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02-20-2011, 04:22 PM   #61
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Picture of a famous Nikon F that "took a bullet" during the Vietnam War:

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02-21-2011, 06:16 PM   #62
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I have a K1000 and a Yashica Mat 124 TLR, but I'm not so keen on either (they also neither of them work that well). I miss the metal film winder crank from my old Spotmatic, the Yashica Mat feels delicate, and I'm lusting after a Leica I can't afford. I wonder: what is are some of the best-built film SLRs out there? The Spotmatic SPII I used to own is the best I've handled, but I'm sick of buying duds (it's happened too often for my college student budget) and I hope to get a beautifully built camera next.

In short: is there an SLR out there with build quality like—or even near to—a Leica's?
I love that everyone goes right to the LX given the information in the original post. Good luck finding an LX for under $300, even one that needs repairs. My favorite mechanical wonder of a camera is definately my SV. If you are limited to K-Mount, I adore the MX. They seem to be easier to find these days than KX's as well.
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I adore the MX. They seem to be easier to find these days than KX's as well.
I think that reflects the sales numbers for the KX. The MX was a much more popular camera.


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I adore the MX. They seem to be easier to find these days than KX's as well.
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I think that reflects the sales numbers for the KX. The MX was a much more popular camera.
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Speaking of KX, I just bought one two weeks ago, body is in good condition, and meter and shutter speed seems in good working order. It is now with Eric for CLA and I should have it back in couple of weeks.


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Speaking of KX, I just bought one two weeks ago, body is in good condition, and meter and shutter speed seems in good working order. It is now with Eric for CLA and I should have it back in couple of weeks.


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Looks like you are hooked. My work is done

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Picture of a famous Nikon F that "took a bullet" during the Vietnam War:

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I'm pretty sure there was a forum member whose Spotmatic took a bullet in Vietnam.
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Is it possible to have an SV's focusing screen changed out to split-image focus? I've never been a big fan of the ones that get "sparkly" when they're almsot in focus.

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I love that everyone goes right to the LX given the information in the original post. Good luck finding an LX for under $300, even one that needs repairs. My favorite mechanical wonder of a camera is definately my SV. If you are limited to K-Mount, I adore the MX. They seem to be easier to find these days than KX's as well.
I just bought one off ebay 2 weeks ago for $255 from Adorama. Maybe I just got lucky? it does seem to need servicing, but I have put a roll of film through it that came out just fine.

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Little late to this thread but better late than never. I haven't used a lot of Nikon or Canon cameras but those I've handled (A1, F3) were very nice.

The LX tops my list of Pentax cameras in terms of construction and feel. Too bad about that sticky mirror issue. The K2 gets the nod (slightly) over the MX for cameras I own and have used a lot. I find the MX a little too small but it has worked flawlessly for me since 1982 so how can I complain? The K2 is a perfect fit for my hand wth as smooth a shutter as you are likely to find. ASA setting issues aside it is a great camera with a battleship build.

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