(really) cheap Nikon Film SLR

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  1. Trevor Weaver

    Trevor Weaver TPF Noob!

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    I'm trying to get into film photography I was originally going to get a pentax k1000, but my friend told me that if I get a nikon camera that he will let me borrow any of his lenses that I want (this was an offer I could not refuse) So now I need your help.

    I'm looking for a cheap, fully manual, mechanical, SLR Nikon Camera, that takes the Nikon F-mount lenses. my budget is about $100 for a body+ lens but I'd prefer under $75. I basically want a bottom of the bin camera, no extra features, just barebones.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    The Nikormatt is pretty bare bones. Not sure if they're bare-bones cheap (Nikon seems to hold its value) but might be worth a look.
     
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    You didn't say if your friend's lenses have non-AI, AI, AIS or AF mounts and
    your choice may depend on that because some mounts won't couple
    correctly with the meters on some Nikon models.

    You should be able to find a Nikkormat or FM/FE body for about that price.
    Just check it out before you buy. Make sure meter is working (they usually
    are if the camera looks in decent shape).

    The earliest Nikkormats (FT, FTN, etc.) used the PX625 mercury battery
    so you'd have to use the Wein MRB625 now.

    The later Nikkormats (EL, ELM, etc) use the PX25 battery which is common
    and easy to find. These are wonderful, rugged cameras.

    The FM/FE Nikons use the very common LR44 type cells.

    Also: Nikon N2020 (AF) and N2000 (MF) are very good cameras available
    for peanuts. These use AA/AAA batteries.
     
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    after you check which mount you can use, check out KEH for used cameras they are a very good place to buy used equipment.
     
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    Good choice, and very cheap on Ebay. I had a 2020, and it seemed very durable for the money. A good knock around camera.
     
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    And a note on the prices of a good Nikon SLR. Nikon is the Rolls Royce of the 35mm SLR. You're gonna pay a little for a body and a lens. So don't sell yourself cheap. If you want to find a good dependable Chevy, perhaps, I would suggest a Minolta X or SR series camera that takes MC/MD mount lenses. You can get something in your budget from eBay.
     
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    He uses AI lenses. I'd also like to add that I'd even take an off brand / 3rd party camera, so long as it accepts the nikon f mount lenses. I'm not really a name brand guy, I'm just accepting offers that are given to me. Thats why I'm opting for nikon.
     
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    I'd say this, if you can up your budget very slightly most of the great Nikon film bodies are available for that price. I'm talking <$200 typically for bodies such as FE2, F2, FM2n (sometimes). You won't get a lens usually for that price, but sometimes you might. I got my FM2n with a 50/1.4 for $75 last year, but I know I was lucky.

    Dave
     
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    OK, all the Nikon models I mentioned above will work with AI lenses.

    The only non-Nikon camera that will accept Nikon lenses is a Russian-made
    clone that I wouldn't recommend and would be difficult to find anyway.

    All the Nikon models I mentioned should easily fit into the budget you mentioned.
    Serviceable bodies in this group often sell on eBay or at camera shows for
    around $50-$75. The most recent of this group would be the N2000 and
    N2020 and would be my top recommendations as they can often be found
    in near mint condition and probably have the best meters of the group.
    These are rugged cameras with built-in motor drive. The N2020
    has the added feature of auto-focus should you come across an AF lens
    but it still works well with manual-focus lenses.

    And, as was mentioned by another poster, the FE2 and FM2 models would
    be good choices too but they usually cost more.
     
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    My choices would be

    FM2n
    FE2
    FA

    In that order.
     
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    What do you guys think of the FM-10? I know it's just a rebranded cosina, and it's not completely metal, but from what I've read it gets decent reviews... I can also get a body for less than $35 Its quality may not be the best, but I don't plan to use this as my permanent body.
     
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    Just don't take it out on a windy day. It might blow away. :D
     

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