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    I am sure by the end of this thread just about every 35mm SLR made will be mentioned at least once.

    Here are my suggestions:

    Nikon F, F2, Nikkormat Ftn
    Canon F1, T90
    Pentax Spotmatic
    Olympus OM1
    Minolta XM, SRT 101
    Rollei SL2000
    and of course the SLR I started out with an Exakta with 50mm Zeiss f2 Tessar lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by df cardwell View Post
    Nikon F

    All before led to it.
    All after, from it.

    Many good cameras, many interesting cameras. Many desirable.

    One classic.
    Me thinks you nailed it. Everything else is just personal preferences.

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    To me, in this case, classic = that which has defined a class.

    So, the class being "35mm SLR cameras", I would have to say that, although it was not the first 35mm SLR, the classic 35mm SLR is the Nikon F and its accompanying system. No bout adoubt it!
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    .............Without a second thought... the Nikon F and F2

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    I may be a cynic, but what camera is a classic depends if you're buying, or selling.
    That's the difference between a marsh and a swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Rose View Post
    I am sure by the end of this thread just about every 35mm SLR made will be mentioned at least once.

    Here are my suggestions:

    Nikon F, F2, Nikkormat Ftn
    Canon F1, T90
    Pentax Spotmatic
    Olympus OM1
    Minolta XM, SRT 101
    Rollei SL2000
    and of course the SLR I started out with an Exakta with 50mm Zeiss f2 Tessar lens.
    Yes, that about does it. Every one of those brands has a long following of good hardworking classic SLR cameras.

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    What 2F/2F and df cartwell said.

    'tis the F. The rest is personal preference.

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    IMO...

    The classic professional system 35mm SLR: pre-AI Nikon
    The classic amateur 35mm SLRs: Nikkormats, Pentax Spotmatics, Pentax K-1000s, Minolta SRTs, non-professional Canon SLRs (such as FT in the '60s, and FTb in the '70s)
    The classic low-end automated electronic SLR for the masses: Canon AE-1

    The Canon F-1 professional system is my favorite of the lot (though it is perhaps tied with Nikon F and F2, out of sheer love for the Nikon F system), but I don't see how it would fall under the "classic" definition, without getting brand specific as to the category (such as "the classic Canon professional system SLR"). It came over ten years after the F, and basically copied it in every important way. Though I feel that it was an improvement over the F, and superior to the F2 in many ways, I just cannot call it classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by df cardwell View Post
    Nikon F

    All before led to it.
    All after, from it.
    Good reasoning, though it would have led me to a different result - another vote for the Pentax Spotmatic (SPII, to be more specific).

    Everything came together - size, weight, durability, ergonomics, affordability, optics, specifications and, of course, marketing.

    So many are still in use today (though the youngest are 35 years old) and there's very little that can't be fixed on them - the camera equivalent of the jeep, DC3 Dakota, Sony TC105 tape recorder, etc.. Of course, there are other fine 35mm SLR cameras that would qualify as classics IMHO. The Nikon F, as above, & OM1 are obvious examples, though perhaps for different reasons. The list shouldn't be too long, though, and, for instance, however good the Pentax K1000 and MX might be they are, after all, only descendants of the Spotmatic.

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    As others have stated....the Nikon F, the F2 as a user.....plus the Pentax Spotmatic must be in there as well.

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