View Full Version : The 'How many have you got' competition :-)

Rich Silfver
08-30-2003, 01:58
Pointless, ridiculous but yes oddly interesting...
"What do you got?!"

Who has the most RF's? ;-)

I can start and I know I won't win....

1) Olympus 35SP
2) Olympus 35RC
3) Olympus XA

Total: 3

08-30-2003, 04:44
So far:

Voigtlander Bessa R
Konica Auto S3
Minolta Himatic 9
Canon Canonet, QL 17 GIII

08-30-2003, 05:10
Canon Canonet QL17 G-III
Fujica V2
Polaroid Model 440 Land Camera

back alley
08-30-2003, 06:26
mamiya 6 x 2

olympus 35rc
olympus stylus

MP Guy
08-30-2003, 08:45
When I wa sin high school and starting to get into photography, the objective was get as much gear as possible. who ever had the most was the best. Obviously, thats not reality.

today I have

leica m6 ttl
35mm 2.0
fuji tx-1

08-30-2003, 21:16
OK, ahem... My inventory shows these:

Canonet G-III QL-17
Yashica GS
Konica Auto S2
Minolta Hi-Matic G (aka "faux rangefinder")
Contax G1 and 2 lenses

Next year I hope to add a Leica M6 to my roster.

Jorge, I'm afraid I'm not the best by any stretch of the imagination... :(

back alley
08-30-2003, 21:24
jorge, you're back!
how was the holiday?


MP Guy
09-01-2003, 09:01

Im broke now. :( after giving away a high end dvd player on HTD, the bank is busted. But, I am trying to get one last hike in the enchantments before the end of the season. Wish some of you guys were from the Northwest, it would make anawesome field trip for pictures :)

09-01-2003, 20:08
Well, I am probably older than the rest of you so I've been accumulating them for a longer period of time, but here goes.....

Mamiya 6
Fujica GS645 Professional (Possibly for sale)
Leica M5
Minolta CLE
Canon P
Nikon S2
2 Contax T's
Lynx 1000
Lynx 14
Electro CC
Electro GL
Konica hexar AF (I know it doesn't count but it sure is a nice camera)

Recently sold:
Leica M6
Leitz Minolta CL
Yashica Lynx 5000
Olympus 35SP
Regula Gypsy


09-02-2003, 08:28
Hey, Flinor, aren't you inflating your inventory here... ;)

Just kidding.

Now, is the Contax T a rangefinder?
Why did you sell your M6? I want one!!!:(
Same applies for the CL, but I don't want one that bad...
Is the Canon P metered? If I'm not mistaken, that's the one that looks like the Leica M-series, right?

I'm green with envy... :)

09-02-2003, 20:19
Actually, Francisco, I think I may have missed a couple. Everything's packed away for a week while the house gets recarpeted and painted. And I did forget 4 Yashicas that I just sold in a garage sale. M, MII Minister and a J.

The Contax T is a rangefinder with a fixed, collapsing 38mm 2.8 Zeiss T* lens and a detacheable side mount flash like the Olympus XA. The rangefinder patch is diamond shaped like some of the Yashicas. It dates to about 1980 I think. It has a weak film transport but otherwise is a little gem.

I sold the M6 and the CL because I found myself using the CLE and M5 much more often. The CL went only because a friend kept asking me to sell it to him and he finally caught me at a weak moment.

The Canon P is not metered. It does look a little like am M but in a few ways was ahead of Leica for it's time (1958). It has a 1:1 viewfinder/rangefinder, rewind crank and an opening back. Very nice camera to use.


09-02-2003, 21:45

If I insist enough, then, would you sell me one of your treasures?

Just kidding.

Thanks for the clarification on the Contax T and the Canon P. I've been curious about the latter ever since I found out about them in the Steve Gandy's website. They go for pretty high prices, though... That was unexpected to me. Good luck unpacking stuff. Think of it as an advance on the Xmas fun!

Rich Silfver
09-02-2003, 23:57
And the winner is.... Flinor! :-)

Funny..I've been looking at the Canon P for some time now as well... Good looking camera and seems to be a capable user as well... We'll see....

09-06-2003, 18:11
Ok, let's see if I win:
Argus Autronic
Pax M3
Bolsey Model B-(2 of them)
Yashica Electro 35 GS
Yahica Electro 35 FC
Ricoh 500
Kodak Retina ll
Tower 51
Taron Unique
Balda Super Baldina
Super Westomat 35
Argus C3-(3 of them)
Kodak 35 RF
Canon Canonet 19
Minolta Hi-Matic 7s
Petri 7S-(3 of them)
Ansco Anscoset ll
Yashica Lynx 5000E
Petri ES Auto
Olympus 35 ECR
Minolta Hi-Matic F
Kodak Signet 40-(2 of them)
Argus C44
Beauty Super L
Minolta A5
Minolta AL
Mansfield Eye Tronic
Kodak Retina l
Fujica 35-SE
King Regula
Canon Canonette 25QL-(2 of them)
Ricoh 500G
Acon Model ll
Petri Color 2.8
Agfa Selecta
Petri Prest
Yashica MG-1
Bolsey B2-(2 of them)
Bolsey Jubilee
Konica Auto S2
Samoca Model LE
Yashica Flash-o-Set-(2 of them)
Canon Canonette 28
Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Kalimar AM
Tower 18B
Tower 18A
Argus C3 matchmatic-(2 of them)
Argus V100
Mamiya Pro Promatic
Voigtlander Bessa RF
Wirgin Edixa
Graflex Speed Graphic
Polaroid Spectra
13 Polaroid folding Rangefinders
And no, I don't use them all regularly, I'm ashamed to say. I've collected cameras for 30 years and have approx. 400+ so there's only so much time. Favourites: Zorki, Bolseys, Argus, Petris and Yashicas.

back alley
09-06-2003, 18:19
welcome wcollector!
that's some collection!!

09-06-2003, 20:32
My-oh-my... I'm feeling dizzy... and very, very small...

Now, Curt, did you recite the list from memory or did you have to go through your stash, or is it you have a nicely written list in your computer?

Quite an impressive herd you've got. But there's a small, big gap: I don't see a Canonet G-III QL17 in your list. You have two of the 19 and two of the 25 kind (which, I must admit, are not seen often), but not one of the little jewels the 17s were in their time.

And still keep going strong!

JK. Congrats!! :)

Rich Silfver
09-06-2003, 22:04
WOW! Interesting - and amazing collection...
Why no Olympus 35RC/RD/SP/SPn/UC?
I would have thought that at least one of them would have found their way into that amazing collection :-)

And, gotta love that Yashica 35 GSN you have listed there. Good user camera.

09-07-2003, 06:55
Leica M2
Leica M6
Leica CL
SuperIkonta A
SuperIkonta BX
SuperIkonta C (2 of them
SuperIkonta D (waiting for 116 film to be available again :-)
Canon P
Canon VIT
Canon L2
Canonet QL1.7
Contax IIIA (BD)
Contax IIIA (CD)
Contax II
Kiev II
Kiev III
Kiev IVA
Bessa R
Bessa R2
Bessa R2C
Bessa T
Blues Bessa T with Heliar
Conatx G1
Contax T
several Russian ltm as well
Fuji GS 60/4
way too much stuff lol

09-07-2003, 07:51
Originally posted by NVARon
way too much stuff lol

Nice collection. Here is my collection. (http://home.houston.rr.com/henricus/Henricus/Collection.html):D

Matt Denton (http://homepage.mac.com/mattdenton/photo/) has the most interesting collection. I aspire to be like him, but I know I can never catch up. :)

09-07-2003, 15:29
OK, here goes, but it won't top the first posting.

Leica M4-2, three lenses (1983-85)
Minolta SRT-101 (1970)
Minolta SRT-102 (1974)
Minolta X-700 (1985)
Minolta Maxxum 7 (2002)
Olympus Stylus 140 (2002)
Yashicamat 124 TLR (1970)

I also have various lenses for the two types of Minoltas.

Then there is a Welta 35mm folding camera of probably pre -World War II vintage. But it's solid as a brick, has an f2 Schneider lens, and still works.

And speaking of a brick, I have one of those, too. Do I HAVE to mention the make? Found it at an antique store a while back. They wanted $20 for it, so I couldn't resist. It's sitting on my mantle, and I haven't tried film in it yet. Since I can remember when they were 'everyman's' 35, it's a nice reminder of how many years have gone under the bridge.

09-07-2003, 23:04
man... some people here could share some bits and pieces with us, five-camera mortals.

Of course, in my own little post I didn't list my two SLRs. Sure, like it makes any difference.

(This can be fun... in a sick way! :D)

09-07-2003, 23:54
Hi Francisco,
I have no Canon Canonet QL 17, Konica C35, 0r Olympus 35 RC or SP mainly because I haven't found any in good working shape for a price I care to pay. In other words, I'm too cheap. Most of mine have been aquired over the years but lately I've picked up a hundred or so from Ebay. My entire collection has probably cost me less than some of our other members, but they're all fun whether they're cheap or expensive, right?
I admire fellows like Matt Denton and several others with wonderful websites and collections. My computer skills are pretty much limited to posting to forums and bidding on Ebay. As far as numbers go, I'll never be able to compete with guys like Doug Wilcox with over 2000 cameras or some guys with 50 + Leicas etc., but as long as your collection makes you happy and gets some use, that's really all that matters right?
I have to keep track of mine in a book since I buy and trade cameras quite often and it's next to impossible to keep track. I recently traded a broken prewar Contax ll rf for an Olympus OM 10 and 2 lenses. My collection is made up of: 78 RF's, 39 folders, 26 box, 20 TLR's, 50 SLR's, approx. 200 assorted misc. cameras, 131 lenses and converters, 18 meters, 51 flashes and more assorted doo dads than I can keep track of. Sort of flows from shelves to boxes to china cabinets and if my wife had her way, back to Ebay. : )

09-08-2003, 09:27
I guess you're proving I can make my dream come true... Although my wife, like yours, wouldn't be thrilled.

Rich Silfver
09-08-2003, 22:41
I must have married the right woman then - she is the one collecting cameras these days...not me :-)

Lately I've seen old Kodak Brownie Hawkeye cameras, Olympus EEM, some weird Kodak Instamatic (500?) with a Schneider lens, Holga and a Lubitel coming through the doors.. Not to mention a NUMBER of camera bags and cases....

She actually uses them as well - you can see her collection at www.pbase.com/terriwu (collection of photos that is...not cameras) :-)

09-09-2003, 15:09
Originally posted by rsilfverberg
I must have married the right woman then - she is the one collecting cameras these days...not me :-)

Lately I've seen old Kodak Brownie Hawkeye cameras, Olympus EEM, some weird Kodak Instamatic (500?) with a Schneider lens, Holga and a Lubitel coming through the doors.. Not to mention a NUMBER of camera bags and cases....

She actually uses them as well - you can see her collection at www.pbase.com/terriwu (collection of photos that is...not cameras) :-)


09-09-2003, 20:35
I shouldn't complain about my wife, though. All in all, she's pretty patient.

It'd be terrible if SHE collected cameras!

09-10-2003, 13:56
Well, I have a few RF's, but won't be able to top Curt :-)

Zorki 1
Zorki C
Zorki 4
Zorki 4K
Zorki 5a - "red logo"
Zorki 5b (2)
Zorki 6
FED 2 (7 of 'em!)
FED 3a
FED 3b (2)
PHENIX 205A (Chinese leaf-shutter RF)

Best regards,

09-10-2003, 16:59
Not as many as weird collector:

Leica M6 TTL 0.58 Silver
Leica M6 TTL 0.85 Silver
Bessa T - with 6 lenses for these three

Mamiya 7II Black
Mamiya 7II Champagne - with 5 lenses for these 2

The Mamiya 7's get the most use. the lenses are great.

back alley
09-10-2003, 18:06
very nice collection!

welcome to the forum.


09-10-2003, 23:46
Well! I can see I'm seriously outclassed, and I've not been accumulating sufficiently over the years! I think the list is short enough to get through without referring to computer records...

Leica M2
Olympus RC
Minolta CLE
Argus C3
Bessa L
Bessa T
Kiev 4a
Kiev 4a (fake "Contax")
Bronica RF645
Fuji GS645S

not to mention the
Yumeka with am/fm radio feature
Time (the magazine) promotional 35
and a round dozen Pentaxes in 3 film formats

09-11-2003, 17:59
1.Contax G2
2. Leica IIIF RD
3. Leica IIIG
4. Leica IIIc
5. Konica Auto S2

Wow, this is actually more than I thought I had, just looked at the shelf, I use them all too, been collecting for about 23 yrs. Scary actually, my wife forbids me to attend flea markets

09-17-2003, 15:50
weirdcollector must run a used camera store! Jason Schneider, of Camera Collector fame, might want to get in touch.

09-19-2003, 04:55
My computer room and basement rec room look like a camera store. (ok, mostly a low end camera store) My wife is fond of saying, "I don't know how I'd sell your cameras if you died". I usually just wonder if she knows something I don't, or if that's why her cooking tastes strange lately. : )

10-12-2003, 14:57
Here's mine:

Konica Hexar RF
Minolta CLE
Voigtlander Bessa-T (2 of these, one champaign, one black)
Voigtlander Bessa-L (not technically an RF, I know)
Konica Auto S2
Konica Auto S3
Konica C35
Minolta HiMatic 7S
Canonet QL17 GIII
Canonet 28
Olympus 35RC
Yashica Electro 35 GS
Yashica Lynx 1000
Yashica Lynx 5000
Graflex Speed Graphic
Koni Omega Rapid M

back alley
10-12-2003, 16:13
hey doug,
welcome to the forum.
nice collection of cameras (what was your address again?)

i noticed you have a minolta 7s. i just got one from ebay and the meter is not working. the rest of the camera looks new, it's in great shape. i have a working battery installed, the asa is set, not to off, but i can't get it to work.
any helpful tips?
i'm thinking of keeping it and using the sunny 16 rule, it might make a good knock around camera.


10-12-2003, 18:08
Sorry, can't help you. My HiMatic 7S's meter isn't working either, but it was well worth the $5 it cost me at a garage sale, even as a purely manual camera.

back alley
10-12-2003, 20:17
so i take it that you use the camera?
what do you think of it?


10-13-2003, 13:51
The Minolta HiMatic 7S lens is good, but overall, I much prefer the Konica Auto S2 and I slightly prefer the Yashica Electro 35 GS, which, along with some Olympus and Canonet cameras, were the main competition for the HiMatic 7S when it came out

10-13-2003, 15:21
Well, my 2 euro cents to the RF list (no I won't win either...)

- FED 2 w/Industar 26M
- Zorki 3M w/Jupiter-8
- Jupiter-12 35 mm f2.8 (LTM)

- Kiev 4am w/Helios 103

- Agfa Isolette III w/Apotar f4.5

The Isolette is one of those things I use to call "ebay accidents", as I didn't think it was going to stop on $38... but what is done is done...

The 3M is a real pleasure to use, I'm not sure if the new arrived Kiev will surpass her...

10-14-2003, 06:27
I have:

Mamiya Super Press 23 with three lenses, extension tubes, and several backs - which I haven't used for a while

Argus C3 - which I have never yet used

Now if you want to talk folders, 9x12's, SLR's, the odd Browie, 616, etc......

10-30-2003, 23:45
Chinon 35EEII
Olympus 35DC
Olympus 35RD
Olympus 35SP
Konica Auto S1.6
Konica Auto S3

I'm actually near the end of the parting out of a nice collection of old Japanese rangefinders. I found that the more cameras I had, the less I tended to use them. The display case mentality took over to some extent - the Olympus DC and SP will be the next and last to go and I will hang onto the last four.

They're all great cameras to own and use!

10-31-2003, 06:23
It's a sad, sad list.
Mamiya 7 + The Big Three lenses (43mm, 80mm & 150mm with lots of accessories)
2x Mamiya Universals (50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100 2.8mm, 127mm, 150mm)
2x RB67's (50mm, 90mm, 127mm, 180mm, 250mm+backs galore)
Mamiya C330F (105mm and 135mm, for sale!)
Canon FTBn (Mom's, actually, with the 50 1.4 S.S.C. and a generic 135mm)
Voigtlander Vito I
Polaroid 440
Polaroid 430
Polaroid 110A (converted)
Polaroid 110 (un-converted)
Kiev 88CM (80mm)
Zorki 4k, broken
3x Kiev-4, all broken (and currently waiting for a rebuilt one from Oleg!, 3x35mm J-12, 3x J-8, 2x J-9, 135mm)
On order (and awaiting shipment) for a Konica Hexar RF.

back alley
10-31-2003, 09:41
if you were to sell the sp, what might you be thinking about, price wise?
just in case i might know someone interested...

Rich Silfver
10-31-2003, 17:56
Mmmm, Olympus 35SP.. One of my favorites.. Great 7 elements lens... and I already think in EV values so... mmmm

10-31-2003, 18:12
I've set it aside for a gentleman who has bought several cameras from me - if he decides he wants it, he's paying $105 for it. Very good condition - spot meter is functional, etc. If he decides against it, drop me an email and I will let you know.

I do love the SP, but I'm trying to show some discipline towards my original plan and that meant keeping just one of the Olympus cameras. As it happens, the 35RD is too near and dear for me to even consider giving up, so the SP and the DC finds themselves up for adoption.

I plan on having the RD and S1.6 buried with me when I kick off. (Heaven - lots of clouds - I figure I'll bring those two cameras, some black and white film and a few filters and that will pass eternity. You can buy film in heaven, right?)

back alley
10-31-2003, 18:47
(You can buy film in heaven, right?)

i certainly hope so!


11-01-2003, 09:36
Let's see, my list:

Yashica Electro 35 GT (2)
Yashica Electro 35 GSN (2)
Clarus MS-35 (1)
Fujica 35-ML (1)
Braun Super Paxette (7)
Braun Super Paxette II BL (2)
Minolta 7s (1)
Konica Auto S2 (2)
Zorki 4K (1)
Olympus XA (2)
Olympus XA2 (1)
Olympus 35RC (2)
Olympus 35RD (1)
Canon Canonet GIII QL-17 (2)
Zeiss Ikon Contina IIa (3)
Zeiss Ikon Nettar (5)
Agfa Isolette I (5)
Ansco Super Memar (1)
Balda Super Baldina (2)
Agfa Karat IV (1)
Agfa Karat 36 (1)
Fujica G690 (1)
Halina 6-4 (1)
Ricoh Five One Nine (2)
Ricoh Five One Nine M (1)
Argus C4 'Geiss' (4)
Diax IIa (1)
Diax IIb (1)
Petri 2.8 (1)
Wittnauer Professional (1)
Aires Viscount (1)

This is a partial list - just looking around my apartment just now. Does *not* include various SLR systems, such as Bronica C (2 complete systems) or Canon / Minolta 35 SLR systems (SRT-101, FX, FTbN). And the one that started me down this path - Yashica 635 TLR.

I try to shoot all of them, not just sit them on a shelf. I am being forced by necessity to learn to fix some few things - I'm not very good with my hands, but I did manage to fix the shutter/aperture blades on a Konica Auto S2 last night (going shooting it today).

My favorites so far:

Cutest - most fun: Braun Super Paxette, hands down. Just *so* cute and fun!

Most pocketable: Olympus XA. Sharp lens, too!

Best image quality: 35mm - Yashica Electro 35 GSN. 120 - Fujica G690 - WOWZER!

The one I reach for the most often? A Paxette. Either that, or a Canon FX with 50mm 1.4 lens. Incredible camera. Easiest MLU I've ever used, which I tend to make use of if I'm using a tripod at all.

Of course, there are the digitals - Nikon 995 and Olympus C-40Z.

If my apartment was on fire and I had to run for it and could only save ONE camera - the Fujica G690. Most 3D images I've ever seen, bar none. Best camera I own, period.

Wish list: Canon P, more lenses for Diax, Canon F1 (old). More lenses for Fujica G690 (I only have the standard 100/3.5).

Whew! I *am* outta control! Would you believe most of these were collected in the past year alone? Only the Yashica 635 TLR has been with me more than that.

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

11-01-2003, 10:24
Bill Mattocks wrote:

"... I try to shoot all of them ..."

Oh yeah ... I think you will need several lifetimes to do that! :)

back alley
11-01-2003, 11:32
hey bill,
maybe start renting them out!
that's a nice collection.


Rich Silfver
12-12-2003, 17:53
Almost three months after the thread was started and I don't think anyone can beat Mr Curt "Weirdcollector".

Congratulations Curt you are THE collector of RF cameras on this site! :-)

12-18-2003, 05:22
Thanks for the kind words, but I personally believe quality is better than quantity, so I'd have to say there are several people in our group I'd look up to myself. Anyone with a Leica, Olympus SP, Canonet Glll QL-17, or lots of Zeiss would definitely get my vote.

01-17-2004, 06:57
What an interesting heap of gear you all have.

Here's what I've accumulated over too many years:
Autorange 820 (rarely used, nice camera though)
Ensign Commando (rarely used)
Plaubel Makina 67 (frequently used, I'd like a W67 as well - anybody selling?)
MPP Micro-Technical 4x5 (yes, it has a coupled rangefinder, and it's fun to use like that)
Mamiya Press Super 23 (50, 75, 100/2,8 and 150)
Mamiya Press Universal
M6 0.72 (was my everyday camera until I got the M7)
M6 0.85 (one of the few made before the TTL came along)
M7 0.72 (my everyday camera)

I've sold my M2 and Minolta CLE (I regret buying the CLE).


01-17-2004, 07:11
Helen, welcome to the gang.

01-17-2004, 07:12
Originally posted by HelenB
What an interesting heap of gear you all have.

Here's what I've accumulated over too many years:
Autorange 820 (rarely used, nice camera though)
Ensign Commando (rarely used)
Plaubel Makina 67 (frequently used, I'd like a W67 as well - anybody selling?)
MPP Micro-Technical 4x5 (yes, it has a coupled rangefinder, and it's fun to use like that)
Mamiya Press Super 23 (50, 75, 100/2,8 and 150)
Mamiya Press Universal
M6 0.72 (was my everyday camera until I got the M7)
M6 0.85 (one of the few made before the TTL came along)
M7 0.72 (my everyday camera)

I've sold my M2 and Minolta CLE (I regret buying the CLE).


Wow, Helen, nice equipment! The Makina 67, that's pretty rare and expensive! And the MPP Technical is very sweet. Why do you regret having bought the CLE?

By the way, yesterday was "cleaning day" by order of She Who Must Be Obeyed. It looked something like this:

Too Many Cameras? (http://www.growlery.com/too_many_cameras_01.jpg)

And this:

Guess how many Argus C-4 Geiss I've got and win a prize! (http://www.growlery.com/too_many_cameras_02.jpg)

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

Rich Silfver
01-17-2004, 07:14
HelenB, in regards to the Plaubel (yes, I want one as well..) you may find this interesting, just a day or so old news:
Plaubel hoard (http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0075UR)
Not sure if the 55mm lens is the W or not.

Great looking camera that Plaubel Makina 67. The high price and fear of very costly repairs (tongs, etc) have kept me away though.

01-17-2004, 08:02
Thanks for that - I'm following it up. The 55 mm lens is the one on the W67.

Yes, expensive repairs are a risk - but having used the 67 for six years now it's one I'm happy to run.

Bill, that's some collection you have there! The CLE? The lack of sensible manual metering was a big drawback in my opinion (I used it with Kodachrome 64 almost exclusively, and bracketing was not a viable option for a few reaasons). Not even exposure lock. Why did they leave that out? The Minolta rep told me that it was going to be fixed in the CLE2 - but sales never justified continued production.


01-17-2004, 09:35
Originally posted by HelenB
Bill, that's some collection you have there!

Not so much a collection as a whole lot of junk with a few 'keepers' mixed in. I could sell the whole lot and not be able to buy one of your Leicas!

The CLE? The lack of sensible manual metering was a big drawback in my opinion (I used it with Kodachrome 64 almost exclusively, and bracketing was not a viable option for a few reaasons). Not even exposure lock. Why did they leave that out? The Minolta rep told me that it was going to be fixed in the CLE2 - but sales never justified continued production.

I was unaware of that, thanks for the information!

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

01-17-2004, 12:07
Wow ! Not sure why but I think you had a long cleaning day :)

Fun pictures, something like a camera "where's Wally?"

Welcome Helen !!!

01-17-2004, 12:58
Nice equipment Helen, and welcome to the group. Bill, I loved those photos! Looks a lot like my computer room most days. Nice to know I'm not the only one to receive orders from "She who must be obeyed". Curt.

01-17-2004, 14:40
Welcome Helen! Nice group of clickers! I still have my M2 and my CLE, but then I've never had an M6 or M7. If my CLE ever broke irreparably, an M7 would be welcome to take its place!

The CLE lack of metered manual mode has never bothered me, and of course the M2 "suffers" the same lack. Both work fine on manual with a handheld incident meter. :-)

But then I have to admit I nearly always leave the CLE on auto anyway with fine results. But then I use only neg film. This is a favorite camera, compact, discreet in appearance, quick in action, and the 40mm lens is outstanding.

You seem to be at least as much into larger formats as 35mm cameras... When would you take the Makina out, for instance, and when the Leica?

01-17-2004, 15:25
Bill - you're wrong!
You haven't got to many cameras - you haven't got shelves enough!


01-21-2004, 08:41
Helen, welcome to the forum. I was curious about your preference for the Plaubel over the Mamiya's. I don't remember much about them, but I sure do like my Super Press 23. I have the 50mm, 65mm (currently shutter not working), and of course, the 100mm f/3.5. Also extention tubes, focusing back, and focusing back/cut film holder with 9 cut film holders, all type A.

bmattock - nice photos. Oh BTW, nice collection of cameras too. :D

01-22-2004, 07:40
This is my list, I pulled out all of the scale focusers and auto-focusers since I interpret "rangefinder" to be an optical rangefinder.

1. Agfa Karat 36, 50/2.0 Xenon
2. Agfa Karat 36, 50/2.8 Solinar
3. Anniversary Speed Graphic, 2 ¼ X 3 ¼
4. Anniversary Speed Graphic, 3 ¼ X 4 ¼
5. Canon 110 ED SN-319936
6. Canon Canodate
7. Fed-2c, green,Industar-26m (Jupiter style)
8. Fed-2c, red, no lens
9. Fed-2d, Industar-26m
10. Fed-2f, (no strap lugs); Industar-61
11. Fed-3a, (USSR) Industar-26m
12. Fed-3a, Industar-61
13. Fed-5B (PC connector), Industar-61L/D
14. Fed-5B, (hot shoe), Industar-61L/D
15. Fed-5B, (hot shoe), Industar-61L/D
16. Fuji Semi-Lyra
17. Fujica GER
18. Iskra-1, Industar-58
19. Kiev-4, (CCCP), Jupiter-8m
20. Kiev-4a, (CCCP), Jupiter-8m
21. Kiev-4a, Helios-103
22. Kodak Instamatic 804
23. Kodak Instamatic 814
24. Kodak Instamatic X-90
25. Kodak Pocket Instamatic 60
26. Kodak Retina Automatic III, 45/2.8 Schneider Xenar
27. Kodak Retina IIIc (Model 021), 50/2.0 Schneider Xenon
28. Kodak Signet 40 w/flash
29. Kodak Trimlite Instamatic 48
30. Leica IIIf, 50/2.0 Summitar
31. Minolta AL
32. Minolta AL
33. Minolta AL
34. Minolta Autopak 800
35. Moskva-5, Industar-24C
36. Moskva-5, Industar-24C
37. Polaroid 100
38. Polaroid 340
39. Polaroid Highlander
40. Polaroid Highlander
41. Voigtlander; Vito Automatic, 50/2.8 Lanthar
42. Welta, 75mm/3.5 Tessar
43. Weltini, 50mm/2.0 Xenon
44. Yashica Electro-35 GS
45. Yashica Electro-35 GSN
46. Yashica EZmatic 126
47. Yashica Lynx 5000e
48. Yashica Lynx-14
49. Yashica Lynx-14
50. Yashica Lynx-5000
51. Yashica Lynx-5000e
52. Yashica Minimatic-S
53. Yashica Minister-700
54. Yashica Minister-D
55. Zorki-1(d), Industar-50 collapsible
56. Zorki-1(e), Industar-22 collapsible
57. Zorki-1(f), Industar-22 collapsible
58. Zorki-C (body), no lens
59. Zorki-3M, Jupiter-8
60. Zorki-4(a), Jupiter-8
61. Zorki-4(b), Jupiter-8 (no tab)
62. Zorki-4(c), Industar-50 (rigid/black)
63. Zorki-5(b), (no strap lugs) Industar-50 collapsible
64. Zorki-6, (USSR), Industar-50, (rigid/chrome)
65. Zorki-6, Jupiter-8


01-22-2004, 08:01

Sweet collection! I notice that you're big on those Russian rangefinders. I only have a Zorki 4k, and it kind of fell apart shortly after it arrived. What's your experience been like?

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

01-22-2004, 12:49
They are good solid cameras, but the quality control in manufacturing was almost nonexistent and the good ones are usually well used and beat-up. The Russians used simple, basic engineering and simple assembly procedures. Try to imagine what a 35mm rangefinder camera would have been like if it had been made in the 1950's by Ford in a pick-up truck factory.

They appropriated only the best Zeiss lens designs and executed those very well.

Plan on buying 2 or 3 before you get one that works well, and be prepared to do your CLA including lubrication, calibration of rangefinders, lens back-focus and shutter speeds.

Also, the lenses supposedly use interchangeable mount 39mm Leica threads. ytes, they are interchangeable, buth there is enough variation between the lens mounts and rangefinder couplings that you are better off getting a body for each lens you want and not trying the photjournalist's lens jugling routine. Once you get one of these functioning on target, leave it alone!


01-22-2004, 14:32
Thanks for all the 'welcome' messages. This seems like a friendly forum.

I like the Mamiya Super 23, but use the Plaubel more simply because it is so compact. I tend to use a 'standard' lens most of the time, so I'm happy to forego the interchangeable lenses.

No doubt the Mamiya will last forever. The Plaubel wont.

I've tried to think of the reasons behind my choice of M7 or Plaubel, but haven't come up with anything consistent. Apart from when I'm working on a specific project - for which I'll have decided on format, film and lens focal length(s) - which camera I carry is pretty much down to whim.


02-07-2004, 18:17
a dismembered argus C3...

wow, i suck


02-07-2004, 21:39
Welcome, Drum. If you get your C3 working maybe you'll feel better. :-)

02-09-2004, 15:42
i found a repair manual online today, so its now a fully assembled and working Argus C3. YAAAAAY!!!:)

02-10-2004, 00:59
Congrats Drum !!! you're still in time to shoot some shadows with it ! ;)

03-11-2004, 15:45
I thought I would bump this and update my tiny rangefinder list.

Bessa R
Canon Canonet QL17 GIII
Konica Auto S3
Minolta Himatic 9
Yashica Electro GSN

and then I have a bunch of other stuff.

03-30-2004, 10:51
This is a very interesting thread, one I never looked at before. Since I am new to the forum, my list won't come close to winning (some of you guys are WAAAY out of control), but here goes:

Argus C-3 (my first collectable) w/ flash gun
Kodak Retina IIa
Kodak Retina IIc, w/ 85 mm lens and finder
Kiev IV
Kiev II
Ansco/Argus folding something, uses 220 film

I also have several vintage SLRs, including:
Zeiss Contaflex Super, w/ 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 115mm, and the 400mm monicular attachment
Nikon F and FG w/ several lenses ( the Nikkor f3.5 50-135, and the 50mm f1.4 are superb)
Kodak Retina Reflex (first type)

And they all work!

Cheers, Mike

03-30-2004, 12:18
Originally posted by scubaguy10
This is a very interesting thread, one I never looked at before. Since I am new to the forum, my list won't come close to winning (some of you guys are WAAAY out of control), but here goes:

Argus C-3 (my first collectable) w/ flash gun
Kodak Retina IIa
Kodak Retina IIc, w/ 85 mm lens and finder
Kiev IV
Kiev II
Ansco/Argus folding something, uses 220 film

I also have several vintage SLRs, including:
Zeiss Contaflex Super, w/ 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 115mm, and the 400mm monicular attachment
Nikon F and FG w/ several lenses ( the Nikkor f3.5 50-135, and the 50mm f1.4 are superb)
Kodak Retina Reflex (first type)

And they all work!

Cheers, Mike

Welcome to the forum scubaguy10. Some of us are quite rangefinder challenged. I only have two. A Mamiya Press Super 23 and an Argus C3. I have never used the Argus. It just sits on the shelf all sad and forlorn. I take it down once in a while and pet it, but it doesn't seem to help. :D

How do you use your folder if it is 220? Do you have an exposure counter on it?

03-30-2004, 13:23
Well I think in fact I never left my stuff in this thread...

so here it goes, in order of acquisition

Fed-2 (the first, the one and only)
Zorki 3M
Kiev 4am
Agfa Isolette III (a repair project)
Iskra (bought, broken, returned, refunded, paid part of the Kiev II)
Canonet G-III QL17
Minolta Hi-matic 7s
Kiev 4a
Canonet G-III QL19
Olympus 35 SPn
Kiev II

and I think I don't forget anything...

hope the collection doesn't keep growing... but a beaten "cheap" M2 or M4-P... hmmm... :)

03-30-2004, 21:37
Whenever there are more than three cameras in the house, I start feeling very nervous: in fact I feel guilty. I never use more than three regularly, and the ones that are not used seem to be screaming their dissatisfaction at being left in the closet to me.
So out they go..

As a result, I've only got a single rangefinder: a Hexar-RF. Of course this list won't put me in first place in the how many have you got competition, but it's a fine user cam anyway.

Another Jeremy
04-02-2004, 13:09
Hi folks,
Pleased to meet you.
My list thus far:
Voigtlander Vito CL
Fed Mikron 2
Fed 4
Polaroid Land Camera I think it's an automatic 100, Takes great looking instants.

I plan to acquire soon, god help my obsessive/compulsiveness (the standards):
Olympus XA
Canonet Q17 GIII
Konica S2
Olympus 35 SP
Minolta Hi-Matic 9
Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Agfa Opitma xx35 (one of 'em)
Rollei XF 35

04-02-2004, 15:16
Welcome, A.J.! You've got a good start, and don't count on us to persuade you NOT to buy more cameras! We all have the same disease here...

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

Brian Sweeney
04-02-2004, 16:23
Yes, as Bill says we will be glad to add to your "plan to acquire" list. Looking at your list, a Yashica LYNX 14 would give you a bit more speed and manual-only operation. A nice addition to a great set of cameras.

Another Jeremy
04-02-2004, 16:40
Hmmm...Lynx 14 you say. Add it to the list I guess.
Oh yeah, one day I'll get a Kiev 4 also. Can't live without one of those.
How bout a Fujica V2? Nice looking little guy.

04-02-2004, 21:37
Originally posted by Another Jeremy
Hmmm...Lynx 14 you say. Add it to the list I guess.
Oh yeah, one day I'll get a Kiev 4 also. Can't live without one of those.
How bout a Fujica V2? Nice looking little guy.

AJ, I've had problems with Fujica rangefinders of that time period, but I haven't owned a V2. I agree, it's nice-looking, and there were two series of lenses (2.8 and I believe 1.9), but I've read that they've got similar problems (frozen shutters) to what I've experienced with my two Fujica ML-35's. I like their looks, but haven't gotten one to work yet. Could be just my bad luck, though!

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

04-02-2004, 21:45
Originally posted by Another Jeremy
Agfa Opitma xx35 (one of 'em)

AJ, I was just looking at your choices - the Agfa Optima was an interesting choice. I am presuming you mean the newer "Sensor" series, not the originals (although I am told they're fine cameras, just a bit common, and perhaps a tad ugly).

I have been following the Sensor series for awhile, waiting for the right one to come along. I like the looks, I'd love to have one. But although I could be mistaken, I think that only the 1535 is an actual rangefinder (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). The others are zone-focus only, to the best of my knowledge.

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

Another Jeremy
04-03-2004, 16:52
Perhaps I'm a rarity, but I find the sleek, Braun-like appearance of the Sensor series attractive. There's an excellent website from this Dutch guy, Alfred Klomp, where he reviews it:
Plus, as Alfred points out, it's got "a HUGE brightline viewfinder that makes them useful to people with glasses."

04-03-2004, 21:23
AJ, we're talking about the same cameras. The Optima Sensor 1535 looks, as Alfred Klomp points out, somewhat like a shrunk down later-model Plaubel Makina. But again, I believe that the 1535 is the only actual rangefinder of that series - the rest being zone-focus. I like them too!

Best Regards,

Bill Mattocks

04-05-2004, 07:41
I picked up a Sensor 535 last month on e-Bay. It does have a terrific viewfinder, but no rangeifnder. There is a symbol based zone focusing scale on top of the lens and a distance scale printed on the bottom of the lens. The Solitar lens is a 4 element, 4 group lens with the shutter located behind the rear-most element.

Mine has what seems to be the most common fault, the film will not advance. There is a complex linkage that allows the wind lever to serve as both the film advance and film rewind. Mine will rewind, but will not shift gears to advance.

Looks like it's going to be a complex project to fix. There are instructions on the web, but it looks daunting.


03-11-2005, 18:54
OK, here is my collection. I will list all the cameras and if not a RF I will mention it.

Mamiya 35S2
Zeiss Ikon Contina 1 (viewfinder)
Voigtlander Vito B (viewfinder)
Voigtlander Vito CLR
Voigtlander Brillant V6 (TLR)
Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Yashica A TLR (TLR)
Ensign Selfix 420 (MF folder)
Kershaw King Penguin (MF folder)
Kodak Box Brownie Six 20 Model C ('nuff said)
Canon T70 x2 plus assorment of lenses (SLR)
Canon Eos 300D (DSLR)

I am also awaiting the delivery of an Agfa Sillette and bidding on an Ensign Selfix and Ful-Vue and a Kodak Retinette.


03-11-2005, 19:00
One's too many and a hundred ain't enough...or something like that;)!

I really don't have many, but perhaps early stages of Alzheimer's because every time I attempt one of these lists I forget one -- usually the Rollei R35SE.

03-11-2005, 19:02
Paul, Bill, and Jeremy,

I have on eof these cameras too, a 1035, which is scale focus (both symbol and numbers) and has a self timer. It's a great little camera for times when you don't mind giving up some control over speed and aperture settings.

03-12-2005, 01:48
So far:

Voigtlander Bessa R
Konica Auto S3
Minolta Himatic 9
Canon Canonet, QL 17 GII

Wow, talk about a time gone by.

That is my original post in this thread. Where have I been since then, RF only?

bought Yashica GSN
then I sold the GSN
sold Himatic 9
sold Konica Auto S3
tried to sell the Canonet, but didn't, which is good.

bought a Bessa R2
sold the Bessa R
bought another Bessa R2 Olive with a 35 Summicron
sold the Olive R2

bought a Bessa R3a
sold the R3a
sold the R2

Bought a Leice M6TTL
still have the Canonet

So, there you have it. I now have only 2 RF cameras.

03-12-2005, 02:10
Wait a minute, I have an Iskra and Bessa 66 too. The Iskra is definitely a RF, and the Bessa 66 is close enough.

03-12-2005, 03:32
I bought my first RF only 4 months ago, but now my RF list has grown to this:

FED 3b
Zorki 4
Konica C35 (out of order)
Yashica Minister D (out of order)
Yashica Minister 700 (out of order)

The FED 2 is my favorite and the last three are repair projects.
In addition to that I have also started to do my own B/W processing.


Kim Coxon
03-12-2005, 04:15
I wish I hadn't looked at this thread. I only rediscovered the delights of RFs about 9 months ago and it has got a little out of control. Anyway some are "users", some are mostly "cabinet" and a couple need a little work but so far:

6 x Canonet early
6 x "New" Canonet
7 x GIII Canonet
2 x Konica S2
Oly 35SP
Oly 35RD
Oly 35DC

I must not buy a Russian, I must not buy a Russian, I must not buy a Russian :bang:

Sorry about that but I have to keep saying it


03-12-2005, 04:26
I've got 0 (not a typo) rangefinders, and i wont one (or two). Now i have the GDS (gear drooling syndrom), but that might rapidly change to GAS!

back alley
03-12-2005, 06:30
mamiya 6 x 2

olympus 35rc
olympus stylus

sold the mamiyas

now have a bessa r with 35 & 75 /2.5 lenses

also canon p (x2)
canon 7
w/ 35 (x2) - 50 - 85 - 100 - 135 lenses

still have the original oly 35rc plus another with a non working meter
still have the stylus


03-12-2005, 09:39
Hm. Nice RF "history", Rover. By the way, i still remember when we met on the rff chat once, and you have said, leica is not really for you hehe

As to my rangefinderdom, it started with a yashica GSN but has a few more servants now...
A second GSN,
Canonet QL17 GIII(gone on holiday)
-"- (busted top)
Minolta Hi-Matic 9
canonet 28 (anybody wants one?)
super ikonta 531/16 ( :cool: )
- and nice memories involving a contax IIIa with a sonnar 50/1.5 (my only real hardcore rf)...

Still have the minolta af slr system with the way cool 17mm etc...
And a pre-WWII rolleiflex, excellent picture taker.

Not a big collection, but i use them all.

03-12-2005, 15:28
ahhh yes. The bad thing about threads like this is that they make you look back and see just what follies you have committed over the last year or so.....

I started in Rangefinders with a Bessa R 18 months ago, largely thanks to the information and enthusiasm on this site. Since then that got traded for a Bessa R2, the Leica IIIf came along, the thought process went "What I really want is the quality of the IIIf with the features of the R2..." and it all went seriously downhill from there. :(

So now I have the M6 TTL, the IIIf, and a Contax IIa that I bought kinda by mistake.
However, along the way there's been a Olympus SP, a number of old Canonets and assorted other bits and pieces.

My big issue now is the dreaded Lens Acquisition syndrome; I keep on buying glass for the Leicas.......

03-12-2005, 18:42
6 x Canonet early
6 x "New" Canonet
7 x GIII Canonet

Am I reading this right? You've got 19 Canonet's?!?!??! :confused:

03-12-2005, 18:45
I'm new rangefinders, but I can see I'm probably going to be sinking a lot of money I don't have into them in the future. DAMN YOU ALL!!!!! :D

So far, I've got:

Canonet QL17 GIII
Minolta A5

I've love to have a Leica, but that won't happen anytime soon. Probably a Bessa, too. *sigh* Best not to think about it right now.

03-12-2005, 19:16

Working Bodies-
1- Bessa R
1- Fed 2
1- Fed 3

Working Lenses-
3- Industar 61 L/D
1- Industar 22
1- Industar 26
1- Jupiter 8 (on the way)

Working Cameras w/built on lenses-
Minox EL
Canonet 28
Yashica Electro 35 GSN

2- Yashica Electro 35 (organ donors, maybe one will be reanimated)
1- Yashica Electro 35 GT (to be reanimated)
1- FED 2 (now mostly in parts as a donor)
1- FED 3 (may become a re-animated camera)

Non Rangefinders

Canon T70 (with 50mm, 35-70mm, 70-210mm Macro lenses)
Canon G2 (with assorted gadgets)
Sony DSR-PD1 (OK, it's a video camera, but it also does stills :))

03-12-2005, 19:44
G.A.S? What G.A.S? I'm not suffering from G.A.S and I don't need to be cured! I still have two cameras and three lenses, just like when I joined this forum.


03-12-2005, 23:17
Sadly, in its heart that Contax IIa knows it was a mistake. :( Adoption may be the kindest course. My address is...

ManGo :D

nice try.......


It deserves to go to a good home where it actually gets used; so far the small matter of some money changing hands has stood in the way of that happening. <shrug> I am not yet quite so philanthropic that I am prepared to give it to you out of the kindness of my heart. Sorry...


03-12-2005, 23:18
G.A.S? What G.A.S? I'm not suffering from G.A.S and I don't need to be cured! I still have two cameras and three lenses, just like when I joined this forum.


Yeh Kris, but they're different and more expensive ones.


Gordon Coale
03-12-2005, 23:48
My signature has my users (including one on the way) and those that (hopefully) will be users. There are many more shelf queens. The Olympus XA2 will go when my Rollei 35 is repaired and the Zorki 6 will probably end up going since the rewind button is in the same location as the shutter release on the FEDs and the Leica.

Kim Coxon
03-13-2005, 04:33
Am I reading this right? You've got 19 Canonet's?!?!??! :confused:

Make that 21, just got another 2


Kim Coxon
03-13-2005, 05:57
I know I am a Newbie and I am probably going to regret this but can someone please explain what GAS stands for? I hate TLAs :confused:


03-13-2005, 06:01
Gear Acquisition Syndrome

back alley
03-13-2005, 06:52

do you have a pic of your contax iia in the coffee & camera thread?


03-13-2005, 13:04
ummmm, no. i suppose i should get one. there's some pics of it waaaaaaay back in a FS. but none with coffee.

03-13-2005, 14:09
Here are a few of mine. This photo was done for Shutterbug's 25th Anniversary a few years back.
I should have used 25 cameras in the image :bang:

back alley
03-13-2005, 14:38
verry coooool,


03-13-2005, 18:46
I know I am a Newbie and I am probably going to regret this but can someone please explain what GAS stands for? I hate TLAs :confused:


As Tim already said, it means Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

And if you truly have 21 Canonets then you've got it!!! :p

Kim Coxon
03-14-2005, 01:19
As Tim already said, it means Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

And if you truly have 21 Canonets then you've got it!!! :p

That's a relief! There I was thinking I had some disease unknown to mankind. At least I am not a total oddball contrary to what the wife, family and friends think :)


03-14-2005, 03:29
My name says it. I posted some picts of my rangefinders in the show your camera thread but I left out a leica m3 amd a few argus C3s and some I.ve probably forgotten that I have. There are few apple crates full of vintage plastic 1940-50's consumer type cameras out in my workshop but I can't get to them because my 50+ bicycles and a few antique vehicles are blocking my access :bang:

04-11-2005, 23:58
currently...only the XA

that's all i have now.

04-12-2005, 00:20
A quick look though the cabinet finds:

7 Argus C3s 1 Argus Markfinder 1 Baldessa 1b 2 Argoflex
1 Argus C 1 Argus AF 1 Graphic 35
4 Argus C4s 1 Argus C20 1 FED 2
3 Argus C44s 1 Kodak Pony IV 1 HiMatic F
2 Argus A4s 1 Signet 35 1 Ciroflex

29 Total

04-12-2005, 01:00
You people talking about the Agfa **35 series: you're right. The 1535 is the only rangefinder and rather sought after. I have a 335 and a 535, would like a 1535 someday. Nice cameras with good color rendering lenses, long shutter times (great night shooter on a tripod!) and good features such as a quick film loading system and a *very* soft shutter release.

There's also an Optima Flash, by the way: it's grotesque and hardly useful: http://35mm-compact.com/images/agfa-optima-flash.jpg

04-12-2005, 04:50
Like 2maneekameras, I have somewhere in the vicinity of 23 old bikes I'm fixing/stripping, an antique '66 Rambler Classic, and 811 cameras + 308 lenses. Not every one works 100% or sees a lot of usage, but I try to keep at least the 35mm goodies well exercised and functional. Now just need a couple more Exaktas, a few Retinas/Retinettes, an Agfa Karat and of course even half of the RF lenses that Bill has. Mine are all 50 mm or so.

04-12-2005, 05:51
Here's my tally:
23 kiev rangefinders (35mm)
1 kiev 2
1 kiev 2a
2 kiev 3 (bold letter)
3 kiev 3a
2 kiev 4a (61, 69)
1 kiev 4 (60)
3 kiev 4 (73, 74, 76)
3 kiev 4a (76, 76, 79)
5 kiev 4am (80-84)
2 kiev 4m (80-84)
1 kiev 5 (71)

4 Jupiter 12
4 jupiter 9
2 jupiter 3
5 jupiter 8
6 Helios 103
1 Helios 94
10 Jupiter 8m
1 jupiter 11

2 universal turret rangefinders

1 iskra I
2 Moskva-5

04-12-2005, 13:35
I was at one of the local thriftstores looking for cameras the other day when i detoured to the used book section. I found a book by the Dalai Lama of Tibet, called "the Path to Tranquility, Daily Wisdom' In this book are inspiring thoughts for each day. I happened to turn to words for March 22. He gives us direct advice about the cure the cure for GAS!!

"If an individual has a sufficient spiritual base, he won't let himself be overwhelmed by the lure of technology and by the madness of possession. He or she will know how to find the right balance, without asking for too much, and know how to say: I have a camera, that's enough, I don't want another. The constant danger is to open the door to greed, one of our most relentless enemies. It is here that the real work of the mind is put into practice."

I made it it through that day without buying another camera, but I haven't gotten rid of any yet. I've only purchased one more lens since then.

04-12-2005, 16:34
I saw the post today and thought "Wow, Rich is back!" Damn.

Well, we'll keep hoping ~ ; - )

06-03-2007, 00:27
Look at my signature :)

06-03-2007, 01:28
My tally:

Medium Format:

Fuji GS645S


Kiev 4A [needs repair]
Zorki 2C
Kodak Retina IIc

The Zorki 2c and the Kodak Retina are the cameras that get the most use at the moment although, over time, the Fed-4 is definitely the 35mm camera that has produced the highest percentage of 'keepers'. The Fuji takes *amazing* photos and is the camera I always use when travelling.

I have, in addition, 3 x 35mm SLRs [2 Pentax K-mount and one EOS], one medium format SLR [Salyut-C], a TLR [Flexaret Automat VII] and a couple of autofocus compact cameras. For a total of about 14 cameras. I'm selling a few though, so will probably be down to 11 cameras in the next month or so.

06-28-2007, 05:29


2x Yashica YE
3x Yashica YF
Yashica 35CC
Yashica 35CCN (Fixing)
Yashica 35
Yashica Electro Professional (Fixing)
Yashica Electro 35
Univex Mercury II
Tower 45
Tower IIIF?
Nicca 5
Nicca IIIA
Nicca 33 (Maybe)
Canon ivsb
2xContax G2
Contax G1

That's all my RF gear... I think.

08-23-2007, 16:17
In no particular order:

Leica M3, M2, M4, and IIIf black dial.
Konica IIIA.
Braun Super Paxette (I?)
Kodak Retina IIc.
Voigtlander R3A (<- responsible for getting me hooked on rangefinders in the first place).
Yashica Lynx 5000.

(Also a Rolleicord Vb; Nikon F, FM3a, and F80; and a Pentax K100D - but they don't count :D )

And there are a couple of Lordomats calling to my credit card as I type...

08-24-2007, 14:50
Oops. Make that 'a couple of Lordomats on their way'.

10-03-2007, 05:55
Pentax K1000
Pentax SL
Kodak Retina 1a
Nikon FM
Nikomat FTN
Canon P
Rollei 35 (S-Xenar???)
Yashica Electro 35 GS
Leica IIIf RD ST
Olympus Trip 35 (2?)
Canonet QL17

Pentax Auto 110
Canon 110ED
Ricohmatic 110 X

Diachord (Ricoh)
(Rolleiflex 3.5)

Minolta Semi P (6x4)
Agfa Billy-Compur (6x9)

Fuji GS645S Pro

Holga 120N
Fisheye 2

Total: 24

Probably more to come :rolleyes:

10-03-2007, 06:03
Working RFs:
Canon P (2)
Olympus XA
Yashica Lynx 5000
Canonet 17 (non QLIII)
Horseman VHR
Retina IIIc
Argus C3

in the repair bin:
Yashica Lynx 14
Yashica GSN (2)

if we extend it to include other (non-RF cameras) the list balloons considerably.

10-03-2007, 06:36
Whenever I think I have too many cameras, I log on here, and it makes me feel better! It's like therapy : )

Yashica Lynx 14
Yashica GSN
Yashica CC
Konica Auto S2
Zorki 4K
Iskra MF folder
Cosina/Vivitar V3000 S SLR (Pentax K mount)
Digital Panasonic Lumix FZ1 (hacked to give ap and shutter priority)
Kiev 60. MF SLR

10-03-2007, 06:39
Right now:
Bessa R
FEd 5
MInolta AF2
Olympus Sylus epic

10-03-2007, 06:45
Lets see:

Nikon f3hp+zf glass should be here any day from the US
Olympus XA which is having some shutter jam problems at the moment - going to send it to John soon
olympus om2n
canon 30d
canon 1d classic
yashica minister III
yashica GSN

- Planning to buy:
another m4-2
mamiya 645j with that tasty 80 1.9

10-03-2007, 07:02
Leica M4-2
Leica III-G
Rolleiflex Automat 3.5
Busch Pressman

I think I've got most corners covered but am planning to get a Canon 40d + an eos 1n

10-03-2007, 07:10
Somehow I missed this thread. I have a lot of cameras. More than I need; just ask my wife.

But it is senseless to post at this point since I don't have a list and could never compete with weirdcollector anyway. Nice stable man!

But I will make a list, because it occured to me that with all I have, I need one with approximate values in the unfortunate event I might need to prove to my insureance company that I have a small stable too. Thanks for that idea Rich Silfver.

Maybe after that I will post. I must have some 40 or so including SLR's, fixed lense RF's, Super Press 23's, folders in 35mm and 120, 4x5's and an 8x10, along with misc odd things like Kodak 616, and a brick. Whew. Scary to think of.

10-03-2007, 07:50
Nikon S Canon 7s Bessa L Leica IIIcK Leica IIIc Leica IIIc Leica IIIc Leica IIIc Leica IIIa Leica III Leica Iia Leica II Fed-1

10-03-2007, 09:37
It's good that there is a place where i can post about that.....inclination....without somebody being worried about my state of mind!

When I strted to take photos Iw ascurios and they simply strted to accumulate.....years later when a friend sold me a Retina for cheap I caught "Retinitis" and strted to collect and use thos esystematically.
my favourite Retina's: Ia, IIc & IIC and IIIS
my other favourites: Nikon FM and Bessa R + Serenar 50/1,8

10-03-2007, 10:11
OK, I'll confess:

Leica II
Leica IIIf
Leica IIIg
[email protected] M3
Leica M2
Leica M4
Leica M4-P (chrome!)
[email protected] Wetzlar Leica M6
Leica MP
[email protected] Bessa L
Bessa R
Bessa R2S
Canon VT deLuxe
Canon L1
Canon VI-T
Nikonos I
[email protected] Nikonos II
[email protected] Nikonos III
Nikonos V green
Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII
Hasselblad 500 C/M

That's 29 (ouch!).

There are SLR cameras, too, but I believe the request was for rangefinder gear.

10-03-2007, 10:30
Just the one M8, I'm afraid.

10-03-2007, 10:30
Kodak Instamatic X15

10-03-2007, 11:06
At least I know that there are people here who are in much worse shape than me!

Here it goes:

1. Real cameras

Leica M3, M6, CL, IIIc, Standard
Canon P, IVSB
Contax IIIa
Fuji GL690
Graflex XLW
Koni Omega M

2. Toys

Konica I, II, III, IIIM, Auto S, S2, S3
Olympus XA
Contax T2 (AF) ... maybe it is a P&S and not a RF camera
Minox GT
Zorki 4, 4-K, 5
Fed 5C
Taron 35
Several 6x6 folders
Argus C, C4, C44

3. Ghost cameras
I don't know what I have.

I used to own only the M3 as my sole RF camera. What happened to me?

10-03-2007, 11:28
Ahhhh.... I love the new category Raid !!!

Ghost Cameras.... I'm pretty sure I have MANY...;)

I also forgot my M3...

10-03-2007, 13:49
Ahhhh.... I love the new category Raid !!!

Ghost Cameras.... I'm pretty sure I have MANY...;)

I also forgot my M3...

I know that I have left out cameras from my list, so in their "honor", I have them as Ghost Cameras. :D

10-03-2007, 14:13
Nikon S2, Rolleiflex, Leica III, M3, M4.

No digital of my own right now, but I'm eyeing the Ricoh GX-100......

10-03-2007, 14:26
Your III is special, Mike !

Let's see: M2, 2 x M3, 2 x M6, Canon P, OM[124], Hassi 500 EL

And a bunch of toys :)


10-03-2007, 14:41
RF bodies:>

I keep only what I use, that's my rule.

M3 and MP

Looking for: a barnack body to replace a IIIc.

10-03-2007, 14:55
Olympus 35-SP
Olympus Pen EE
Yashica 124G
Bronica SQ-A
Dacora Dignette
#2 Brownie 120
620 Brownie
Shen Hoa 4x5 w/ 240mm rodenstock
Nikon FM, F100, D200
Lomo fisheye
Vivitar PS45P
Plastic value village panormic
Plastic value village 'Maxim' camera
Kellogs p/s
populist 35mm pinhole
tin box pinhole for photo paper
120mm anomorphic pinhole
35mm 360degree pinhole
wooden 4x5 pinhole

Stu W
10-03-2007, 14:59
Pentax K1000
Pentax MX in black-nice
Pentax ME Super
Pentax LX-My Favorite!
An Autofocus Pentax with a pop up flash and lcd screens and stuff-forget the model
Olympus XA
Canon Elph
Leica M3
Leica M3 another
Leica IIIc
Graflex rangefinder
Assorted other stuff like folding Kodaks, Brownies, P&S etc.

10-03-2007, 16:23
Guys ...list only RF cameras or cameras that are not SLR cameras.:rolleyes: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel:

10-03-2007, 16:42
Guys ...list only RF cameras or cameras that are not SLR cameras.:rolleyes: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel:

Okay Raid, I removed the Spotmatic. But if I remember right, we've declared the Rolleflex an honorary rangefinder.(?):)

And Roland, I'll admit, 'Elvis' is pretty cool and all....

10-03-2007, 20:52
These are my good ones:

M2, M3, M5, M6, IIf, CL, Hexar RF, Contax II, IIa,
Bronica 645, Fuji GS645, Rollei 3.5E,
4x5 Speed Graphic

10-03-2007, 21:38
Leica MP
Leica M3 (DS)
Leica IIIf (RD ST ELC) - coming in the mail
CV Bessa-T
Zorki 1c (Export)
Zorki 1c parts camera

I wouldn't mind a CL or CLE in the future.

eli griggs
10-03-2007, 22:24
They shoot hoarders in war time, don't they?;)

Leica IIIc
Fed 2
Fed 2
Fed 2 *
Fed 3a *
Fed 3a
Fed 3b
Fed 5
Fed 5b
Fed 5b
Yashica GS *
Yashica GS
Yashica GTN *
Minolta Hi-Matic 9
Minolta 16
Minolta 16 II
Minolta Autocord (Export)
Argus C3
Kodak pony B
Kodak pony C
Kodak Starmite II
Olympus ECR *
Olympus XA-2
Tower Automatic 127 ?
Ricohflex VI
Ricoh ZF *
Sawyer's Mk. IV
Speed Graphic

Plus various Polaroids, 110s, disk film, etc hiding in corners
SLRs restricted to two non-AF Canons
*awaiting 'must have' repairs

10-03-2007, 22:45
Only RFs ... ??

Rolleiflex 3.5 E :p

10-03-2007, 22:59
This is the fascinating (scary?) thing about RFf: this thread was started roughly a year before I waltzed into the joint, and I'm only stumbling across it now (while in the middle of untangling a client's Mac mini, at a quarter to two in the morning...at least I''m less than a half-mile from home).

Cameras on active duty:

- Konica Hexar RF (2), w/28, 50, 90 M-Hexanons: my Main Axe

- Olympus OM-2n w/50 f/1.8: occasional use.

- Konica Lexio 70: used a moderate amount; fast little zoom p/s.

- Konica POP: not much use; I call it my "anti-LOMO."

- Olympus 510Z digital; it doth come in handy for a few things.

Sidelined for repairs:

- Konica Auto S3 (memo to G'man: had problems sending it off to you to fix: will have it sent next week).

- Ricoh GR1: procrastinated like hell about fixing this one, yet keep complaining about not having it to shoot with. Will get off the pot by next month, sending it to CRIS camera. Will get carried damn near everywhere once repaired. It's that good.

- Barrett

10-04-2007, 01:09
Only RF's:
Zorki 4 (2)
Fed 3
Canonet QL17
Contax II
Contax G1
Bessa R3M
Konica Hexar RF
Epson RD1 (2)
6 M-mount lenses

Thinking about an MF RF. Either Mamyia, Bronica or Fuji.

Vince Lupo
10-24-2007, 01:05
Rf's only....where do we start????

Leica M2 ELCAN
Leica M5
Leica I (c) Standard
Leica III (x3)
Leica IIIa
Leica IIIb
Leica IIIf Red Dial ST
Contax I (a) - a visual work of art if ever there was one (IMHO)
Kiev III
Robot Star (probably the cutest camera of all time!)
Robot Royal 24
Robot Royal 36
Certo Dollina II (prewar, purchased in Dresden!)
Certo Super Sport Dolly
Moscow IV
Retina II (x2)
Retina IIIc
Kodak Medalist 2 w/120 Conversion
Super Altissa (don't know if that qualifies but there it is!)
Fuji TX-1 (Hasselblad XPan)
Brooks Veriwide
Polaroid 195
Mamiya Press
Horizon 202 (here agan, don't know if it qualifies)
Zeiss Ikon Tenax II (a beauty, but my lab can't print square format 35mm)
Zeiss Ikon Super Nettel II
Agfa Ambi Silette

Think that's it...let me know if you want to have an SLR/Twin Lens competition...
then we'll be talking a throw-down!

10-24-2007, 01:26
Click my sig... :)

10-28-2007, 02:14

I just have started to "gather" and I am still in the "fun period", i.e. no serious collection. ;)

AGFA Super Silette (sporting a Solagon 2.0/50)
AGFA Super Silette Automatic (Color-Solinar 2.8/50)
Minolta Hi-Matic F (Rokkor 2.7/38)
Olympus 35 RC (E.Zuiko 2.8/42)
FED 3b (with Industar-61 L/D 2.8/53 & Jupiter-12 2.8/35 P)

So this means, I've got 5 real rangefinder cams and several scale focus cams that I can turn with a BLIK rangefinder into pseudo-rangefinder cams.

I rather have collected SLRs with manual lenses so far, and I hope that I will not develop the same GAS for rangefinder cams... ;)

11-13-2007, 16:16

Leica M4
Leica M7
Leica MDa
Leica M8
Hexar RF (2)
Mamiya 6 (2) with 3 lenses
Fuji TX-1 with 3 lenses
Voigtländer Vitomatic II
20+ Leica lenses and 10+ others in LTM and M mount

Scale focussing or Viewfinder AF:

Leica Standard (used to take many photos in our family albums)
Ricoh GR1
Rollei 35S Silver
Bessa L
Cambo Wide (2) with 4 lenses
Hasselblad SWC
Horizon 202
Noblex 150U
Roundshot 28/220

The only one which stays whether or not it gets used is the Leica Standard; the others move out if not used. So... the Ricoh GR1, Vitomatic, Rollei 35S, Leica M4, Hexar RF's, Fuji TX-1 and Bessa L are either already spoken for or will be on the block shortly.

Now to clean out my SLR and large format stuff...


Jarle Aasland
11-13-2007, 16:36

Nikon S2. That's all I need.


11-13-2007, 17:42
Rangefinders I have "known":

Mamiya 7
Super Ikonta "C"
Bessa R3M
Bessa R2C
Zeiss Ikon
Leica M3
Leica M7
Konica RF
Bronica 645
Retina II
Konica IIIa
Canon P
Leica IIIc
Contax G
Fuji 645zi
Contax IIa

I think that's it. In addition, I used to have, but no more:

M3 (different than above)
Mamiya 6 (I regret that one most)
Leica M5 (owned it one week but returned it as faulty)

The list would be ugly if we went beyond RF's

jan normandale
11-13-2007, 17:56
3 Yashica GSN
2 Yashica Lynx
1 Yashica mat 124 G TLR, Minolta Autocord TLR
Olympus XA

that's enough for now

11-14-2007, 04:57
I'll just list the cheap and more unusual ones:

Moskva 5
Belomo Agat 18K half-frame
Zeiss Ikon Contessa
Franka Solida I
Lomo Action Sampler
Zorki 5
Zenit E


11-18-2007, 13:17

Ensign Carbine, Super Baldax (x4), Canon QL17+QL19+QL28, Ricoh 500ME+500G, Retina IIIc (x2) & Retina IIa, Bessa L, Bessa T, Bessa R2, Leica III, IIIa, IIIf RD, M2 (x2), M4, M6, M6TTL. Most in regular use.

But then there's some stuff in the junk box that ain't ever going to work


11-18-2007, 13:33
Black M6TTL
Black MP
Chrome M8

Short list, but still sweet.

11-18-2007, 13:37
Just got an M7 from Tony to add to this short list.

11-18-2007, 13:41
hexar rf
fuji gw690iii
fuji gsw690iii

on the wishlist:
fuji ga645
leica m4 black chrome
leica mp a la carte (that looks just like the m4 black chrome!)

11-18-2007, 14:37
Leica IIc
Leica M5 2 lug chrome
Leica M5 3 lug chrome
Leica M5 3 lug black
Leica M6 Wetzlar
Leica M6 Solms

Contax IIa
Zeiss Contina
Epson RD-1

The multiple M5s and M6s are a little obsessive, however why change when you find something you like?

11-26-2007, 17:01
Back to the topic at hand -- Just the regular batch of:
Voigtlander R4M
Voigtlander Bessa-T
Leica IId
Leica IIIc
Leica IIIf
Retina IIIc Kit
Zorki 1
Zorki 2s
Zorki 4
Fed 1
Fed 2
Agfa A
Argus C-44 Kit
EKC Brownie No. 1
EKC Brownie No. 2
EKC Brownie Hawkeye
Agfa Isolette II
Tower Folding Camera (that's it's real name)
Busch 6x9
Speed 6x9
Fujica GSW690 Original
and a couple more somewhere that I don't use

21 altogether, each 35mm with its own differing lens for its own differing purpose, and the others with their own purposes in life. I'm sure many rf users have found that some lenses just weren't made to be used on some bodies.

Hmmm... that may be good marital advice, too!

Oh, and I chopped and lowered an old FM slr, replaced the mount with a recessed M39 for my Skopar 25, trashed the prism and mirror, widened the film plane aperture to 64mm, cut, sized, and soldered a Fed cap to fit but lost the rf feature, added a speed grip, drilled-out the 1/4x20 to a 3/8x16 so I can use the extra adapter I have, and added two flash mounts just to balance the thing on a monopod.

Does this one count?

11-29-2007, 13:56
Reviewing all the posts on this thread, I am surprised that there are so few listings of the Kodak Medalist, or the Kodak 35, or the Regent. I have used the first two from my collection, and both have amazing lenses.

I started counting my cameras to make a list, but had to quit after about 50 or so. I tried to quit collecting last year. But then the Retina III C was discovered for $15, and I was hooked again.


11-29-2007, 14:54
Leica IIIa
Leica IIIc
Olympus XA (3), XA2, 35RC
Kodak Retina IIa
Kodak Bantam
Olympus pen F
Konica Auto S3
Canon QL17 III
Yashica GSN, 35CC
Petri 7S
Petri color 35
GAF Memo 35
Ricoh 500
Voigtlander Vitessa L
Argus C44
Braun Super B II
Rollei 35RF
Minolta HiMatic F
.....along with a few scale focus cameras, 6X6 and 6X9 folders SLR's and TLR's!!

11-29-2007, 15:13
This thread has been going on since 2003! Life of its own.

Rangefinders only:

M6 Silver
M6 Black
Olympus XA
(another) Olympus XA
Kiev 4a Silver
Kiev 4a Black
Kiev 4am Silver
Kiev 4m Silver
(does an Stylus Epic count?)

12-13-2007, 12:57
leica IIIf
canon IIf
agfa karat IV
bessa R
Fed 2
Fed 3
Koni-Omega Rapid-M
Super Ikonta 532/16

Phoenix Phil
12-13-2007, 15:17
They come and they go. Using a Christmas theme and with apologies to Dickens:

The "Ghost of Christmas Past":
Olympus XA w/A16
Olympus XA
Canon QL
Yashica Electro 35 GS
Rollie 35S
Welta Weltur
Ensign Autorange

The "Ghost of Christmas present":
Konica Auto S2
Wards am521
Olympus XA
Crown Graphic (mini)
Kodak Senior 16 (scale)
Kodak Senior 16 (broken)

And the "Ghost of Christmas Future":
Olympus 35 RC or LE
Minolta Hi-Matic 9 or E
Fuji or Mamiya of some sort

I counted the other day and I have owned 44 different cameras. Not all the same time though.

12-31-2007, 17:58
Fujica V2, Olympus Pen D and everything below.... :)