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06-01-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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I was a hobbyist photographer for quite some time, mostly doing wildlife work, and even selling a couple of prints.

Then I left for a while for two reasons. First of all, school got in the way; there was no time. Second of all, I had a tight budget (the most I have ever spent on a lens is $73.92 USD). As a result, being unable to improve my equipment I had to improve my technique. I spent the past two summers practicing actively tracking and approaching animals.

The past year, though, I took an art history class that inspired me. One note is the surrealist movement. It was inspired by the advent of photography, which allowed any amateur to replicate reality as well as an artist who had trained for many years under the masters of their time. It was no longer interesting to replicate reality.

It was at this point that I became interested in night photography (though I will continue animal photography by day).

However, I here ran into a problem. I have a DSLR, which is unsuited for hour-long exposures with wide-angle lenses.

Herein lies the problem: I have an SLR (my first "real" camera). It is a Vivitar V3800n, essentially a plastic version of the Pentax K-1000. I used it for quite some time, both before and after my purchase of a DSLR, until eventually the film advance dislocated, and now spins almost freely on the film advance shaft (stopped by the exposure dial and shutter release).

If anyone could suggest a place to go here to ask about fixing it (or post a possible solution in this thread, it would be greatly appreciated, because I have no intention of spending more than the camera is worth repairing it, and will instead, if necessary, replace it with a used original Pentax of some kind.

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Welcome to the forum and thank you for that interesting introduction.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hxtk Quote
As a result, being unable to improve my equipment I had to improve my technique
Welcome to the forum, this is probably the best possible to learn both photography and what we call here in Scotland "stalking" animals.

I can't imagine a repair would be worthwhile when you can pick some great inexpensive Pentax film bodies.

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I can't imagine a repair would be worthwhile when you can pick some great inexpensive Pentax film bodies.
Bonjour from France and welcome to PF ... agreed that it might be better to pick up a good used film SLR ... good luck ... J
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