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    Nikkormats are absurdly cheap for their quality. The price of MF Nikkor lenses means everyone aims for pro bodies to hang them on. If you're lucky with your buys or are prepared to use third part lenses, a Nikkormat body is probably the best engineered lump you can get for £20.
    If you're looking at a bargain system, Yashica beat Canon FD by a nose. The ML glass is better, at least in my tests, than Nikon and costs a fraction of the price.

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    I'd say that my Yashica FR-1 with an ML 50mm f1.7 for $30 and my Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 with an ML 50mm f1.9 for $10 are the best bargains I have seen. Both of these were on eBay where they regularly go for that amount. The bodies aren't Nikon build quality but they are sturdy and fully featured. The ML lenses are comparable to the Contax Zeiss line in terms of imaging characteristics. For what a clean FE and a decent Nikkor cost you could have a tidy Yashica kit that will produce outstanding pictures.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Nikon gear as much as the next guy, but my dirt cheap Yashicas really surprised me with their capability.

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    vfalendysh, send that F3 to Nikon in California. I sent them a basket case someone had modified and then dropped and it came back like new for about $200. It will last the rest of my life.

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    From reading the above posts; it looks like there are a lot of ways to beat a FE for value.

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    Still loving my FE but I am eyeing a Nikkormat FT2 and a Nikon F3HP. Help me someone. GAS (at least I am cured of the Leica expensive GAS)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kivis View Post
    Still loving my FE but I am eyeing a Nikkormat FT2 and a Nikon F3HP. Help me someone. GAS (at least I am cured of the Leica expensive GAS)
    I'll help: get an F2 Photomic instead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    I'll help: get an F2 Photomic instead!
    Been there. Too bulky.
    Akiva S.

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    I like Nikons because they just get on and do the job without problems - I still have three of my Fs from my commercial studio, but now have a couple of Nikkormats which I use for 35mm work - The F was the best camera Nikon made and the Nikkormat was the best offering from Rikoh

    (Nikkormat was originally the Ricoh Singlex, taken on and re-badged under the Nikon name)

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Austin View Post

    (Nikkormat was originally the Ricoh Singlex, taken on and re-badged under the Nikon name)

    John
    http://www.cameraguild.jp/nekosan/singrex.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by kivis View Post
    Been there. Too bulky.
    Yeah, I guess so. I have fairly large hands and do not mind some additional weight vs. the F2, which I consider the "Leica" of the Nikon line. After using FM2, FE2, N70, F80, and a couple of F3 through many years I was not prepared but just how wonderful I found the F2 when I bought one on a whim a couple of months ago. The workmanship of all mechanical body, the shutter sound/feel, the whole she-bang, has pleased me to no end and unlike any other camera has in many years short of my Leica MP in over 32 years of using cameras. Thus my suggestion...
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    "Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."

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