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    Minolta Autocord - available for around $100, just make sure the focus lever is intact.

    If you don't mind futzing with 620 film, the Kodak Reflex with Anastar lens can be a good one for $40 or less.

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    Be sure the get the Relfex II (or at a minimum, the Reflex IA) with Anastar. The original Kodak Reflex mostly had the Anason (or Kodak Anastigmat), a good quality triplet but nothing special; in addition, the original Reflex didn't have the Fresnel focus screen and lacks the frame counter. The 1A was a factory upgrade of the Reflex that added the Fresnel, plus made a minor change in the supply spool chamber. The Reflex II was the real jewel -- all of these had the Anastar from the factory (some of eh earliest had the same glass marked Anastigmat Special) though it's surely possible that lenses have been swapped in the intervening fifty-plus years. The Reflex II has the frame counter, of course, and also a shutter with X synch and 1/300 top speed (the Reflex had M synch only, AFAIK, and 1/200).

    The differential in price is only about $20, generally, and the Reflex II is a much nicer camera to use. I've got two, though one has a broken viewing mirror -- I'll get that fixed after a while...
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    The first 'good' camera I ever used was the high school's Yashica A back in the early 60's, and I've had a soft spot for Yashica's ever since.

    Recently purchased a Yashicamat LM for $50 -- not mint, but in good user condition. Lotsa bang for the buck!

    Gene

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