Quote Originally Posted by tomtom
pentax k1000 or a nikon fm/fm2 - for a total manual starter camera you can't go wrong with either of these. they're dependable in a lot of situations and easy to get repaired.

tomtom
Don't forget the Pentax MX either-light, compact and the leds in the finder are easier to see in low light than the needle on the KX/K1000.I've seen these two go for 100ish with standard lenses so I'd keep your eyes open though.The MX was my first camera (I now have an LX) and I still think they're great (cue Hovis ad music...)