Originally Posted by cmo
A Nikon F plus a few lenses within a budget of $300?
Where do you get that?
A working mechanic Nikon on a budget - did someone say "Nikkormat"? They are really cheap these days, and they are great cameras.
One of the F/FTNs I got came with a 50mm 1.4 and case easy EX and works. Shutter speeds are close enough.Less than $100 off ebay and got 200mm in the case for under $75 wides are out there too.
The OP wanted a needle display, no LEDs, so if that still holds the FM2 is out.
That rules out the good F2's also.