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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Old 06-09-2011   #81
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The only camera I regret selling was my black-paint Minox B.

At the time, I had convinced myself that using an "invisible" camera would revolutionize my photography. It didn't (and purchasing/processing/printing 9.5mm film was a complete P.I.T.A.), so I dumped it.

The shop that I sold to offered me 3 times what I paid for it right off - and at the tender age of 17yrs, I figured I'd made a fantastic deal there (In reality, I expect I was very seriously low-balled).

Never the less, the proceeds bought a used Pentax H1, with 35mm & 55mm Takumars - and and those did more for me than the Minox ever did. Still- Minox's are pretty cool.
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Old 06-09-2011   #82
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Wish I'd never sold any of it. Especially the G1.
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Old 06-09-2011   #83
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My first M6ttl. A bit rough around the edges after some travel adventures but working perfectly. I sold to fund an MP purchase.
A mint M6 sold because it was too mint! stupid
A mint M6 sold because I didn't use it enough! stupid but I know it gets used now.
A chrome M6 that was sooooo smooth to fund a 24-70 Nikkor.
I've always regretted selling M6's. I sold the MP and never regretted it.
I got hold of another M6 and have now learnt my lesson. NEVER SELL AN M6!!

Non camera wise has to be a BMW R100/S in the most beautifull maroon/crimson smoke paint. Sold to buy a Rolex Sub in '86. My Dad thought I was bonkers. I still have the watch but when I see pic's of the bike on trips to the south of France I still regret selling it. Replaced with an R90/S a while later which I will never sell, I'll just pass it on to my boys.
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Old 06-10-2011   #84
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I really regret selling my Canon F-1 (new) since it was such a great camera. I still have my first 35mm, a Canon FT-QL from around 1971 and I'll take that with me.
Other than that, nothing.
I do however, regret buying more than a few things....
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Old 06-16-2011   #85
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Black chrome M4 - needed the money for an SLR which I had to have for work on at the time - still regret it.

21mm f/3.4 SA-M - owned one then sold it - I have just replaced it.
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Old 06-16-2011   #86
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I've never actually sold a camera but I have given some away. The only one I regret is when my son in Florida started to show an interest in photography I sent him my Nikon F4s. Which he sold 2 weeks later because his girlfriend wanted something for the house.. I would never replace it though since I'm now an OM fanatic.


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Old 06-16-2011   #87
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my '56 chevy convertible...

sold it to the brother of a soon-to-be ex-girl friend...
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replacement price today is...ouch!!!

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Old 06-16-2011   #88
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I kinda regret selling my Voigtlander 35mm 1.2.
What comforts me is that the money will go to funding a Summilux 35mm ASPH.
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Old 06-24-2011   #89
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I regret selling my RB67, even though the sale paid for my plane ticket to Serbia, and I like the 6x6 of my Yashicamat more than 6x7, and the Yashicamat is lighter and easier to carry about. Though I still wish I still had that RB67. Or some other MF SLR.
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Old 06-24-2011   #90
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Regret selling MY SA 21/3.4. Sold it because it apparently didn't work on the M8. It does. Replaced it at the time with the pre aspherical 21/2.8 Elmarit.
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Old 06-24-2011   #91
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Lucky for me, nothing yet. I have 4 Leica M cameras and was preparing to sell my very nice M4 that I bought from Youxin several years ago. I have been worried for a couple of months about selling it. I know I would regret it terribly. So, I have changed my mind and am going keep it, load some film and go out shooting with it. A close one but, no regrets. Jim
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Old 06-24-2011   #92
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My '53 MG TD, my '68 Triumph Bonnevilles (two of them), but all cameras sold I have no regrets.
Did they have "King of the Road" Lucas Electric's ?

Rather like these . . .


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My Nikon F with Ptenaprism finder - sold on 70s
A MINT m5 sold about 10 years ago. Collector quality. Sold for $1400
a few Hexar RFs along the way
a Black Paint m 4 about 15 years ago. I think I sold it for $1200.
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Old 08-20-2011   #95
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I don't think anything yet... There are times I miss the Canon 50/1.2, though.
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Old 08-20-2011   #96
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35mm Sumilux ASPH. On the other hand if I hadn't sold it I never would have gotten the 35/2.8 Biogon-C, which is the best lens I've ever used. So, no real regrets.
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Old 08-20-2011   #99
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Old 08-20-2011   #100
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I do long after my Rolleiflex T from time to time. Surely the Mamiya 6 that took its place has the sharper glass, but the T was just special both the point of view it gave and the mood the BW pictures could have (I guess that the Tessar design was part of it). Very suitable for traveling light too. It was also the most stranger friendly camera.

One day I may get one again - if I decide to swap the Mamiya for a Rolleiflex and Contax 645 . The good point is - there are plenty out there and if serviced from time to time they will probably outlast me.

I do not really miss any of the rest of the cameras I sold, even if I could get interesting results out of them. Somehow the "experience" seems to count (that is why I hold onto 4x5" even though I get to use it rarely) ..

I never missed any car I have ever sold - but I am too young (and too poor - in a relative way) to have sold anything worthy with 4 wheels
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Old 08-20-2011   #101
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I sold my old plastic Sears something or other camera. At age 15 I was hired by an attorney to film the site of a rail-car wreck. I "thumbed" my way 68 miles each way to deliver prints and got a profit of seven dollars. Later, I upgraded. I regret never again feeling such a sense of accomplishment with any other camera.
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Old 08-21-2011   #102
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Old 08-22-2011   #103
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I regret selling my IIc.. I sold it with the intention of using the proceeds towards a III, but unexpected car repairs ($600 worth) took precedence over a new toy..
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Old 08-30-2011   #104
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No camera regrets! guitar regrets? a few

Having come back happily happily to photography in the last 2 years--to film especially in the past few months--I'm appreciating the sadder-but-wiser tone of many posts with their "Never sell a camera again" refrain. Thanks for silencing the little inner nag that wants me to displace/replace camera X when camera Y arrives, rather than keep them both in the family, and taking them out to play in turns.

There's a t-shirt in the guitar world that may apply here: Love One Woman / Many Guitars. I have more cameras than guitars now--and not too many of either--but I still regret selling a '58 Gibson ES175D for the same change I spent on it ($100) way back when. I also let an older, slyer guitarist talk me into accepting a brand new 1970 Strat in trade for a really beat-up '57 I'd gotten for 90 bucks. But though I cherish the regret, I'm happy with the Heritage jazzbox and the super Warmoth Strat I have today.
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Old 08-30-2011   #106
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I wish I'd never sold my left kidney to buy a Hasselblad 500C/M and lens. How does Franke & Heidecke go under with its 6000 system whereas Hasselblad keeps going? What's with that weird film-loading procedure; that 'kerthunk' mirror (which vibrates the whole camera, btw. No pneumatic braking system, Hasselblad?) that stays up between shots (until shutter is cocked); the rigmarole one must remember to go through while changing lenses to avoid locking up the camera? Eh? Mama mia!

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Old 08-30-2011   #107
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Elmarit 35. But it's not too bad. Time heals wounds.
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sold on this forum to.. i believe digital intrigue

Leica MP .85x and the new Summicron, the summicron for about a thousand less than they go for now.

i actually do plan on selling all my lenses and going for another summicron. although the 1.5 nokton is plenty sharp, there's just something missing.
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Old 09-01-2011   #111
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35mm Sumilux ASPH. On the other hand if I hadn't sold it I never would have gotten the 35/2.8 Biogon-C, which is the best lens I've ever used. So, no real regrets.
Take away the vignetting wide open in low light and I'll second that. The Biogon-C is hard to fault.
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also miss the FM2 i traded for a Cambo 4x5sc
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Not many camera regrets with the possible exception of my F5. Fit my hand like a glove. Great camera.
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Zeiss Ikon. Sold to get a Leica M6, suppose I just kind of wanted a Leica. In hindsight, for me, the Ikon is the better camera. I have not bought it again as I now have a R4A and Leica M3, and I don't miss it *that* much.
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Maybe the Canon 50/1.4 and the Nikon 50/2 should have stayed. Maybe not. I like the Lux.
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I've actually just re bought a Canon 1v for £206 in excellent condition. I'll still do the majority of film shooting on my M6, but I didn't have a film option for my Canon lenses and £200 is so reasonable. I am however contemplating selling my 35 lux aspherical for a Zeiss 35/2, just to free up some cash, but I do worry that i might go on to regret it though as I think once sold it will be difficult to re-buy at a later date. Decisions decisions....R
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Traded my Sears(Ricoh Singlex)TLS system for my first Nikkormat, but I've been able to reconstruct that system for nostalgia sake. So it's really a toss-up between my Mamiya C330F Pro system, and Omega Rapid 200. Sold both when things were getting tight. (Not that they're any better now) Would be nice to have the Rapid, but boy, what I could do with the Mamiya!

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