Firstcall Photographic Limited have teamed up with Phenix, the world's largest manufacturer (by volume) of manual SLRs to produce a manual SLR perfect for new learners of photography.
The Phenix DC303N is a manual SLR with a Pentax PK-mount and comes with a 50mm lens. The DC303N is a higher specified camera than the also newly launched Phenix DC303K and offers value for money at a price of 109.99.
As well as features including centre-weighted TTL metering, LED exposure display in the viewfinder and an ISO film speed to 3200, the DC303N also includes depth-of-field and multiple exposure buttons. The camera, which uses 10L14 batteries, includes a 50mm f1.7 lens with 52mm filter thread and a free leather-look case worth 10. The DC303N is guaranteed for 12 months, providing a replacement camera within this term (when returned with box and full documentation).
The DC303N is an ideal camera for learning photography. Sales Director of Firstcall Photographic Rodney Bates said: "Despite views to the contrary, digital is not the quintessential element of picture-taking today. In particular, when learning the mechanics of photography, a film based option is infinitely superior." As part of it's 'beginner's package' Firstcall Photographic are also offering a PH280A flashgun, giving perfect flash shots, and four auxiliary lenses. The 24mm is for wide angle, the 28-70mm is for short zoom and the 28-105mm is for medium zoom and portrait.
DC303N full specification
1) Centre weighted TTL metering
2) LED exposure display in the viewfinder
3) ISO film speed to 3200
4) Shutter speeds of B to 1/2000th
5) Flash sync. 1/125th or slower
6) Mechanical copal metal shutter
7) Depth of field preview
8) Multiple exposure
9) 10-second mechanical self-timer