One thing worthy of consideration is batteries. I'd pick a camera that can use currently available batteries if you want to use a meter. The original Canon F-1 uses the 1.35V mercury cells. There used to be a guy in Russia who sold Russian made cells on Ebay, but obviously that's not an option anymore. I bought some and they work perfectly in an F-1.
I have an original F-1, but my preference would be for a New F-1. Still has the classic SLR feel, but uses a 6V battery and has a lot of options available to customize it to your needs.
Certainly look at Pentax as well, there are lots of K mount lenses out there which are excellent and a lower price point than Nikon or Canon.
If you consider a Nikon F, be aware that they are bottom loading and considerably slower and more fiddly to load film than later cameras that are back loading.
You do have to try them out, for me the New F-1 fits my hands the best.
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Old batteries can be replaced with an appropriate adapter. The Nikons use the MR9 adapter, I suspect the Canon might also, though I've not checked.
Apparently on Apollo 15 and every manned space flight after that. https://www.nikonlenswear.com/why-nikon/nikon-with-nasa/Were any F’s used on Apollo missions, or was it just a marketing gimmick used by Nikon? I thought all of the cameras carried on the missions were Hasselblads.
Apparently on Apollo 15 and every manned space flight after that. https://www.nikonlenswear.com/why-nikon/nikon-with-nasa/
Thanks. I consider myself an expert on the history of the space program, particularly Apollo, and I didn’t know that.
Several years ago while touring the old Brest Fortress (Belarus) with my adult step-son I was using my Voigtlander meter mounted on a shoe on a wrist band. He asked me to quit using it that way. He said people were looking at me suspiciously.The little Reveni cube meter can be carried on a neck strap or for a bit more they offer an accessory shoe on a wrist strap so you can feel like Spider-Man while metering.
Several years ago while touring the old Brest Fortress (Belarus) with my adult step-son I was using my Voigtlander meter mounted on a shoe on a wrist band. He asked me to quit using it that way. He said people were looking at me suspiciously.
It’s amazing that people think nothing of unabatedly photographing or taking videos with their phones but you’re suspicious because you were using an actual camera.
That’s like telling women not to wear skirts because they invite unwanted attention from men.
Anyone know if there’s a table that correlates Canon New F-1 serial numbers with date of manufacture? I’m aware of the date code stamped in the film compartment, but in most eBay listings that code is impossible to read but the serial number is clearly visible.
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