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Was there ever a "Best" 35mm Film SLR? ... if so, what was it, in your opinion?
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Jan 22, 2018 02:36:22   #
Chris T (a regular here)
 
This one's open ... you can include any manufacturer - past or present. Just trying to get an accurate assessment from everybody who's used them (or, still is ....)

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Jan 22, 2018 03:22:53   #
Leicaflex
 
The Pentax K1000 was a firm film favourite. Well made, simple to use and by comparison today, light.
It has made somewhat of a come-back with collages and film students with the re-introduction of film.

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Jan 22, 2018 04:09:12   #
nikon_jon
 
I think you would run into the same discussion you do today with digitals. I learned on Pentax in my younger years. Not the K1000, but the SP1000 with screw mounted lenses. Nice piece of equipment. I started using Nikons when I worked for a daily paper in the mid 80's. Never went back and own eight Nikon digitals today. From D40 through to a DF. DF is one of my favorites, but that is mostly because it is designed to emulate the equivalent F series film cameras. It is a lot like the FM I used at the paper. I still have the FM today and it works fine. They also had some Olympus cameras. Great optics, but I am not a fan of the small camera bodies that Oly promoted. It matters not to me that you can put a train load of technology in a small package. I like a 'handful' of camera.
In the 70's I had a portrait studio and used an RB67 in the studio and a Hassleblad and Rolleiflex for portable work. All good cameras. At 71 years of age, they are a bit too much a handful for me. The DF is about all I want to carry around these days. Plus, I don't have a darkroom anymore and doing film isn't much fun if you have to have it processed by someone else.

I have used most different brands of cameras and can't see much difference in their functions. I am afraid I have developed a strong prejudice toward Nikon and won't get seriously involved in investing in any other brand.

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Jan 22, 2018 05:30:12   #
jeryh
 
Well, having used virtually all of them over a lifetime, I have to say my Minolta Dynax 9. I still have it, it is still loaded with film, and has fresh batteries.Prior to that, which I still have, loaded, is a Minolta 9000i, both beautiful cameras. I also used a couple of Leicas, of which the R9 was without doubt, was the worst camrra I ever owned !

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Jan 22, 2018 05:47:48   #
Fleckjohn65
 
Canon F1 and Ftb

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Jan 22, 2018 05:53:10   #
John N (a regular here)
 
Always liked the FUJICA ST range, late 1970's. Had the ST801 myself and it was so simple to use with 7 diodes viewable through the viewfinder. Not so small as an OM1, but I always thought the lenses were first rate.

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Jan 22, 2018 06:14:51   #
par4fore
 
Nikon FM3A

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Jan 22, 2018 06:17:44   #
shagbat
 
FM3A? I've not had the pleasure of using one. My 1978 FM is the loveliest camera I've ever handled, it just feels right. I'll always have a soft spot for the Zenit 'E', first love etc!

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Jan 22, 2018 07:40:36   #
DTran
 
Do you think there is one Chris? I have my favorite but I can't say it's the best.

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Jan 22, 2018 07:45:19   #
Chris T (a regular here)
 
nikon_jon wrote:
I think you would run into the same discussion you do today with digitals. I learned on Pentax in my younger years. Not the K1000, but the SP1000 with screw mounted lenses. Nice piece of equipment. I started using Nikons when I worked for a daily paper in the mid 80's. Never went back and own eight Nikon digitals today. From D40 through to a DF. DF is one of my favorites, but that is mostly because it is designed to emulate the equivalent F series film cameras. It is a lot like the FM I used at the paper. I still have the FM today and it works fine. They also had some Olympus cameras. Great optics, but I am not a fan of the small camera bodies that Oly promoted. It matters not to me that you can put a train load of technology in a small package. I like a 'handful' of camera.
In the 70's I had a portrait studio and used an RB67 in the studio and a Hassleblad and Rolleiflex for portable work. All good cameras. At 71 years of age, they are a bit too much a handful for me. The DF is about all I want to carry around these days. Plus, I don't have a darkroom anymore and doing film isn't much fun if you have to have it processed by someone else.

I have used most different brands of cameras and can't see much difference in their functions. I am afraid I have developed a strong prejudice toward Nikon and won't get seriously involved in investing in any other brand.
I think you would run into the same discussion you... (show quote)


From Pentax to Nikon, huh, Jon?

There's nothing wrong with a dedication to Nikon, Jon .... surely, one of the better makes - of Dig Cams, anyway ... perhaps, film cameras, too ....

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Jan 22, 2018 07:49:48   #
Chris T (a regular here)
 
DTran wrote:
Do you think there is one Chris? I have my favorite but I can't say it's the best.


I was very fond of my Canon A1, D ....

It probably wasn't the best 35mm film camera ever produced, but, it was certainly the most innovative .....

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Jan 22, 2018 07:49:57   #
waegwan
 
Chris T wrote:
This one's open ... you can include any manufacturer - past or present. Just trying to get an accurate assessment from everybody who's used them (or, still is ....)


Chinon SLR circa 1967. Because it has flash synch from 1 to 1/125 second and it is M42 screw mount giving it a wide range of Chinon, Fuji, Pentax, Yashica and aftermarket lenses. And it is a manual shutter so it don't need a battery.

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Jan 22, 2018 07:52:48   #
Chris T (a regular here)
 
jeryh wrote:
Well, having used virtually all of them over a lifetime, I have to say my Minolta Dynax 9. I still have it, it is still loaded with film, and has fresh batteries.Prior to that, which I still have, loaded, is a Minolta 9000i, both beautiful cameras. I also used a couple of Leicas, of which the R9 was without doubt, was the worst camrra I ever owned !


What was so terrible about the Leica R9, Jery?

That Minolta 9000 series were certainly beautifully made, huh, Jery?

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Jan 22, 2018 07:54:44   #
Chris T (a regular here)
 
waegwan wrote:
Chinon SLR circa 1967. Because it has flash synch from 1 to 1/125 second and it is M42 screw mount giving it a wide range of Chinon, Fuji, Pentax, Yashica and aftermarket lenses. And it is a manual shutter so it don't need a battery.


Chinon .... ah, yes ... I remember them ... either died out, or converted to something else, I suppose, Waegwan ....

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Jan 22, 2018 07:57:20   #
Chris T (a regular here)
 
shagbat wrote:
FM3A? I've not had the pleasure of using one. My 1978 FM is the loveliest camera I've ever handled, it just feels right. I'll always have a soft spot for the Zenit 'E', first love etc!


The Zenit E was my first SLR, too, Shag ....

How was the Nikon FM3A different than the original FM, Shag?

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