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    Nikon suggestions

    I have 2 F601, F100 and a F6. Most of my "manual" life has been spent in the OM world (no regrets). However I have 2 pre AI lenses I would like to throw on a body, once in a while.

    What would you suggest? I looked on flea bay the other day and dropped my mouth what people were trying to get for a FM3. I don't really know the manual line, which doesn't help.

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    F3 has the flip out of the way stem that allows per-AI or post-AI lenses.

    More great info here:

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...ount/lens1.htm
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    You can modify F6 to accept pre Ai lenses.

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    The F3 is by far the best bargain of the manual focus Nikon professional cameras. They can be had for about $100 and are more often than not fully functional. As great as the F and F2 are, they are collectible and the prices are higher, also, they almost always require a CLA to function as they should.

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    Look for an FE for your NAI glass. A very popular amateur camera from the late 70s/early 80s and often available in surprisingly good shape for very little $. I love F3s but think they're getting hard to find in nice shape with out "issues." Too many I see now seem to have very little life left in them. Their legendary durability has obvious limits I'm happy to let someone else discover.

    The FM/FE variants were some of the nicest handling manual focus film bodies Nikon made--right size, weight, features, and price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkosaric View Post
    You can modify F6 to accept pre Ai lenses.
    I'm not interested in doing that. I want a manual camera to be a manual camera...

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    The link does not seem to work.

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    Just worked for me...
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    The link does have issues sometimes with my older IE browser at work but works fine from my Mac at home and my iPhone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Look for an FE for your NAI glass. A very popular amateur camera from the late 70s/early 80s and often available in surprisingly good shape for very little $. I love F3s but think they're getting hard to find in nice shape with out "issues." Too many I see now seem to have very little life left in them. Their legendary durability has obvious limits I'm happy to let someone else discover.

    The FM/FE variants were some of the nicest handling manual focus film bodies Nikon made--right size, weight, features, and price.
    +1. While my first choice would be an F3/F3HP (I like the 100% viewfinder), CGW is quite correct to note the increasing scarcity of quality used F3 bodies. Certainly no surprise given 30-odd years of (often hard) professional use. LCD bleed or partial fadeout seem to be the most common maladies with these cameras. That said, if you can check out the body thoroughly before purchase (sort of precludes an ebay or other on-line purchase) then, by all means take a look at an F3. If not, then as CGW suggests, I, too, would opt for one of the FM/FM2/FE/FE2 bodies.

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