Totally manual 35mm camera recommendations needed
My son has a Canon A1 and he loves it. In fact, I can honestly say it is the best purchase I ever made, as it has gotten a tremendous amount of use. However, he would like a totally manual camera. His birthday is in August and I may surprise him with a camera.
I have done a lot of reading but admit I'm not that knowledgable about specific cameras. I'm figuring the Canon F1 is probably our best choice. However, I'd also be open to trying a Nikon as a change. He attends an Arts school and is a photography major so I'm willing to spend a bit more. I know we'll get our money out of it.
Canon F1, Nikon F1, both nice classic choices. Also consider a Leica M2 or M3 (or Voigtlander Bessa, or Zeiss Ikon) in user shape. I picked up my M2 for $500 and you can get used lenses for $250-300.
I'd like to throw in the Olympus OM-1 as a possibility, nice fully manual camera and lightweight and quiet to boot.
Pentax: 6x7 MLU
Graflex: Miniature (2x3) Speed Graphic
If we're throwing alternatives in, then Yashica FX-3. Totally, utterly manual. Light in weight, thoroughly reliable. Put a Zeiss Planar on the front, and never look back.
The F1n is the obvious choice as you may well have more than one lens already for the A1 - I used to use F1n's and loved them - bullet proof. I cannot remember correctly but *think* that the totally mechanical shutter speeds (those available without batteries) were limited, might beworth checking out.
For a "can work without batteries" camera the Nikon F2 would jump into the spotlight.
However, what is wrong with using the A1? Good camera (was the first one that got me into the Canon system) if you don't mind using a battery to power the shutter/meter perhaps the investment could go on accesories rather than another camera.
Leica - the ultimate battery-free 35mm.
*edit* Good call about the FX3. That was my first slr & still got it. Was in a cupboard for probably 15 years, found it over last winter - worked first time! Leatherette covering fell off but it might be wearing better than me!!!
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Reason: adding about the FX-3!
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Canon F1, nice choice! I wouldn't recommend having 2 cameras with different lens mounts.
I'll throw out the obligatory recommendation for a Pentax K-1000, KX, KM or MX
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I have 2 Canon f1n and they're built like tanks. My first one I've had for 20 years and it's still going strong. I bought a new one on Ebay recently. They have metal shutter curtains and will work without a battery. The shutter speed range is limited though.
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If you already have several lens, staying with Canon may be your best bet. If not, or you don't care, Nikon has great lens/body compatibility. Depending on budget and availability, Nikon F2 or an FM would be great choices.
For more money, a Leica M3 would be something to consider.