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    I have tried a couple of Nikons (F80 & F90x) and a couple of EOS's (100 & 300v) and am still more than happy with my OM40(PC). Its small, light yet solid and has Zukio lenses. I do want an OM2sp or an OM4ti though.
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    I've been using an F3 for a couple of years (other cameras: N60 [crap],FM2 and Mamiya C330s) and am relatively happy with it: the viewfinder is essentially full-frame; I can replace the screen and finder (often using a waist-level finder for street photography); it has mirror lock-up; and it will take any f-mount lens Nikon has made. Down sides: non-standard hot-shoe and slow sync speed (not a problem as I mostly do available light), only has aperture-priority and manual modes. If I had the money, I might have a FM3 instead - assuming that I want to stay with Nikon.

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    My original post saying the F3 sucks is likely colored by my experience with only one sample of the camera. It was an early model--pre-HP. And it truly was wretched. The only worse experience I ever had with any Nikon was with the motors for the first model FM. The entire staff at the newspaper where I worked bought FM's with motors and none of us could keep the motors working. I finally removed the motor from mine and smashed it in the street while on an assignment at which both the F3 with motordrive and the FM motordrive froze. I never regretted that impulsive, destructive moment because the FM camera body worked from that point on. The lesson is never buy the first year model of anything. I ended up buying used F2 bodies from then on. Never a failure and never a problem with an F2 motor despite lots of rough treatment and heavy use.

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    Thanks to everyone for their responses both positive and negative. I can always count on APUGers to be highly opinionated. Keep the comments coming and look for my next post "Why Leicas Suck" (my reason: I can't afford one).

    By the way, one positive people didn't mention: the motor drive sounds like the beginning of Duran Duran's "Girls on Film". Think about it, that song is going to sound really obsolete in a few years when film is outlawed and digital is welcomed by the photographic community as the standard (sarcasm... don't get your panties in a bind).

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    I would say that the Nikon F3 is one of the two finest 35mm SLRs ever made; the other one is the Nikon FM2n. I have done alot of shooting with the F3 and FM2n and have found both to be extremely durable and reliable. The F3 has a true system built around it - motor drive, interchangable viewfinders and focusing screens, etc. F3 bodies are very affordable on the used market - one real benefit of the digital hysteria.

    If you know how to work a camera and don't need or want automatic everything, you can't go wrong with an F3 or FM2n, IMO.

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    For 20 years, I have depended upon Nikon's professional cameras -- particularly the F3 -- and have never once been disappointed. Not one failure of any kind. Most other photojournalists I have known also used F3's -- until digital became the norm for newspapers -- and they also expressed the same confidence in their equipment. I am sorry to hear that some may have had a bad experience with the F3, but I am sure such incidents are rare.

    The F3 was, and (IMHO) still is, the finest small format SLR ever made. As for the "non-standard" hotshoe, I never cared for Nikon's Speedlights anyway (I prefer Metz or Sunpak handlemounts).

    Having said that, I must ad that I am not too trusting of anything -- no matter how confident one is in it's dependability -- thus a backup camera is essential. When I was in the trenches, mine was an Nikon F2 -- it also performed flawlessly and is still in use today.

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    My second opinion on this:

    I think the Contax RTS and the Canon EOS 1 VHS are better.

    If I was to choose a Nikon I would go with F5 (or F6). I don't like the ealier F's, especially not F4.

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    What about the Nikon FA? I have heard good things about that camera.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sparx
    I have tried a couple of Nikons (F80 & F90x) and a couple of EOS's (100 & 300v) and am still more than happy with my OM40(PC). Its small, light yet solid and has Zukio lenses. I do want an OM2sp or an OM4ti though.
    You wouldn't want a OM 2 SP if you knew how fast it drains the battery. I had one back then when it was new and I couldn't afford film cause of the ammount of money used on battereries
    The OM 1 and OM 2n in good condition must be in top five with FE, FE 2, FM2n, F100 and F90X. Eeh top five ? Hmm counting never was my strong point
    Regards Søren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soeren
    The OM 1 and OM 2n in good condition must be in top five with FE, FE 2, FM2n, F100 and F90X.
    I have a GREAT OM1 laying around with a motor winder and a 50 mm f/1.8, sadly I never use it as I only have this one lens...

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