The best 35mm design / favorite?? It has to be the Nikon F4. The F4 works with all F mount lenses Nikon has made from 1959 to today with a few limitations on the pre-AI and G lenses. It has a great grip and a very rugged build. I have the MB-20 and MB-21 grips so I can go small or I can go big with a vertical grip and 6 fps. It takes AA batteries that can be bought just about anywhere. Nice big viewfinder with lots of focus screen options. Matrix, center weighted, and spot metering. P,A,S, & M modes with a an extra P mode that keeps shutter speed high. All manual controls with dials and buttons, no menu settings that require referencing a handbook to tell what you are setting. And in my opinion it's a great looking design. You can shoot program exposure mode and autofocus or switch just as easily to manual focus and manual exposure with out incurring a disadvantage because the auto functionality exists on the camera.
F100 and F6 are contenders here and more advanced, but to me if you take into account the ability to shoot pre-AI lenses unmodified and the whole menu thing from the F100........ I've never shot an F6 so I can't compare but I know it uses a non-standard type battery and can't shoot pre-Ai without modification. They have the control wheels too and I prefer the dial controls on the F4. I have to say overall the F4 wins it for me.
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