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    Quote Originally Posted by zilali View Post
    Hi all,

    I recently shot four very important films in my canon A-1 which all came out blank (something wrong with the shutter it seems). This is my third A1 to break in a short period of time so I have decided to ditch the A-1 and go for something new. I was wondering if any of you could recommend a camera to suit my needs..

    So my preferences are- 1) Something reliable- i.e won't break after a few films. 2) Fast-ish shutter speed (I shoot lots of low depth of field portraits so it would be nice not to have to rely on ND filters when shooting when the aperture is low). 3) Smallish - which I guess excludes a lot of the autofocus cameras. 4) Cost to be less than say $200 (I may be able to increase this)

    Can any of you think of any good cameras that fulfil all or most of the above criteria?

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    Have you got some Canon lenses for your A-1? I used to use the old Canon F-1 (not the F1n but the old type). It never went wrong and you could have knocked nails in with it as it was so strong. Very simple to use. No programming. A high quality camera that would let you benefit from your old FD etc. lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    I would recommend the Nikon F100, which is the best film camera they ever built in my not so humble option [IMNOHO].
    Yeah, but it's not a Blad!

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    I like the FE2 because it has up to and including 1/250 shutter with flash X synchronization.

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    In my way of thinking a perfect camera is a package. Body, lens, winder or drive for older cameras. If you want to move to auto focus N90, F100, Canon EOS 3 or Elan 7, as already mentioned, Pentax PZ 1, late model Minolta 7 or 9. Lens, a set of zooms to start followed by primes if needed, with a flash, and a battery grip for extended shooting. Manual focus, Konica FT-1 motor for FS -1, or the shutter speed preferred exposure but non electronic shutter the T 3, with 28mm, 58 1.8 and 135 3.5, Nikon FE, or FA, Canon T 70 or T 90, set of prime Canon FD lens, Minolta XG 9 or similar with set of primes with a winder.

    Of the lot, as you have some canon FD glass I would look up the T 70 or T 90.

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    I'm curious about your blank film.
    Is it unexposed but does have the edge markings?
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    I just bought a Nikon F5 which fits two of your criteria. Price is however closer to 400 USD and it is by no means "smallish" ;-). But it is an *awsome* camera. Reliable, quick, and well balanced in my hands. The Nikon F100 is an alternative. The late high-quality 35 mm film cameras from the 90's are fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Besides this is a 35mm thread.
    There is always the Xpan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regular Rod View Post
    Have you got some Canon lenses for your A-1? I used to use the old Canon F-1 (not the F1n but the old type). It never went wrong and you could have knocked nails in with it as it was so strong. Very simple to use. No programming. A high quality camera that would let you benefit from your old FD etc. lenses.

    RR
    +1

    Jeff

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    The first suggestions were the best ones -- FM2N or FE2. Utterly reliable.

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    If you've already got Canon glass in FD mounts get a T90. You'll never be sorry.
    "A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest"........Paul Simon

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