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Old 11-15-2015   #1
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If you went back to film - what camera ?

Inspired by a few threads skirting this question .....

If digital stopped existing and in place of your current digital camera(s) there was an equivalent pile of cash in your bag, and if we caught up to you shooting pictures next week, what camera body would you be holding?

In my case, probably a "user grade" Leica M6 loaded with Tri-X (my long forgotten friend). "What lens?" I'd have to think more about.
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Hi Dave,
When I found myself "slipping into a digital path", I bought a SWC to make it very tempting to me to return to using film cameras. I have also recently added a Polaroid Land camera for the same reason. It is a balance.
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If you think hard about what is it that film has to offer which digital cannot touch, I think it boils down to factors like: slower photography, more thoughtful composition, one FL, B&W, archival quality, great tonality, iconic mechanical gear. In one word: Rolleiflex.

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I'll just take my Eos RT out of the other bag and started shooting. But I might add a Fuji GX680III to the pile.
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I'm a younger guy, and I started with digital and have progressively gone into primarily film shooting. My primary camera right now is a mamiya c330 but I'd be happy with just about any TLR with a good lens.
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In one word: Rolleiflex.
In two words: Rolleiflex & SWC.
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M6 is what I have now. I'd like to add a M2 as well. The two best bodies I've ever owned in my 27 short years. The D700 is the best digital I've ever used and comes in 3rd overall.
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MP. Or M2. Or Alpa 12WA. Or Linhof. Or Gandolfi. Or...

Wouldn't need to buy 'em. Still got 'em. Just don't use 'em as much.

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Old 11-15-2015   #15
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Easy to answer, as I never left film.
So I'd use the same cameras I currently use:
Nikon S3/SP, & Cosina Voigtlander R2S Bessa rangefinders,
motorized Nikon F, F2AS, F3P, FA, FM-2, FG.
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Haven't made the jump to digital but in a similar way I am trekking my way back to using SLR's over rangefinders. I'm going to start a project using my Canon FD for the work but I've been eyeing that Nikon F3 thread. I love the look of that Nikon F3P. Didn't realize Nikon made such a camera.
So money being no object I'd love to grab one with perhaps a 50 & 35mm lens. That's the 2 focal lengths I'm cozy with.
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I do not have a lot of money invested in up-to-date digital cameras and quite often leave those untouched for long periods (except my cell phone camera). But if I had no film cameras at all, and was starting fresh, I'd go back to where it all started: an Olympus OM-1 and a few Zuiko lenses, starting with the 50/1.4.
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Have not left film as there are 2 M2's, R6.2, Nikon F in the cabinet. It would be an M2 in a rangefinder. If allowed a second body, then the Nikon F.

Everything since has bells and whistles on it that are not really needed.

Both my M2's are coming back from getting a new covering to replace the 56 year old vulcanite. Am always amazed at how fast Ye is on turnaround. He had the cameras for three days.
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I'm finding a Canon FT with kit FL 50 f1.8 lens is a flexible photo maker. I think I would have my Leica IIIf with Jupiter 3 as a more compact alternative.
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I own a Minolta AL rangefinder film camera that -- for me -- beats the two Leicas I used to own, a 3f and an M2r. Solid. A 45mm f2 lens, shutter to 1/1000. One lens only. I don't like using other lenses on a rangefinder. Too distracting. Then there is my new (to me) Rolleiflex. Two lenses only. I'm off to Joshua Tree next week with these gems.
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Old 11-15-2015   #23
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Plenty of variety, film cams are essentially free rentals since they don't depreciate: various fixed lens RFs, Barnacks and clones, F100, and current fave: Pentax ME Super which still has the clear plastic on the baseplate and looks absolutely new. What a tiny gem with a superb viewfinder.
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Never really stopped shooting film - but if I had to reduce to one cam or now should start with a cam it would be my Kodak Retina IIIs.


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I love my RF's. I love my Nikon's, but I just discovered the Pentax MX. You must check it out. Oh my.
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I love my three Plaubel Makiflexes. They are fun to use and I have adapted about thirty different lenses to fit these. Gratiying to collect and use.

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Canon P, OM2n, Bessa L w25/4 or one of a pair of FSUs (Kiev II & Zorki 1d).

For years I would have said Rolleiflex*, but these old bones are getting tired.
I've downsized my digital to an Oly C-5050Z and a Canon G5... small enough to carry, big enuf to hold on to. Plus - they both have VIEWFINDERS!

*Only downside to the Rollei, aside from their bulk, is unless you do your own processing, you're out of luck. With 35 mm, even B&W is as close as your neighborhood store.

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I love my three Plaubel Makiflexes. They are fun to use and I have adapted about thirty different lenses to fit these. Gratiying to collect and use.

A trio of Plaubel Makiflexes by Nokton48, on Flickr
This is a rare sight indeed! What type of lenses can be adapted to such cameras?
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I'd go straight back to my M3 w/coll 'cron. sigh...
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This is a rare sight indeed! What type of lenses can be adapted to such cameras?
Large format lenses (these cameras go from 35mm to 4x5"/9x12cm film). Schneider Xenars, Tele-Xenars, Symmars, Tele-Artons, Componons, Xenotars, G-Clarons etc. Also have complete sets of Rodenstock Imagons (soft focus), Apo-Ronars, and some other rare process lenses

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Inspired by a few threads skirting this question .....

If digital stopped existing and in place of your current digital camera(s) there was an equivalent pile of cash in your bag, and if we caught up to you shooting pictures next week, what camera body would you be holding?

In my case, probably a "user grade" Leica M6 loaded with Tri-X (my long forgotten friend). "What lens?" I'd have to think more about.
All cameras. I like them all.
Right now it's really about the Hexar AF, Canon Eos 630 and RT with 50mm and 100mm, and most of all The Fuji GF670
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I know my answer is unimaginative but ; the small size and exquisite handling make the film leica M bodies such a pleasure to use.
The M-A with the collapsible 50/2.8 lens did it for me - outstandingly minimalist and understated.
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A Pentax 67 + 105mm obviously !
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Here's a size reference...what's really impressive is how huge the viewfinder is. Shutter is highly damped and quiet, the MX is more of a clack.

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Well, having not ever left film then just what I have now. That is Olympus OM and Pen F for half frame.
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Went digital and then came back hard to film. Today I shoot 8x10, 5x7, 4x5, MF, and 35mm. Love them all, but the most keeper prints come from MF work. The MF comes out more than the LF cameras and the tonal quality is better than 35mm. And, there are many great and affordable MF choices today.
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Without thinking too much I think I'll go back to the two camera/system I have and frequently, hmmm now not so much use: M7 and Nikon FM2. Lenses? 35-50 on the M7 and 20-50 on the FM2.

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Barely shooting digital as it is and the digital camera I possess is on loan so there wouldn't be a pile of money there. That said, I'd use my F2, F3, pair of Mamiya 6s, Retina IIa and maybe even pick up my Leica M4 a little more.

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