Help Me Choose a 35mm SLR, please!

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  1. BTilson

    BTilson TPF Noob!

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    I've done a bit of reading, but there are SO MANY 35mm SLR's out there, especially when you include searching for older models, that I am having a hard time even narrowing down my decisions. So I will list what I consider to be "musts" in the camera I want.

    1) Full manual control, including focus. If it has auto modes, that's fine, but I don't need or want them particularly.

    2) A wide range of shutter speeds. Preferably up to 1/4000", but not necessary to go THAT high.

    3) Some sort of built in metering. At LEAST a +/- indicator to show if I'm over or under exposed, but one that can show how MUCH I am over or under would be even better.

    Here is what I would "LIKE" to have, but would be willing to live without.

    1) A depth of field preview button.

    2) A hotshoe for an external flash.

    I will be doing mostly outdoor shooting, and I want to get a nice 35 and/or 50mm prime lens with it. My budget will be up to $250 MAYBE. $150'ish or below would be even better though.

    I recieved a few recommendations in a previous thread, but now I that I have my requirements narrowed down a bit, I think a seperate thread will help out a lot.

    Thanks in advance for any advice or input!
     
  2. Steph

    Steph No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Many cameras should suit your needs. Did you have look at a Nikon FM2/FM2n?
     
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    For $200 you can buy a nikon f100, used on ebay.. it's one of the best film cameras ever made.

    If you want something more "retro" I suggest a nikon f3.. it will do everything you listed.
     
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    Nikon FM2/FM2N is all mechanical with speeds to 1/4000. An excellent camera.
     
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    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Agree an excellent camera, but I think all the features of the f100 are worth the extra $50. The TS didn't say anyting about requiring an all mechanical camera... there's not much reason for that other then for those of us that are equipment junkies.
     
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    I might be letting go of my Fm2n....

    Dave
     
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    I got my F100 for $200. Best film camera i've ever used. But, manual focus isn't that great since it lacks a split prism. It does have the little "digital rangefinder" dot though.
     
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    I'm glad you like your F100. :lol:
     

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