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HuubL
09-17-2006, 02:05
Apart from the RFs, which we all love, I guess many use or have used SLRs. I have shot Canons since my first EF back in the early seventies and still shoot Canon today (20D).

ClaremontPhoto
09-17-2006, 02:07
Many Leica M people like Olympus SLR's.

sejanus
09-17-2006, 02:16
I use an old Nikon F outfit and I also have Eos (both film and digital). I sometime use my Nikkors on an Eos body. What can I say? I'm just a tart...

:o

Nachkebia
09-17-2006, 02:21
Nikon indeed! I own all this, infact I started with Nikon SLR :)
Listed chronologicly :)
Nikon F65
Nikon F6
Nikon D200
Nikon FM3a
and alot of lenses, btw now my wife shoots nikon and she does not allow me to sell anyof nikons to fund MP :D

MoTR
09-17-2006, 02:21
Digi wise, I was Canon now Nikon now going back to Canon :)
Film wise Oly OM1 beat the hell outta everthing else ever made apart from possibily the FM2n/T.

Johnmcd
09-17-2006, 02:28
Shoot Canon now - 20D. Love the high iso ability and CMOS sensor.

FILM - Used to shoot and Olympus OM1 and am now waiting for my first OM2 from ebay. Should be here tomorrow. Been wanting one of those since the early 80's. Love the look, build and feel - Timeless. Industrial art at its best.

John

rover
09-17-2006, 02:44
I am a Canon man, I even live on Cannon Drive. I am saving up for a DSLR right now. Barring some big break through I will buy a DRebel or 30D ish camera. That Pentax K10D sure looks nice too, who knows. I don't have a huge lens investment, so, who knows.

jonasv
09-17-2006, 02:46
Nikon.

F70 and F4s - used to have a Nikkormat FT3 and an FG20 as well.

I also used to have a lot of zooms... 35-80, 18-35, 28-70, 75-300. They are sold or for sale now, I'm down to a 24/2.8, 50/1.2 and 85/2 - a perfect kit for me.

Looking to buy a D70(s) (hint, hint).

My ideal but unaffordable kit would be two eos 5D's, a 24/1.4, 35/1.4 and 85/1.2... not that I think canon are ahead of nikon, it's just that specifically for the things I shoot and the way I like to shoot, this kit would suit me a bit better than the current Nikon offerings... But it flips back and forth all the time. And at any rate... I'm not too concerned about gear. Almost anything takes good pictures nowadays.

telenous
09-17-2006, 02:53
My very first camera was a Nikon F401, some twenty years ago. I have since used a Canon EOS 1000, Pentax KX, and lately Nikon FM3A. Every time I changed camera I also changed lenses (usually three basic primes). I have no brand loyalty when it comes to SLR's. I finally went for Nikon because I like the bodies they make (I prefer manual from automatic) and the possibility to combine them with Zeiss glass.

gareth
09-17-2006, 02:58
First cameras I shot with were a Praktica, an MTL I think it was, and a Canonet QL17. Both as a kid, they were my Dad's cameras.
He later got an A1, which was really nice.

I bought a secondhand T90 around 1990. It was going cheap as one of the lads at working was going through a divorce and he needed cash quick. A friend now has it on long term loan from me.

But frankly I didn't really start to get serious about taking pictures till late 2001.

In 2001 I bought an EOS30. Auto-focus, wow! I could now get nearly all my snaps in focus.

A year later I bought an EOS33 as a secondbody, it lasted about 2 years before giving up the ghost and was in turn replaced by a EOS30V. The 30's are great wee cameras.

8mnths ago I bought a 5D.

And at the moment I'm fretting about buying a Bessa R2a with an Ultron f1.7, which is why I'm hanging around this forum!

dexdog
09-17-2006, 03:03
Canon. First real camera was an FTbN, followed by an AE-1 Program. Currently use a 20D. Pondering a 5D, but for the way I use photos (no huge prints) I cannot justify the expense for the extra resolution. Still might be fun, though.

Bill58
09-17-2006, 04:31
Nikon: EM (2); F2as; Nikkormat FTN

gweldoncone
09-17-2006, 04:33
My first SLR was an OM1n. I still have it. I just added a super wide zoom for it a few weeks ago. The rest are Nikons. I don't really know why, I just liked them. Now with a large selection of lenses I guess that is where I will stay. I am backing off of the digital race for now until it settles down a little.

smileyguy
09-17-2006, 04:38
Canon.

Bought my first camera about 20 years ago for a trip to the UK: a Canon Snappy (I think...) not quite your EOS 1 but that held me for quite a number of years. Had a bit of hiatus and then coughed up the cash (very poor at the time) for a Rebel 2000. Had LOTS of fun with that and then just in June coughed up more cash (a little less poor now) for a used EOS 3 with PB-E1. Absolutely loving it!! The snappy is long gone but I still remember it, had the red one. One of my last memories of it was how loud it was.

Richard Black
09-17-2006, 05:02
My first was a Yashica, 1969, followed by my favorite of all time, Fujica ST701 in black. Alas it was stolen after 15 years of use. Replaced with Pentax K1000, stolen and now Minolta X370 and the Minolta system has grown to include a X700, QTsi, Maxxum 4. I really like the ergonomics of the Minoltas. Small almost like the Olympus. Forgot, recently inherited a Canon AE-1, nice camera but a bit awkward compare to the Minoltas, maybe just lack of familiarity.

GeneW
09-17-2006, 05:07
Formerly an Olympus OM-1 shooter but sold/traded all my Oly gear last year for Nikon. Now shoot Nikon F3HP and FM2n and have several AI and AIS Nikkor primes.

Gene

wlewisiii
09-17-2006, 05:17
Canon. Started with an AE-1 that got sold in moment of foolishness. Still have my FTb-N & T-90 right now.

William

mad_boy
09-17-2006, 05:23
Pentax

Spotmatic and K1000 (most intuitive light meter ever seen)
Super A (Has been multiple times around the world, was dropped and still works).

mad_boy

Al Patterson
09-17-2006, 05:24
Canon for SLRs. I started with an AE-1 back in 1980 or so, and recently picked up two A-1s.

narsuitus
09-17-2006, 05:34
I use Nikon SLR cameras.

The Miranda Sensorex was my first SLR.

ClaremontPhoto
09-17-2006, 05:34
Yes that Pentax K1000 is very nice, and a friend of mine has a Spotmatic that he uses for his travel photography. A shop nearby has a new K1000 and I'm tempted but I don't really need it.

On the Olympus I like the 28-48 wide zoom even though it's the only zoom I have and I don't like zooms. This one is good.

bmicklea
09-17-2006, 05:36
Started out using my Dad's near-complete Contarex (http://fotoralf.de/contalens.htm) outfit and fell in love with the Zeiss glass, especially the 85 2.0 Sonnar (any guesses which medium telephoto I want for my RF ;) ) That camera was great - it had such a quirky look but was, nonetheless, very nice to shoot with.

When I moved away from home I couldn't afford a Contax SLR which was my dream camera until I foolishly handled a Leica M, so I bought a used Canon Elan and a couple decent lenses. Still have it assuming that one day I'll get a DSLR body. But somehow there's always something more appealing to spend my money on in the RF world.

I can still, however, be found trolling eBay looking at Contax kits...who knows...

Jon Perry
09-17-2006, 06:01
My first SLR was an Olympus OM10. I had to save up for the Shutter speed add on! :)

Nikon nowadays...

peter_n
09-17-2006, 06:08
Zenit 3M, Pentax Spotmatic and Nikon F3hp in that order. I still have the Nikon but haven't used it since I got my first RF camera three years ago.

Mackinaw
09-17-2006, 06:12
When it comes to SLRs', I have no brand loyalty. I own and shoot with an old Nikon F and an old Canon F-1.

Jim Bielecki

back alley
09-17-2006, 06:23
i have no slr gear.
i shoot rangefinders only.
and as of this morning i am down to one working body.

joe

Silva Lining
09-17-2006, 06:33
I started with Praktica SLRs an MTL 5 and then a VLC before I 'progressed' to an EOS 30 - great camera. I now shoot a 20d and am saving for the 5d replacement whenever that comes out.

Scarpia
09-17-2006, 06:41
I have three Canon EOS Rebels; a Ti, a 2000 and only last week I picked up a 1000 Fn from Adorama's E bay store for a paltry $19.00. As I live in NYC I saved the shipping charge by picking it up at the store. After many years of shooting SLR's starting with an Exakta VX IIa which I still have and which still works well,
my best shots are taken with SLR's much to my chagrin as I really love RF's. As I am now a senior citizen I figure that by the time I am 90 or so I should have caught up.:rolleyes:
Kurt M.

Warren T.
09-17-2006, 07:12
I've used Nikon slr's since the late 60's. My first was a Nikomat Ftn w/50mm f1.4 lens. I now own:

2 - F2s
1 - F3HP
2 - F4s
1 - D100

I use a variety of Nikkor primes, and a couple of 3rd party zooms.

I love my RF cameras, but I also shoot with my Nikon slr's often.

--Warren

ClaremontPhoto
09-17-2006, 07:15
Your friend likes her cat.

Spyderman
09-17-2006, 07:56
Olympus OM.

Because they are closest to rangefinders in size and quietness. And there is virtually no difference between a consumer lens and a pro lens - there is only one line-up :)

peterc
09-17-2006, 08:09
Nikon
FE and F90X (sale pending on the F80 so I won't count it).
Mostly prime lenes (pre-AI, AI and AF ranging from 20mm to 200mm) and a couple of zooms (used mostly on the Nikon-based Fuji S1).

Peter

lmd91343
09-17-2006, 08:14
Canon!

For SLRs I almost exclusively use my F1N(s). I am spoiled by the spot metering, build quality, and lenses. I use T90s when I need a flash. I started with Pentax SP, great cameras, and great lenses. I still have a few. I bought and used a recent Nikon. It felt too "plasticky". Then of course, I only use the old Canon stuff. I am sure the Nikon F2 is good camera. ;)


-Lance

p.s. You must have a happy cat!

Wayne R. Scott
09-17-2006, 08:34
SLR's that I use include both Canon and Nikon plus a few others.

Bronica ETR and ETRS
Canon F1, FTBn, A1
Nikon F3HP, FA
Olympus OM-1, OM-2
Pentax Spotmatic F, Spotmatic SP

My favorites are Nikon F3HP, Canon F1 and Olympus OM-1 all for different purposes, The F3HP with MD4 motor drive when I am taking action shots of kids, sports events, and macro photography. The Canon F1 with 300mm or 500mm lens for wildlife. The black Olympus OM-1 with 50mm f1.4 for my walk-about slr.

I am not predjudiced for or against any of the makers.

I just picked up a Konica Autoreflex T with a 40mm f1.8 pancake Hexanon lens that I will be playing with.

Wayne

ghost
09-17-2006, 08:43
canon fd, because the focusing ring turns the same way. pentax spotmatic just for kicks.

FrankS
09-17-2006, 08:54
I started with a Pentax ME as my first SLR camera and soon added the MX. Then switched systems to Nikon, buying an FE2 and FM2n, later adding an F.

I currently still have a Nikkormat FTn, FG, 801s, and F4s. All available for sale.

raid
09-17-2006, 09:16
I got my first modern SLR with the Canon AE, followed by AE-Program, then A1, then by F1N (2 bodies) then F1n, Pellix, and then finally by T90 (2 bodies).

The T90 and the F1N were my workhorses for many years. Both have built-in spotmeters, and both are built very ruggedly.

I started out with both the Nikon and the Canon systems, but then decided to optimize my lens choices by building up only one of these two systems. Nikkor lenses were more expensive than Canon lenses, so I sold my Nikons and kept the Canon lenses.


Raid

P.S. I still have the FG and the Nikkormat for sale.

RFBob
09-17-2006, 09:32
I have used Nikon SLR since 1967. Every few years a Leica. Current...

F2SB...with 25-50mm Nikkor zoom wonderful combo, I am orginal owner.
F3HP
F4...best MF platform.
I have all Nikkor MF glass. No AF or digital.

R6...50mm cron
Rolleiflex 2c

raid
09-17-2006, 09:37
Bob: I consider the T90 to be the best manual focus SLR ever made.

Raid

nksyoon
09-17-2006, 09:55
Current main SLR: Canon 20D
Other currently owned and used: Olympus OM-1

Used/Owned in the past:
Canon 300D
Nikon FE
Pentax ME Super
Nikomat (can't remember which model)

xayraa33
09-17-2006, 09:55
Olympus OM1

for reasons stated by other members, it is the closest SLR to an RF camera.
I also bought an Exakta from David Murphy
I find this SLR very intiguing, and I like it very much.
Sometimes I get the strange idea of selling my RF gear and buying more Exaktas and their lenses .
Kinda sick huh?

IGMeanwell
09-17-2006, 09:57
Nikon D50 .. I love Nikkor glass

but I also have a Minolta X-370 with a bivy of Rokkor glass ... a couple Miranda bodies as well

FrankS
09-17-2006, 09:57
Bob: I consider the T90 to be the best manual focus SLR ever made.

Raid

That may be the case, but I agree that the F4s is the best manual focus platform ever. It has auto focus capability, but has a focus confirmation light when using manual focus lenses. The camera controls are largely the traditional analogue type.

FrankS
09-17-2006, 09:59
Olympus OM1

for reasons stated by other members, it is the closest SLR to an RF camera.
I also bought an Exakta from David Murphy
I find this SLR very intiguing, and I like it very much.
Sometimes I get the strange idea of selling my RF gear and buying more Exaktas and their lenses .
Kinda sick huh?

Let me know if you're interested in an Exakta vxII + lenses.

Michael I.
09-17-2006, 10:01
nikon fm2n, pentax k1000,start kmz slr.

ndnbrunei
09-17-2006, 10:06
My first serious camera was a Pentax Spotmatic (a great camera and great lenses) then a Nikkormat (built to outlast the pyramids), then an FM2 (great workhorse - mine has travelled with me to more than 20 countries and never faltered), then an 801s (a little slow by todays standards, but took some great shots), more recently a Rolleiflex 2.8F (got to love medium format - detail in the negs takes your breath away), and most recently, Yashica Eectro 35 GSN (a lot of camera, fast sharp lens, great potential - still plumbing the depths!) and yet to be tried (I have just taken them out of the box from the UK) Konica C35 & Auto S3.

Don't we live in remarkable times?

xayraa33
09-17-2006, 10:07
Let me know if you're interested in an Exakta vxII + lenses.

I will let you know Frank.
I have been resisting this urge
and I have been winning so far, but every time I use that camera I bought from David, that idea creeps back to my mind.:)

RFBob
09-17-2006, 10:07
OK Raid I avoid LCD displays. I love Nikon glass...Nikkor ED 300mm, ED 180mm, Macro 105mm 2.8, 85mm 1.4 and more. I could never replace, but I don't think I could sell for much. Also love Leica M s...M2, M3, 2 M6 classic.

ampguy
09-17-2006, 10:07
The F3 HP is probably more functional, but I somehow like the non HP look of the F3 much better. I have a black Nikomat Ft2 with non-ai 50/2.

I've used Nikon slr's since the late 60's. My first was a Nikomat Ftn w/50mm f1.4 lens. I now own:

2 - F2s
1 - F3HP
2 - F4s
1 - D100

I use a variety of Nikkor primes, and a couple of 3rd party zooms.

I love my RF cameras, but I also shoot with my Nikon slr's often.

--Warren

JohnL
09-17-2006, 10:09
In SLRs, I started with a Canon Pellix (1960s). Then I went MF for a while (Rollei), then Olympus OM, back to Canon a few years ago.

raid
09-17-2006, 10:42
OK Raid I avoid LCD displays. I love Nikon glass...Nikkor ED 300mm, ED 180mm, Macro 105mm 2.8, 85mm 1.4 and more. I could never replace, but I don't think I could sell for much. Also love Leica M s...M2, M3, 2 M6 classic.


Bob: It's just a personal preference; maybe if I had the F4, I would be viewing it as the best camera. The multiple spotmetering capabilities make me use the T90 more than any SLRI own.


Raid

BillBingham2
09-17-2006, 13:59
Nikons & Nikkormats. I will be using a F2AS (when it's back from Stephen). I have a F2 Photomic, FTn (very late with some F2 features), F, Nikkormat FTn. I have an OM-1 that I got about 5 years ago. Need to cut back as there also is a N2020, Canon AE-1 Program and I'm sure something else hanging around.

I still have the three lenses I started photography with (24/2.8, 85.1.8, 200.3) but have augmented with some great AIS lenses for the F2AS (28/2.8, 50/1.8, 105/2.5, 180/2.8ED).

My goal is to carry two small bags. A M6 with 15/4.5, 40/1.4, 105/2.5 for my main shooting and a F2AS with a 180/2.8 and a TC-200. The other AIS lens are back in the room as backup.

Thought I could live with RF alone, but last vacation proved I need to reach out a bit some times.

While I have used Canon SLRs, mostly of friends. While I did lust after the EF with it's well designed shutterspeed dial (m5 for the same reason), never had a reason to change.

B2 (;->

Gabriel M.A.
09-17-2006, 14:22
Canon. My first SLR was a Canon 630.

SLRs I've also used:
- Nikon
- Hasselblad
- Leica

The best feeling SLR? Leicaflex SL or R8. The most reliable? Leicaflex SL and Hasselblad 500 c/m The noisiest? Nikon F5 and Canon EOS 3. The coolest? Black Nikon F2m and Leica 6.2

OldNick
09-17-2006, 14:51
After using a Leica RF for many years, my first exposure to the SLR world was using an Exacta. I later changed to a Pentax Spotmatic SP, which still gives me great images with Pentax glass. I use the Pentax for any requirement beyond 90mm.

Jim N.

kshapero
09-17-2006, 14:54
I have a (used to use a lot) a Nikkormat FTN w/ 50mm/1.4f. A wonderful setup purchased new in 1974. Still works great but weighs in at 345 lbs.:bang: or something like that.

Athos6
09-17-2006, 15:11
Canon A1
Canon Av-1
Canon F1n
Kiev-88CM
Balda Baldix
Speed Graflex
A nikon point and shoot
Bessa R
Nikon FM3a
Nikon D200

+Lenses

All bought and sold using roughly using the same 2000 bucks, I only have the D200 now, but I'm looking into a M2/3/4 or a R3A, or Nikon S2/SP.

But I also wanna get another AE-1 because I always liked the FD lenses. Plus it was my first SLR system....

kshapero
09-17-2006, 16:22
Canon A1
Canon Av-1
Canon F1n
Kiev-88CM
Balda Baldix
Speed Graflex
A nikon point and shoot
Bessa R
Nikon FM3a
Nikon D200

+Lenses

All bought and sold using roughly using the same 2000 bucks, I only have the D200 now, but I'm looking into a M2/3/4 or a R3A, or Nikon S2/SP.

But I also wanna get another AE-1 because I always liked the FD lenses. Plus it was my first SLR system....

I have an R3A for sale. see: http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost-classifieds/showproduct.php?product=1452

AKAJohnDoe
09-17-2006, 16:52
In digital it is Canon. In 35mm, either Olympus or Olympus Pen, in MF it is Mamiya RZ. In RF it is Canon LTM or Voigtlander Vito IIa.

planetjoe
09-17-2006, 16:52
Canon, but that's almost an historical habit. My folks bought me a brand-new T50 when I was eleven, and I replaced it with an AE-1 Program when it was stolen in '94. From there I moved on to a T90, and there's a "new" F-1 on the shelf waiting for a shutter job. My main SLR these days is a 10d, but that was purchased mainly to follow around my toddler son. He's almost too quick for manual focus.

I'm not shy about branching out, though - I've been getting heavily into Pentax/m42, since it can be adapted to anything. And just yesterday I was considering Konica AR-mount hardware, which is going for a song these days. Gotta love Hexanon optics.

Don't tell Nikon Kiu this, but I'm waiting for the day I have some money set aside to buy a Nikon F in good condition. Such a nice machine.

I just shot around today with the T90 at the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Long Beach...loaded up some recent expired Kodachrome and went to town. A great camera, on a great day, for a great cause. And all that pink should look interesting on K64.


Cheers,
--joe.

Rafael
09-17-2006, 17:01
Canon. I have a pair of EOS 1n bodies that shoulder all of the SLR work around my place.

photocrazy
09-17-2006, 17:14
I used to use a Canon EOS 3 and an EOS 50 with 70-200mm f2.8L, 16-35mm f2.8L, and Tamron SP 90mm Macro. I would say the Canon system is fantastic. Top optical quality, fast and quiet AF. However it was too heavy and bulky. So I added a Nikon FM2 with 105mm f2.5and AIS 28mm f2.8. Later on, I was seduced to Leica M and cleared all my Canon gears. I bought a used F3 which together with the 28mm lens has become my main SLR gear. Then I added a used 300mm AIS ED f2.8 at a very good price, but seldom use it. Think it would go soon. But the robust build of the Nikon F3 is just incredible!!! If I want to collect a SLR, I would definitely go for a Nikon F2, ideally with AS finder.

Athos6
09-17-2006, 18:01
I used to use a Canon EOS 3 and an EOS 50 with 70-200mm f2.8L, 16-35mm f2.8L, and Tamron SP 90mm Macro. I would say the Canon system is fantastic. Top optical quality, fast and quiet AF. However it was too heavy and bulky. So I added a Nikon FM2 with 105mm f2.5and AIS 28mm f2.8. Later on, I was seduced to Leica M and cleared all my Canon gears. I bought a used F3 which together with the 28mm lens has become my main SLR gear. Then I added a used 300mm AIS ED f2.8 at a very good price, but seldom use it. Think it would go soon. But the robust build of the Nikon F3 is just incredible!!! If I want to collect a SLR, I would definitely go for a Nikon F2, ideally with AS finder.

I wanted to get an F2 without a prizm to get the Voigtlander 12mm and prizm cap thing for the finder, It'd go well with my nikkors

hjfischer
09-17-2006, 18:06
I mostly use my Nikon N 70 with 28-105mm zoom for travel photos to avoid having to change lenses. But for any "serious photography, a Bessa R2 is first choice.

DougK
09-17-2006, 18:09
I own and have shot a Nikon SLR, but the vast majority of my SLR shooting is with Pentax (80%) or Sigma (20%).

rbiemer
09-17-2006, 18:34
My first SLR was a Pentax K1000. I now own a K2DMD. I recently was given a Canon Rebel II. I've got a Porst--a rebranded Praktica Super TL3--but don't use it much.
Rob

terrafirmanada
09-17-2006, 18:37
2 Canon F1's and a heavy handful of glass to go with them (it is so cheap now). Those 50's are sweet. Shoot the 28 alot too. Funny my rf prferences are more around 35. Wonder if that might change wth experience.

Rico
09-17-2006, 20:58
My core system is Contax RTS: 5 bodies, 15 lenses. Have no interest in Nikon lenses (bad bokeh), but liked my old FM2. Tolerate poor ergos of Canon EOS for the digital, and quite like the lenses.

For pure fun, I turn to RF.

Chris Lynch
09-17-2006, 21:48
i've owned around 10 EOS cameras, from my first (rebel G) to the most recent (1D)... with pretty much everything in between. Also had an A1 (it was sweeeeet) and an FM3A (i just wasn't very happy with the FM/FE viewfinder)... i really love the FD system, but don't like the fact that it's one of the FEW lensmounts which can't be used (with adapters) on my EOS cameras.
I'm a Canonite, through and through.

Creagerj
09-17-2006, 21:56
Nikon F3. I mostly stick to prime lenses, but I have been considering a zoom of some sort for the sake of conveniance. I used to shoot canon, first an AV-1 and then an EOS 650, but they didn't last very long. Hopefuly my newfangled F3 will.

JonasYip
09-17-2006, 22:52
Well, i voted "Nikon" because that's currently my main SLR system, although the phrasing of the question (what *have* you used) really can only be answered by a long list (i.e. have tried or used to shoot many different manufacturers' gear. Still have many med format SLRs too, which of course are neither Nikon or Canon....)

j

Marc-A.
09-17-2006, 23:12
Used to shoot a Pentax MX ... gave it to my girl when I found RF cameras. I still shoot a roll of colour film with it from time to time.
If I had to buy another 35mm SLR, definitely it would the Pentax LX, a beauty. Marc

Jerevan
09-17-2006, 23:31
If we are talking Canon vs Nikon SLRs, I have had two AE-1p and a FTBn, but nowadays, there's one Nikon F2 on the table beside me here and one F3 in the closet. Both of them has their own annoying quirks, but they are clearly built for professionals.

But if I had to take one SLR, I'd have to toss a coin between the F2 and the Pentax Spotmatic (basic camera but it does what it should and that 50 1.4 Takumar... good one!).

haagen_dazs
09-18-2006, 06:57
very heavily invested into canon slr gear
arghh:eek:

steamer
09-18-2006, 07:02
Nobody shoots any OM stuff? Seems to be highly underated or maybe people are pissed at the way Olympus just up and dumped the system. My black OM-2 is solid--a nifty little machine and the 1:4 50 mm zuiko is mighty fine. Love using it.
Steamer

Kin Lau
09-18-2006, 07:07
My largest SLR kits are Minolta manual focus and Canon EOS (film and digital).

M42, K-mount, Canon FD, Nikon, Contax/Yashica are also present somewhere.

The quirky little Contaflex is probably the most interesting camera tho.

anandi
09-18-2006, 07:10
When I started getting back into film around the same time as getting into rangefinders, I added an A-1 to my Canon T70. My father in law had a bunch of Nikkor lenses and so added an FM2n to this and started down a path of NAS to add to GAS in general. For more snap and go situations I wanted something with at least aperature priority so added an F3 to the roster and got hooked on Nikon SLR gear. It's my favorite SLR. I did borrow a very used F2 once and was blown away with its rock solid feel and precision. I think my FM2n is a nice compact camera but think that an FM3a would be more versatile for the way I shoot.

KoNickon
09-18-2006, 07:56
I can't vote for one over another. I started with Nikon, and I still have the most Nikon SLRs and lenses of any of the brands. Then I got into Minolta (the SRT 101 is just a lovely camera), then Konica, which is greatly underrated and the lenses are as good as anyone's. After that came Canon. Next, Pentax screw mount and S-M-C Takumars. In the last couple of years I've added Leicaflexes and OMs to the stable. I have a Topcon RE-2 and several lenses as well; a Yashica in Contax/Yashica mount, and a couple of Mamiyas in M42. Early on I got several Mirandas but really haven't used them. Pentax K mount could be next.

Each of these systems has much to recommend it, and I get a kick out of using them all.

I have only one autofocus SLR, a Nikon F100, and only one lens, a 24-120. (Oh yes, I got my wife a Sigma SA-7 and a couple of zooms -- a nice little kit indeed.) I think I'd like to add some more AF Nikkor lenses, but I'd feel better about that if I knew which way to go when I decide to get a digital SLR.

VinceC
09-18-2006, 08:25
wildwildwes,
The myth of "bad bokeh" for Nikons has been out there for years. It seems to originate from two lenses that emphasized sharpness at the expense of out-of-focus highlights. The classic Nikkor 5cm/1.4 lens of the 1950s, which was faster and sharper than anyone else's lens at the time, achieved its exceptional close-in performance by optical choices that resulted in harshly doubled lines for out-of-focus areas at middle apertures. The 85mm/1.8 lens of the SLR era was notable for out-of-focus highlights that strongly resembled the shape of the aperture blades. None of the "bad bokeh" crowd ever talks about the Nikkors with outstanding out-of-focus rendition, such as the 105/2.5 or the 50/2 (both SLR and RF versions of both lenses).

lynn
09-18-2006, 08:43
I am devoted to my Nikon stuff. I dote on the FE with the 50/1.4, but I also have a black Nikkormat EL and half a dozen beautiful lenses, including an enchanting 85/1.4. I can't imagine this kit not sufficing.

I did click the "other" option as well, though, considering the (SLR's every one) Bronica SQ-A, and the Great Wall DF-2, and the lovely Jon-Goodman-Miranda-Sensorex in my cupboard. All are a delight to use.

IGMeanwell
09-18-2006, 09:36
The 85mm/1.8 lens of the SLR era was notable for out-of-focus highlights that strongly resembled the shape of the aperture blades.

Nikkor seemed to fix that problem with the AF-D lenses ... Although the 85mm 1.4 is considered the end all be all of portrait lenses, the 85 1.8 AF-D has the same basic bokeh characteristics even though its slightly less sharp

bobkonos
09-18-2006, 09:48
I am a Nikon SLR user: FM2, FM, Nikkormat FT3. Lenses: 24mm f2.8, 55mm f2.8 Micro-Nikkor, 85 mm f2, 75-150 Series E zoom, and a few non-AI Nikkor lenses that work well on the FT3.

Superbus_
09-18-2006, 09:52
Yashica fx super 2000; Zenit E (sold in England in the 70th) ; Zenit cp(=xp)

No canon or nikon.

tomtodeath
09-18-2006, 13:44
started with canon, finished with nikon.

Uncle Bill
09-18-2006, 13:57
Hi I shoot with Nikon, Pentax M-42, Olympus OM and Minolta MC Rokkor.

I hate to admit I shoot a lot with SLR's as well.

Nikon
2 F's
1 F2
1 Nikkormat Ftn

Pentax
1 1958 Model K,
1 S1a
1 Black SV
1 Spotmatic II
1 Spotmatic F

Olympus
OM-1
OM-4

Minolta
XE-7 ( I swear this has to be the sleeper camera of the 1970's)

Bill

Uncle Bill
09-18-2006, 14:00
Nobody shoots any OM stuff? Seems to be highly underated or maybe people are pissed at the way Olympus just up and dumped the system. My black OM-2 is solid--a nifty little machine and the 1:4 50 mm zuiko is mighty fine. Love using it.
Steamer

You are not alone Steamer, I set up a group on Flickr called the OM Crew aka The Cult of Zuiko.

I love my OM-4 and OM-1.

Bill

x-ray
09-18-2006, 15:18
Nikon film bodies are my slr pick but canon DSLR bodies are my digital preference. I just picked up a used canon film body so I could use my lenses from my digital system with film but really like nikons film equipment best. I only have a few lenses now for my old F, F2 and nikkormat FTN.

John Camp
09-18-2006, 16:02
My first SLR was a Pentax, but then I switched to Nikon (F3) and have been with Nikon since. I have owned F4's and a D1x, and currently own an F5 and a D2x. I also owned two Nikon based Kodak SLRn's, which I sometimes wish I still had.

I also own an M7 and an R-D1, and now eight M lenses; I've pre-ordered an M8.

In the last couple of years, I've sold an RZ and an Ebony.

I now shoot almost nothing but digital, except when I need to project a slide.

My son has a 1DsII, and I like the results, but I'm so used to Nikon ergonomics that I'm not at all inclined to change.

JC

ricpr
09-18-2006, 16:13
Currently, my favorite SLR is a Nikon F2, but I also use an F,FT,FTN & FE. I have quite a few lenses and still haven't cycled through all of them. My Wife is using a Canon EOS 750QD with a newly purchased 28-105mm 3.5-4.5 lens that takes great pic. She also likes the AE-1. I don't even want to get into the digital cameras....Nikon, Canon, Nikon, yada yada. Too many cameras and not enough time.

Dougg
09-18-2006, 16:32
Pentax! Back in the mid-60's I worked part-time in a camera shop so I had ample opportunity to take gear out and use it for a while. Ultimately for myself I chose a new Pentax H3 for its "friendly" handling, compact size, along with its sense of quality. Later, after that job I did some trading-in and had a Spotmatic, then added an H3v, traded that for a second Spotmatic, got into 6x7, etc...

Now I still have a Spotmatic Motor Drive, an ES, an ESII, with recent retrospective models K, H3, and SV. There's also a K2, K2 DMD, MX, ME Super, LX, 6x7, 67II, and Auto 110. I have a couple Olympus Pen FT and an FV, and kinda peripherally an OM-G because it happened to fit a lens I wanted. I respect the main OM system but never got into that. Most active these days are the K2's, LX, and 67II... just got a 31mm and waiting for a 77mm lens to arrive.

Rey
09-18-2006, 17:25
"Many Leica M people like Olympus SLR's". Ditto

dostacos
09-18-2006, 18:04
First SLR was a Mamiya Sekor 1000DLT 42M mount. on to Pentax ME supers. now if it is film I use Spotmaitics or a Pentax S1a mostly long telephoto.

If digital then it is Canon Rebel XT

but mostly I shoot with my Bessa....I will be attending the Passkeys Foundation “Ethics in America” awards dinner. My hospital is one of the award winners and I have been invited to the feed, so I will be taking my Bessa R2 and the 28/1.9 and might even break out a roll of color film for the occasion

Special VIP treatment and everything :D

photocrazy
09-18-2006, 18:35
I think in the auto and digital world, Canon is really the king. Now I miss the function-packed EOS3 a lot. Spot metering, quiet AF,intermediate speed....In comparison, Nikon F3HP can only be regarded as a primitive camera. The EF70-200mm f2.8 is a superb lens which I think is better than my Nikkor AI 105 f2.5. My Nikkor AI 105 f2.5 looks well-used and a little bit rough. And the images it produces are not that good as alleged. Possibly mine is an exemption. I have had an AI 180mm f2.8 for a while. It's quite good but no match to Leica glass and possibly EF70-200 neither. The Nikkor lens that truly blows me away is the AIS 28mm f2.8. Previously, I had an AI version which was super sharp. So I upgraded to the AIS one which I would say is a gem in Nikkor family. Wide-open, it's already very very sharp and also I can focus close up to 20mm. Because of this lens, I parted with EF16-35 f2.8 which is excellent except wide-open at f2.8. I do need a usable f2.8 at an affordable price. Now, 80 percent of my photos taken with SLR are through the combination of F3 and AIS 28mm f2.8. I am thinking replacing the AI 105 mm f2.5 but hesitant among the choices of AIS version, 105mm f2.8 macro, 105mm f1.8, 135mm f2, or 85mm f1.4.

steamer
09-19-2006, 06:53
Oops guess I should have read the thread, plenty of Oly shooters out there, for me maybe owning one has been a nice alternative to the costly charms of the red dot cult .

Pherdinand
09-19-2006, 07:34
I'm a Minolta "SLR shooter". I also have a KowaSix but i can't say i'm a KowaSix SLR shooter since i hardly used it, so far.
My trusty little Dynax 5 is the best RLS i would ever need in 35mm world.

biomed
09-19-2006, 08:37
Started out with a Minolta SRT-101 ans a SRT-100 with Vivitar lenses. Moved on to medium format, then back to 35mm with a Pentax Spotmatic. Bought a Nikon F2 and Nikkormat FTn in 1974 with a half dozen or so Nikkor lenses. Picked up an FE2 in the 80's. A Canon EOS IX was aquired a few years ago, followed by a 10D and an Elan 7E and several lenses which I use the most except for my RF gear. I still have the F2, FE2 and most of the Nikkor lenses. I do regret selling the Pentax kit.

ChrisN
09-20-2006, 18:05
My first serious camera was an OM10. A while ago I switched allegiance to Pentax, for their dSLR, and discovered they make some fine prime lenses too. Almost all the OM gear is sold, except for the original OM10 I'll keep (not worth enough $$ to sell!).

Grober
09-21-2006, 10:35
Neither: Still Pentax Super ME, but only for long Tele work. A Sony digital has taken over all my Macro work.

My first SLR was a Yashica but then I was won over to the Leica M3 and bought two used cameras even though I was a strugling college student in Chicago. I later sold both M3s on the Ginza in Tokyo to a camera dealer who couldn't believe the dumb GI (me) who stumbled into his shop wanting to sell all his "old German gear" so he could buy a new Miranda. The latter lasted about two years if I remember correctly. That marked the beginning of my Dark Ages period...

Marc-A.
09-21-2006, 11:24
I later sold both M3s on the Ginza in Tokyo to a camera dealer who couldn't believe the dumb GI (me) who stumbled into his shop wanting to sell all his "old German gear" so he could buy a new Miranda.

What? Are you serious?? Did the camera dealer offer you a bottle of sake at least? Maybe he offered you one right before the sale :D
Marc

giellaleafapmu
09-21-2006, 12:45
I have Nikons and Olympus. I don't have Canon but I have used them on occasions. I also used Leicas SRL. I don't really mind about the names nor whether they are SLR, TRL, RF, viewcameras or whatever. I only mind whether I like the model and whether I can afford it...

Giella lea Fapmu

popstar
09-21-2006, 12:47
I still drag my old Canon A2e out for a spin regularly. While technology has passed it by in some ways, there is something to be said for knowing what a camera's performance is going to be every time you use it. It's not sexy, but it is reliable!

underbyte
09-21-2006, 18:52
I love my Nikon FA, also use an N70 and a D1x. The FA has such a smooth feel and is feature packed. The N70 is also feature packed but designed by and for computer geeks. I don't really mind the interface because I get it, but I really appreciate the D1x layout in comparison. I just wish the N70 had mirror lock up, maybe it doesn't need it. I like my SLR's but I have been gravitating towards rangefinders much more often over the last year. I finally appreciate the wonders of leaf shutters and quiet stealthy cameras.

bgb
09-21-2006, 19:38
Started with a Canon Ftb in the early 70s then moved on to an Ae 1 prog in the mid 80s, bit of a backward step in hindsight. Olympus OM10 for a few years until the it died, replaced with a OM40 (PC in the USA) ok camera beautiful lenses, love the 24mm 2.8 and the 100mm 2.8. Still have it and use it :)
Would like another Ftb on an F1 of old times sake or a Leica if i win the lottery.

Sonnar2
09-22-2006, 00:50
http://www.taunusreiter.de/Cameras/SL35black_k.jpg

my favorite SLRs is the Rolleiflex SL 35 seriesl (http://www.taunusreiter.de/Cameras/Rolleiflex_Main.html)

cheers Frank

robert blu
09-22-2006, 02:43
Nikon !!! It was the camera I could not afford when I was young ! Now I can.
I have an F-100 abd (most used) an FM2. My wife uses an F-65. !

ButI still have my first SRL (minolta SRT 101- in that time more or less one month of my salary!) and the more modern X-700.

All still working!

robert

ChrisN
09-22-2006, 02:57
I forgot about my Mamiya SLRs! Does a pair of M645 1000s count?

Dfin
09-22-2006, 03:40
Bought my first Nikkormat (FT) in 1973, moved onto F & F2`s in the 1980`s. Also about this time tried a Konica T3, nice camera, but not compatiable with my Nikons so I sold it. In the 1990`s bought a F90x & 500cm `blad for wedding work. But recently I have fallen in LUST with Yashica Electro`s, an Electro,2 GSN`s & an early YL. Oh where will it all end?

teo
09-22-2006, 10:02
Eheh, don't know if I can be counted between all this peolple with long experience, since I bought and used my first SLR one year ago ;-)
Minolta x-700 and SRT 303 bought on ebay.
Why Minolta? Just happened that my girl uses a x-300, I just tought we could share lenses.... and now after a GAS syndrome ;-) I own a bag full of Rokkors....

rovnguy
09-22-2006, 12:22
Olympus... only Olympus.

Stu :)
09-22-2006, 21:26
Started out with a Canon AE-1, then got an EOS 500, then a EOS 5, then added a EOS 50E a backup, found this site, went mad and sold my 35mm SLR stuff and got hooked which has now lead me to two M2s and two draws full of Canonets.
I was proudly 35mm SLR free until two weeks ago when I rescued a FE, so I'm now a Nikon user.

However far as I am concerned there is only ONE SLR...

Hasselblad

Nuff said.

Stu :)

Magus
09-30-2006, 03:49
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ghost
09-30-2006, 08:52
mike johnston already did that. they couldn't tell.

anabasis
09-30-2006, 15:04
I shoot Nikon (film, digital, manual & automatic), but also have a small Leica-R outfit

Sylvaticus
09-30-2006, 16:59
First an Exakta Kine II (sitting on the tripod over to the left, taken with a FED). Then various Minoltas ending with the XE5. Moved on to EOS for the autofocus, now 20D.

And back to square 1 with various Exaktas again, trying to find which one works best.

lZr
09-30-2006, 23:01
Minolta 7, KM 7D

Ash
10-01-2006, 02:04
Cosina and Zenit shooter for 35mm slr. Canon for digital.

ChrisPlatt
10-01-2006, 02:51
First I used Canons, later on Nikons.
Even tried Olympus and Minolta.
Finally I learned Pentax fits best...

"Excelsior, you fathead!"
-Chris-

Magus
10-01-2006, 03:48
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xayraa33
10-01-2006, 05:02
Ah!!.. this is gona be good.

pixman
10-01-2006, 05:12
I use a Canon EOS 500n. It's a great piece of kit. Fitted with a Sigma 28-200mm zoom.

Magus
10-01-2006, 15:25
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Bromo33333
10-05-2006, 14:21
Have a Nikon FM2 that works great ... for a SLR ... :D

zuikologist
10-16-2006, 13:31
First I used Canons, later on Nikons.
Even tried Olympus and Minolta.
Finally I learned Pentax fits best...

"Excelsior, you fathead!"
-Chris-

Pentax definitely fits best for me :)

Taburiente
10-16-2006, 15:11
My first SLR was a Pentax Spotmatic SPII, then, at the early 70', I bought two Rolleiflex SL35 and in the late 70' I moved to Nikon (since then: two F2, EM with MD, Nikonos III, F301 and F501, F90x, F4, F100, F70 and F200)

I still own all, except the F90x that I traded for the F100.

Ronald M
10-17-2006, 20:55
Pentax Spotmatics. Now I have Leica R and M and screw mount

Stephanie Brim
10-17-2006, 22:35
I am now (almost) officially back to Nikon. This makes me happy. Hopefully it'll make my images happy, too.

adep
10-17-2006, 22:42
I was just thinking about my first camera the other day...a Kodak Instamatic X-15. I got it for X-mas. It used Magicubes for flash which were fun to take apart and toss in the air, landing with a bright flash. Then I moved up to my first SLR, a Pentax auto 110, also a gift. My neighbor's dad thought is was a trick squirt gun. After high school I got a Canon AE-1 program, later a Canon F1n, then a T-90, then an EOS1n, my last SLR film camera.

michael.panoff
10-18-2006, 08:36
Canon 20d.. even invested in some ef-s lens, FYI, the 60mm macro lens is really amazing. Anyway, I'm holding out for whatever replaces the 5d, hopefully flooding the market with a buncha used 5d's. Now if someone else came out with a full-frame sensor, I might switch... my only complaint about the canon system is the lack of a PC port on the flashes, how annoying is that?!

amaksimchuk
10-18-2006, 08:53
Nikon F4s (2), Nikkormat FT3 & FTn, FM2N + a few AIS primes, faves are 28/2.8, 35/1.4 and 105/2.5

gdewitt
10-18-2006, 09:03
Although my first photography was with RF, I started using SLRs at least part of the time in about 1971 (I was in school). It was an old Exacta. In about '73 I started working with a Pentax Spotmatic and a Nikon F2. Except for a brief flirtation with two Canons, an AE-1 and an F-1 in about '77 and '78, I've been Nikon ever since. For years I shot with an FM in the backcountry with a 24 and 85. When I didn't have to go so far I added motordrive, lenses second body, etc. I later switch to F3. Now I own an FM2n, two F3s and an F4. I love the MF Nikkors.

The reason I have never gotten into digital SLRs is that I hate AF lenses and pushbutton, menu-driven camera controls. The whole reason I've gotten back into Leica is because the M8 is about the only digital option for me that has MF lenses and traditional camera controls (OK, the DMR, but it is so much bigger and heavier).

In a perfect world I would have a full-frame digital back for the FM2n and/or the F3 so I could use all my AIS lenses with a camera I like. But in the actual world I suspect I will rarely, if ever, use a Nikon camera again.

I have a M8 on order. But much as I like my M4-P and much as I'm looking forward to the M8 (and a couple more lenses) it still isn't as desirable to me as a digital FM. Close, though. The two biggest issues are the need for an accessory VF for my favorite focal lengths (20 & 24 on 35mm) and the inability to use split ND filters with an RF camera.

froyd
10-18-2006, 09:11
Nikon. My back wishes I'd chosen Canon, when I came to that fork in the road, but I love my F4s. At one point I used a Minolta of the auto-everything variety. I always wished Minolta to be beter than they are and have a real pro level SLR, but for each truly useful and innovative feature they come up with, they added ten that are just pure gimmick. My first SLR experience was with my dad's Exacta...maybe that's the reason why I think that the shutter of the Bessa is not too loud. Banging two pot lids together might be quieter than snapping with the Exacta. :D

trev2401
10-18-2006, 09:41
Nikon, and always nikon.

why?

because i've always shot canon for work and they ALWAYS seemed to break down.. even the 1 series from the vhs, to the d, dmk2, etc... yes, digitally we know canon's better, etc etc.. but after my bodies continued to fail me after less than a year's use,(followed by a ridiculous bill from CPS,) i totally gave up.

Even better, was the constant testing for "sharpness" whenever i wwanted to buy a lens, used or even new. After my 24-105 flared flat in my face, i wanted to throw rocks at them.


On the quieter side, my nikons have been serving me well, using the F bodies from my grandfather, father, and now me, with a beat up F5 with over 800 rolls of film through, and a D2h that doens't seem to want to die. As for lenses... Nikon doesn't have that much of a selection compared to canon, (mkI,II,III,etc)but hey... they don't need to.

CleverName
10-18-2006, 18:53
Canon, I have way to many fd lenses to shoot anything else.
I do have a few random SLRs but the Canons are my main rig.

Flyfisher Tom
10-21-2006, 01:05
Nikon FM3a ... about as perfect as a manual SLR gets ;)

Marc
10-21-2006, 02:44
Leica SL2. Althought it (like most of my cameras) doesn't get enough use. Noboby told me that fatherhood would be so time consuming!

raid
10-21-2006, 09:52
I am used to using in-camera spotmeters, so going for a Canon and dumping Nikons was natural. The F1N with the right screen gives me spotmetering that was not available in any Nikon camera for quite some time. I unloaded my Nikkors and got instead Canon FD lenses.

Raid

jody
10-29-2006, 16:55
I have many SLRs but the ones I use are My first serious camera a Minolta maxxum 5, a Canon T90, and a Nikon EM. I have a Konica autoreflex and a Yashica TL super that I want to try. My Canon T70 worked so good I spent money on the T90.

DavidH
10-30-2006, 09:01
Strictly Nikon - for many years - for both professional and fun use. I started with an F3 - the best slr I've ever used - and went from there. For years I did specialist macro work and accumulated accessories like the Novoflex autobellows - the Nikon system is just excellent for macro. And in my spare time I built on my collection, adding many film bodies and eventually buying a D70. My favourite lens is the 70-200VR - but it's a monster size so I only use it for work.

F3, F90X, FE2, FG, D70, bucket loads of accessories, SB21 macro flash, SB28, SB12, SB600 etc etc.

I returned to rangefinders (started with a FED 4 when I was a teenager) when the sheer bulk of Nikon gear became a hassle. I spend most of my shooting life dragging enormous cameras around the world (the tripod alone is 22kg) so when I just want to shoot for fun, a smaller system like the G2 is a joy to use.

I don't like Canon cameras at all but envy them the long wildlife lenses...

vladhed
10-30-2006, 09:32
My Nikon FE, that I bought in a pawn shop for 100$ when I was 16, was been my only SLR for the past 22 years. I've tried F2, FE2, F3 and F4 and recently an F65, but don't consider any of then an improvement on the FE. They either too heavy or too fragile, or too complicated.

leif e
10-30-2006, 09:45
I spent far to much of my first studentīs allowence on a Nikkormat with Nikkor 85 mm in january 1972. Had to sell it within a couple of months to get through the semester. That was my first.

Then came a long infatuation with Minolta. I had SRT 100, 101 and 303 - all great, hefty mechanicals. Then the XG2, wasnīt it? and even a proīs electronic - XM??

After that it was Nikon again; the FM came and charmed my boots off, then an Japan-imported F2, and old F and so on for ever. Today itīs D200 and FM3a (the last oneīs a real beauty - by looks as well as in usability).

leif e

mfunnell
10-30-2006, 20:58
'Twas all Olympus MF gear in my early days. After a long hiatus digital brought me back - and Canon captured me with their long IS glass for wildlife. I haven't been sorry, and quite like my dSLR for that. Rangefinders are new to me (but I've liked what I've found) although the film thing I'm finding to be a love/hate relationship (I love some of the results, but hate the logistics).

...Mike

woodphoto
11-01-2006, 18:06
Started with a pentax K1000 in school.....moved up to a Canon A2E and then an 1n when I started doing the photojounalist thing, I love the L lenses, couldn't shoot sports or hard news without them.

rogue_designer
11-06-2006, 06:28
Digital - Nikon (D100, D1X)
Film - Canon (F1-N)

If I could find a dSLR that could properly use my my Canon FD mount lenses (in addition to modern AF lenses), I'd swap over.

payasam
11-06-2006, 09:53
Been using a Canon FTb since I bought it in 1975. At the end of 2002, on selling my M3, VT Deluxe and their lenses, acquired a Canon EF so that I would have a second body for my 3 FD lenses and 1 FL lens. But last year the RF bug came back to bite, and I now have a IIIc, a Zorki, and 4 lenses for them. Like them all, but the M3 was the love of my life.

f8&go
11-06-2006, 10:32
Purchased my first new camera, on credit with a cosigner in '74 or '75.

Nikon FTn. It was swell.

Didier
11-06-2006, 11:08
Began with a Konica Autoreflex T3 and the Hexanons 28mm, 50mm, 85mm (f1.8, the heck of a lens) and 200mm in the mid seventies. After 20 years and two shutters it was definitely gone and since then I used my wife's Nikon F-301 with 24/2.8, 50/2 and 105/2.5 Nikkors.

A few years later I bought a Konica Auto-S3 at the fleamarket - which was a lemon, but gave me the rangefinder bug. A Canon VT dL, a Bessa L, Leica M6 and other rf bodies were aquired in the following years.

The Nikon SLR has not seen much use since. Bought a cheap T2/Nikon-mount 500mm/f8 lens at the same fleamarket recently, just to play with and try some animal shooting in the mountains. But as said, rangefinders make more than 99% of my shootings.

D.

MelanieC
11-06-2006, 18:04
I have a Nikon D70s and didn't think I was much into the SLR thing in general until I picked up a couple of Olympus OM bodies and lenses cheap. Now I'm obsessed with my OM and the 28mm lens. So small! So sharp!

ZeissFan
11-06-2006, 18:37
Am I a Canon or Nikon SLR shooter? Yes, I am.

back alley
11-06-2006, 18:38
the om cameras are very rf like.

i have the om 1 with a winder and it's way cool to play with.

pvdhaar
11-07-2006, 22:46
SLRs I've used:

Zenit-E
Ricoh KR-5
Bronica SQB
and a slew of Nikons; FE,FM,F601,F60,F75,F80,D50

Ronald M
11-08-2006, 04:10
Sold Pentax spotmatics to get Leica M. Added Leica R later. Still use both M & R.

Still not sure of Digi except for P&S.

Tsai
11-13-2006, 18:25
i started back when the choice was...

300D or D70

and of course D70 won, and i bough a bunch of nikkors. But now...suddenly lusting for better ISO quality of Canon and lower price lenses.

oh well..

best advice ever still..

SHOOT WHAT YA GOT!

Pistach
11-13-2006, 22:20
My first SRL was the Nikkorex F (approx. 1965) follewed by my black standard prism Nikon F in 1968. In 1984 I swapped Nikon F for a CLE (40 rokkor) and then in 1985 I sold the CLE in a panic because it was discontinued and I was not able to find the other lenses. It was the biggest blunder of my photografic history.
Then came Ebay and I have recently bought both the Nikon F (same model-I use it with the ZF planar) and the CLE: the homesickness was hurting me to much.
This does not mean tha I only use Nikon. I use Contax (RTSIII) and, more rarely, Minolta (Max9) and Pentax (KX)
I never owned a canon. The last film cameras were aestetically ugly for me (I am very sensitive to this side of photography) and I dislike the washed out signature of Canon lenses (I remember a pro using sandwitches of 6 filters on a Canon. needless to say the results ware unearthy - something I hate most).
Pistach

HuubL
11-13-2006, 22:25
... and I dislike the washed out signature of Canon lenses (I remember a pro using sandwitches of 6 filters on a Canon. needless to say the results ware unearthy - something I hate most).
Pistach


I guess you've never used Canon L glass?

fishtek
11-14-2006, 12:38
and now have a 10s SLR, a 300D DSLR, and a variety of Canon lenses.

cbphoto
11-14-2006, 14:03
the only slrs i own are a hasselblad 500c and a polaroid slr680. the hasselblad is being sold this week to fund my new leica purchase, and the polaroid will never leave my side.

malkav
11-16-2006, 21:15
I have 2 Pentax ME supers, a Canon FTb-n, and a Canon AV-1.

comp_wiz101
11-16-2006, 21:16
I used Pentax for a while (K1000, ME super), but I decided to stick with Nikon. I started seeing what sort of finish they had with an inexpensive EM, then I picked up a Nikkormat EL.

Aside from that... A Zenit XP and a Kiev 88!

Finglas
11-21-2006, 18:09
Nikon SLR user. Bought a Nikon FE and 50mm f1.8 series E lens in 1983.
Still in use and still my main camera. Thought about changing it over the
years but never found anything as good (except perhaps Nikon FM2n) but I delinced
& kept my FE and added various lenses over the years.
Because of the solid build and manual focus I was ready to get the FM3a as a nutural replacement.
However I went for a Leica MP also with 50mm f2 summicron, which I've since added an A&A half case.
Over the summer and autumn this new camera (MP) is getting more use
but I'm not as proficient yet, as I am with 23 years using the Nikon FE.
Still its good to walk around Dublin these autumn days at lunch time
or at dusk after work and practise, practise, practise.... :)
Next decision will be either to add a 35mm VC f2.5 skopar or 90mm f2.9 Elmarit M,
though I never used any lens wider than my original 50mm f1.8.
In many ways with Nikon pulling out of film cameras I'm glad I bought a Leica MP
hopefully this will (with good care) last me as long as the FE or indeed outlast me ;).

Turtle
11-22-2006, 02:46
I'm a canon fan. The plastic bodies on teh eos's might not seem to glam but they are tough. Great performance on the EOS cameras and I love that you can geta mint eos 3 for under $350 used and such a good camera too. I have grown used to the handling so cannot see myself leaving canon SLRs now.

Turtle
11-22-2006, 02:55
I dislike the washed out signature of Canon lenses (I remember a pro using sandwitches of 6 filters on a Canon. needless to say the results ware unearthy - something I hate most).
Pistach

I dont have any canon lenses with washed out signature! Surely the pro sticking half a dozen filters on a camera has more to do with the results than anything else?

Both Nikon and Canon have lenses of varying repute, but I think whichever manufacturere you choose, both has some cracking lenses. My std canon lenses are pretty good. My 135 f2 L is astonishing. It is the sharpest lens I have ever seen, personally. I am sure that Nikon has portrait lenses that are close or as good, or in other FLs perhaps better than their canon equivalents. Some used to say the Canon long lenses are better and teh Nikon wins for shorts. I dunno if this is the case tho. I do feel that Canon is a touch ahead when it comes to mass producing new technologies, such as image stabilisation (vs Nikons VR) and a touch ahead on digital....not that I shoot digital.

mw_uio
11-22-2006, 05:53
My first SLR was a Canon EOS 10s (European Camera of the Year in 90/91) with a remote control. Purchased with a 35-135 USM lens (Paid about $800 USD from B&H) (I still have it and is in really great shape)

Moving forward - 2004 - Nikon F3HP / MD4. with the following lenes:
24/F2.8, 28/F2.8, 85/F1.4; all purchased from the @bay!

2006 - I use my F3HP without the MD4, (too heavy) and shoot mostly in
'A' mode - Aperture Priority!!

I think a one of those Electro 35's that some of you have would be a good camera to get next!

Cheers

Mark
Quito, EC

(No rangefinder yet)

sharpf8
11-28-2006, 07:41
I am a Nikon user, for over 20 years--and, still a Nikon fan to this day...

I own and still use F2A, F3HP, F4 and FM2T. These cameras are built to last. Lenses from 24mm to 300mm. I find joy in using Nikon bodies equally as Leica rangefinders.

The market for Nikon film cameras has fallen, but not its utility and versatility. Wishing for an F5 for Christmas.:)

xplash
11-29-2006, 11:47
Pentax, K100D, ME Super and MV

DMG
11-29-2006, 12:03
eos 3
eos 20D
ME super

andydg
12-01-2006, 04:27
Starter with a Nikon EM, then Canon F1n (which I should have kept), back to Nikon 8008s, N90s, D70, D2h, D2x, Oly E-1, D200. Of these I still have the D2x, Oly E-1, and a couple of Leica point and shoots. Seriously considering selling the Nikon to fund an M7 starter kit.

DurwoodE
12-01-2006, 11:01
My first SLR was a Komaflex 128 4x4 with fixed lens. I loved it, but I was in high school, it was 1962, and it was far too cool.

I have had Miranda, Canon (QL-II), Bronica (still have my S2), Olympus, Nikkormat, and Nikon D70 and D200.

I really love the Bronica even though it will set of seismographs hundreds of miles away with each shutter click.

landsknechte
12-03-2006, 20:18
Minolta 2xi and then a 450si when I was in school. Konica-Minolta 5D (died two months after buying it), and a Nikon D70s on the digital side. A 1951 Ihagee Exa and a Pentax ME are my current film SLRs.

arbib
12-05-2006, 13:07
Back in the 70's, I had a Canon FTb QL. then for HS Grad. I received a New Canon F1 with 50/1.4 (1972). in the late 70's I bought a Nikon FM. In the 80's I have owned an OM 2 and 4. then a Canon EOS 630 and Nikon FE (my dad gave me the FE after he bought a Nikon 8008). then by the late 90's I had a my first P/S Digatal. A 2mp Fuji 2800.

Then I upgraded to a Oly 5050, and now I own and use:

:cool: Canon D60 DSLR. 50/1.8, 28-105/3.5-4.5, 70-300/4.5-5.6
:cool: Canon EOS 1 Film.

:cool: Black later model Nikkormat FTn in E++ condition with a later model 50/2 Nikkor. Which will be a user also. I have non-user Nikon FTN (IE.. all working but meter head..just to bulky. That is why I got the Nikkormat. I do have 50/1.4 Nikkor S with this one..Older version Chrome/Black

:cool: Kiev 4a. 35/2.8, 50/2, 85/2 UVF 35-135

:) So I guess I am a Canon (AF) and Nikon (MF) SLR shooter.

BTW, I have a freind who has some Rabit-Ear Nikkors that he will sell me cheap. He mentioned a 70-200 F/4. I hope he has a 105/2.5 and a 35/2.8 or F/2. That would make a nice MF Nikon kit: 50/2 & 1.4, 35/2.8, 105/2,5, 70-200/4

My wife is going to cut my B***s off, if she knew how much I have spent these last 2 months on GAS purchases. :eek: (a few hundred $$, she thinks it is less ;) )

ampguy
12-05-2006, 13:47
cool, someday you may want to update the FTn to an FT2.

arbib
12-05-2006, 14:06
cool, someday you may want to update the FTn to an FT2.

Sent PM about FT2 you have for sale a few days ago. Still for sale ?

ampguy
12-05-2006, 14:25
Yes, but not until after the new year.

mw_uio
12-05-2006, 15:09
F3HP !


Mark
Quito, EC

SteveM(PA)
12-05-2006, 16:25
I've only ever used a Visoflex, which I guess is now my dSLR too.:) I'd love to try a real slr though, but it's so tough to choose.

canonetc
12-06-2006, 03:32
Canon AE-1 Program
Canon T-90 (A valuable workhorse)
Canon 20D

Chris
canonetc

PHOTOEIL
12-06-2006, 04:17
Pentax LX, but I feel a little bit lonely here, idem with my M5... and the LX is NOT an outcast!;)
Anybody else?

edlake
12-06-2006, 04:37
Nikons only. Back in the late 70's (you know, when the world was flat), I picked up an F2 and a Canon F-1 and compared them. I liked the way the Nikon felt and the fact that I could operate it without looking, and bought one. Haven't looked back since.

A friend of mine is a Canon user and I picked up his EOS-3 the other day and didn't know up from down. I'll stick with my F100 and D200. And my M6 :)

Robert
12-08-2006, 11:33
I have an Olympus E1 which I find excellent.

IGMeanwell
12-12-2006, 14:05
I have an Olympus E1 which I find excellent.

Robert is you E1 purely for amateur work or have you done paid jobs with it?

kbg32
12-22-2006, 08:52
I use Canon DSLRs and Contax and Olympus film SLRs.

mikeb380
01-05-2007, 06:45
I have used Canon F1 since they came out in 72, I think it was. I still have an F1 and now a Canon 300D which is a good camera but I don't like digital I guess because I detest PS mostly. I try to shoot so I can convert from RAW to JPG and print with no manipulation. I also have a Zenit 3 (Russian) and an EXA, neither of which I've shot yet. The EXA only has a waist level finder and I am looking for an eye level.

I also have a Kiev 88CC which is now back in Russia for shutter repair and CLA, been a long time since I shot MF, should be interesting. I have meter prism for the 88 although I don't like meters in camera. I removed the batteries and I carry my trusty old Gossen Luna Pro which I bought in '73. Still accurate, too.

OurManInTangier
01-05-2007, 06:48
Nikon since day one for me. Though at college I tended to use little Pentax SLR's and they were great little things.

I currently own.

FM2
F3
x2 F90s
F801s ( F8008 in the states?)
x2 F5

D1H
D1X
D2X

I've also got a little Olympus OM1 somewhere....and I don't consider myself a collector or a horder, oops!

peadarceiteach
01-05-2007, 07:01
I've been an Nikon SLR guy forever. Had an old Ftn...and have progressed through many to the D200 - which is a magnificent piece of equipment, but a bit much to bring along for casual shooting. My late Uncle was the corporate pilot for the Parker Pen company back in the 60's. He was given a Leica SLR by the company president, but actually passed it along to my oldest brother because he was a rangefinder user. And, oh yes, he used Leicas. In the mid-80's I had an Olympus point and shoot that performed magnificently. My family members were mostly Olympus rangefinder users.
Photography has been in my family since my grandfather shot and processed his own as far back as 20's.
Now, I going to have, today, in my hands my first Leica!
I truly enjoy and appreciate RangefinderForum. PC

ruben
01-05-2007, 07:05
What the hell is this "Canon or Nikon" slr shooter dichotomy ?

To what club I have no access if I didn't gamble on behalf of the mightiests, under the banner that bigger is better ?

I am and have been an OLYMPUS MAITANI slr fan from the time Olympus company was smaller than them but unlike today still challenging both monopolies of the industry. It challenged them with genious rather than money power. And for this reason, sorry folks, The story of manual focusing SLR belongs to Olympus, much more than Canon, or Nikon.

Therefore Huubl friend, your basic formulation of Nikon, Canon, or "Other", is rather mistaken and shortsighted.

Cheers,
Ruben

zuikologist
01-05-2007, 07:37
I've been an Nikon SLR guy forever. Had an old Ftn...and have progressed through many to the D200 - which is a magnificent piece of equipment, but a bit much to bring along for casual shooting. My late Uncle was the corporate pilot for the Parker Pen company back in the 60's. He was given a Leica SLR by the company president, but actually passed it along to my oldest brother because he was a rangefinder user. And, oh yes, he used Leicas. In the mid-80's I had an Olympus point and shoot that performed magnificently. My family members were mostly Olympus rangefinder users.
Photography has been in my family since my grandfather shot and processed his own as far back as 20's.
Now, I going to have, today, in my hands my first Leica!
I truly enjoy and appreciate RangefinderForum. PC

It is always good to hear that the photography gene passes down the generations! Best of luck with the Leica.

zuikologist
01-05-2007, 07:41
What the hell is this "Canon or Nikon" slr shooter dichotomy ?

To what club I have no access if I didn't gamble on behalf of the mightiests, under the banner that bigger is better ?

I am and have been an OLYMPUS MAITANI slr fan from the time Olympus company was smaller than them but unlike today still challenging both monopolies of the industry. It challenged them with genious rather than money power. And for this reason, sorry folks, The story of manual focusing SLR belongs to Olympus, much more than Canon, or Nikon.

Therefore Huubl friend, your basic formulation of Nikon, Canon, or "Other", is rather mistaken and shortsighted.

Cheers,
Ruben


Ruben - I suspect Nikon/Canon caovers the pro end of the market from the 1980s onwards. There are plenty of "other" users, especially Pentax M42 and K, Oly OM, Yashica/Contax etc. they are all cameras in the end, that you learn to love and use. I for one can never find the shutter button on a Nikon F after using my Pentax for a while - it just seems to be in the wrong place.

350D_user
01-05-2007, 08:31
My (D)SLR lineage is as follows...
Zenith EM->Praktica MTL-5->Canon A1->Nikon FM->Nikon F801->Canon 350D

The A1 was swapped for the FM due to the A1's dependancy on its battery. The FM was ok, but the results were nothing outstanding. The FM was also not very portable, it was eventually traded in. When I was after the FM's replacement, I was looking for an EOS... none of which were (apparently) on sale in Malta, so I ended up with the F801.

The digital era arrived, I took a point-n-squirt digital compact to Malta, and returned with filled media cards and one shot on the F801. A Minolta Dimage 5 soon replaced the PnS, but the dazzling display of uncertain AF and its general lack of speed got frustrating, it had to go ASAP. I got the chance of buying a DSLR, I went for Canon, I've not looked back since. :)

wilt
01-06-2007, 02:58
Nowadays, when I shoot SLR (not very often): Olympus OM 2. Earlier: Hasselblad 500 C and (a very long time ago), Practica.

PetarDima
01-06-2007, 03:29
Mamiya Sekor 500 DTL ... but, few days ago, I saw 1 nice post about EPSON RD1s ...
maybe, maybe one day I will be able to use that kind of TOOL ... :rolleyes:

rangefinder poetry take photos for life

peadarceiteach
01-08-2007, 08:21
It is always good to hear that the photography gene passes down the generations! Best of luck with the Leica.

Thanks Zuik. Grandpa was pretty good. Got us started with the whole darkroom madness - even inspired me as a teenager to get a TLR. A friend then commented disparagingly , "it looks like my Grandpa's camera!" "I know, I replied, mine too!"

migtex
01-08-2007, 08:48
Nikon Forever!
Got own more than a dozen from S, F, F36, F250, F2's, F3/T all the way to F5, D200 and D2H.... I guess I'm N dependent!

mtbbrian
01-08-2007, 09:03
I was, that is until I saw the light of the rangefinder!
F3's and F100...
Brian

peterm1
01-08-2007, 16:50
I think I would pretty much regard myself as a Nikon SLR shooter these days but thats perhaps more thru chance - had I happened to buy a Canon first I would have probably stuck with that brand - Once you get a few lenses, system flashes etc it s a big decidion to swap over to the "other" brand. Having said that, I should acknowledge that the above comments relate to modern gear. In older gear I am all over the place. I have owned and still own Pentax (M42 mount) Canon and Nikon gear in addition to Leica and Canon RF gear.) Of the older non Leica and non RF stuff I must say that I am very impressed with the high optical and build quality of the Pentax M42 gear especially the lenses which are darned good.

jky
01-09-2007, 16:25
F3 & OM2.... but I love my F3. Cheers!

Calvin
01-15-2007, 06:17
I am a Canon user w/ EOS-1N RS and EOS 630

Robert Price
01-15-2007, 06:29
Canon DSLR, Rarely have I used a SLR to shoot film now a days.

Avotius
01-15-2007, 06:30
It seems I have shot with just about everything SLR besides olympus. From K1000 and AE1 to Contax and Alpa.

Despite that, I love rangefinders more.

scotty smith
01-15-2007, 12:58
Nikon d70 and my old Minolta XD-11 (first real camera from 1977).

shadowfox
01-15-2007, 13:24
Shoot Canon now - 20D. Love the high iso ability and CMOS sensor.

FILM - Used to shoot and Olympus OM1 and am now waiting for my first OM2 from ebay. Should be here tomorrow. Been wanting one of those since the early 80's. Love the look, build and feel - Timeless. Industrial art at its best.

John
oooo... yeah....!! OM-2 rules! the simplicity... here's mine:

shadowfox
01-15-2007, 13:28
It seems I have shot with just about everything SLR besides olympus. ...<cropped>

then you don't know what you're missing ... :p

shadowfox
01-15-2007, 13:32
What the hell is this "Canon or Nikon" slr shooter dichotomy ?

To what club I have no access if I didn't gamble on behalf of the mightiests, under the banner that bigger is better ?

I am and have been an OLYMPUS MAITANI slr fan from the time Olympus company was smaller than them but unlike today still challenging both monopolies of the industry. It challenged them with genious rather than money power. And for this reason, sorry folks, The story of manual focusing SLR belongs to Olympus, much more than Canon, or Nikon.

Therefore Huubl friend, your basic formulation of Nikon, Canon, or "Other", is rather mistaken and shortsighted.

Cheers,
Ruben

... what Ruben said :)
I deliberately eschew the crowd or Canonese and Nikonians (having tried both) and found Olympus, now if only the modern Olympus wake up and re-introduce their past innovations...

JonathanA
01-15-2007, 13:32
I shoot olympus when I actually need to shoot digital for freelance work.

kiev4a
01-15-2007, 14:33
Nikon
2 Fs
1 FM
1 F3hp
1 F4s

Harry Lime
01-15-2007, 14:41
Canon 1-V for when mother nature is in a foul mood.
A Nikon F3-P to plink around with the 2.5/105.

But at the end of the day i keep coming back to the SL and R6.2, because nothing beats my 2/50 Summicron-R.

Puisin
01-25-2007, 01:56
I cut my teeth on Nikons and had a second hand Nikon FM2 for roughly 16 years before finally trading it on on a new RF. It was a great camera - but bloody heavy. I now have an Olympus OM-2n in my kit as a back-up for the Bessa.

vladhed
01-25-2007, 06:46
I cut my teeth on Nikons and had a second hand Nikon FM2 for roughly 16 years before finally trading it on on a new RF. It was a great camera - but bloody heavy. I now have an Olympus OM-2n in my kit as a back-up for the Bessa.

FM2 heavy? I guess it depends on whether or not you were "graduating" from a Nikon F or F2 or Nikkormat :-)

I remember thinking how light an compact my FE was the first time I picked it up!!!

peterm1
01-28-2007, 19:42
Its funny is'nt it how "the other man's grass is always greener"? I am a long time Nikon SLR user and very happy with Nikon. But still part of me would like to try the Canon system.

Kinda like being married!

mikeb380
01-29-2007, 01:40
Peter, get a Canon F1. You could fill a 4 car garage with all the accessories for it. Yes I know the Nikon F also had them but you talked about the Canon. I picked up an F1 a while back and am building on it. I got a 28 and a 200mm lens. A few more lenses and then I go for a motor. I had two of these from the time they hit the streets ( 1971) til 1992. I sure missed those cameras. :bang:

Kent
02-14-2007, 08:27
Well, I use either brand. I have four Canon SLRs (3 SLRs, 1 DSLR) and one Nikon SLR.

Nikons are great, but their problem is that you can use old Nikon lenses only, you can't use those great, old M42 lenses...

dee
02-14-2007, 09:32
WHere are all the Minoltas ? My favourite is a SR1s , compact , no meter , and SR7v - same , but built in meter , I also have XD7 and Auto-focus Minoltas ... but the SRs are more challenging .

sirius
02-14-2007, 10:09
I wonder what the DSLR results would be...

Brian Sweeney
02-14-2007, 10:26
Where's the box for Nikon, Canon, Argus/Cosina, Retina, Konica, Fujica, Chinon, and Yashica?

Doug
02-14-2007, 12:33
Yeah, Brian; there should be a checkbox for All of the Above Plus Others :)

Nikons are great, but their problem is that you can use old Nikon lenses only, you can't use those great, old M42 lenses...Now yer talkin'! Just use one of those great old M42 bodies. :D

Doug
Pentax ESII
Pentax ES
Pentax Spotmatic Motor
Pentax SV
Pentax H3
Pentax K

ICU
02-14-2007, 12:42
I shoot both, and a Pentax. So I agree with the all of the above plus others.

sepiareverb
02-14-2007, 16:48
Never been a fan of the Canons- perhaps it is because the first ones I saw were AE1's. Still get them in my Photo 1 classes and just hate them. CONfusing little buggers. Not as bad as the led meter readout Minoltas, since the meter makes more sense. Big 35mm negs too- hard to get a black border unless you find that one really filed out neg carrier.

I've got to say that I think the Nikon F4s is the best tripod 35mm camera ever made. Simple, traditional knob and dial controls, great meters, easy to operate in the cold, pretty watertight, 100% viewfinder, excellent backward compatability for metering with old lenses, dirt cheap nowadays, and built like a tank. I put a LOT of film through my F4's and even thought they were all 2nd hand, I only had to do 1 repair- can't now even remember what it was.

mikeb380
02-15-2007, 19:27
Kent, you can get adaptors to use M42 on Nikon. Check some of the Russians on ebay. They usually run about $20.00 or so. I got some for my EOS Rebel amd my F1 cameras.

l.mar
02-22-2007, 03:00
I voted "Nikon," but my first SLR was a Ricoh Singlex TLS with its famous 50mm f 1.7 m42-mount Auto-Rikenon. I beat it to death shooting sports and "local interest" photos for a series of small papers, then traded it in years later for a Nikon FM2. Most recently, I've "gone backward" by buying a used
F2. You'll eventually get the camera you really want, it just might take thirty years to do so... ;)


Where's the box for Nikon, Canon, Argus/Cosina, Retina, Konica, Fujica, Chinon, and Yashica?

Michiel
02-22-2007, 03:47
After picking up photography and my Yashica Electro 35 GSN about a year ago and traveling halfway across the world with it, I now seemed to be getting bored with the GSN. So I decided to buy my first SLR. As of tomorrow morning I will own a Canon A-1, with the Canon fd 28/2.8, 50/1.4 and the 70-210/1.4.

I couldn't fit a similar Nikon outfit into my budget (the Nikon F2/F3 kits go for over four times as much!). For the same amount I would have gotton a larger Pentax, Olympus, Yashica or Practica kit, but I figured I wouldn't know how/why to use most of the extras. Some come with bellows and buckets of lenses. Too much gear will probably confuse me more that it will do me good. Also, the canon looks really good, especially compared to the bland Pentax K1000 or the industrial Practicas :)

mikeb380
02-27-2007, 16:12
After picking up photography and my Yashica Electro 35 GSN about a year ago and traveling halfway across the world with it, I now seemed to be getting bored with the GSN. So I decided to buy my first SLR. As of tomorrow morning I will own a Canon A-1, with the Canon fd 28/2.8, 50/1.4 and the 70-210/1.4.

I couldn't fit a similar Nikon outfit into my budget (the Nikon F2/F3 kits go for over four times as much!). For the same amount I would have gotton a larger Pentax, Olympus, Yashica or Practica kit, but I figured I wouldn't know how/why to use most of the extras. Some come with bellows and buckets of lenses. Too much gear will probably confuse me more that it will do me good. Also, the canon looks really good, especially compared to the bland Pentax K1000 or the industrial Practicas :)

Michiel
As an old camera shooter from back in the dark ages, I think you made a good choice. When I had to shoot a seminar in New Orleans, US i bought an A1 to use for a backup to my F1. Since they both used the same lenses it was a perfect match. In between assignments, I used the A1 for personal stuff for over 12 years. I don't think the nikons, Pentaxes, or Practicas would get you any better photos than the A1.
Good light
Michael :cool:

rbsinto
03-01-2007, 06:14
Nikon. From Day One back in about 1978.
Currently shoot with motorized F, motorized F2AS, motorized FA, and an N65 (which is dedicated to a Sigma 12~24 auto focus zoom).
The old cameras use about 12 or 13 lenses, (primes and zooms), mostly AI or AIS Nikkors.
Thus my recent purchase of an S3 rangefinder was a logical step backwards.

VinceC
03-01-2007, 06:56
The S3 handles surprisingly like a small F.

rbsinto
03-01-2007, 09:22
Yes it does. My only problem with the S3 is keeping my right hand middle finger from covering the small rangefinder window.
Other than that, I'm getting better at focussing quickly, and learning to use the auxilliary finder for my CV 21 (this focus then compose business is all new to me.)

VinceC
03-01-2007, 10:36
21mm lens is pretty easy to zone focus. Depth of field is extraordinary, even at f/4.

rbsinto
03-01-2007, 12:03
I understand that. However, among the other things I'm finding strange with a rangefinder is my problem of always looking in the centre of the field to line up the super-imposed images. This of course means that the edges of my images are not getting the attention they'd normally get with my SLR's.
My F, F2 and FA all have grid screens which means that I can and do focus by looking at any portion of the field.
Again, it's something I'm having to get used to.

migtex
03-01-2007, 12:55
rbsinto
with the CV 21 you don't need to focus.... it's AUTOfocus!!

VinceC
03-01-2007, 14:07
rbsinto,
It does take practice. I spent years using Nikon manual SLRs with fast lenses and plain focus screens so that I could focus very quickly. An RF is not much different than a central auto-focus spot, but it did take me time to learn to focus quickly, then compose. With lenses wider than 50, I learned to rely more on depth-of-field. When following action with a 50 or longer lens, sometimes I have to accept the fact that the subject will be more centered than it should be.

dee
03-03-2007, 13:31
Hmmmm ... What I like about this forum is that their are no heads stuck in the sand about rangefinder / film is the ONLY way to go ... that closet SLR users do frequent these pages !

Doug
03-03-2007, 20:40
Hmmmm ... What I like about this forum is that their are no heads stuck in the sand about rangefinder / film is the ONLY way to go ... that closet SLR users do frequent these pages !Yes, and it appears nearly 2/3 of them are running either Canon or Nkon or both, and THAT's a little unnerving! :eek:

(I actually did borrow a Nikkorex once with the 43-86mm zoom, so maybe I should have voted as having used a Nikon myself!)

wlewisiii
03-03-2007, 21:28
I understand that. However, among the other things I'm finding strange with a rangefinder is my problem of always looking in the centre of the field to line up the super-imposed images.

I guess that has never been a big issue for me. I focus on the spot I want to be the primary point of my image and then can happily move the VF around as I need to.

However the biggest thing - and I think that this thread helps - is to avoid thinking that any one style of camera can do everything perfectly. Bzzt! If that were the case there would be only one kind...

My go bag has my ZI Ikoflex Ia TLR & my Bessa R w/ Canon glass. Within easy reach is a 2x3 press camera with a 6x7 back & seriously wild old lenses..There are no bad cameras (though I will cop to some being way worse than others ... ;) ). Only people unwilling to learn a given cameras limits... Hope this make some sense to someone other than me... :eek:

William

ajuk
03-09-2007, 14:26
I got 4 OM bodies and an F80.

Doug
03-09-2007, 15:06
I got 4 OM bodies and an F80.Aha, so did you vote "other" for your majority system or did you vote "Nikon"? :D

ForeverUnknown
03-16-2007, 23:01
I shot Canon for about 2 years (350D, 20D, 1D) but switched to Nikon the end of last year. Now shooting D200 and F3P.

Morca007
03-18-2007, 09:10
Digital- Fujifilm S1 Pro
Film- Nikon, FG, N80

Doug
03-18-2007, 10:28
Digital- Fujifilm S1 Pro
Film- Nikon, FG, N80The FG seemed to me a nice SLR, easy to use, and I bought a new one for my parents long ago, with a Tamron 35-80mm zoom. They liked it pretty well, took it to India and China and the Caribbean, but as time passed they came to prefer a simple point-n-shoot type.

When we moved my mom out of the house a couple years ago the FG was still in the front closet. I took it to my local repair guy for CLA, but the internals had been rusted and corroded over the years... A humid environment with the house right at sea level on Puget Sound... It might also have gotten wet in their boat. Unrepairable, and the lens too. :(

sepiareverb
04-23-2007, 14:48
Haven't shot with an SLR since I got my 1st Leica, 2/06. This is the camera I was meant to have all along, just took me 27 years to find out.

petebown
04-23-2007, 14:57
I've used Nikon SLR cameras in the past. I've bought a second-hand Canon SLR for my daughter to use. I currently use a Leica R7 but only use it with 50mm and telephoto lenses. I prefer to use the rangefinder for wide angle and general photography.

jmilkins
04-23-2007, 17:43
Started in photography with my grandfathers's Contaflex then into a Pentax ME Super (love the compact size), then into nikons (FA, F801s) (didn't really need to, but worked in a camera store where you " had to be a nikon user or you didn't know anything about photography" :rolleyes: , then to Minoltas - currently own a few too many -9000, 8000i, 5xi, 9xi, 9 and nice lenses 20 - 400 primes. Digital SLR has really knocked their resale so I've sort of just kept them, really should set them free. Will always keep the 9 though.

Also have an OM1 and a Nikkormat Ftn with 50 primes- I got to the point where I realised the electronic wizardry is actually distancing me from what I enjoy - twisting a focus ring, and winding on manually, seting aperture and shutterspeed. It's that feeling that drew me into to rangefinders.

Ducky
04-25-2007, 10:57
N/F50 with manual lens. I have been shooting full manual but went for an AF on the bay. It's in the mail. I can get a nice FSU RF for the price of a nikon/nikkor AF Lens. My digital is a fujifilm s6000.

sienarot
04-25-2007, 11:10
I started (semi-serious) photography with a Canon Digital Rebel and upgraded to a 20D within a year. From there I went through various different bodies (film and digital) and lenses, buying and selling, just to try different things out. I used to be very Canon gung-ho, but as my skill, style, and tastes progressed and changed, I eventually became detached from any equipment brand loyalty, though not on purpose. If anything, I really dislike Canon now because of their marketing practises and lack of customer service (atleast here in Canada). The only thing keeping me a Canon shooter is my 20D, two lenses, and a flash. I've successfully whittled down my Canon arsonal of multiple bodies and several lenses to just the bare minimum so it won't take much for me to switch brands if needed.

I really am a firm believer of using anything as long as it gets the picture in the end, even if it's something as simple as a coffee can with a hole in it and sheet film.

ifirdauzi
05-01-2007, 21:12
I use Canon EOS-3

Pascal
05-01-2007, 21:42
I started with Nikon (F3-HP). Then continued with the F4s. The next one was the EOS 1 and then the EOS 1n and up to EOS 3. After that, I had a taste for the Zeiss glass and it has been Contax ever since. Hard to go back to Canon or Nikon after Zeiss takes it's toll on you :)

Currently have a Contax NX body with assorted N mount lenses and a T2 for a point & shoot.

nobbylon
05-11-2007, 03:21
I started with my dad's Yashica TL electro ITS (black) he's still got it! bought a K1000 when at school in 76 then an AE1(great camera) but switched to Nikon when AE1program let me down. F90X(superb viewfinder) and added a D70(terrible finder) great picture machine. Now using a Leica R4 and R8(best and brightest slr viewfinder IMO).
I'm finding that my M6 gets the most use though!:)
I am surprised that more don't use R lenses here though as they are great value S/H.

tominabox1
05-11-2007, 05:38
The Minolta SLR population is always under represented! :D

I use a Minolta Maxxum 7.

mnmleung
05-11-2007, 06:01
I started with a Nikon FM2n, then an FM, then an F2 photomic and now an F2A. Love them all !
I would like to try a FED 2 next.
Ming

dave205
05-11-2007, 07:29
"Nikon" my dad told me.... from the moment I could speak I guess.

At the moment:

F2A (mostly used last month)
F100
D70
D80

Rangefinders are Canon and Yashica, at the moment there is no money to play with the big boys in Rangefinder-land.

nrb
05-11-2007, 12:41
Olympus OM, Minolta, Konica-Minolta, Leica R, Contax, Yashica, Pentax, and Canon. Never a Nikon.

Shaocaholica
05-11-2007, 13:59
The Maxxum/Dynax/Alpha 7 is one of the best last gen AF Film SLRs IMO. It doens't get enough love:(

al1966
05-11-2007, 23:40
The first Slr I had was a Cosina CSM a basic m42 one and I used this for a few years till it was stolen. I worked on a trawler in the deep North See to buy my next one a Canon AE1P I used that and other FD gear, I even got up to an F1! for ten years, Till yet again it was stolen. I spent most of the 90's using pentax gear till my divorse my ex wife sold it and I became homeless. I eventually got some Eos Dgital stuff then sold most to get a Minolta 5D, keeping one 300d and 2 lenses (then the 300d was stolen). I bought another for peanuts last oct. Then on my birthday my wife got me a Nikon D100. Of them all the ones I loved most well top place goes to the AE1 it took real work to get and I used it for the longest time. I bought a cosina off the bay a couple of years ago still use it on occasion. I prefer to use the Nikon out of all the digitals, though when the sun goes down the Minolta just rocks. All the time htough I have always had som form of rangefinder around my bag, just would love to get a cheep RD1.

matthew J Shaw
05-14-2007, 01:09
Tough Question...
After a lot of trying I use Canon for my AF system (currently a 1d / 5D / 1n / 1nRS The pellicle mirror is a good send).
But my manual system has always been nikon (currently an F3 / F3HP).
But for fun... Now thats a different story.
Has to be my Contax G system!

ully
05-21-2007, 06:24
and migrated to Chinon (K mount) now all Pentax and happy with it.

mike goldberg
05-21-2007, 14:20
I shot Nikon SLR in my working PJ days. Over the years I added an OM-1 system; they are lighter in weight and quieter. In choosing a dSLR recently, it is Nikon D40.