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    Seven cameras, seven days the week has.You lucky devil.Put them in an order, then stick with it.I want one too!!! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by 26x30 View Post
    ... which would be the best system to persue?
    Only you can answer that question.

    If I were in your position, I would concentrate on two of the Canons (F1 and Ftb) or two of the Nikons (F and FM). It all depends on which of the four bodies I could easily get in working condition and how good the bodies work in my hands. Another factor to consider is how easy will it be for me to find the additional lenses I will need for the type of photographs I want to shoot.

    My personal bias would be for the Canon F1 or the Nikon F. Both were fine cameras.


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    Quote Originally Posted by narsuitus View Post
    If I were in your position, I would concentrate on two of the Canons (F1 and Ftb) or two of the Nikons (F and FM).
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    I think that is what I plan to do. I am going to hang of to all of them, but I love how the F1 and F feel. The heft of these two is very pleasing to me. Nikon and Canon lenses seem to be bountiful, so two systems to upkeep and learn should not be that hard. The only camera that I really have no attachment to is the Nikkormat. I like the feel, the balance and the layout of the controls. I just have not made friends with it yet, and don't really know why. If anything, I would just trade it for a lens if given the chance. Started replacing the seals on the Ftbn today...

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    The best thing about the FM is that it takes Nikon lenses. I have an FM and an FE-2, both great cameras. I've used Canons and Yashicas, but I love the Nikon lenses.

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    Keep them, it's nice to have a selection of different cameras on hand. I have 11 cams, but I mainly focus on glass for my Nikons. I have a Konica T3N (My favorite Camera), Pentax PZ-10 (Travel Camera), Nikon F100 (My main shooter), Nikon F70, Nikon F75 (Backup Nikon, Baby F5) Minolta XG-M (Latest aquisition), 2 Polaroids (635CL and Impulse), Minolta Hi-Matic Rangefinder, Holga 120N and my digital Pentax K110, I also had a Kodak Disc Camera given to me, I don't want to shoot the film though cause I don't think I can get it developed. My son shoots with a Canon Rebel film camera i picked up as well. It's nice to have a selection, and you get to learn different systems and set-ups, which keeps things interesting. I just try and have fun with this addiction... Ummm... Hobby... lol

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    You really should get an Olympus OM1 and a set of lenses for that. Then a Hasselblad for when you want a larger negative.

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    One thing, Both the Nikon and older Canons, Ft, FTb, Pellix, etc used PX15 and PX625 batteries. No longer available. The battery only provides power to the meter.
    The New F1 is battery dependent like the A series cameras.
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    Keep them all. Get a hand held meter. See how you feel. All of them are good cameras. Don't look down on the FTb. Use one camera first until you feel comfortable. Then use the next and so on. The solution to your problem will come from within you.
    " A loving and caring heart is the beginning of all knowledge " ~ Thomas Carlyle ~

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    Thanks for all of the responses! So, I guess having say, a Nikon F with a stack of lenses is more or less the same as having multiple cameras with dedicated lenses that you are familiar with, right? If I only use a 200 tele on the Ftbn and know just how the results will turn out every time then that's my camera for the job. Outfitting the FM with a 28 wide would be the fit for that niche as well. I guess I had it in my mind that I needed to pick a camera and build a set of glass. Maybe I need to learn how they all respond to a specific lens and carry two cameras at a time, or just take one with me with a specific style of capture in mind. I enjoy using an external meter, and feel that dialing in the factors helps me look at everything throughout the day in terms of aperture and speed. Problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    One thing, Both the Nikon and older Canons, Ft, FTb, Pellix, etc used PX15 and PX625 batteries. No longer available. The battery only provides power to the meter.
    The New F1 is battery dependent like the A series cameras.
    I know that there are workarounds for this, but for what it would cost I could buy a new lens. The Canon is a F1, not a New F1, though, so that isn't a problem.

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