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    Quote Originally Posted by aldevo View Post
    I own several Fujica ST-series SLRs and they are a delight to use. They have brighter viewfinders than the Spotmatics. They are somewhat rare, however, in N. America and are now commanding $50-100 on eBay.

    Another alternative would be the Yashica TL-Electro. I own one and the viewfinders are similarly bright. The TL-Electro also has mirror lock-up and a higher flash sync speed (nominally 1/125 sec, though likely 1/90 sec in actuality) than most M42s.

    Best of all they can usually be had (with the sadly flare-prone Yashinon DX 50mm f/1.4) for about $30.
    I see a Fujica ST605 http://cgi.ebay.com/FUJICA-ST605n-CA...QQcmdZViewItem went for $10.49 yesterday, which is in the same range as the two I bought (one since sold).

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    There are still plenty of excellent Spotmatics available, I bought a Sptmatic F for £25 18months ago, in mint condition, and a Spotmatic II for much less but not as good cosmetically.

    These camera's can be serviced and repaired at reasonable prices by a no of UK repairers. The Derbyshire guy, if it's who I'm think you mean in Clay Cross, is very helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP View Post
    I see a Fujica ST605 http://cgi.ebay.com/FUJICA-ST605n-CA...QQcmdZViewItem went for $10.49 yesterday, which is in the same range as the two I bought (one since sold).
    The 705 and 801/901 fetch higher since they support somewhat higher speeds (1/1500 and 1/2000) than the other Fujicas and almost all other M42 cameras.

    Also the 55mm f/2.2 isn't particularly coveted. Most are outfitted with a 55mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4.

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    [QUOTE=Paul Howell;496729]
    Quote Originally Posted by aldevo View Post
    I own several Fujica ST-series SLRs and they are a
    Another alternative would be the Yashica TL-Electro. I own one and the viewfinders are similarly bright. The TL-Electro also has mirror lock-up and a higher flash sync speed (nominally 1/125 sec, though likely 1/90 sec in actuality) than most M42s.

    What battery does the Yashica TL Electro use?
    Kodak S28 (or equivalent) silver-oxide battery. The same as a Fujica ST-801.

    They run about $7-9.

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    Bump up one model to an SP2. You'll have all the advantages of the SP1, the same M42 mount and the convenience of a built in hot shoe.

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    hey, this thread is almost three years old...I think the OP may have figured it out....or moved on...no?

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    Wasn't paying attention to when, laugh. It just came up earlier and I just answered it. Thought it was recent, shrug.

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