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Patrick9

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My FM2 has died again. I had it repairedonce but the Mirroris stuck in the up position and other than pulling it down by hand ( it goes backup when I let go of it) it will not come down. I  still have the FE that works but am considering An FA or even an F4  Not sure which would be better for a replacement. I am leaning towards an F4. any thing I might need to be aware of with either of these bodies? what to look out for etc. If I get on and it needs attention is there someone that is reliable to repair either   



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If you decide on an F4, look in the finder for LCD bleed. Both the F3 and the F4 are old enough that the small LCD modules can go bad.

Another thing to look for is scratched focusing screens as some users just remove the prism when shooting low-angle shots instead of getting either the waist-level or the stovepipe finder.

 

The F4 was the top of the line in it's day and is a sturdy, dependable workhorse. The FA is a good prosumer body, but it is "just" an FE2 with even more electronics and not overbuilt to the degree of the single-digits.



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If you want another mechanical camera, I would definitely consider a lightly used F2AS. They use the more modern silicon photodiodes and led meter instead of the CdS cells and needle that the older F2 models used, but more importantly they meter with AI lenses instead of the old auto-indexing lenses. Also, they are built like a tank and should last for generations if taken care of. 



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Thanks Peter.

I am leaning heavily toward the F4. I like that I can mount my preAi 55 micro on it Like I can on the FE., as well as my more modern lenses. I knew  to look for the bleed but had not considered needing to pay extra attention to the focusing screen. That is the kind of information I was looking for. 

 

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Thanks

I'll check out the F2AS. I assume it is an updated version of the F2. Correct?



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Thanks

I'll check out the F2AS. I assume it is an updated version of the F2. Correct?

Yep, the F2AS is the most advanced, up to date version of the F2 with modern center-weighted Ai metering. It also supports stop down metering with non-ai lenses by flipping up the Ai tab on the viewfinder, it's an absolute pleasure to use. 



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I have a F4s and F2A...and to be honest...I prefer the F2 for its weight and overall build. 



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The F4 won out. There is an F4E waiting at the Post Office for me to go sign for. Hopefully I will have it in my hands tomorrow night.



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Congrats!

I think you will like it. How old is it?



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It is a later one The serial # starts with 254



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That makes it an early 1996 one. That's good as it will have the redesigned LCDs that are less prone to the bleed problems. Will you run it with eneloops or dry cells?



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Not known at this time.  I have a set of el cheapo  batteries in it right now for testing. probably stay with Duracells  for the time being. . I am considering an MB20 for it . I weighed it on our digital kitchen scales. with the MB23 6 batteries and the 24/2.8 it weighed in at 4 pounds.