Fred Haeseker , Sep 03, 2009; 02:16 p.m.
The compact-size Nikon FE and FE2 are worth looking at. Both feature aperture-priority automatic exposure with an electronic shutter -- the FE with a top speed of 1/1000, the FE2 with a top speed of 1/4000. The cameras can also be used manually (pick your own shutter speed). The depth-of-field preview is a handy feature, and both models use the still-current silver oxide button cells. The Minolta and Canon models you mention are also fine cameras with excellent lenses. It really comes down to which one feels best for you -- try them out if you can.