I’m torn between buying a film camera and buying a digital camera.
On one hand, I want to buy a Nikon FG-20. Not really a fancy camera, but I want to have one because of its size and manual control + aperture priority setting. I have a Nikon EM, about the same size as the former, but it doesn’t have a manual exposure setting. I don’t really care about other features those pro and semi-pro cameras offer (e.g. FM2, F3). I just want my next camera purchase to be small in size and has manual and aperture-priority settings. I found one for sale on a local online buy-and-sell site, for 4000PhP + shipping fee (around 96USD in total).
On the other hand, I want to buy a Pentax Q10 camera. I actually came upon it once while I was at the streets (actually just one street known as a photographer’s haven) looking for a Nikon FG-20. This Pentax Q10 is by no means a good digital camera, at least in my opinion (and the other camera’s reviewers’ opinion). I just like it because it’s very very small compared to other interchangeable lens cameras. It’s sensor size is really small compared to other bridge cameras. Even some compact p&s cameras have bigger sensors than this one (that is, if I’m not mistaken). It has manual exposure control, so that’s a plus. However, its bulb setting fires the shutter off for only 30-32 seconds, which sucks because I wanted to use a digital camera for astrophotography, specifically for capturing star trails. Another thing on the cons list would be the fact that it has no optical nor an electronic viewfinder. A viewfinder is available as an accessory, but it would cost me an arm and a leg (and an eye, probably). ISO noise is fairly low. It also only has a very limited array of lenses, and a costly lens adapter. A brand new Pentax Q10 kit (with one lens) on the market costs about 14,000PhP (around 333USD). A second-hand one costs around 11,000-12,000 (279USD). HOWEVER I found a second-hand one online for sale at 8,000PhP (186USD).
Now with the pros and cons mentioned, I think it’s only logical for me to buy the Nikon FG-20. Or why not buy both? But then, my money’s just enough to buy one.
Rest assured, I’d buy both cameras. I just have to choose which one to buy first.
To be honest, I only want to buy the Pentax Q10 because I saw one that I could buy for about half its original price. I wouldn’t have considered it if I hadn’t come across that particular ad. Also, it’s digital. Yes, I’m all for film cameras. But I already have six film cameras. I want to have a digital camera of my own. And an interchangeable lens camera at that. Also, I think it would be good as a travel camera.
Even if I prefer to buy the Nikon camera more, I’m leaning into buying the Pentax FIRST. It’s rare to come across one for sale for such a low price, and I’m afraid that if I don’t buy it now, someone else might buy it and I would be forced to buy a more expensive digital camera, not necessarily the Pentax Q10.
Even if someone else buys the Nikon FG-20 I found for sale online, I know that I would still come across another unit for sale for more or less the same price.
I really just have to give the Pentax Q10 the benefit of the doubt. Who knows, it could offer me more than what I’m looking for.