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My 15-yr-old nephew wants a "real" camera for christmas - one with an option for manual focus, manual zoom, and auto-advance (and inter-changeable lenses). He doesn't know much about cameras yet, but knows he wants to learn something besides digital. I have the chance to buy him a "like-new" Canon Rebel X at a great price. I can't get a ton of information on the camera online because it is no longer made, and I haven't put my hands on the camera yet. I'm pretty sure you can turn off the manual focus on the Rebel X, right? And the camera is manual zoom, right? Just wondering if you can you confirm that it has the features he wants, and if you think it will be a good starter camera for him.

Also, unrelated to the Rebel X -- I bought a ton of b&w and color film about 4 years ago and I've had it in my freezer ever since. Do you think it's still good?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Brooke Cain
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 09:48:45 -0800

Yes, Brooke! The Canon EOS Rebel X has all four features that your nephew asked for: manual focus, manual zoom, auto-advance, and interchangeable lens. It's an excellent learning camera and will help cultivate your nephew's desire to learn photography. With Canon EOS cameras, the auto-focus / manual-focus selection is on the lens. You can toggle between the two at will. The zoom is manual, user settable on the lens.

As for the films, I also have tons of films in my freezer. It really help slow down its expiration date. But there is no guarantee. I have used expired films from the freezer before. Sometimes the color turns out just fine. Other times it doesn't. But it was fun experimenting with them. Sometimes old films produce interesting results that are otherwise unachievable with un-expired films. If you make your nephew aware of the inconsistencies of using old films, he will probably have a great time experimenting with them.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 14:36:33 -0800

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