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Fixed Lens 35mm RF This forum is dedicated to the numerous and popular fixed lens rangefinders, including but not limited to the Canon Canonets, Konica III and S series, Minoltas, Ricohs, Vivitars, and so many others. Note fixed lens Olympus , Yashicas, Argus and Retina have separate forums.

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Old 02-10-2008   #81
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Electro 35 Just feels good and the pictures are wow.
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Old 02-10-2008   #82
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Konica III and Canonet QL17 G-III......lov'em both!!!!
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Old 02-10-2008   #83
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Definitely not Minilux, for me. The most ridiculously viewfinder in camera history and the notorious E06 error ocurring during an assignment, with Leica denying a faulty design and forcing the customer to pay big bucks for a temporary repair!
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Old 02-10-2008   #84
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Konica IIIA - astonishingly good viewfinder, lovely lens, rapid wind-on, wonderful build quality, and truly beautiful to boot. What's not to love?

It even comes in a useable ERC.
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Old 03-16-2008   #85
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Konica Hexar AF

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AF is very accurate, in any lighting conditions
35mm f2 lens is outstanding
Quietest camera I've used

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Old 04-12-2008   #86
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the Agfa Super Sillete is a nice (not so little) camera, it looks and feels much like a metal brick in your pocket though. ive had 3 of these now, the best was was the 1st which got a bad knock somewhere along the line that had a 2.8 45mm lens, the ones i have at the mo are both earlier versions wiht 35 45mm lenses and a diffrent set up for shutter speeds and aperture control. not quite as ncie to use but all the same.
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Old 05-05-2008   #87
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Right now I really like my Minolta Hi-Matic 9

1. Great 45mm f/1.7 lens. Sharp.
2. Full AE and Metered Manual, EV system a snap to use.
3. Styling and bluid of a '66 Buick....but for taking pictures.

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Old 05-05-2008   #88
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Fugi GW670111, as Doug says, however my viewfinder is a little hazy, Konica Hexar a close second
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Old 05-05-2008   #89
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My Black Olympus SP
1) Terriffic lens.. (It still surprises me sometimes)
2) Metering options.. (I use the spot meter quite often)
3) Styling.. (I think it looks great in silver also)
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Another vote for Rollei 35S. As a matter of fact, if I were only to keep one film camera, it would be a plain chrome Rollei 35S. This is based on that I can guesstimate both distance and light.
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Old 04-11-2013   #91
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fuji x100. oh, wait, it's not a real rangefinder. so, konica S III ...
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Old 04-11-2013   #92
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Minox 35GT (Yes, I know it's a viewfinder, not a RF). Personality, design, lens.

If I must abide strictly by the RF definition, it would be Minolta Hi-Matic E. Lens, heft, auto-parallax finder.
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Bear with me, I want to try to keep the posts kind of brief.

Post your favorite fixed-lens RF or Scale Focus, and the top 3 reasons it is your favorite.

Please no posts like this: "Well, if I'm doing X, then it is Y camera, otherwise, Z camera" Just pick the all-around favorite.

I'll start:

Rollei 35

1) Character
2) Zeiss lens
3) Manual & Mechanical
ok now I am confused, inso far as I know the rollei 35 is not a range finder camera, it has no range finder its a guesstimate camera, however having said that I loved them and had several.
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Old 05-21-2013   #94
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happily I have two favorites, the canon ql17 series and the Fuji 645 with the roll bar.
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Old 05-21-2013   #95
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Canon QL17.
But the more I use it the more I like my Fuji GSW690
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Old 06-06-2013   #96
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Yashica GS or GSN.

1) 6 element F1.7 lens
2) solid construction
3) fairly easy to make adjustments and/or clean
4) aperture exposure
5) Etc., etc., etc.

Been shooting them since early 1970's while living in Japan, and if I was stuck with just one camera I certainly could live with the Yashica.
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Old 06-07-2013   #97
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Ah, but the Olympus 35SP has a seven element f/1.7 lens

And can work without a battery, and has no POD...




Disclaimer: I do like the results I get from my Electro 35GSN, but I wouldn't want it to be my only camera.
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Old 06-07-2013   #98
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Another vote for the Olympus 35SP.

Lovely lens. Seven elements! One for each day of the week.

Nice viewfinder.

I can't comment on the meter as I've never used it.

On the con side, I think the focus range on the lens is a bit short. Takes a bit of getting used to.
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Old 06-07-2013   #99
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In 120, my favourite used to be a Super Ikonta but it's started playing up and, despite a couple of trips to the technician, it hasn't been fixed. I got more keepers with that camera than anything else.

Current favourite is a Fuji GW680 III with a fixed 90mm lens. A fabulous camera with a terrific viewfinder.
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Old 06-20-2013   #100
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1st—Oly RD been with me everywhere since I bought it new in the '70s (JH's last CLA?)
2nd— Oly RC — slightly more compact than the RD
3rd— Oly XA — Street king!
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Old 06-20-2013   #101
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I could give a top 3:

1. Olympus 35SP (obv)
2. Olympus 35RD (I don't have one, but can hope)
3. Braun Super Paxette I (so not an interchangeable lens version, obv)

I accept that, if I get one of the XAs I've got my eye on, I might revise this list, but I have been very surprised by how much fun the pretty Paxette is to use. And the lens ain't as bad as some folk say. Sure, it isn't Zeiss standard (or Zuiko, comes to that), but it's a little belter.
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Old 06-20-2013   #102
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Curently the Konica Hexar AF. Great f/2 lens, quiet, fast AF.
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Old 06-20-2013   #103
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Nice camera, and I'd love to give one a go for candid photography, but not really RF, is it?
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Old 06-20-2013   #104
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1) Olympus 35RC
2) Minolta Hi-Matic F
3) Zeiss Ikon Voigtländer Vitessa 500AE w/ BLIK rangefinder
I need to adjust that:

1) Yashica Electro 35 GS (my favourite, definitely!!) - reasons: lens, built, reliability ... everything
2) AGFA Super Silette Automatic (What an amazing cam!) - reasons: lens, built, reliability
3) Olympus 35RC - reasons: size, lens

I also liked the lens of my Rollei XF 35, but I did not like the plasticky body.
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Old 06-22-2013   #106
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Lately I am enjoying the Lynx 1000:

High quality finish and feel.

1/1000 and f/22

Auto parallax correction coupled to distance ring.

Shortest triggering distance from pushing the low profile button to the actual click.

Quality rangefinder optics.

Working selenium meter, with viewfinder unobtrusive correct exposure display. (yet, like with many hand held meters, under bright light situations you will have to shadow the selenium cell with your left hand)

Very nice balance of size weight and gripping.

Full manual mode only. This can be seen both as and advantage of disadvantage according to the user.

And the killing feature: a kind of shutter priority linkage allowing you to move both the speed and aperture rings while maintaining the same exposure value. This unique feature enables superfast adaptation of speed according to subject.

Overall from this camera emanates a strong feeling of quality fixed lens rangefinder.

Cheers,
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I agree wholeheartedly! This is one of my all-time favorite cameras! It's a beautiful camera with a range of apertures and speeds usually found on an slr, but in a fairly compact body, not to mention the superb lens. My other favorites are the Fujica 35-SE f/1.9 1/1000 shutter, which has an amazing lens (even nicer than the Yashica!), the Konica Auto S2, and the Canon QL17-GIII.

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Far and away, this was my favourite. Bright 1:1 viewfinder that was "epic" in today's parlance. Sadly now gone -- smashed by a grand fall.

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For some reason I thought this referred to 35mm, then I reread the question. After owning 5 fixed lens. rf , I vote fot for the fuji gf670 (bessa iii 667). Close focus, great lens, fine meter and compact and fairly light weight. Damn, that's 5 reasons. I thought rollei 35 were scale focus, both of mine were.
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Old 08-12-2013   #109
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But we are in the 35mm section, confusing. My Rolleis and Minox 35 aren't rf, which means I can only comment on the best 35mm rf I own, Contax T.
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M6 with 35 Summilux ASPH epoxied onto the mount.

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I'm gonna go with the Konica IIIa as well. I don't have one, but want one.
I had the III at one point and it was in user condition, but I loved it anyway.
The IIIa is just gorgeous.
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I recently "got" a Voigtländer Vitomatic IIIb.
Well I'm currently using it, with the option to buy.

While I'm not overly sure, if I like the position of the shutter release, the finder and the heft of the camera are really nice.


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Ricoh 500G

1) Cheap
2) Very good lens
3) Very compact
4) Aperture priority and programme
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Old 10-27-2013   #114
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must be my 1960's Carl Zeiss CONTINA it was one of the cameras of a deceased member of my Photo- Club

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I do not have comprehensive experience with many RF's, but here are the ones I have tried (and own), with some notes. Favourite is at the end.


Yashica Lynx 5000 - rather nice to use, RF uncalibrated, meter DNW

Minolta Hi-Matic 7 - I bet I'd like this one a lot, if its shutter worked. Also uses silly, obsolete batteries (I get around this with 675 hearing aid batteries, shimmed with a washer).

Super Westomat 35 - looks like a WWI tank. Shutter does not fire so I don't know how good it is (or isn't).

Taron Promaster - not the sharpest lens in history, but reassuringly chunky and works well (think Yashica M and you'll more or less get the right idea). In-viewfinder exposure guide works nicely, although also uses silly batteries.

Runner-up: Yashica M - I love this camera, no battery needed; RF screen in viewfinder is adrift; has recently developed the dreaded "only shoots at one shutter speed syndrome"

Honourable mention - Minolta Hi-Matic 11 - great f/1.7 Rokkor glass, nice to use, let down by reliance on silly batteries and all-auto operation; also a bit bulky

And the winner is...

Voigtländer VF-101 - uses sensible 1.5-volt alkalines (if rather a lot of them!), small and pocketable if a little heavy. Slightly let down by its f/2.8 lens, as compared with the rest of the above, but works nicely. Nice big VF with aperture-priority scale inside it.

Clearly, if I were to use more, I'd probably find a new favourite, but for now, the VF-101 is it.


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Not a RF, but my favorite camera now is my Rollei 35s
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For me, the 35RC
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For me it's my Electro 35, partly because it was one of the first really nice fun to use FLRF cameras I got and partly because it just looked fun/retro.

I always enjoy threads like this. I take a tally of the top contenders I don't own and go looking at them online and add them to my must-have list.

It's a shame there's no way to do a live tally in these threads by marking your choices in the post you make with some kind of tag so we could easily see what was mentioned most and get a definite list without looking at every post and writing it down.
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Far and away, this was my favourite. Bright 1:1 viewfinder that was "epic" in today's parlance. Sadly now gone -- smashed by a grand fall.

I just bought one of these from the classified and can't wait to get it and put a few rolls through.

Until then.... my favorite is the Hexar AF (RF or not).
Also love the results I get from the Yashica Electro GX.
It's a surprisingly superb performer and quite compact.
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If anyone is curious... I just did a quick tally...

1) Canonet QL17 G3 (currently 9 mentions)
2) Konica Hexar AF (8 mentions)
3) Konica Auto S2 (6 mentions)

The "round around" top mention is the Olympus 35 series in assorted variations with over 10 mentions thus far.
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