Originally Posted by mjames
I went through the exact same decision process when it came time to replace my tired old Pentax KX. I wanted a new, manual focus 35mm SLR. I had purchased my Pentax new some 25 years prior and also owned several used (lots really) 35mm slrs in the intervening period. I wanted new. I searched and searched. At the time, the only real choices were the Minolta X-370N and the Nikon FM3a. Sadly, the Minolta X-700 was no longer available. There were a handful of others too but I dismissed them all as either too expensive (Nikon F3, Contax RTS-III, Olympus OM-4ti, etc...) or just not to my taste (mostly plastic junk).
I chose the FM3a and I'm very glad I did. I'm sure the F3 would have been just as pleasurable- if not more - but, it was going for around $1000 more than the FM3a at the time. I think your only choice today is the FM3a. The FM-10 may still be available new too - not sure but even if it is, it is Nikon in name only.
Today we also have the Bessa-flex - an interesting camera but, for the money, I think the FM3a is still a better choice. I really wish Minolta would bring back the X-700. That was a fine camera for the money and they made some pretty decent glass too.....oh well.
You really can't go wrong with a new FM3a. It is a great camera. You'll never regret making the purchase. I have never once had even a second of buyer's remorse. If the cost seems like a lot, keep in mind that it'll probably last 25 years...then the cost doesn't seem so daunting. Go for it!
Last edited by BradS; 08-19-2005 at 05:17 PM. Click to view previous post history.