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    Need body for AIS lens.

    I picked up a 19mm Vivitar lens and am looking for a rather cheap/small/hardy body that I can dedicate the lens to. Unfortunately the lens doesn't meter on my N80's and I'd like something with a meter. Btw, let me know if you have anything sitting around needing a home.

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    Nikon F4...hardy, but not small. I have one, but You'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands!

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    EM. FG. FG20. FM10. All small, light, inexpensive.

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    The FGs were problem-prone IIRC. Not so cheap, but look for an FE2. Gorgeous little bodies, handle well, very reliable.

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    The older Nikkormats (e.g. FT-2, FT-3 or EL series) were built to last forever and make excellent back lens caps for AIS lenses!

    And they only cost around $50 to $75 nowadays!

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    I'd go with an FE or EM. The latter if you can live with aperture priority only.

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    I have a Nikon EM I keep planning to sell - works fine, but I have too many Nikons.

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    check out John White's page at aiconversions.com for a full list of what bodies meter with it and and how. AIs work as manual focus/aperture prioity on some of the autofocus cameras. I'll second the comments on FM's and EL's. EL is built very well, aperture priority and the battery is easily available, unlike a lot of 60's/early 70's automatic cameras.

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    I think that the FM or FE would be great and super cheap. The FE2 and FM2 are better, and a little more expensive. If you want something a little more pro oriented and are willing to pay more, perhaps an F3, without a motor, its not that big, but plenty stout.
    Last edited by Paul Sorensen; 03-08-2007 at 06:43 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: added info

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP View Post
    I have a Nikon EM I keep planning to sell - works fine, but I have too many Nikons.

    Apart from querying the concept of "too many Nikons" (is such a thing possible?), I'm amazed your EM is still working – mine fell to bits years ago.

    I think the OP would be well-advised to get an FE2 for reliability, ruggedness and getting the most out of his AIS lens.



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