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    I'd say if he's shooting Canon right now, stick with Canon. It's nice to be able to swap lenses, and not have to sink money into 2 separate systems.

    But if that's no worry... I'd put in for a Konica T3... Built like a tank and legendary Hexanon glass you can't go wrong.

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    If you're not in too deep with the Canon then maybe go with minolta, an SRT-101. They've got a beautiful lens selection and I'vk got a few Rokkor-X's that have never dissapointed me in terms of sharpness. The entire system is incredibly easy to learn and I've done all my 35mm work as a film student thus far on an SRT-101. I don't plan on stopping now.

    There is something to be said for sticking with one system though. I recently purchased a Nikon FE so that I could use some of my digital lenses on a fully manual camera when I want to have the versatility of digital and film in a small package.

    But whatever, this is only the expirience of one photographer. Do whatever you think is best!

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    Pentax Spotmatic. They go on forever and use M42 mount lenses which are in plentiful supply.

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    Canon F-1n, F-1, FTb. Great cameras.

    Also consider the Canon AT-1. Fully manual camera, same body type as the A-1, match needle metering. Uses the same battery as the A-1. Lighter than the pro bodies.

    If he wants to try a different system, the Minolta SRT series are wonderful cameras, and the lenses are absolutely dirt cheap for the quality you get.
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    Instead of something that fits lenses you have already, what about exposing him to something totally different? For example, if he has been shooting all SLRs, what about trying a rangefinder, TLR, scale focus camera, etc? If he has been all 35mm, how about trying medium or large format?

    Many of these options would be single shot purchases that wouldn't mean investing in a new line of lenses, etc. As someone who grew up after SLRs took over the photography world, I would have appreciated exposure to other types of cameras earlier.

    Edit: What sort of subjects does he shoot?

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    I suggest that you allow your son to participate in the decision-making. He may surprise you with which camera he really wants for his birthday. Besides, the time you spend together in search of his new camera may be as precious to him as the camera itself.

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    spotmatic is truly wonderfull
    vive la resistance!

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    Can anything beat a Nikon FM3a for manual and auto?


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    the fm2?
    vive la resistance!

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    + 1 on what sirius said: let your son handle as many options as possible. His hands and eye will find one that fits best ...

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