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    What was the best decade for 35mm cameras?

    So, I was thinking about my favorite cameras, and I realized most of them came from the 1970s. The Canon F1 premiered in 1971. The Nikon F2 and Olympus OM-1 came out in 1972. Pentax ditched the M42 mount in the mid '70s. The Multimode Minolta XD-11 came out in '77.

    What do you guys think was the best (most important/biggest leap) decade for 35mm camera development?

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    Yep, 1970s with the OMs.

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    1988, autofocus, the Nikon F4.

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    The 70's !

    I started learning about photography in 1976 with an SRT-101.

    And then Minolta XE-7 !!!
    I have two that only function at X, and B.
    And they are still being used, and abused. But my three X-700's,
    and the X-570 are kaput, for the moment ...


    Ron
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    I would say the late 80's to early 90's, with the introduction of auto focus, followed by innovations such as multi segment metering.

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    For me it would be the years 1965 through 1975. Lots of nice cameras being made then. I guess a 10 year period qualifies as a decade
    When the chips are down,

    The buffalo is empty!!!



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    I can't say since I was born in 1987, but I have a love affair with metal bodied SLR cameras and that's usually pre-1980

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    I'll vote for 1970's!

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    I love em bell bottoms and platform shoes on the other hand, I'm grateful that Olympus came up with the TTL and OTF metering.

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    '70's
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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