The X-700 is a great camera. I have the twin x-570 and it is my favorite. It does not have DX coding. Oh, and well within your budget.
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I could really benefit from some advice here. I've had a nightmare of a time deciding on what to go for. I'm currently using a Zenit 11 and Pentax P30, but I really would like something that has consistent build quality, with a solid aperture priority mode, a decent flash sync speed, but either no DX coding or over-ridable DX coding. I've current got a Zenit 18 which is beautiful but has some issue with the electronics that renders it a nice ornament at the moment.
I'm tossing up between:
* Praktica BX20 - A good option? Reliable?
* Minolta X500 - Can't find information on wether or not DX coding can be over-ridden.
* Zenit APK - Hard to find, but Pentax K mount great for choice of affordable lenses.
Are there any other good candidates? My budget is fairly tight (£50 odd for body only).
The BX20 had a mixed reputation and as it was not top of the buyers list when it was made, there are very few good examples around now. The Zenit, made in the USSR was a basic manual brick of a camera which had very little going for it, again they have been out of production for quite a while and not easily found. Another one to stay away from. Well I would not buy one!.
Th Minolta X500 is much better than either of the two above. Not as popular as the X700 and not as many made but in my view a better camera. It does not have DX coding, all film speeds are set manually. A good buy if you can find one. The lenses are reasonably priced too and all are available from 20mm (quite rare) up to 300 also quite rare, but anything else including zooms are easy to find. As a starter the 35/70 zoom was absolute cracker and can be picked up for around £30 or so.
You could also look at the Olympus OM10/20/30/40, Pentax ME/ME Super/MV models all quite reasonably priced now. Non of these had DX coding for film speed, but that is something less to go wrong!
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Manual shutter speed or aperture priority. LR44 batteries, Pentax K-mount lenses. My favorite 35mm camera, liked it so much that I bought a replacement when the first one died (it was worn smooth, I don't suspect issues with bad quality or anything like that.)
Good shout. The OP is in England and Chinon sold exclusively through Dixons, a high street chain. There are zillions around, and they frequently come with extra lenses, flash, a bag and an easy past life in mature and caring hands. Unlike some cameras, Chinons are rarely thrashed to death.