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Old 04-12-2018   #1
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Favourite camera and why ?

Having an interlude due to ongoing anxiety / dee'sorientation ...

Brought out my favourite cameras as calming .
Pondering on the why ? I tend to do this !!

I mean , I swapped a new OM1 for an antiquated Minolta SRT and never looked back , it just clicked .The OM1 was watch like but so fiddly with sharp edges .

10 years ago , I reluctantly bought a Kiev , mercifully from Oleg , and was hooked ! But I have a kind of dee'slexia with script logos , although I am fine with KNeb LOL .

Maybe it's shades of an SLR background with pentaprism , but I like the meter of the Kiev 4 . Moreover , I was fascinated by the history of Contax / Kiev and even briefly , considered a Contax copy Kiev 4a / 4 ...
My mind likes sameness and continuity .

I needed a real Contax , but the prospect terrified me .

I found an entry into Ukraine and the original Arsenal Techs and a member here kindly sold me a stripped down Contax II with matching back which the techs rebuilt with brand new 1970s ? shutter and various other parts .
Having cameras restored in Ukraine with Arsenal Techs was and is special to a child of the Cold War with a father in the Air Ministry .

It was , and is superb , so I bought a parts Contax III [ less desirable I guess ] and a truly brassed-off Contax II plus a couple of very early dead Kiev 4 [ 1957 ].

I now have my dream Kontax 4 plus another silver tan Contax II still brassed-off , all showing the blemishes of the 30s , and , for the record a 1956 KNeB III with 1957 Kiev 4 top plate ... but it's the history and continuity which works for me .

Several SRTS remain plus the elegant SR7v and SR1s without the meter , plus several Kiev II / 4 and my Kontaxes .

Even my Leica IIIc carries a familiar label for Wallace Heaton , I sold the others , and my Leica M8 is Contaxed care of amadeo !!

They still invoke the magic for me .

OK , this is OTT / EXTREME - but does history/backstory/background make a difference to your preferred camera ?

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Old 04-12-2018   #2
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Zorki 1 for me. I have a few very sophisticated Nikon slrs but it's the little zorki that always goes out the door
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My favorite camera ever is the one I use the most currently... the Fujifilm X-Pro2. You may question how that can be since it is relatively new, but, for me, it encompasses what I love about all of my favorites from the past. This is also about favorite to use, not favorite to look at or fondle.

In the past there have been a few cameras that were close to perfect (at the time) but were always missing something. Past favorites were:

Leica M6
Leica Minilux
Contax G1
Contax T2
Leica M8/M9
Leica X1
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Nikon Df

You can see a familiar trend in all of these... traditional controls, most were small, some had AF, optical VFs, small lenses (not Df) etc. However, each had its own issue (well, maybe not the M6, but I've learned to love AF) kept me from thinking they were perfect for me. That was ok... nothing is perfect. However, the X-Pro2 feels like everything I've been waiting for from these past cameras in one camera. I absolutely love it.
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I always keep coming back to a Leica M2 and 35mm lens.

1st, the FOV is just perfect for how I 'see' scenes.

2nd, the viewfinder of the M2 is just the best I can get with enough clearance to see what's coming into the frame.

In fact, I'm fire selling all my other cameras and will stick with the combo (famous last words)
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I like family FED-2. It is more less working. Just no framelines.
I like M4-2. It has to be operated special way to avoid issues.
I like Bessa R2M just have to be extra careful with loading and half-case is nessesesary.

I have EOS 300. It is super easy to deal with, it just works. Why it is not my favorite camera...

I have... well, M-E is somewhere with corroded sensor.
I have Canon 500D, it just works...
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Old 04-12-2018   #7
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Old 04-12-2018   #8
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OK , this is OTT / EXTREME - but does history/backstory/background make a difference to your preferred camera ?

dee
It does. Spent years admiring cameras in shop windows and magazines during my adolescence and it is these cameras that I prefer using. My older brother had an Olympus om10 and loved it, got the 1 and 2 when I found them cheaply and became my favourites.
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Contax G1 for me with the 45mm. Quick, easy, comfortable and delivers stunning images. I tend to think you make your own history with a camera... when you’ve taken enough great pictures with it it kind of endears itself to you.
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Favourite camera and why ?
Nikon F2 (favorite SLR) - rugged, reliable, dependable, battery independent, great lenses, great accessories, reasonably priced


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Favourite camera and why ?
Leica M6 (favorite rangefinder) - rugged, reliable, dependable, battery independent, great lenses, reasonably priced


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Favourite camera and why ?
Fuji X-Pro1 (favorite digital) - great lenses, reasonably priced


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Old 04-12-2018   #13
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Olympus Pen F (film) or OM-1 for full frame. They just seemed right at the time (early 70’s) and that hasn’t changed.
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Old 04-12-2018   #14
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I turn 81 in 4 days and still enjoy my M7,M8, Nikon F100,and Nikon FE. However, I
got the new Leica CL and rekindled my love of photography. Can’t put it down. Using new TL lens as well as my M and Nikor lenses. There are many times when autofocus beats
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OOPS Forgot the x-Pro 1 which is so reminiscent of my Minolta SRTs !
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Old 04-12-2018   #16
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Favorite film cameras: Nikon F2, Leica M6, Canon EOS 1n. Because they all served their purposes reliably during my time using them. I've owned a lot of others that I also loved but these would be my top picks.

Favorite digital cameras: Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji X100S, Ricoh GRII. These are the cameras I use today and, yes, I've owned a lot of other really excellent digitals as well but I truly love using these cameras. Why? The Fuji cameras felt familiar from the first day I used them--we totally "clicked"--and the Fuji prime lenses are superb, as good or better than any I've ever used. The Ricoh took longer to love but the lens and image quality won me over...along with it's ease of carrying.
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My favorite camera ever is the Konica Hexar AF.

My favorite digital camera changes every month or so. This month, at the moment, it would be my XPro1 overall with the 35/f1.4 lens I guess.
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Olympus OM1 ... it has been since I got it and I don't expect that to change.
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Hands down for 35mm (and slightly winning for overall camera) it's my Nikon FM3a. Everytime I look at it (and use it), I love it even more...

An extremely close second (and fav medium format) is my Rolleiflex. My love for this camera is nearly on the same plane as the Nikon.
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Olympus OM1 ... it has been since I got it and I don't expect that to change.
Keith,

That's awesome! I remember my first "real" camera - the Canon AE1-Program - fondly. I managed to save up enough money for it in 1985 to get it at the end of the summer (the OM1 beats it without a sweat, though!).
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Old 04-12-2018   #21
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I'll probably never have a favourite camera as I'm always changing my mind about such things, but for a few weeks I owned a Zenit C, and even though in order to load it, I would've had to shove a film up it's bum and the viewfinder was such that I would've needed to take my reading glasses with me on a shoot, and even though after a few firings and windings just to get used to it it stopped working properly, and even though I sent it back to get it repaired and again it stopped working after a few test firings and windings, I quite liked it. I suppose it was the aesthetics, the 'primitiveness' and yet the feeling that it was a step forward in camera design that I like.
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Old 04-12-2018   #22
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My two favorites are the only two cameras I have left. A Canon FTb w/ a dented prism, no meter, and a FL 135 3.5 lens that doubles as my grain focuser on the enlarging end. The Canon FT cameras were rugged, fit my hands perfectly, and that old 135 FL lens takes really nice portraits.

The other camera is a Nikon n8008s w/ a Leica R 90 2 Summicron mounted on it. The camera is heavy, and has a spot meter and a bright focus screen. Not much to say about the R 90 Summicron other than it's the best lens I've used for portraits or any other type of images. It's built like it came from NASA (except that it is probably better than NASA could build it).
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Old 04-12-2018   #23
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Old 04-12-2018   #24
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Hands down the IIIa with a post-war color coated Summar. Used with a nooky this combo give you those dreamy images that you only see in your dreams.
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Keith,

That's awesome! I remember my first "real" camera - the Canon AE1-Program - fondly. I managed to save up enough money for it in 1985 to get it at the end of the summer (the OM1 beats it without a sweat, though!).

Ha ... my first real camera was also an AE-1.

I bought my OM-1 about eight years ago ... can't praise it enough.
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Old 04-12-2018   #27
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My favourite camera is the next one.

Just kidding, of course!

I like TLR's: so compact, not intuitive, square and big.
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I've tried out a lot of cameras over the years and have had something to love (and often hate) about each one. Ultimately, they're all wonderful tools and it just takes finding the one that aligns best with your preferences.

That being said I have two particular cameras in my possession that are of emotional significance to me and will not leave my ownership.

1) The Hasselblad 500CM - I have always loved these cameras for their beautiful design, and when I finally acquired one for myself about 6 years ago it just so happened to be a very special one as it came from the estate of the photographer that shot my parents' wedding 40 years ago (the camera itself is from 1972).

2) The Leica M-A - I've had a number of M bodies since switching over to Leica in 2014 and have enjoyed each of them for different reasons. This particular one was a gift to me from my parents upon finally finishing my degree (after taking a long break from school with an unfinished Bachelor's Degree). It marks a really important moment in my personal life and a shift in my path towards a very positive direction. I use the camera almost daily and will continue to do so indefinitely.
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I have a lot of cameras I really enjoy, and there are a couple of rangefinders in that group, but my hands down favorite is still my old Pentax K1000.

It really is the only camera I own that I can pick up, set aperture and shutter speed without looking at either, quickly find infinity focus and then hyperfocus for f/11, and snap the picture. With every other camera I own, and there are many, I have to look to do all this.

Of course it isn't very light. The shutter sounds like a shotgun going off if I use it in a quiet room. It is so bone simple it is almost laughable and it is the butt of everyone's humor.

But it works and it has never failed. It has watched over my family and I through a lot of good times and a few bad ones and has provided several box fulls of memories. I guess that is about all one could ask.
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With few exceptions, I've liked/favored all my cameras - careful shopping! And in thinking back I don't think any history or back-story about a camera has been a factor in fondness, just the operational character, feel, looks, handling, output.
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I bought my OM-1 about eight years ago ... can't praise it enough.
I bought my OM-1 about 44 years ago ... (and still) can't praise it enough Sorry F4/F100/F6 ... I still love you really
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It's a tie between my M6 and my new to me Rolleiflex Automat...right now the Rolleiflex gets more love because it's a new experience.

Digital - I lke the Leica X1/X2 but they are far from perfect. I really like the easy control dials for shutter speed and aperture. ISO is also an easy press of a button instead of menu diving....my very best digital camera as far as output is the Sigma Merrill DP2...nothing beats that in my opinion, it's very special. But functionally the camera is a PITA.

With the exception of the M6 (which has a Summicron 50 married to it) I tend to favor cameras with fixed lenses...which forces me to work with the focal length on the camera instead of lugging several lenses and having to make decisions of which to use. Every now and then I do wish for a 28 for the M6, which if I ever buy another lens, that might be first on the list, with a 90 being 2nd.
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My favorite camera would be between the Mamiya C330f and the Minolta Autocord CdS-III. In truth, I can't imagine being without these two.

The Mamiya has much broader capability and I am absolutely awed by Mamiya's brillance in re-imagining the TLR and developing such a capable photographic system.

At the same time, there is something almost magical about the Minolta, and the built-in CdS zone/semi-spot meter is so accurate and effective that there is no reason to resort to a separate meter with this camera.

I've always had a weakness for TLRs and I really appreciate the simple, robust, vibrationless quality of the breed. I have a parallax corrector (Minolta's Paradjuster and Mamiya's Paramender) for both cameras, so I consider parallax less of a problem than a moving mirror. A particular advantage of both Mamiya and Minolta TLRs is that neither one bends the film over a roller before it lines up over the film gate.

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My Grandfather's Nikon FTN

Dear Dee,

I had it refurbished and had the 58mm/f1.4 cleaned and lubed.

I still can't bring myself to finish the roll of film in it that I loaded after the work was done?

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My favorite and go to camera is a Nikon F. My first one is an Apollo model, I have used it as yearbook photographer in high school and in college at Brooks Institute. A couple of months ago I was shooting candids with it at a wedding. The bride and groom and parents loved the photos. I now have seven F's.
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