Understood. If you want to find something in the same price range for your son, you need to get him a Canon AE-1.
Good luck with the sale. If I did not have a couple of Nikons already this would be a great back up or second body.
Don't know how much you want to spend, but I can recommend the Nikon Fm3a.
A beautiful camera and easy to use for your son.
There is also a beautiful Nikkor 45 mm f/2.8P pancake lens.
It has aperture priority auto-exposure mode, so no metering problems.
And your F2 will be save for some several years more ......
For an 11 year old kid, I think the FM3a might be the wrong camera. It's more of a collector's item than a bruise-around kind of camera. Probably a Nikon EL2 or FE would be a better choice in that respect. Something cheap and easily replaceable if it gets dropped too many times. Pair it with a 50/1.8 Series E, and it's almost as small as the FM3a/45 kit, but with a much cheaper and faster lens.
That said, if the OP's camera can be verified to have a working meter, it'd be the best kind of camera for Richard's son. Completely manual, so he can learn how to properly expose film, and fairly bulletproof. My first Nikon camera was a Nikomat FTn. Got it when I was 11.5 years old. When I sold it 10 years later, there was no corner that was angular. Every corner had been rounded due to being dropped and bumped into things. But, it still shot perfectly. It also didn't lose much value, since it was still a relatively common item (as it is today). The same could not be said about an FM3a. It might take the abuse, but, it'd quickly lose about 50% of its value by being damaged. And, parts aren't as common for it, since so few were made.
Getting pretty off topic, aren't we? This thread is for a Nikon that I have for sale -- with all due respect, that is all it is for.
Can I verify that the meter works and that it is accuracte? As I stated earlier, I can't. However, it is a $70 Nikon, not a $150 Nikon.
Keep it all in perspective.
Oh, and the camera is still available, in case anyone is interested.
Did I say $70? I meant $65.
I think the lens alone is worth $65. I have a 50mm Nikkor H (mid 60's) f2 that takes beautiful pics.
This body is actually an FT-N.
Sorry if my posts spurred the OT discussions. :-(
Good camera, good price here!