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    Each of those cameras has its merits:
    one has mirror-lock, one got choices of AE, one got a nice metering-memory function, two are all metal and so on...
    Last edited by AgX; 03-21-2014 at 03:17 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I loved my Canon EF when I was affiliated to that make. I called it 'my poor man's F1'. Robustly made, and gave me confidence to get things sharp every time without fear of camera shake even down to 1/30th of a second - BUT. The big drawback was it is so heavy! Even my Nikon F4 or F2a are lighter beasts, or so they seem. However that said, I would use one again, but they are so very rare now it takes a lot of searching to find one that is working and in good condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    I would go for the FTb or the EF first. They are all great cameras.

    Jeff
    Same here, I prefer the EF (larger) handlng and shutter dial that overhangs but the FTBn is very compact and has faster loading and is completely manual too I believe.

    I own 1 FTB and 2 EF

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    The FTb has mercury cell metering, so you'll have to have the voltage changed (uneconomical), source different batteries of similar voltage (can be tricky) or use a separate meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMbikerider View Post
    I loved my Canon EF when I was affiliated to that make. I called it 'my poor man's F1'. Robustly made, and gave me confidence to get things sharp every time without fear of camera shake even down to 1/30th of a second - BUT. The big drawback was it is so heavy! Even my Nikon F4 or F2a are lighter beasts, or so they seem. However that said, I would use one again, but they are so very rare now it takes a lot of searching to find one that is working and in good condition.
    If you think the EF is heavy don't buy an F1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    They sold over a million AE1's,..........
    Actually, they sold over five million AE-1's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackinaw View Post
    Actually, they sold over five million AE-1's.

    Jim B.
    When I went to school, which was admittedly was a long time ago five million was "more than a million"
    Ben

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    FTbn. Direct competitor to the Nikkormat FT2. Both cameras are pretty much bulletproof. Use the CRIScam MR-9 adapter for the battery power source...

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    I would go with the FTbn first then the AE-1 (Program).
    "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
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    At times I regret selling my Ftbn. The partial metering patch was so easy to bias one way or another by overlapping shadows and highlights either way. I also enjoyed the quick loading feature, and mirror lockup for flower photography. In the end the hard-ish edged rectangular body with some weight to it (especially with the F1.4 lens) sent me elsewhere for better handhold ability. I still tho have a FTb that needs a cla, and it might ride again with a single lens, but newer lighter bodies and features attracted me more regardless of the plastic fantastic.

    Try it first tho.
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