Old 11-20-2009   #41
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It would certainly be limiting, but If I had to, I'd go with an M7 0.85x, 50mm Summilux pre ASPH, Tri X and Rodinal.
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Old 11-20-2009   #42
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Leica MP, 35mm Summicron ASPH, Tri-X, D-76 1:1

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Old 11-20-2009   #43
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wow fun. Here goes:

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Rollei 3.5F, HP-5+, D76 1;1. Just as a thought experiment.
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Old 11-20-2009   #45
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- Leica M (a metered body would be nice)
- 1.4/35 Summilux-ASPH or another good 35
- Tri-X
- XTOL, because you can use it for normal development or push processing to 1250/1600asa
Me too, although a Rolleiflex with Tri-X and XTOL is a very close second.

Edit for Frank: I like using M bodies for the viewfinder, a 35mm f1.4 in 135 covers a wide range of conditions, and the same can be said for Tri-X and XTOL. I haven't tried XTOL with a Rodinal chaser yet, but at stock for pushing (thanks Honus for the tip), and 1+1 for everything else, its pretty good.

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interesting choices, thanks for playing along
hope to hear from more members
explanations of choice is also interesting
definitely just a thought exercise
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Camera/lens is easy:
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Film is a little tougher...I guess I'd go with Tri-X and Diafine, but only if I am allowed to use filters for daylight photography. Otherwise Tri-X and D76.
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It's occured to me that this is just conjecture and whimsy ... so here is my alternate kit!


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Noctilux
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just a thought...
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I'm assuming this is choice from gear we already own & not a wish list of what we wish we had so here goes: Without a doubt it would be my Canon AE1p. Why? because it's a camera given to me by my wife & it's special to me. I normally don't like zooms & only own one but it happens to be a good one. Canon 35-70 3.5-4.5 macro. Slow I know but covers a good range of focal lengths. I'd much rather give up speed. Film would definitely have to be a b&w so not to give up my darkroom so I choose Tri-X. As for a developer I haven't played around with much, D-76, HC-110, Perceptol, Microphen, Rodinal. I would have to do a bit of research but at the moment I'm thinking Rodinal would be the best all around developer.
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I'd go for: Hexar RF, Planar 50/2 ZM, Neopan 1600 EI800 & HC-110 (h).
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Old 11-21-2009   #54
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Nikon F100. Nikkor f35mm f/1.4 Manual focus
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I do not own a MP and Summilux-M asph. 35mm f/1.4
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A good thought indeed...I could go for that!
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I'm assuming this is choice from gear we already own & not a wish list of what we wish we had ...
oh, no gb. It is a wish list - I believe that camera-lens combo could cover 99% of my photo work in future - only film+developer from that list were in my hands. I'm big fan of one camera - one lens approach
. Frank gave very creative idea - to put yourself in ascetic way of thinking to get 100% of creativity. In other words, I think that I am wide angle shooter - I prefer 28mm focal l. - dreaming about shooting with 21mm lens, but with 35mm f1.2 I can be on the magic wide angle edge - always in need to go wider, or to slow down and step back to use 100% of 35mm angle of view...
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Summarit 50mm LTM f1.5
Ilford HP5+
D76 1+1

The lens is not so important in this equation, but it's the only Leica lens I own, other than the red scale Elmar that resides on my IIIf. I often use Canon 50mm f1.2 or a Jupiter-8.
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1 camera, 1 lens, 1 film, 1 developer

A year ago I would have started my nominations with an M2, but now...
1. Pentax 67
2. SMC 105mm 2.4
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Old 05-10-2018   #60
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I try not to think much about the future. What I have now is a M2 & Model IId, with Nikkor & Canon 3.5cm lenses, both with FP4 in D76. I may sell the M2, donno.
It simplifies things a lot, since I really am just shooting snapshots.
I only have one tank, and I hope I don't have to give up the four reels for one.
I have five 50's that I'm not shooting, but I think I'll hold on to them for a while.
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the funny thing is that I'll look back on this post in a year or two and wonder why I picked this setup.

M2-R
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HP5
HC110

Just missed the cut:
Camera: Nikon F3
Lens: Nikkor 35/2 O-C
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Old 05-10-2018   #62
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I miss Frank...

I'm finding ISO 100 films more pleasant in look, but next to useless.
Will finish what I have and stick with 400.
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Old 07-13-2018   #63
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a thought exercise:

suppose you had to limit your photo gear choice to just one of each of these for the rest of your days. what format would you go with? the mobility of 35mm, the quality of 120, or the ultimate in control with LF? would you go with B+W, colour film, or digital? mechanical or full-featured electronic? would you choose the flexibility of a zoom lens over the quality of a prime, and what focal length? What gear represents the essence of your personal photography?
(assume no difficulty with film availability/processing in your lifetime.)

how about you? i want you to really commit to your decision, so the rule is: you may not mention several different choices, just one of each. the more other favourites that you mention, the more watered down and wishy-washy your post becomes. what gear choice is the essence of you personal photography. (not your professional photography, if that applies.)

This is difficult as I love my M9, but it doesn't have the video capabilities that I get from my other cameras, nor does it have autofocus, which makes things tricky from time to time. The shutter sound gets to me a bit, too.



I simply don't shoot film to any significant extent any more. I'm lucky to shoot a roll a year, maybe two rolls if I'm on a binge. There just isn't the versatility and ease of processing that I can get from digital. So as much as I love my Contax T3 and Leica M7, I wouldn't choose them for my 'only camera forever'.


The Leica M10 looks like a really good upgrade from the M9, but lacks video. Again, I value video almost as much as stills, so this narrows the choices somewhat.


My one camera/lens would be digital, and with the quietest shutter possible. Interestingly, the Leica Q fits the bill, having a very fast wide angle lens, a silent electronic shutter, smaller and lighter than a M body, capable of video and also macro photography. The Sony RX1r III also fits these criteria, although I have yet to own either of these cameras.


I love Leica cameras, particularly the M body style, and I love 28mm shooting, so my one camera/lens forever would probably be the Leica Q. The Q has it all for me. Image quality, fast wide angle lens, silent shutter, video.


That doesn't mean that if I had a Q, I'd ditch all my other gear, though!
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The Leica M10 looks like a really good upgrade from the M9, but lacks video. Again, I value video almost as much as stills, so this narrows the choices somewhat.
M240 does video better than the M9, but is still an M body. 2nd hand prices are dropping...

For me this is easy, my M4 & 35 preASPH Lux. Developer would be Rodinal (it's all I've used for years), the film is a hard one though... I still haven't really found anything that really appeals to me since Neon 1600 was discontinued :'(
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Old 07-14-2018   #66
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When this original question was asked in 2009, I'm sure I would have answered Leica M6, 50mm Summicron, Ilford HP5, D76 1:1.

In 2009, I could not have foreseen a better choice for a lifetime outfit.

As happens, things changed. Today I would choose Fuji X-Pro2 and Fuji 35mm f/2. But I would reserve the right to change my mind.
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2 months later and I'm still shooting the same 2 cameras, same lenses, same film & dev. How reliable I've become! Just say I'm half-way to the goal of 1 camera.

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Murphy’s law.
One month into this exercise the shutter on your ‘one camera’ picks this time (after years of reliable service) to pack up. You discovered this when you pulled a roll of washed film from the tank.
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Even though I prefer shooting medium format black & white, if I were forced to limit myself to "1 camera, 1 lens, 1 film, 1 developer" for the rest of my days, here is what I would choose:

Leica M6 camera body
35mm Zeiss f/1.4 ZM lens
Ilford HP5+ 35mm film
Kodak D-76 developer


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Old 07-14-2018   #71
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If it were only one.... Rolleiflex T, Ilford FP4+, Pyrocat HD in glycol.... Just because I like printing from larger negatives & the Rollei is a nice compromise (& gives great results), between the Leica & the 5x7.
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Old 07-14-2018   #72
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Right now, I’d choose:

IIIc
Konishiroku Hexanon 5cm f1.9
Kentmere 400
Xtol replenished

But I just picked up a nice user M2, and I kinda want to use that, too!
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If it came down to just one combo, I'd go with:

Leica M6 TTL
35mm Summicron ASPH
Tri-X
D-76 1:1

Was definitely torn between the 35mm and the 50mm Summicrons - I consider them the "wide normal" and long normal" focal lengths in 135. The 35 won out due to it feeling too wide less often than 50 feels too long.

Of course, I considered the Hasselblad; another enduring favorite. The Leica wins here due to its carry-everywhere nature and having 36 exposures on every roll. I *love* the tonality of medium format, but in an "only one" scenario, having the camera with me wins. Getting the shot *at all* is more important than the gains in image qualities.
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Leica M2 push button rewind black paint
Summicron 50mm f/2 rigid black paint dual scale
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This is the camera I have sitting in front of me now and the one I would be happy to use exclusively, it's not perfect but it works well for my and my aging eyesight. I had one years ago and sold it for some reason, had to buy another ever regreted that decision.

Nikon F80
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What my rational self would choose today;

Wanderlust Travelwide (I may have to stock up on a few of these as I am not sure the camera is robust enough to last me for the rest of my life.)
Linhoff Schneider Krueznach Angulon 90/6.8 in a Synchro-Compur shutter (An absolutely awesome lens and shutter combo.)
Graflex 23 Graphic Roll Film Back (6x9)
Delta Pro 3200 (Usable from EI400 thru EI6400 which I will need as my maximum aperture is only f/6.8. Embrace the grain! )
Ilfotec DDX 1+4 (provides developing capability across the full spectrum of exposure index speeds that Delta 3200 is capable of.)
Jobo 2521 tank and 120 reel with manual roller base. (A little over the top and not necessary for the thought experiment but I happen to be addicted to this setup.)

(As my actual self walks away with a Lomo LCA 120 with a brick of Delta Pro 3200 and a bottle of Ilfotec DDX.)
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When I was much younger, I only had the Rolleiflex MX that I still own. I also have a Rolleikin adapter for use with 35mm film.
Much later, my main gear was a Canon EF with at 85mm 1.8 lens.
I still own them all and keep saying to myself that I have to put a roll though the Rollei at least.
I also keep thinking that I should sell them since no one in my family will want them. ).
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Maybe I would go back to what I started with:

My Leica M2 with 35/2.8 Summaron. Yes, I still have them, 57 years later.
Plus-X
D-76

But I will only do it if Kodak brings back Plus-X.
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