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    Also like the Contax option....thought.

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    I own an Canon A-1 as well as the F-1 New... the F-1 is in mint condition and but had to be CLA'd for a slow mirror for ($150). with budget of 300-400. getting the a-1 with say a 50 1.4 and 28mm as well as an 85 or a zoom is reasonable... if you get the F-1... you might have change to spare for the 50 1.4 and a wide angle... but you getting close to the 400 budget end.

    i don't know if you shoot digital, or plan to ever shoot digital... but if you get a nikon F2... the lenses you get, will most likely fit onto a dslr... unless they are non-ai (not all non-ai lenses fit on digital)... Canon's FD on the other hand, is now unsupported, and can only fit with an adapter to shorter digital camera mounts like sony's e-mount (as the rest of other lenses)...


    Also... there are three Canon F-1's... F-1, F-1n, and New F-1 or F-1 New..... i believe the accesories for the latest New F-1 don't fit on the other two. and the latest one is more battery dependent... without a battery it shoots 1/125 and up to 1/2000... so 1/60 and down does not function without a battery. Again i used the a-1 and there is a great difference in quality, but it shows in it's price, and the a-1 can take plenty of abuse, and performs very well.

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    One thing about SLRs is the brightness of the focusing screen. I can't speak about some of these cameras, but the Contax 139 (and 137MD) have brighter viewing screens than my Nikons (F2A, EL2, F2 and Nikkormat FT3), Pentax KX and MX, Minolta XD11, Olympus OM-1 and OM-2 and any other camera that I own.

    Where this comes into play is when you use something other than the standard lens. When you move to a slight slower lens, f/2.8 or slower, it's not uncommon for half of the split image to black out while you're trying to focus - unless you're eye is precisely centered.

    Generally, however, you really can't go wrong with any of the cameras on your list. I would say that all of them will need to have new foam seals. But once that is done, you should have a good camera that should last you decades, provided that you don't beat the daylights out of your gear.

    Check the focusing action of the Zenit lens. It's not uncommon for the lubrication on Soviet lenses to have congealed or hardened, making it difficult to focus.

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    IMHO you will go a long way to find a finder screen brighter then the one that comes on the Pentax LX. I really wish they would have kept on developing that camera. They really did a great job on the first model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flajcsi View Post
    Wow. Thank you for the detailed answer. It was very useful.
    How about adapting m42 lenses?
    M42 to K mount adaptors are available both from Pentax and others. They allow focussing to infinity, but no lens automation. I gather there are adaptors for 645 lenses to K mount but I know nothing about them. The LX doesn't use foam seals, BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    IMHO you will go a long way to find a finder screen brighter then the one that comes on the Pentax LX. I really wish they would have kept on developing that camera. They really did a great job on the first model.
    I've always heard great things about the LX. Perhaps, it's time to find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    IMHO you will go a long way to find a finder screen brighter then the one that comes on the Pentax LX. I really wish they would have kept on developing that camera. They really did a great job on the first model.
    Hear, hear! They had a strong competitor to the Nikon F3 and then sat on their hands. What a shame! For all intents and purposes there was only one model, with minor running changes, the major being an increase in the top ASA from 1600 to 3200.

    BTW, I forgot to mention in my earlier post on the LX's faults a glaring omission in its feature set: It has no AE lock, which can be a PITA on occasion.

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    I've recently seen Nikon F3s in the 100 to 150 US$ range on e-Bay. I had an F2s and think they are a little more breakage prone. IIRC the F2as meter head was more given to problems than the other heads. My F2s ate batteries like candy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRHazelton View Post
    Hear, hear! They had a strong competitor to the Nikon F3 and then sat on their hands. What a shame! For all intents and purposes there was only one model, with minor running changes, the major being an increase in the top ASA from 1600 to 3200.

    BTW, I forgot to mention in my earlier post on the LX's faults a glaring omission in its feature set: It has no AE lock, which can be a PITA on occasion.
    No AE lock may be because they think the meter reading may not be right before the exposure so why lock it? The camera would measure the exposure as it is exposing the film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
    I've always heard great things about the LX. Perhaps, it's time to find one.
    I think you would enjoy it. They are amazing little jewels. I should really start shedding cameras, I certainly have more then I need, but I can't imagine working without an LX.

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