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    I love my XA, although it doesn't uphold #3 above but some gaffer tape could prob resolve that
    Andy

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    The Oly 35 SP in classifieds right now has had a CLA and conversion to alkaline/silver-oxide.

    Looks like the camera you are looking for.

    No relation to seller, just saw it and thought of this thread...

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    If you prefer aperture priority, I think Yashica Electro 35CC/CCN is it.
    It meets ALL your requirement.

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    Be less than 400$?
    If we are talking about used camera doesn't that depend on the condition of the camera?
    I would consider the Contax G system for the Zeiss lens.
    Even if I had to wait a little more to spend maybe a little more.

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    Wow! thanks for all the replies, looks like the rest of my day will be filled on looking up all these cameras.

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    $400? I'd be looking at a Bessa T or R2A or something like that. If you stick on maybe $200, you could get a beat up Leica M2 maybe.

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    I don't think anyone posted this yet, so look here first:

    http://www.cameraquest.com/com35s.htm

    I did a lot of research on this topic and my shortlist was:

    Olympus SP (great by all accounts, good lens, spot meter)
    Canon Canonet Giii17 (good by all accounts, good lens, good handling, compact)
    Konica Auto S3 (didn't like shutter priority, great lens, slick)
    Konica Auto S2 (bigger, great lens, see my post above)

    As someone suggested, in the $400 range you may be happier with something more modern, like a Contax G. But I find that a fully manual camera with a good built in meter feels so good in operation and yields so much control in your photography that it's the way to go.

    Best of luck,
    Leo
    "There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36cm2 View Post
    I don't think anyone posted this yet, so look here first:

    http://www.cameraquest.com/com35s.htm
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    Best of luck,
    Leo
    Going to need more than luck with that link, did not work for me. Maybe its their site? I tried Google, and the sites it had gave me the same error:
    HTTP ERROR: 504

    Gateway Timeout RequestURI=http://www.cameraquest.com
    Items for sale or trade at www.Camera35.com

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    My first 35mm rangefinder was a Yashica Electro 35. Very straightforward, and very inexpensive. Google "Yashica Guy" for tons of good information.

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    I have a Fed 2 with an Industar-61 52mm f2.8 that works perfectly. My only beef with it is the tiny area available for focusing inside the rangefinder. I took some photos with it that turned out pretty well and fine, but I have a Contax system with some good lenses now and so the Fed just sits there (looking pretty.) I could let it go pretty reasonable or for trade if it's what you're looking for.


    Or you could go with that Konica S2 that davela just posted in the classifieds for $75. That's a good camera with a great lens from what I've read.

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