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    Alpa Si 2000

    excellent f/1.4 55 mm lens
    auto exposure aperture priority 2 to 1/2ooo sec shutter speed with vertical metal fp shutter
    viewfinder blind for long exposures.
    heavy machined brass body to lessen camera shake
    ASA range 25 to 3200
    over and under exposure compensation dial
    full aperture metering
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    Mamiya MSX 1000.

    Match-needle meter, microprism focusing screen, cloth shutter, mechanical shutter speeds. A winner.

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    Favorite M42 mount 35mm SLR

    I've got three and like them all.

    Fujica ST801
    Praktica FX3
    Mamiya/Sekor DTL 1000

    Interestingly I got both the Fujica and the Mamiya as "rear lens caps" with lenses I bought and the Praktica at a flea market for $15. The Fujica was jammed and assumed not working. The shutter being halfway stuck I merely pushed lightly in it and it snapped closed and has worked great ever since. The Mamiya came with no battery cap so I use it meterless since the shutter needs no battery. And the Praktica has no prism and one looks down as if using a TLR or Hassy. Even has a flip up little magnifier for focusing. It sort of sounds like a 35mm Hassy and acts like it too since I must advance it for the mirror to return.
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    If it was a needle match camera, I loved it.I just like to swap to much. If your dad has a camera shop.
    I got to play so much. The best M42 the free ones !

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    It's one of my oddest preferences, but I love my Petri FTX.

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    Good to see a few "randoms" in here, but I would also opt for the Spotmatic with a 50mm 1.4, a combo I just keep coming back to.

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    Well, the Spotmatics are sure nice but I don't own one.

    So.....I guess my favorite is the one I do have.
    That would be a Fujica ST-605n.
    Now they don't feel as nice as the Spotmatic's I held but it was cheap.
    The screen's OK, fairly bright and easy to focus with my 50 f1.4 Super Tak mounted.
    Meter works too.
    The only reason I even got an M-42 mount body was because of finding the 50 f1.4 and 135 f3.5 Super Takumars cheap, $35 for both, clean and working, so I had to get a body and the Spotmatics were $60 and up in working condition.
    The little Fujica was $20, clean and working.
    So the ST-605n is my favorite. (But if I twern't so doggone cheap I'm sure a Spotmatic would be my favorite.)

    How's that for rationalization.

    Almost forgot, the Fujica's shutter sound is rather loud too. Oh well.
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    Pentax SL. Spotmatic without the light meter.

    Trond

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    I've been asking myself the same question re: an M42 body, and while I like my Spotmatics, I can't really applaud their micro prism focusing device. I need a split image! So I'm using a ratty Pentax MX with a K to M42 adapter. Anyone suggest another M42 body with split image?

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    I only got one: Zenit E
    And decided to use it.

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