People tend to shy away from 90's era AF cameras but many are very good. The Maxxum 4 offers manual control. it's lightweight w/ a good lens. The only drawback to these cameras is the battery cost, but one set of batteries should last for more then 25 rolls of film, depending on how often you use the flash. So, this makes the student camera list. (Yes, I will include fresh batteries) This particular camera has a streak in the viewfinder which can be ignored, doesn't affect function and (luckily for you) lowers the price of the camera. So, if you want a cheap , good student camera, this is the one.