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    I second NikonFE/FMand add an older 50mmmf/1.8 or f/2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    Of course the Pentax MX with the 40mm f2.8 pancake lens. If you don't wear glasses then you will appreciate the largest and brightest full info viewfinder in the smallest all mechanical (batteries for meter only) SLR.


    I've always wanted a black MX. They are quite sexy and sleek machines =)
    New-ish convert to film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    I'm looking for a compact SLR.
    I would prefer it to be all-mechanical and with a 50mm lens. I am OK with an electronic shutter and a lens that is a little wider (but not wider than 40mm).

    I can think of,
    OM-1/2 + 50mm f1.8 and 40mm f2.0
    Pentax MX + 45mm f2.8
    Compact & mechanical SLR eliminates many of the suggested cameras above.
    OM-1, MX, are likely the most compact.
    Pentax Spotmatics are larger than OM& MX but smaller than the following........
    FM's, SRT's, Miranda, Pentax K series, and Older Canon, before A series are relatively large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    I'm looking for a compact SLR. I have compact PS's, RF's, but I want reflex focusing.

    I would prefer it to be all-mechanical and with a 50mm lens. I am OK with an electronic shutter and a lens that is a little wider (but not wider than 40mm).

    I can think of,
    OM-1/2 + 50mm f1.8 and 40mm f2.0
    Pentax MX + 45mm f2.8
    I never knew there was an OM-1/2. It must have been really small. Half-frame successor to the Pen?
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fretlessdavis View Post
    Yeah, the ME Super is a bit smaller. I am one of the few who actually likes the push button shutter speed adjustment on them. They're cheap, too!
    I didn't like the push-button shutter changing, but I found the ME Super so pleasant to use once I actually used one that I put up with it. Now I've gotten used to it and it doesn't bother me anymore.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Thanks for the many suggestions, so far.

    This is my short-list.

    -Olympus OM-1n + 40mm f2.0 or 50mm f1.8
    -Pentax MX + 40mm f2.8
    -Nikon FM + 45mm f2.8

    Mechanical Shutter is my preference, it is not a deal breaker. There are quite a few small mechanical cameras, so I wouldn't really need to go with an electronic shuttered camera. Or so it seems.

    The PEN sound sweet, but full-frame is even sweeter.
    Contax sounds cool too, but it is more expensive than the above aforementioned cameras..asides from the lens quality (maybe).

    I'd go Pentax MX + 40/2.8 if I am absolutely OK with a 40mm lens. This settup seems not too expensive and very well-rounded. The OM -1 also sounds excellent too but the 40/2.0 is much more expensive than the Pentax 40/2.8 and I don't need extra speed. The 50mm f1.8 is appealing because it is dirt cheap, and small. The Nikon FM + 45/2.8 sounds comparable in size, maybe a tad bulkier (I'm guessing), but that 45mm focal length is a plus for me.

    After writing this reply, I am leaning towards Nikon. How is the 45mm? I assume that the FM + 45mm f2.8 is not too much larger than the other combinations and I also assume that it is not much more expensive. Are these assumptions correct?

    I think that the size differences won't be substantial, but are all of these lenses decent? I don't need to have the absolute best lens.
    Last edited by puketronic; 03-14-2014 at 08:19 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    Thanks to the many suggestions, so far.

    I think that this is my short-list.

    -Olympus OM-1n + 40mm f2.0 or 50mm f1.8
    -Pentax MX + 40mm f2.8
    -Nikon FM + 45mm f2.8

    Mechanical Shutter is my preference, it is not a deal breaker. There are quite a few small mechanical cameras anyways...

    The PEN sound sweet, but full-frame is even sweeter. Contax sounds cool too but it is more expensive than the above cameras and maybe it holds no advantage.

    I'd go Pentax MX + 40/2.8 if I am absolutely OK with a 40mm lens. This settup seems not too expensive and very well-rounded. The OM -1 also sounds excellent too but the 40/2.0 is much more expensive than the Pentax 40/2.8 and I don't need extra speed. The 50mm f1.8 is appealing because it is dirt cheap. The Nikon FM + 45/2.8 sounds comparable in size, maybe a tad bulkier (I'm guessing), but that 45mm focal length is a plus for me.

    After writing this reply, I am leaning towards Nikon. How is the 45mm? I assume that the FM + 45mm f2.8 is not too much larger than the above aforementioned cameras, or too much more expensive either? What is the size of this settup with the Olympus OM1-n + 50mm f1.8 (or another comparable settup?)

    Well, I think that the size differences won't be substantial but are all of these lenses good? I don't have to have the absolute best lenses, in terms of image quality.
    Don't forget to research that Chinon 45mm pancake for Pentax K before discounting the MX!
    New-ish convert to film.
    Pentax MX for 35mm
    Bronica ETRS for 645

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    Anyone wanting to embrace auto focus technology should look at the Canon 3000 series compact SLRs. With Canon's 2.8 40mm pancake, it makes a coat pocket size AF, multi-mode point and shoot with modern lens technology. Having searched for the ideal carry round film camera, but been thwarted by some aspect of performance, the Canon 3000 makes an unlikely candidate, but ticks most of the boxes. It's not quite as small as mechanical cameras like the MX and OM1, but it's very light, easier to hold and cheap. I bought a mint body and a new lens for around £100.

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    the later Nikon 5cm series E or pancake AIs are more
    compact

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    OM 1 or 2 with the 35mm f2.8 is compact and inexpensive. The 35 is considerably shorter than the 50,
    Your first 10,000 pictures are the worst - HCB

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