 25 - 5,000
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage:100 %
  • Film Auto Transport:Loading, Rewind Dioptric Adjustment
  • Range:from -3 to +1
  • Frames Per Second:10 fps
  • Eye Relief :20 mm
  • Auto Exposure
  • Lens Mount:Canon EF Interchangeable
  • Lenses Viewfinder Magnification :0.72X
  • Bulb Shutter Speed
  • Waterproof
  • Shooting Modes :Program Shift Aperture Priority Shutter Priority Fully Manual Light Metering Modes Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Spot Weighted Partial Metering
  • Max Flash Sync Speed :1/250 sec
  • Focus Lock ISO Range - Manual Setting :ISO 6 - 6,400
  • Number of Focusing Points :45

Price $2900

4 Leica R-8

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The Leica R-8 was made with a chief objective of usability. Every adjustments to the camera can be made while looking through the view finder. The design has been made intentionally simplistic so that the photographers are able to concentrate on composing a shot. He does not have to worry about micromanaging the settings of the camera. The EV correction layer stands out in implementation. Results show that the Leica R-8 works best with the Leica-R lens. This camera has gathered a huge following of enthusiasts. People reportedly sold their cars to get the camera. One of the few minor design issues with the camera is that the base is made of reinforced fiber glass and not metal. So the base is prone to scratching. The viewfinder comes with a high dioptric adjustment.

Specifications

  • Width :6.22 in
  • Height :3.98 in.
  • Weight :31.36 oz
  • Shutter Speed :32 - 1/8000 sec
  • Camera Type :SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
  • Focus Type :M
  • Depth:2.44 in.
  • anual Focus
  • Frames Per Second :2 fps
  • Auto Exposure
  • Lens Mount :Leica R
  • Interchangeable Lenses

Price $849

5. Contax Aria

The Contax Aria may seem to be a odd choice in the list. But this model has an array of features at a very competitive price. This camera is the best purchase for any newbie. The focus is extremely snappy. The view finder deserves special mention as the Contax Aria’s viewfinder is the best in class. The viewfinder provides eye relief even for the spectacle user. The Spot Metering is very useful . The Zeiss lens used, especially the 35/2.8 lens is a marvelous design. The shutter speed dial is a bit awkward to use. There have been reports of the shutter speed failing to fire at the right time. Other than that the camera is flawless and a very good purchase. It can produce wonderful results for wilderness and outdoor photography.

Specifications

  • Width :5.4 in.
  • Height :3.5 in.
  • Weight :20.8 oz.
  • Shutter Speed :16 - 1/4000 sec
  • Camera Type: SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
  • Lens Mount:Contax/Yashica MM

Price $849

6. Konica Minolta Maxxum 7/Dynax 7

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The Konica Minolta Maxxum 7/Dynax 7 is smaller than most cameras of Nikon and Canon. This makes it the ideal camera for people with small hands. The Minolta Prime lens is outstanding. The MLU/Metering readout is on the back display for easy access. For the ultimate experience in shooting the VC 7 grip is recommended by experts. Konica had a few tricks up its sleeve for this model. The camera can easily navigate to the first underexposed frame while loading a partial roll. The body quality is also satisfactory. The viewfinder is very bright and clear. The controls are intuitive and rarely requires multiple key presses. It is recommended to hold and feel the camera before an actual purchase.

Specifications

  • Depth :2.6 in.
  • Film Type :5mm
  • Width :5.6 in.
  • Height :3.8 in.
  • Battery Type :2 x 3V Lithium Battery (CR-2)
  • Weight :20.32 oz.
  • Shutter Speed :30 - 1/8000 sec
  • ISO Range - Automatic Setting :ISO 5,000 - 25
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage :90 %
  • Film Auto Transport :Loading Rewind
  • Auto Exposure
  • Lens Mount :Minolta A-Type
  • Interchangeable Lenses
  • Viewfinder Magnification :0.7X
  • Bulb Shutter Speed :With Bulb Shutter Speed
  • Flash Guide Number (ft) :52
  • Light Metering Modes :Spot Weighted, TTL
  • Max Flash Sync Speed :1/90 sec
  • Focus Lock
  • ISO Range - Manual Setting :ISO 6,400 - 6

Price $850

7.Mamiya 7ii

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The design for the Mamiya7ii is minimalistic. The camera is almost without any electronic assistance. The shutter speed and the film speed can be controlled with the help of a dial at the top. There are two automatic exposure modes present in the camera by default. The “AEL”(auto exposure locking mode) is the most used exposure setting for the camera. The lens in the Mamiya 7ii are truly a class apart. The camera is hyped for its 43mm lens. The most astonishing feature of the lens is that even for such a wide angle lens, the distortions are minimized. The shutter release is quiet. The camera can be used with both 120 and 220 roll film. Shooting with the 43mm and 50mm lens requires an external view finder for proper framing and composition. This is a camera that requires proper cleaning and maintenance once in a while.

Specifications

  • Depth :2.6 in.
  • Film Type :Medium Format
  • Width :2.6 in.
  • Height :4.4 in.
  • Battery Type :Lithium
  • Battery Weight : 16 oz.
  • Self Timer Shutter Speed :4 - 500 sec
  • Camera Type :Rangefinder
  • Auto Exposure
  • Interchangeable Lenses
  • Bulb Shutter Speed
  • Film Format :6 x 7 cm
  • Manual Shooting Modes :Aperture Priority
  • Max Flash Sync Speed :1/500 sec

Price $2999

8.Canon Rebel G (EOS 500N)

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The first feature the user will notice about the camera is its light weight. The Viewfinder is a delight to use if the user has big spectacles. The built in flash is quite capable to shoot under low light conditions. The shutter speed can be adjusted with the help of a finger wheel. The same wheel also functions as the an exposure compensator if the ‘Autofocus’ mode is selected. In short the Canon Rebel G is a value for money purchase.

Specifications

  • Film Type :35mm
  • Width :5.63 in.
  • Height :3.63 in.
  • Battery Type :2 x 3V Lithium Battery (CR-2) Weight :12.32 oz.
  • Shutter Speed :30 - 1/2000 sec
  • Camera Type :SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
  • Focus Type :Autofocus Manual Focus
  • ISO Range - Automatic Setting :ISO 25 - 5,000
  • Red Eye Reduction
  • Flash Recycling Time :2 sec
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage :90 %
  • Film Auto Transport :Rewind, Prewind
  • Frames Per Second :1 fps
  • Eye Relief :18.5 mm
  • Auto Exposure Lens Mount :Canon EF
  • Viewfinder Magnification :0.7X
  • Bulb Shutter Speed

Price $1000

9. Leica M7

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The Leica M series is a sure feature in any top ten list for SLR cameras. The most striking design feature of this camera is its full metal body. The M series prides itself on reliability and this one is not different. The Leica M7 is compatible with each and every lens released by Leica since 1931. The battery life of the M-7 is quite extraordinary. One battery may last till 100 reels. The camera is very sturdy and handles equally well. The shutter can be controlled by the battery or used at the manual setting of 1/60 or 1/125. A wise option may be to opt for cheap Leica compatible lenses from Cosina and Bower. This can be a very expensive purchase but once the user gets the hang of using it the results are spectacular.

Specifications

  • Depth :1.5 in.
  • Film Type : 35mm
  • Width :5.43 in.
  • Height :3.13 in.
  • Battery Type :Lithium Battery
  • Included Accessories :
  • Weight :21.6 oz.
  • Shutter Speed :32 - 1/1000 sec
  • ISO Range - Automatic Setting :ISO 25 - 5,000
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage :72 %
  • Dioptric Adjustment Range :from -3 to +3
  • Auto Exposure :Yes
  • Lens Mount :Leica M
  • Interchangeable Lenses
  • Viewfinder Magnification :0.72X
  • Bulb Shutter Speed Manual
  • Shooting Modes :Aperture Priority, Fully Manual
  • Light Metering Modes :TTL
  • Max Flash Sync Speed :1/50 sec
  • ISO Range - Manual Setting :ISO 6 - 25,000

Price $2550

10. Nikon F6

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The design and layout of this camera is very comfortable to work on. .The clarity of design is truly inspirational. The viewfinder gives 100% view of the shooting area which is a very potent feature. The Custom mode for the design in the camera provides better flexibility. The auto focus is really fast, but it depends on the distance between the targets. The shutter release lock which was a source of discomfort in the previous iterations was removed. The rubber body feels firm and solid. The camera is considered as one of the last great Nikon Film based SLR considering the design. Overall a worthy purchase.

Specifications

  • Depth :3.1 in.
  • Film Type :35mm
  • Width :6.2 in.
  • Height :4.7 in.
  • Battery Type :2 x 3V Lithium Battery (CR123A)
  • Weight :34.4 oz.
  • Self Timer
  • Shutter Speed :30 - 1/8000 sec
  • Camera Type :SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
  • Focus Type :Autofocus, Manual Focus
  • ISO Range - Automatic Setting :ISO 25 - 5,000
  • Red Eye Reduction
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage :100 %
  • Film Auto Transport :Rewind
  • Dioptric Adjustment Range :from -2 to +1
  • Frames Per Second :5.5 fps
  • Eye Relief :18 mm
  • Auto Exposure Lens Mount :Nikon F
  • Interchangeable Lenses
  • Viewfinder Magnification :0.74X Bulb Shutter Speed
  • Manual Shooting Modes :Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Fully Manual
  • Light Metering Modes Center Weighted, Spot Weighted, TTL, 3D Color Matrix Max
  • Flash Sync Speed :1/250 sec
  • Focus Lock Mirror Lockup
  • ISO Range - Manual Setting :ISO 6 - 6,400
  • Number of Focusing Points :11

Price $ 2300

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