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    What are the classic 35mm SLR's

    What are the classic 35mm SLR's?

    I'll start with one of the obvious choices

    Pentax Spotmatic.

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    I'll try to do this chronologically:

    Exakta (many models)
    Praktina (high quality early East german SLR)
    Nikon F & F2
    Pentax Spotmatic; K2, Km, MX...
    Leicaflex SL & SL2
    Rolleiflex SL35, SL35O, SL-35E, SL 2000F and 3003
    Nikon FM*m Fe*, F3....

    There are many I have little or no experience with, but should be mentioned: Minolta, Canon, Topcon....
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Olympus Pen F ??
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    OM 1 and OM 2
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    Canon A-1 (or AE-1) of course (my first SLR, which I still own 20 years later)

    One of my oddball favorites is the Zenit-C, a decendant of the Zorki 1 (ie, Leica II series copy) with added mirror box.

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    Pentax Me ?

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    The word "classic" means different things to different people. If you mean "of enduring value and desirability" then few cameras will qualify. Minolta's Maxxum 7000, the first AF 35mm SLR, is certainly "classic" in some people's view, but how many are still working today?
    In life you only get one great dog, one great car, and one great woman. Pet the dog. Drive the car. Make love to the woman. Don't mix them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
    The word "classic" means different things to different people. If you mean "of enduring value and desirability" then few cameras will qualify. Minolta's Maxxum 7000, the first AF 35mm SLR, is certainly "classic" in some people's view, but how many are still working today?
    yes. I was certainly thinking in terms of "enduring value and desirability" and I guess I was also thinking in terms of ubiquity or wide recognition. Many are obvious to me...like the Pentax K-1000, Minolta SRT-101, Olympus OM-1, Canon FTb, etc....

    but, I also recognize that my view is biased by my own expereince...so was hoping for others to put forth their widely recognized 35mm SLR of enduring value and desirability....


    so, keep 'em coming!

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    Contarex and Contax

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    Based on Brad's last post, here are the ones I own, and would never sell:

    Olympus OM-2

    Nikon FE2

    Minolta X7

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