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    What's your favourite 35mm camera or substitute?

    Hi everyone, well, I never thought I'd say this, but it's time to retire my Nikon F90X 35mm camera as I find the AE-L button just that too far away to get my thumb around. So I'm in the market for a camera with this wish list:
    Most important requirements:
    * Small for ladies
    * Quiet shutter that doesn't 'CLANK' everytime you trip the shutter
    * Very small and very sharp spotmeter in the viewfinder - as it's usually the only type of metering system I use. I do have a good hand-held meter as well if necessary.

    I would love to know which cameras are your favourites and why?

    Thank you for sharing.
    Kind regards,
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    Hi Nicole,

    Are you looking to stay in the Nikon Line, If not, I gave my wife a Minolta Dynax 70 for Christmas and she loves it, although to small for my hands, it seems to fit hers quite nicely and performs like a winner, and most of all it is quite inexpensive, and there are a ton of good quality Minolta lenses around for very reasonable prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    Most important requirements:
    * Small for ladies
    I use Canon EOS Elan 7E. Not especially small, but the newer Canons are smaller (e.g. the thinner handgrip etc.).
    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    * Quiet shutter that doesn't 'CLANK' everytime you trip the shutter
    My Elan 7E is one of the quietest in the world!
    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    * Very small and very sharp spotmeter in the viewfinder - as it's usually the only type of metering system I use. I do have a good hand-held meter as well if necessary.
    Great metering on the Canons. Spot, Centre-weighted and multi-pattern metering (35 zones).

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    I would love to know which cameras are your favourites and why?
    Canon EOS Elan 7E and Canon EOS 3 (a beast) and Canon EOS 1 VHS.

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    Hi Dave, long time no see.

    I do have some very good Nikon lenses that I don't really want to part with, unless the new whole system was superior to Nikons. In saying that, I'm not sure if Nikon actually has a smaller camera anyway! I do need to find something that works well for my style of work I guess.

    Dave, if you can, please tell me more about your wife's camera.
    Cheers
    Nicole

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    If it wasn't for that spotmeter, I'd recommend a Bessa-L. Small, light, takes any LTM lens, simple lightmeter.

    Usually I bring an old folding MF camera with me - no metering at all, but "Gloomy 4" seems to work.
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    Morten the Canon Man. How long have you been shooting with Canon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
    In saying that, I'm not sure if Nikon actually has a smaller camera anyway!
    Nikon F80 (N80) is my advice with a Nikon. I believe it to be smaller. I think Tony (TPPhotog) has one. Ask him for more details.

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    For me it has to be the Pentax Spotmatic.
    I also have some Nikons, from which my favorite is the FE
    But the good ol' spottie is the one I feel more happy using, small, solid, good light meter and outstanding lenses.

    Sice you already have a Nikon, and a bunch of glass I'd look into those.
    Otherwise consider a Pentax or a Minolta
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by titrisol
    For me it has to be the Pentax Spotmatic.
    ...But the good ol' spottie is the one I feel more happy using, small, solid, good light meter and outstanding lenses.
    A Spottie...ahhh....my first SLR. I loaned my father's and I use it sometimes because he is not shooting it so much (not that much into photography anymore, and he shoots mainly family stuff with his tiny digi).

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    Titrisol - I love the size and age of the Pentax Spotmatic. Do you have any more info? Cheers, Nicole

    Quote Originally Posted by titrisol
    For me it has to be the Pentax Spotmatic.
    But the good ol' spottie is the one I feel more happy using, small, solid, good light meter and outstanding lenses.

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