ES - Canon EF - Nikon (Nikkormat) EL
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...When "AE" (Auto Exposure) was brand new
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When "AE" (Auto Exposure) was brand new.
Top-of-the-Line first Automatic-Exposure SLR cameras
of the beginning 1970's, when they were really big, heavy
and with hand-welded electronic circuits.
Pentax ES (1971) was the first aperture priority SLR
in the world, but akquard because manual shutter speeds were
only 1/1000-1/60s without metering. Self timer also missed,
needed space for 4 -four(!) batteries. First ever electronic
AE SLR, with 680g the least heavy of this bunch, but not my
preferred choice. The electronics were added at the bottom
of the camera, making it higher, and unable to stand with a
lens attached. AE works with all SMC-Takumars -
designed for open aperture metering.
1972, lower than the Pentax, (765g). Battery is placed
unter the mirror (but last longer than the other cameras).
Based on specs, the same camera as the later Nikon FE, but
larger and heavier. I very much like this camera in
handling, but for lenses I prefer Takumars and
Canon FD. You need that "ritsch-ratsch" -
coupler-pin//aperture-prong - when changing lenses to
memorize them to the camera metering. If you still have some
old Non-AI-Nikkors of the 1960's, this is the only
camera which works fully AE/ open aperture
metering. And it works that way with all
old Nikkor SLR lenses, imagine that! (not so the Pentax
ES or Canon EF)
Nikkormat EL with Nikkor P-Auto 1:25. f=105mm, legendary
CANON (1973) made the best looking
camera of that bunch, but the largest one, and with 760g
quite as heavy as the Nikon. The Canon FD lenses are large
as well. All of them were newly calculated and superb.
Batteries are where you expect them. Speed priority
automatic exposure isn't a wrong thing anyway. To find a
Canon EF *camera* is not that easy... The FD 50/1.4 and the
35/2 (with concave surface) are among my favorites.
Canon EF with the famous "concave" 35/2 FD chromnose lens.
These lenses brought CANON back to the top!
K2, LX 1971-2000
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