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    Get a decent camera and the DOF is marked on the lens. I prefer a leaf shutter - which seriously restricts the SLR choice. I have several SLRs of varying quality and almost always use a rangefinder. Unless I really need to use a telephoto or macro lens, SLRs have nothing to offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russkat View Post
    I'd like your varied opinions on what features you consider essential on a manual focus slr so I can make an informed decision on a camera purchase.
    My list of desired features is probably different from your list; therefore, it is probably of no value to you. Plus, my list of desired features is way too long to post. Therefore, all I will say is that the Nikon F2 with non-metered viewfinder is the camera that has all the features I desire in a manual focus SLR except for an optional digital image back.

    Two other cameras that that have most of the features that I consider essential are:
    Pentax Spotmatic
    Fuji ST705

    Bayonet lens mount, interchangeable viewfinders, interchangeable view screens, motor drives, and interchangeable backs are essential features my Spotmatic and Fuji lack.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11336821@N00/6307637714/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11336821@N00/5184850897/
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    Camera has to have a DOF preview and built in meter for me personally. I have to use a hand held meter for my Mamiya and it isn't a huge deal but sometimes I find it kind of fiddly.

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    Forgot another important one

    6) Camera has to yield excellent pictures in my hands.

    This is a statistical measure intended to stop me wasting film on cameras that just don't deliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Essential features on a manual SLR:

    DOF preview.
    MLU.
    Time AND bulb settings.
    X synch with PC socket.
    All metal construction,must be rugged, durable, and reliable.
    Interchangeable prisms nice but not essential.
    I should add "Uncluttered viewfinder".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    Camera has to yield excellent pictures in my hands.
    I think the OP was looking for real, achievable features!!!


    Steve.
    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    DOF preview
    TTL metering
    Ability to use without batteries
    Manual exposure (not precluding auto as well)
    Split-image focussing with microprism ring.
    Non DX coding.
    The above fits the Pentax LX, which you mention in the OP. However, in the horizontal cloth vs vertical metal shutter question, the LX offers a hybrid horizontal metal shutter!
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    I think the OP was looking for real, achievable features!!!


    Steve.
    I think I have just been recommended with no qualifications whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russkat View Post
    I'm considering the following...
    Pentax LX
    Contax RTS or RTS II / Yashica FR or FR I
    Minolta series = XE, XD
    LeicaFlex SL / SL2 or perhaps the R3
    Olympus OM-4 / OM-4ti
    The Yashica FR is an excellent full manual camera that hits the right note between professional solidity and lack of fuss. The only known weakness is a suspect frame counter, though mine works perfectly. The ML lenses are superb and available more cheaply than better known brands. It has shutter and aperture readouts in the viewfinder, though neither are intrusive, and a large electromagnetic shutter button. Definitely a camera to consider. Of the various Nikons, Canons and other brands I own, the Yashica FR is my favourite handling manual body.

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    a good view finder
    autofocus
    manual exposure settings
    x contact!
    Regards

    Ralph W. Lambrecht
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