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    Having been a camera technician for a few years - I'm a bit biased, but I would pick:

    Canon AE1 Program, Canon New F1, Minolta SRT series, Minolta X700, XD 7/11, Olympus OM1/OM2. Nikon FM/FM2, Nikon F3, Nikkormat series

    In Australia you can pick all these up for a bargain - both cameras and lenses. All the genuine lenses are fantastic - sharp and well made, and the bodies (outside of any obsolete battery issues) are great...

    And I've had good results with most aftermarket lenses from the big manufacturers - Tamron, Sigma, Vivitar, Tokina, Hoya, Kiron (although if you are going Canon FD then I'd stick to genuine Canon lenses - the Canon mount is a bit complex, and maybe I'm a bit biased but Canon were the only ones who ever really got it right..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynachrome View Post
    There must be some interesting places you could go to take pictures which don't involve a high probability of violence. This part of your posting doesn't have to do with cameras or photography. It has to do with judgment.
    I agree. You could find a whole lot of SLR candidates out there, but why bother. No camera is worth your own physical harm... Some even are hard to tell from new digitals from a distance. I usually just take a quality olympus, fuji, nikon or konica point-and-shoots if there's a chance to wander into sketchy unplanned situations. You can get them by the dozen these days... and shoot great street stuff.

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    I have to put a good word in for the Yashica TL-Electro or its slightly older sibling, the TL-E; reliable mechanical cloth shutter that sounds like a cannon when released. A plethora of M42 lenses around and also, the lights in the viewfinder without a moving needle should still be operable after launching it against your assailant.

    Cheers, Allan

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    I'm honestly surprised that the lowly Argus C3 doesn't get more love. The all-American rangefinder, great lens, quirky-cool in a steampunk, ugly-duckling sort of way, easy to work on. I got my first one at an antique store in St. Louis and it was love at first roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Christian View Post
    I'm honestly surprised that the lowly Argus C3 doesn't get more love. The all-American rangefinder, great lens, quirky-cool in a steampunk, ugly-duckling sort of way, easy to work on. I got my first one at an antique store in St. Louis and it was love at first roll.
    I concur Terry, but with my advancing years I can no longer see the RF patch in them. The C-3 was my very first real 35mm camera (1967)and it holds a place in my heart. I can still hear my old chums saying "here comes Rick with that f'ing camera again", I took pics of everything we did.
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    I would vote for the Ricoh"s particularly the XR2, Imagine a Pentax K1000 on steroids, better built than later Pentaxes, with self timer,DOF preview, built in eyepiece shade (like Nikon pro models) and aperture priority AE or manual. And it takes all K mount lenses.

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    Convert to digital??? Hmmmm.

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    Canon FTb is a good choice.

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    Nikon N75 - the last SLR Nikon designed. The 28-80 zoom that it often comes with is really excellent for the price.

    Cameras go for $25-$60, ditto the lens.

    It won't bash anyone's skull. It is a real flea-weight, coming in at 20oz or so with lens.

    "Don't beat me up, sir. Here, have this nice camera. It's a Nikon - worth a fortune - you can get $700 for it on ebay ..."
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    Any Canon FD because the lenses are good and cheap as they won't convert to digital (successfully). Nikkormats are ridiculously inexpensive for a camera built to the same standard as the F/F2 without the system gubbins. Yashica FR with an ML lens would be my choice. Its only known weakness is a suspect frame counter but the FR is an amazingly capable camera that's built like a brick and some period reviews rated it higher than the equivalent Contax.



 

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