Just wanted to pick up some feedback on what good SLR cameras were around long time ago, when everyone shot film. Thanks.
I am sure there are a variety of opininons. I have heard and agree that the Nikon F2 was probably the finest finished hand built camera ever. I guess many would include various Leicas. Maybe the Nikon F6.Although I have never even held one, I think the FM3a would be close to my idea of a perfect film slr.
I would have to agree with the Nikon F6. The Nikon FM and FM2n and FE2 are also great. I have never had the opportunity to use a Leica SLR, but they should be fantastic if the asking price is any indication. The old Leica rangefinders were excellent and many are still being used today.
Best film SLR camera ever?
Pentax K1000. I may be wrong but it wouldn't surprise me if this camera sparked the careers/hobbies of more photographers than any other camera.
Behind that I'm partial to the Pentax LX.
I think it depends a lot on when you are talking about. I think from a historic perspective, the Nikon F would be the best. It was THE pro camera in it's heyday. Very flexible for its time. It definitely set the standard for Nikon pro cameras to come. For a more recent camera that is still quite practical, I would go with any of the FM series, particularly the FM2n with it's 1/250 flash sync speed, thanks to batteryless operation which makes it a great back up.
Message Edited by Davidw on 02-07-2008 05:12 PM
My camera repairman who has been in the business for over 60 years also shares your opinion of the Nikon FE FM series. I will not put words in his mouth and say he thinks they are the best but he did say he would rather have an FE than an F100.
Best film SLR camera ever? The short answer to your question is the Hasselblad 500CM.
The long answer, the Best Ever Film Camera, I give to you in categories. I'm never short of opinions. Linhof Technica Kardan Color 4x5 without question, in my mind is the best ever film camera, the one I want if I can have no others. The forum, if I may be excused for this, is still stuck in 35mm land and won't look back past 20 years. However, I'm equally guilty, so here's my list, in order, taking into account historical importance as well as professional reputation.
Sub35: Olympus Pen FT. The rest aren't cameras
35mm Rangefinder: Leica M3, Leica M5, Contax G2
35mm SLR: Alpa 6C, Exakta VX1a, Nikon F2, Pentax LX, Nikon F3, Olympus OM1, Nikon F6, Minolta SRT-101
Medium Format: Linhof Technica 70 6x9 Press, Hasselblad 500CM, Rolleiflex f2.8F Planar, Pentax 645, Mamiya C330F, Yashicamat G (lookit how many of them are still around!!!)
Large Format: Linhof Technica Kardan Color 4x5/8x10 monorail, Crown Graphic RF Press, Sinar Monorail
Message Edited by moltogordo on 02-07-2008 09:28 PM
i have no historic perspective, but if i had to go back to film i'd like to use a maxxum 7 again.
Yeah, Mike, I'm with you on the Maxxum 7 -- in case it isn't obvious from my name and a previous post saying you can have my 7 when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers. There are many other Maxxum 7 believers on the forum and at least one Aussie who'd like to join our ranks. (Hi, Gordon!)
You might not care what Mike Johnston has to say on the subject, but he does seem to have some credibility -- at least he's had his hands on lots of cameras over the years. See here.
I'm not too much of an old SLR buff, but as a gear junky, I'd like to get a used EOS 3 or EOS 1VHS one of these days. Mik, do you still have your Minolta gear?