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    thanks for all the suggestions,,,bottom line is it's a win-win situation no matter which one i choose

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    bohica,
    You should be able to have your lenses modified to work on the FM/FE2 models. Depending on the lens, you may be able to replace them with AI lenses for similar cost.
    The modification consists of removing the aperture ring & notching it to engage the meter coupler. The only important reference is the start point for the meter.

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    Go for the FE-2. The manual focus AI lenses are dirt cheap nowadays. It's a fantastic body. (1/250 flash sync, TTL flash....).

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    If you still want to use the FTN, the mercury cells problenm could be solved by using a battery adapter: www.criscam.com

    Hans
    Digital is best taken with a grain of silver.

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    If you do not require the use of TLR exposure reading then a F or F2 are both very elegant and durable cameras if you buy one that is in really good condition.

    I feel that Nikon made a significant mistake in eliminating the removable prism.

    I almost always use my 35mm equipment on a very heavy and stable tripod. The nicest and most useful accessory for me that Nikon offered was the high magnification finder: 5x-6x depending upon the model. To me, for what I like to do, this is more worthwhile than any auto-focus could ever be.

    When I got back into 35mm equipment a few years ago the choices came down to a Nikon F5 vs a Contax RTSIII. I am certain that either camera would have worked well for me.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    The F2 (especially the F2 titanium) is in my opinion the best 35mm SLR that Nikon ever made.

    It has all the features I need (durability, reliability, mirror lock-up, interchangeable motor drives, interchangeable view screens, interchangeable viewfinders, 100% viewfinder accuracy, choice of four non-metered viewfinders, and battery independence).

    I am still using one F2 that I bought new in 1971.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clogz
    If you still want to use the FTN, the mercury cells problenm could be solved by using a battery adapter: www.criscam.com

    Hans
    That will work, or you can just have it adjusted for the more stable and readily available 1.5v silver oxide batteries.

    Kiron Kid

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    Kid, this was something I was wondering,,,some of the old cameras work fine with the silver batteries, though not accurately,,but some of them couldn't take the increased voltage w/o damage. I found a liat at one point that listed some of them but nikons had not been tested

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    Quote Originally Posted by bohica
    Kid, this was something I was wondering,,,some of the old cameras work fine with the silver batteries, though not accurately,,but some of them couldn't take the increased voltage w/o damage. I found a liat at one point that listed some of them but nikons had not been tested
    Bohika

    It's a common remedy to the battery problem. My camera guy does it all the time. Works great on the older Nikon bodies.

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    I've used the silver batteries for years with my F. As Flotsom does, I adjust the film speed to match my spotmeter. Works just fine.

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