I'm curious about your blank film.
Is it unexposed but does have the edge markings?
Yes it was a little strange. The film was not exposed at all but did have the edge markings i.e the darker bit where i rolled it on. The film definitely wound on as when I reached 36 exposures it wouldn't shoot any more. I concluded that when shooting the shutter must have not been opening despite making the sound. Either way this is just one of many problems i've had with my A1s. They all seem to suffer from shutter squeak and eventually jam up so I am done with them.
I've considered going for a T90 so I would not have to swap lenses but I have to say it just seems a bit too big and ugly for my liking, much like a lot of the newer autofocus SLRs... yes I know I am very superficial.
Anyway thanks everyone for all of your helpful replies. I think the nikon FM2 or FE2 fulfils all of my criteria I will start looking at some prices.
Somebody mentioned [COLOR=#333333]KEH as a good source for buying second hand cameras. Unfortunately I am from the UK, does anyone know of any good sellers in the UK that are reputable?[/COLOR]
When I need to use a camera that fits your criteria, I use a Pentax ME.
1. Reliable I obtained the ME in the photo below from an owner who had dropped it from a high closet shelf. It had a big dent in the prism housing. I did not expect it to work but was surprised that not only did it work but the light meter was even accurate.
2. Fast-ish Shutter Speed Top shutter speed of 1/1000th second and top flash sync shutter speed of 1/100th second is fast enough for me.
3. Smallish This is the smallest SLR I own. It is smaller than a Leica M2 rangefinder and smaller than an Olympus OM-1 SLR.
4. Cost less than $200 One in excellent condition can be found at KEH.com for a lot less than $200.