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    Which Nikon SLR should I get?

    Hello,

    I have been shooting film for the past year and I am thinking it might be time to upgrade my gear once again. My budget is limited, and after considering a series of brands, I have decided I'll go for a Nikon body. I thought about Contax, but I wouldn't be able to afford Zeiss lenses, so would there be any point in getting a Contax body?

    So, what Nikon body would you reccomend? I have thought about the N90s, F801s. AF is not really a necessity but is always welcome. I need spot metering, and manual ISO setting.

    Thanks,
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    The F4 has spot metering and manual ISO override. Autofocus can be a bit slow, but you can always turn that off and focus manually instead.

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    How inexpensive does it have to be?

    N80 is pretty inexpensive at around 50 to 60 dollars.
    F-100 can be had for 150 to 200 dollars.

    They are both excellent cameras. I have 3 F-100 and recently sold N80. They are both auto-focus modern body.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Nikon F3!
    Or, failing that:
    F2,A,AS etc
    FE
    FM
    FM2
    FM2n
    FM3a
    F100
    F4
    etc.

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    I would like to keep it under 100 Euro, but if price/quality makes up for that, I'd go for it. Better expensive and good than cheap and bad... I'll check those out. thanks for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konsomod View Post
    I would like to keep it under 100 Euro,
    Nikon FE

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    You should set a budget for bodies/lenses/accessories first as everyone is going to throw out their favorites or current setups.

    Nikon can get expensive just as well, but its a better choice than contax slrs because not only are the lenses cheaper, the bodies are as well when it comes initial purchase price, repairs, and spare parts.

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    As I said I would like to keep it under 100 euro for the body, the lenses I will check out later, but I will probably get a 50mm to start out. I do tend to prefer manual cameras, but is it a better choice than a full featured automatic camera, when it comes to the price?

    I'm not a fan of motor winders, and I don't really use flashes.

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    If you would like an inexpensive, rugged MF body that takes Nikon lenses from any era, I'd suggest a Nikkormat e.g. the FT2.

    I've had one since I was 12, still is fantastic (and that was like 4 decades ago) to use for a fully manual camera with spot metering. I picked one up recently for like $40.

    Cheers,

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    The Yashica ML lenses are quite good, and cheaper than Zeiss for the Contax. Another option would be to get a good Yashica body, like the FR-II or the FX-3, with ML lenses, which leaves you with the option to upgrade to Zeiss lenses later, if you must.

    That being said, I am a big fan of the Nikon FM2N. But even the cheaper Nikon bodies are still quite good, if you are an a budget, consider the FG with an E series 50/1.8, which will leave some money in your budget for film.

    Astroclimb, I just purchased a Nikomat FTN and I am loving everything about it.

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