You inquire after instead of before the purchase but it is still the same question... Curiosity in terms of photography is a good excuse. Well done..., although your curiosity might be used for some other purposes creativity wise...Which I why I stated the following in my original post.
I found out W. Eugene Smith had an SRT 101 only after I bought the camera and was curious who else might have used it. I believe curiosity may well be the most important quality of any artist working in any medium. I also enjoy history, which I believe is pretty important, too...
One photographer who used the srT-101 in the 70's and 80's who's work is now considered child porn because his subjects were nude teens by many is David Hamilton.
SRT 101 was my first camera when working on a local newspaper. Those earlier MC Minolta lenses are as good as anything produced today. Great camera, only slight weakness was over time dirt getting inbetween the metering coupling ring between lens and body causing it to get sticky.
Some cameras just "feel" right, and it differs for different people, for me it's Nikkormat FT2, F3, FM, SRT 101, Ricoh XRP, I have a FM2n but it just feels different from the FM, though they"re the same body.
You inquire after instead of before the purchase but it is still the same question... Curiosity in terms of photography is a good excuse. Well done..., although your curiosity might be used for some other purposes creativity wise...
Depends how much money he has to spend. you can pick up a decent SRT101 for peanuts, whereas Nikon F's in good condition are starting to command "collector" prices. If going down the Nikon route an FM would be a more practical choice, they're still reasonably priced, I've used two for many years and found them to be totally reliable.
I found the SRT101 and its lenses to be excellent, easily the equal of Nikon. I only changed to the Nikon system when I left a local newspaper and started working for the nationals many years ago because I needed accessories like motordrives, and occasionally compatable hire lenses (at that time usually only available in Nikon mount).
If you don't need these facilities, then stick with your Minoltas, they are up with best. Price is so often dictated by what is "fashionable", or because it's "what the pro's use".....My favourite camera?...My battered old Rolleiflex T, purchased in 1979 s/h for £125. never once let me down, now that's what I call value..!
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