What's a DSLR?:p
What's a DSLR?:p
Find each of the camera models and hold them. How does each on feel? Is this one too large for my hands? Is that one too small for my hands. How does it feel to make settings, focus, fire the shutter and advance the film. Those questions will tell you more about which camera is best for you than any posts on the internet. A camera is a very personal tool, so get personal with each model before you invest in one.
This only comes from years selling cameras.
Canon F-1 is a good choice. Very durable and the FD lenses are reasonable. Check out KEH used cameras.
Any of the cameras you listed will work fine, assuming you can locate a good example in your price range. Most of the responses will be biased somewhat by brand loyalty and by what people have used off that list.
I do think that the suggestion to find some examples and handle them before you make your choice is a good one. Nikon makes great cameras but I personally have never been able to warm to Nikon because I do not like them as well as Pentax when I work with them.
After handling them the other thing you need to think about is lens selection. Every single one of the ones you listed make a good normal lens. But after that there will certainly be differences. What types of pictures do you like to take and what field of view do you like? Check the lens reviews for those you may be partial to and get some idea of how well they do their job, ergonomically as well as optically. By that time you will have narrowed things down to where you can probably make an informed choice that you won't regret later.
Weight and size not a problem you say? Then leave 35mm behind and go medium format. I bet you could put together a nice Bronica ETRS system in that price range.
I've owned or still own seven of those in that list. They are all terrific, and throwing RF in with SLR in with high-end interchangeable RF AF like the G2, its just too wide a range of experiences and features to recommend one over the other easily. Heck I'd have a hard time choosing or recommend between the RTSIII amd the Nikons. That said if I asolutely had to get rid of them all and could keep only 1 body and 1 lens the Contax G2 with the 45 Planar would be it. If I could keep a whole system then the Nikon F2 with old 60's glass would be my choice.
How important are:
- Aperture priority auto exposure
- Battery dependance
- Viewfinder options
- Lens cost/selection