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Which Manual Focus Nikon body to buy


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ornate_wrasse

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ornate_wrasse Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Feb 2006
Mon 03-Nov-08 08:13 PM

Hi all,

I have decided I'd like to get back into shooting film with a Manual Focus SLR camera. Believe it or not, the first one I purchased was a Mamiya-Sekor 1000 DTL back in the early 1970s. I hadn't yet gotten into Nikons

After my children were older and I had more time for photography, I bought a Canon AE-1. Still not yet into Nikons

I've been shooting Digital the past few years with a D70S, but I'd like to get a Nikon MF camera so I can use Nikon lenses.

I've done some research and both the FE and FA were recommended for various reasons. The FE was recommended because it can use pretty much all Nikon lenses and the FA was recommended because the camera can use the batteries in the Motor Winder to power the camera, meter and all. To add to the mix, a friend uses and raves about his F3HP, which he has let me borrow before.

In the list of great MF camera bodies, I did not see the FE or FA mentioned very often and I was wondering why.

I am a very small woman and weight is one of my main considerations.
I just don't like carrying around a big heavy camera. That's one of the reasons why I like my D70S so much!

Do any of you have any thoughts on choosing either an FA or FE?
Would an F3HP be a better choice than the FA or FE? Lastly, do you have any other MF camera bodies you can recommend? I don't really want to spend a whole lot of money on this camera, so the newer and more expensive MF bodies are not in the list of cameras I'd consider.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Ellen

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