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    FS Nikon Nikomat FT Camera w/ 50mm HC f2 Lens & 2x Tele-converter - $75

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    I just tried to test the meter outside, and the battery isn't working (I didn't have a cap on the lens). For those of you who have asked me to test the accuracy of the meter, take my advice: never trust the accuracy of a 50 year old light meter! Use a modern, handheld digital meter -- you will save money in the long run, trust me.
    Thanks. For B&W even old meters in old cameras like this are usually close enough if working. My son is 11 years old and a total newb so I'd want something real simple for him than having to use handheld meter at this point, but thanks...
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    Understood. If you want to find something in the same price range for your son, you need to get him a Canon AE-1.

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    FS Nikon Nikomat FT Camera w/ 50mm HC f2 Lens & 2x Tele-converter - $75

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    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 suggestion. Gave one of those to a friend I had picked up once as part of some auction package and am cursing myself over it. Also practically gave away an F3 in the past too (contribution for a contest on RFF), should have kept it for my son. I might, might, let him use my F2 or FM2!

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Thanks. For B&W even old meters in old cameras like this are usually close enough if working. My son is 11 years old and a total newb so I'd want something real simple for him than having to use handheld meter at this point, but thanks...
    Hi Richard,
    Don't know how much you want to spend, but I can recommend the Nikon Fm3a.
    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    Hi Richard,
    Don't know how much you want to spend, but I can recommend the Nikon Fm3a.
    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 ......
    Bert,

    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.

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    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.


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    Did I say $70? I meant $65.

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    I think the lens alone is worth $65. I have a 50mm Nikkor H (mid 60's) f2 that takes beautiful pics.

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    This body is actually an FT-N.

    Thanks Bert!

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    FS Nikon Nikomat FT Camera w/ 50mm HC f2 Lens & 2x Tele-converter - $75

    Sorry if my posts spurred the OT discussions. :-(

    Good camera, good price here!
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