Just around 3 months ago I was itching for a film camera system with several requirements. First requirement was the components of the system such as camera bodies, lenses, eye cups, batteries, and other common accessories had to be fairly easy to find. By that time I had already learned the consequences of having a system such as a Minolta (MD mount) system that was valued by few (compared to others), which resulted in fewer sellers with great or better condition components as well as lack of variety of components. Accessibility definitely had more value to me this time around especially because what I was after was a film camera that's been axed from production for 20+ years.
Second requirement was the camera had to have a viewfinder that is large and bright. This was a definite must. In fact, this second requirement was what started the itch for a new camera and this second requirement was the biggest factor out of all of them. It sounds silly I know-heck, to some, it probably sounds out right stupid, but photography is a visual art: we see and observe our subjects and keep our eyes on them down to the very last second before pressing the shutter. Of course there are many other aspects of photography, but seeing is undeniably a good chunk of it. To me, that has value in experiencing photography. Viewfinder of a camera is one of the critical tools that can help you get that shot you need or not, as well as shooting with a camera enjoyable or ruin it altogether. I know, I'm a little crazy for viewfinders.
Third and the last requirement was it had to meet a certain level of build quality and toughness. cameras only degrade as time goes on like most things. Since it was a film camera I was after, it needed to be tough enough to survive a few hits (not drops) and being treated like a camera that's used outdoors. Film cameras don't really age like wine, but they sure can age like milk if they aren't properly taken care of. I knew I needed to find one that wouldn't go sour on me so soon. But keeping in mind, it didn't need to be the toughest out there, it just needed to be tough enough.
|Nikon F3HP with Nikon 50mm f1.2 AI-S|
|Nikon F3HP next to a manual|
|Viewfinder Shutter Lever|
|Nikon DE-3 High-Eyepoint Finder|
|Technically, F3HP can be used like a TLR|
|Multiple Exposure - Film + Yashica Electro|