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    Good - older - smaller - slr with great lens

    Forgive me if this has been beat to death.

    I have an eos-3 that is very nice, but it never gets out of the house. It just seems too electric whiz-bang automatic. Yes I know I could set it on M, but its missing that nice little lever that you get to crank on every shot.

    So, what do you guys think I should be on the look out for?

    Here is my must have list.
    Manual film advance.
    Split screen focus.
    Great lens, 50mm, fast is good.
    Smaller than the eos-3.
    Weight does not matter.
    Currently available battery for meter.
    Metal is better than plastic, but plastic is ok.
    But it absolutly cant feel like a piece of plastic junk.

    Look forward to your suggestions.
    Thx

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    om-2n

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    The Olympus SLR line, OM-1n, OM-2, Om-3 or OM-4. The OM1 & OM3 are fully mechanical (except metering) whilst OM2 & OM4 do depend on battery for shutter. Small and very nice, sharp Zuiko lenses.

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    Nikon FE or FM perhaps.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    Another vote for OM2n or OM1n with 50mm f1.4 which is a great lens.

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    Olympus OM-1/2/3 are good. You should also consider a Minolta XD-11 with Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.2; the XD-11 can be had for much less than an OM and the Rokkor glass is inexpensive as well.

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    OM2n.

    I have mine and it just seems perfect.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Once again, a Nikon FE, i got one, works great. And AIS Nikkors can be cheap depending where you're looking. And for the record, yes i have an FE and that's my main 35mm SLR.
    - Derek
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    Fujica 605, 701, etc., all M42 Pentax screw mount. Very compact, and the world is full of inexpensive M42 glass. If you can go with a fresnel circle instead of split ring, then the Pentax Spotmatic series is the sine qua non of simple, mechanical, tough, yet compact SLR. I need 2+ reading glasses to clearly focus my 605 and SP1000. The Pentax is easier to focus than the split ring 605 ...

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    Pentax ME Super. The Pentax-M f1.7 or 1.4 are excellent lenses.

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