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    Message from Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador

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    Hello all, my first post here on APUG. I'm Hyun. I hail from sunny California.

    One criteria is that I'd really like whichever camera I get to be readily available from some place like KEH, Adorama, or B&H used departments.
    If you'd like to contact me directly, I would be happy to put you in touch with Joel in the Adorama used department, who could talk through possible options with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyun View Post
    Right now my main film body is Canon Elan 7N. I am looking for a small (smaller the better) camera that has manual control over aperture and shutter speeds. I have the Olympus Stylus Epic, which is a great little camera, but is fully automatic. I'd like something that I can pocket (like the Stylus Epic) and carry around with me.
    SLR or RF or P&S? Do you have any preference in style?

    Okay, for P&S, there's not much to choose from when it comes down to the manual control, but I would say, Contax T3 or Ricoh GR1. But since you have Oly Stylus, which is a pretty decent and useful camera, maybe you don't need another P&S.

    For SLR, you say you have Canon Elan. I don't know what kind of lens you have for it, but you might wanna try a smaller fixed focus length lens first and see if you're happy with the size and the weight with the camera.

    For RF, I agree with others here that something like Canonet GIII is a good idea.

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    I know this is a bit big to meet your criteria, but I just have to give a shout out to the venerable Pentax Spotmatic. A great series of small SLRs--just slightly larger than a Leica--with some great lenses to boot. A little big for your pocket but still a viable option as a smaller alternative to today's SLRs.

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    Thank you for all the replies!

    Thank you for all the replies so far. I'm looking for something definitely smaller than a SLR, so the Olympus OMs and Pentax MX seem to be out (they're SLRs, right?). I think a small rangefinder with a fixed lens is what would work for me; maybe the aforementioned Canonet or Rollei 35.

    One thing that's come up in my research so far is that a lot of older rangefinder cameras use mercury batteries that are no longer available. Are there replacement, readily-available batteries for those?

    Thank you again, all.

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    The Olympus XA fits your bill and will definitely fit into a pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyun View Post
    a lot of older rangefinder cameras use mercury batteries that are no longer available. Are there replacement, readily-available batteries for those?

    See this site. Lots of good tips.
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    Thanks very much, Keith!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyun View Post
    Are there replacement, readily-available batteries for those?

    Thank you again, all.
    Lots of work-arounds for the non-existent mercury batteries. Zinc-air batteries or Schottke diodes work for me.

    Would you consider a half-frame camera?

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    Yashica Electro 35 GSN or MG-1. For battery a Duracell PX28A with a cardboard for fit and a little spring for reach. You should also consider the Ricoh GX-500 (especially small with a 40mm 2.8 lens sharp as a tack)

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    The OP wanted a compact, pocketable camera.
    Canonet Glll, Olympus 35RC or SP will all be larger than the Stylus but are the three best options.
    These will be slightly heavier than the Stylus. Life's a compromise ain't it?
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