Is there such a thing as a mini SLR camera?

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  1. GerryDavid

    GerryDavid No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Just wondering if there is such a thing as a mini 35mm SLR camera. Something that would fit comfortably in your pocket, and still let you have control over the aperature and exposure settings. :0) Maybe with a folding lense to make it more compact, similar to the way the old cameras use to be. :0).
     
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    Range finders are usually much smaller than SLRs and will still give you aperture and shutter controls; some have interchangable lenses, some don't.

    As you mentioned, old 35mm folders will fold up pretty small (no interchangable lenses).

    Nikon makes a really nice (expensive) RF called the 35Ti. It's a beauty and very compact.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Olympus Pen F (1/2 frame) comes to mind, unfortunately production ceased in 1966. It had a Zuiko 38mm/1.8 lens, very sharp and crisp. Occasionally you might find one or two in functioning order.

    The only other entry would be a step down in film size, The Pentax 110 SLR system, built to resemble a miniature 35mmSLR.

    I think that best alternative for portability would be an APS camera or, as Matt suggested before, a folding RF.
     
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    I was going to mention that 110 Pentax SLR, but I figured it was too crazy. Was that really ever popular? I mean, I want one, but I'm a camera freak, and I love Pentax.
     
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    Oh yes, it's still popular! There are quite a few for sale on E-bay, some at very decent prices.

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