Need Advice:Durable Buy?

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  1. B-9

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    Hello, my name is Devin.
    Im currently planning a trip.
    By foot and bus. From Here in Michigan. to The Chicago area.
    Only i dont feel like i want to haul around my MF, but still want as much quality in picture as i can get.

    Im looking for advice on a 35mm. I need something that can take it rough.
    But keep it easy on my wallet. Wile still giving me some Quality shots.

    I was thinking of a Nikon f3 or maybe a Minolta XG-7?
    Something older with a metal body for sure.

    Any feedback would be useful.:hail:
     
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    I am not familiar with the Minoltas, but my father has a Nikon F3. That thing is a jewel built like a TANK. It is rugged, reliable and precise. Just based on my knowledge of that camera, it would be very hard to beat it.

    Lenses for those are very affordable too, compared to the new age digital ones!
     
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    My initial thought would be the Nikon f3. They seem to be used for alot of set-ups. ive been seeing alot of telescopes being fitted with F3's.
    Kool stuff.:thumbup:

    I have a Minolta and ive been having shutter problems.
    So ide only go for minolta if it was motified or cheap.:thumbdown:
     
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    For film quality has nothing to do with the camera and everything to do with the lens. All you need to consider is what do you need out of the camera? Since you play with MF I assume the idea of manual focus and aperture is not foreign to you and you have no dependence on fancy multi area metering and other such nonesense? In which case any durable camera will do. I suggest look to older second hand bodies which were built like a tank.
     
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    Yes older metal body is what im looking for.
    Just need some idea's, or feedback on some camera's
    I havnt had all that much variety when it comes to Brands and their models.

    Like u said im really just looking for something that will tank through it all.
    and will come with a cheap price tag, with easy to find lense options.

    Thanks
     
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    I've got a F3 and a F301. If it was ME, I would get a F301 for very little off e-bay. It's built like a tank, takes a beating and it won't break your heart if it dies on you. Plus you can fit some very nice Nikon glass to it. Don't get me wrong, a F3 will probably stand a thrashing most other cameras can't, but F3's are to be cherished :wink:
     
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    If you can find any old FD lenses, I'd recommend a T90, I'm gonna be getting one when I can afford it. It's not too pricey, but I've recently spent a lot of money on a lens and want to get some of that back before I spend any more.
    I know for a fact that there are plenty of places that sell FD lenses in Britain.
     

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