• Report: #554521

Complaint Review: Camera Expo

  • Submitted: Thu, January 14, 2010
  • Updated: Fri, January 22, 2010

  • Reported By: snoop — Lansing Michigan USA
Camera Expo
8135 Vineland Ave. orlando, Florida United States of America

Camera Expo Orlando camera expo vineland ave orlando Camera Expo sold my daughter FILM lenses for her DIGITAL camera orlando, Florida

*Consumer Comment: Possibly Not...

*General Comment: What lens did they sell her?

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My daughter, while she was attending the College Program, bought a new, used D-70 Digital camera and needed some advice so she asked the people at the Camera Expo in the grocery store building on Vineland Ave.
The salesperson did not tell her that her lens was a Film lens and not a Digital lens and proceeded to sell her over priced lens filters that were modified to fit the Film lens for 250.00. 
It is a rip off that this camera store would rather sell useless crap to an unsuspecting customer, rather than to help them and sell them what they actually need which would have been a new Digital lens.


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#1 Consumer Comment

Possibly Not...

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Unless there are some details you have left off this does not sound like a RipOff. 

There is nothing inherently wrong with using "film" lenses with a Digital Camera.  In fact a lot of people upgrade to the same make of a D-SLR specifically because they have film lenses they want to use.

Unless there is a specific reason your daughter must have a lens with a specific focal length, as long as the mount is correct there is no reason why it would not work.  The biggest thing your daughter has to remember is that because the sensor on a digital camera is smaller in most cases than the same 35mm camera, so the focal length does change.  Now, most consumer models are this way as the "full frame" digital cameras are very expensive.

As a general guide the "conversion" is about 1.5.  So that means that a 35mm-80mm regular lens would act like a 53mm-120mm lens. 

You can have her talk to her college and they will tell her basically the same thing, and a lot more of the "principals" of the differences between film and digital.

The other thing is the lens "filters".  Each filter can cost between $20-$50, sometimes less depending on the purpose and where you buy them.   Not knowing what the class required for filters,  how many lenses she bought, this may actually be quite normal.  Photography digital or film is not cheap if you really get into it..take this from someone who knows.  Also, since filters are sized by the lens diameter, there is no reason to modify them.  That is if the lens is a 52mm diameter you buy a 52mm filter, you don't buy a 48mm filter and try to modify it.

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#2 General Comment

What lens did they sell her?

AUTHOR: Edgeman - (U.S.A.)

What lens did they sell your daughter? When you write D-70, are you referring to the Nikon D70? If so, I am VERY familiar with Nikon digital SLR cameras and their mounts can accept many lenses including those that were created with film in mind. In fact, I often do swap lenses between my digital and film cameras.

With that said, there are some very old lenses that should not be used on digital SLR cameras but the age of these lenses would be very noticable.
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