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    Advice please for purchase of Nikon body to pair with 50mm f1.2 Nikon lens

    I need advice as to the LIGHTEST weight, SMALLEST size, most COMPACT Nikon camera body that will accept a Nikon 50mm f1.2 lens and meter down to EV1 with a 400 ISO film.
    I am down to the "Black cat in the coal bin" conditions. No tripod, No flash allowed. What Nikon body do you recommend please?
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    By light, are you referring to plastic or do you want the lightest metal body? I ask as the N80 was really light and basically small with features galore. Anyways, here's a link to a list that you can research. I'm sure you'll get many personal opinions too.

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...lrmain8090.htm

    P.S. click on the different year links at the top.

    You can also go here and read camera reviews.
    http://www.nikonlinks.com/#

    You may want to pay particular attention to the better screens if your shooting in darkness.
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    You don't say if it is AF or manual focussing. I would think with modern cameras, well as modern as you are likely to get for film use, the Nikon F80 would do if you are using auto-focusing. That is lightweight, compact and relatively small when compared against the F100/F90/F801/F601 and that the reason I use them when I am out on my motorcycle.

    For manual focus, perhaps a FE2/FM2or an FA or but I cannot say if they will meter at the levels you are asking for.

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    Oh yeah

    Make sure that you lens will meter on the body you choose. Some of the later bodies, N series in particular, would not meter with older lenses because they didn't have electronic contacts. The N80/F80 is one example. The previous generation 8008 series would from what I remember. I'm not sure about the later N90 or F100 but I believe they did.

    I wouldn't doubt that the FM3a would be a good fit.

    If your 50/F1.2 is the AI version it was pretty good wide open, better stopped down slightly, but not so good beyond F8. Here's a good site for evaluations which speaks to it.

    http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_surv.html#top1
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    As for as a light weight I use a FG and FM-10, the FM-10 was a gift about 14 years ago. Ive ran at least 150 rolls through it. The FG I have only run about 10 rolls. As far as your meter requirements the only low light I shoot I use a flash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel Hotton View Post
    LIGHTEST weight, SMALLEST size, most COMPACT
    Add to that the capability of interchangeable focusing screens 'cuz if you don't have a proper screen to focus in darkness you ain't got Sweeeet FA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynecrider View Post
    Make sure that you lens will meter on the body you choose. Some of the later bodies, N series in particular, would not meter with older lenses because they didn't have electronic contacts. The N80/F80 is one example. The previous generation 8008 series would from what I remember. I'm not sure about the later N90 or F100 but I believe they did.

    I wouldn't doubt that the FM3a would be a good fit.

    If your 50/F1.2 is the AI version it was pretty good wide open, better stopped down slightly, but not so good beyond F8. Here's a good site for evaluations which speaks to it.

    http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_surv.html#top1
    Yep it will meter - but with centre weighted only, but it will meter!

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    FA, FE2 would be my first guess. more modern, maybe the F100 but that could be to large for you. The F4 with the md-20 small battery pack would be the best if size and weight were not as big of an issue

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    My 50/1.2 generally stays on my F3 HP. They seem well matched in terms of weight and handling.

    If it's that dark you're better off with a rangefinder as it will be really hard to focus with an SLR.

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    I vote for the Nikon FG or FM2 with split prism focusing screen.

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