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    Really to each his/her own. I have not seen the OP response since the original post. Am I missing something?

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    F2as would be my choice. There is simply nothing wrong with this camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vsanzbajo View Post
    Being the most modern and so greatly built, do you guys think is the best MF Nikon body? Opinions....
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    I don't know – I'm still using my FM (manual everything), on the rare occasions I shoot 35mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vsanzbajo View Post
    Being the most modern and so greatly built, do you guys think is the best MF Nikon body? Opinions....
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    Yes, because it is modern.
    You can't compare this (built since 2001) with F3 that is 21 years older.
    I rackon F3 is the best MF camera .. for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    Really to each his/her own. I have not seen the OP response since the original post. Am I missing something?
    Yes. Post #25.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    IMO the best Manual Focus camera is the one that is working with film in it and a lens on it and within easy access.

    By that definition I do not own the best manual focus Nikon, but depending on my mood tonight, it could be either a Nikon FA or FM, right now the best Nikon I own is my N90s.

    Beyond that, they all have unique switches and doodads that do some such strange function that 99% of the people that buy them may never use, or a knob or toggle is in just the right place for your hand. Lets face it here, these are high quality cameras we are talking about here, in that regard they are all the best. When you find the one that works best for you, then you have the best MF camera makes for you.
    "Would you like it if someone that painted in oils told you that you were not making portraits because you were using a camera?"
    "Shouldn't it be more about the joy of producing and viewing the photo than what you paid for the camera?"

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    I have had them all and yes the FM3a is the best.
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    Nope...and Maybe :)

    Based on the question in the thread title...Nope. There are plenty of manual focus film cameras that are better.

    Based on the question in the post...maybe. I would choose the FM2n.
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    Even though I have the F (plain prism), F2 (various flavors, all with metering heads), F3/T, F4s, FM, and FM3a I think my favorites are the F, FM, and FM3a.

    To me, the metering heads on the F2's, plus the shutter speed dial coupling, makes the camera feel clunky in use. Build quality is excellent and implementation of features such as the timer, mirror lock-up, DOF, is excellent.

    Never really liked the LCD readout on the F3's, but it's a very solid camera, especially the F3/T.

    I love the controls on the F4, but I always use mine with AF lenses, so it doesn't count in this poll :-)

    That leaves the F, FM, and FM3a - which I enjoy the most, equally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeknom02 View Post
    Well, a few months ago, I might have asked a similar question, because I was in the market for a Nikon manual focus* SLR. I ended up purchasing an FE2, which I'm surprised hasn't got any mentions yet.

    * - I almost complained about the original post because the FM3a is not a medium format camera...
    On the Large Format Photography Forum we call the FM3a a TF camera (tiny format).

    Oh and 35mm photographers please don't get offended. Some of those Ultra Format guys shoot cameras that make my 8x10 camera look small.

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