13 metal, mechanical 35mm SLRs

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Yashica TL Electro X
Yashica TL Electro X
Nikon F2
Nikon F2A
Pentax Spotmatic F
Pentax Spotmatic F
Minolta SR-T 202
Minolta SR-T 202
Nikon Nikomat FTn
Nikon Nikomat FTn
Miranda Sensorex II
Miranda Sensorex II
Kodak Retina Reflex III
Kodak Retina Reflex III
Pentax H3
Pentax H3
Nikon F2AS
Nikon F2AS
Canon TLb
Canon TLb
Minolta SR-T-101
Minolta SR-T 101
Pentax KM
Pentax KM
Canon FT QL
Canon FT QL

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19 responses to “13 metal, mechanical 35mm SLRs”

  1. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    Well built, classic SLRs!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Indeed! Built to the max.

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Happy enough to say I’ve handled almost all of these and even owned more than a few! There’s something about the precision “heavy metal” that modern cameras have yet to supercede…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I very much appreciate the care in construction. However, they are so heavy!

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        Have to laugh, you have a Canon FT here, and my brother found one at a church shop for a dollar and gave it to me. I picked it up and the first thing I though was: “What the hell, was I actually shaggin’ these around back in the day?”

  3. -N- Avatar

    Nothing like a fine display of cameras!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I have many more to show! :-)

  4. Kodachromeguy Avatar

    Wonderful portraits of mid-century mechanical excellence. The Retina Reflex is the oddball member of this group. Does your Reflex work?

    The Nikkormat was my first serious camera. I took that rugged beast all over USA, Europe, and South America. It never failed me.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That Reflex wasn’t fully functional but with a couple workarounds you could make images with it. It did lovely work!

  5. tbm3fan Avatar

    The SR-T 101 was the first advanced camera I got in 1972 after using Instamatics. I don’t have, nor have had the desire to use, the Kodak Reflex. As for the two Canons I substitute the FTb for them but have all the rest.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The SR-T 101 and the FTb are both great choices!

    2. Kurt Ingham Avatar

      I didn’t like the Kodak at all ‘in the day’ Now it is very charming to use, with unique features.The lenses are superb,albeit with some limitations

  6. Kurt Ingham Avatar

    A very nice selection. Many years ago I was ready to purchase my first serious SLR- Pentax Spotmatic based on camera magazine reads. In those days camera sales persons often really knew their stuff and the Schaeffer’s guy talked me into a Nikkormat Ftn-a far superior choice for the kind of work I did. (There is a glimpse of the recreated store facade in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) We drover past it while they were shooting-talk about nostalgic time travel!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I had an FTn at one point. A fine camera! It had to be fun to drive past that recreated long-ago location.

  7. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    BTW, as an afterthought, glad to see Miranda on here. I had a Sensorex, and a Sensorex II, and loved both of them, altho the original Sensorex had shutter capping problems that never quite seemed to be resolved (no problem wit the II). I lament the loss of Miranda, a camera company that in the day was every bit as revered as Pentax, and who basically lost their way after being purchased by an American company. Somewhere on-line there’s a decent history, and I believe the screwing up of Miranda was a key event that made the Japanese put the kibosh on foreign companies buying Japanese companies.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My Sensorex II had some shutter capping, which is why I didn’t keep it. I loved the camera otherwise.

      https://blog.jimgrey.net/2015/07/13/miranda-sensorex-ii/

  8. Sam Avatar

    A delicious dose of vintage camera porn Jim! I needed this, thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I aim to please!

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      You an also count on me for camera porn!

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