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    Camera that has aperture priority and all manual speed when battery die

    Hi,

    Is Nikon FM3A only one? I know that Leica M7 has only 2 speeds without batteries, Nikon F3 also only one speed … I am missing some camera(s) ?

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    Olympus OM-1.

    Though its AP is manual too.

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    Although I don't have a Nikon FM3A, I believe that it has only manual speeds without battery, not aperture priority. Perhaps an owner of one could verify.

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    FM3A: without battery - all manual speed without AP, and with battery aperture priority also. But usually cameras that have AP with battery has only one, two manual speeds when battery dies.

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    If you really want manual speeds, you probably should skip autoexposure and get an all-manual camera with a match-needle system. I do this, even though I like having autoexposure.

    I think that you're right in that most cameras with aperture-priority autoexposure have a very limited range of shutter speeds (sometimes none) if the battery dies.

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    Grab yourself an Olympus OM-3t and a couple of prime lenses. You wont want to shoot anything else after that. You dont need AP mode, that only gives auto-mediocrity, take control of your shots.
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    I am not looking what to buy/get - I already have F3 and M6 - I was just curious about cameras that have AP and full manual speeds when battery dies - because couple of days ago I was with my F3 in cold weather (-15C) for couple of hours and on the end I had only M80 speed (battery was ok - but it was just too cold for long time - when I was back in warm - battery was ok). I had to use F3, not M6 because I needed 105mm lens

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    I think the Canon New F-1 might fit the bill.
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    I've been trying to think of some but can't seem to recall any.

    The Rolleiflex SL 35 ME offers a limited set of manual speeds if the battery dies. But your bigger challenge will be finding one that is still working correctly today.

    Aside from that, I think that you're down to some of the cameras with selenium meters that use the old tried-and-true trap-needle autoexposure systems. And they're mostly fixed-lens cameras, and even those usually only offered a flash-synch speed plus B.

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    You can use the Nikon Anti-cold Battery Pack DB-2.

    With the Canon New F-1, all shutter speeds are available when battery is exhausted but you have to remove it from the camera.
    The Pentax LX has 1/2000 sec to X 1/75 sec and "B", while the Pentax K2, ESII and ES have most of their shutter speeds available when battery is dead.

    BTW, the F3 has B, X (1/80), T and 1/60 when using the backup mechanical release lever available when battery is dead.

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