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Roger Hicks
07-26-2009, 12:50
Most of us agree that function takes precedence over appearance, but isn't there also a pleasure in using cameras that look good? Black paint; Retina folders; mahogany Gandolfis...

What are your favourites among mainstream usable cameras for looks? And what about cameras of marginal utility but handsome appearance (e.g. Ilford Advocate, Olympus Ecru, Kodak Bantam Special)?

Tashi delek.

R.

Dave Wilkinson
07-26-2009, 12:59
I've never afforded one, but for looks......Linhof Technicas are my favourites, I hear they perform well too!
Dave.

sepiareverb
07-26-2009, 13:02
I loved the looks of my Wisner 810 Technical Field, but function took over and I traded it for a Canham. My arthritic grip couldn't deal with the round lock knobs anymore. Thanks Keith for making a field camera with paddle shaped lock knobs!!

narsuitus
07-26-2009, 13:09
The Leica MP is the most beautiful rangefinder.

I just wish I could afford one.

bmattock
07-26-2009, 13:27
Carl Zeiss Jena's 'Werra' camera series.

bmattock
07-26-2009, 13:29
Kodak 'Bullet' camera
Kodak 'Hawkeye Brownie'

mabelsound
07-26-2009, 13:31
The Werras are indeed beautiful. Also the Steinheil Casca, and the Kodak Ektra.

For user cameras, absolutely the Leicas! In the digital realm I think the Pany LX3 and new Pen are very nice (I have the Pany), and the R-D1 of course.

I also love the look of the very small SLR's of the seventies and eighties, like the OM and ME Super. And i think the new Pentax DSLR looks great--my favorite-looking DSLR yet (save perhaps for the Pany DMC-L1).

http://photos.liveauctioneers.com/houses/westlicht.auction/18915/0757_2_lg.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Pn9Oj8yicPQ/SDsRWqRLvtI/AAAAAAAAACs/LG1KpcnBntA/Ektra.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2669/3754414683_f9c70fab86.jpg

Trius
07-26-2009, 13:46
http://www.olympus.co.jp/jp/fun/wallpaper/camera/dl.cfm?id=74&type_id=1&la=en

Spider67
07-26-2009, 13:50
The Retina Ia/IIa but the IIc just handles better for me and has the much better VF.
Then the Super Ikonta/Moskva 4...
Wonderful futuristic design the second Weltini RF with the retractable shutter release button!
A smart little machine: the pentax auto 110
Simple lines: The Nikon FM
The Bessa R & R2: I bought the R2 because I liked the R's design and wanted to have it made in metall.
The Zenit C: If only it's 3,5/50mm lens had clickstops. Designwise great (jus add a prism and a mirror to the Zorki 1.....were the guys in Wetzlar sleeping?) If you put a Helios 58/2 lens on it you just damage this compact design.....but you at least don't have to take the camera from your eye to change the aperture!
The Contaflexes: cute and functional little machines.
The AGFA 35mm TLR's from the 50's/60's Was there a mix up of blueprints when they started to make them?
Then cameras I find strange but appealing (not enough to buy them):
The Kodak 35 RF
The Werra
Kodak Boxes and Agfa Billys with Art Deco Frontplates.

rickp
07-26-2009, 13:55
I don't recognize all the names and camera types mentioned so far, but would like to nominate the Hasselblad SWC and the Minox. There's also a Linhof rangefinder model I like, with built-in handgrip, but I can't find a photo.

Greetings from Hamburg

Rick

ludoo
07-26-2009, 13:59
I love the looks of my Agfa Super Silette even though I can't exactly pinpoint why, possibly the two symmetrical vf/rf windows and the overall proportions of its body.

The Vito B is also a beautiful camera, especially when you have one in your hands and realize how small, heavy, and perfectly machined it is.

And of course the Canon RFs, I think they're much better looking than Leicas. My IIF:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3606/3677604847_264844b2a7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ludoo/3677604847/)

bmattock
07-26-2009, 14:01
Purma Special
Minox
Bell Kamra
Haneel Tri-Vision
Rectaflex
* Braun Super Paxette
* Agfa Karat IV

* Two of my favorites, and yes, I own several of each.

Pickett Wilson
07-26-2009, 14:04
Alpa 11 si

mabelsound
07-26-2009, 14:05
Purma Special

WTF?!? (http://www.vintagephoto.tv/purma.shtml) That camera is insane!

Al Kaplan
07-26-2009, 14:12
The ugliest 35mm camera has to be the Univex Mercury II. Leave it to the Americans!

Muggins
07-26-2009, 14:22
WTF?!? (http://www.vintagephoto.tv/purma.shtml) That camera is insane!

But if you doubt that you can get a real top speed of 1/500 (I don't have any pics from my Special handy, so I've used this one from my Plus, which has a faster top speed) from that shutter, look here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gray1720/2473810732/in/photostream

I'll second all the votes for Werra - both the flat-top and the late models are very sexy. And I adore the mad French Bakelite cameras of the 1950s like the Ultrafex Himalaya and the Photax blindee.

Adrian

PS Looks-wise, though, the Purma Plus is a bit of a beagle, and it's truly horrid to use...

Brian Sweeney
07-26-2009, 14:23
There are lots of pretty cameras that are fun to use, and quite a few ugly ones. The dividing line is not too wide. Compare a Nikon F3HP with a Nikon F3AF, or a Nikon F eye-level with a Nikon F Photomic.

But nothing is as ugly as my Nikon E3 digital camera. Full-frame digital usinf built in reduction optics on a 2/3" sensor. Well, maybe a Nikon F with the Speed-Magny 100 on it comes close.

PMCC
07-26-2009, 14:23
This kind of thread is great fun. It's like, "Who's your favorite movie star", regardless of acting ability and knowing that you'll probably never get close to meeting her. Here are some of my candidates, mostly old mid-20th c. chestnuts:

Leica M3 SS PV ST
Leica IIIF ST
Konica IIIa
Rolleiflex 2.8F
Voigtlander Vitessa A
Zeiss Super Ikonta A
Audrey Hepburn

All with functionally articulated, analogue design. Some dance as well as they look. Question: does the MOMA design collection include any cameras?

dee
07-26-2009, 14:24
Neat , rather than pretty - My twin Leica IIs black and nickel , a Minolta SRT in black - less agricultural than Nikon and Canon [ OOPs ! ] ... Olympus FT . [ don't have this one ]

mfunnell
07-26-2009, 14:36
Lots of cameras look good (or, maybe just "cool") in a purposeful/functional sense, even ugly ones like my beat-up black Contax G2:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/235/445717578_488ecb89f1_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mfunnell/445717578/)

Really pretty cameras that I have include the Canon P (which I seem not to have a photo of);

the Konica Auto S3:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/174/473464018_c19bb94e8a_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mfunnell/473464018/)

and the Contax T2:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/190/464594696_109a91236d_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mfunnell/464594696/)

And, when I'm up to it, the pretty cameras can take a decent photo (so can some of the ugly ones).

...Mike

naql
07-26-2009, 14:40
I think the Rollei 35 is pretty little camera.

I love the look of the Zorki 6 too. Almost as much as my M2.

John Robertson
07-26-2009, 14:40
No 1
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/Dad27sCamera.jpg
No2
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/yalluflexs-1.jpg
No3
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/Favourite_Arette.jpg
No4
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/001.jpg
Sadly I don't own No2, I wish I did though!!!!!
I also have a new condition Purma Plus, in box with instructions which I have owned and used for over 50yrs.

I also had a beautiful Braun Super Paxette outfit with three Schneider lenses. It was stolen from my room in Hotel Barrault in Paris in
1964, I'm sure it was the owners son as he was furious when I would not sell him the camera!! I hope it brought him
terminal luck!!!

FrozenInTime
07-26-2009, 14:45
mabelsound, that CASCA has some amazing technology pre-dating the M3 : I'd never heard of it before, but found an interesting introduction here http://www.cameraquest.com/casca.htm

My nominations are :

Olympus OM1-n black
Minox AX black

http://www.donaldingram.com/ForumImages/OM1nAX.jpg

mabelsound
07-26-2009, 14:45
Ilford advocate, yeah!! Forgot that one. Didn't they also make the Witness?

aizan
07-26-2009, 14:54
usable:
alpa tc
arca swiss f-classic
contax ii/iia
deardorff 8x10
ebony rw810
fujifilm gf670 professional
hasselblad 500cm, late
konica hexar rf
leica mp
linhof kardan gt 8x10
linhof technika 2000/3000
linhof technikardan 45s
nikon f, plain prism
nikon sp 2005
olympus e-1
olympus om-3
olympus pen f
olympus pen s/w/etc.
pentax spotmatic
r.h. phillips compact ii 8x10
ricoh grd ii
rollei 35
rolleiflex 2.8e2
rolleiflex 3.5f type 2
rolleiflex 6008i/6001hg
toho fc-810
voigtlander r2a/r3a, early

unusable:
exakta varex vx, version 5
leica ii
maison parmentier 8x10
voigtlander vitessa n
zeiss ikon baby box tengor 54/18
zeiss ikon box tengor 54/2
zeiss ikon kolibri
zeiss ikon super nettel
zeiss ikon tenax ii

i think i'm forgetting something...

Paul T.
07-26-2009, 14:54
Much as I love the Om1, it's too practical to be pretty.

my vote: VOigtlander Vitessa. Beautiful, but just a bit feisty and impractical.

http://www.cameraquest.com/voitvitl.htm

CK Dexter Haven
07-26-2009, 14:57
That Purma is wacky-gorgeous.

• Leica MP
• Contax RX
• Contax G2
• Nikon F6
• Hasselblad 203FE
• Rolleiflex 2.8F
• Contax 645AF
• Photax Blindé
• Robot Royal 36

Here's a relevant thread, with pix:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/cameraporn/discuss/72057594140446655/

I'm surprised someone said Pentax. I've always detested Pentax design. Even at their best, it's utilitarian and never beautiful. But, i guess that's why you can walk into a room with a hundred people in it, and no two people are wearing the same shoes....

John Robertson
07-26-2009, 14:58
Ilford advocate, yeah!! Forgot that one. Didn't they also make the Witness?
Oh YES another beauty, well out of my price range!!!!
I have actually used one, handles as good as it looks!!!
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/IlfordWitness1.jpg

gdi
07-26-2009, 15:02
No 1
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/Dad27sCamera.jpg


I need that one!

sepiareverb
07-26-2009, 15:04
Nobody has mentioned the white M8- I quite like that one.

Keith
07-26-2009, 15:06
I've never afforded one, but for looks......Linhof Technicas are my favourites, I hear they perform well too!
Dave.


Can't agree more ... the first time I saw a pic of a Linhof Technica my jaw hit the floor. There was one for sale in the classifieds a while ago and I spent a lot of time staring at it!

The trouble with 'pretty' cameras is they often become shelf queens ... I owned this IIIG for three years and put one roll of film through it before selling it.


http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g196/wheelie52/Cameras/IMG_2419.jpg

John Robertson
07-26-2009, 15:17
PS Looks-wise, though, the Purma Plus is a bit of a beagle, and it's truly horrid to use...[/QUOTE]

Not when you are an impoverished kid in the 50's, with a passion for photography, I took thousands of shots with mine, even did a wedding with it!!!
It still looks and works like new !!
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/Purma.jpg

bmattock
07-26-2009, 15:18
I'm breaking the rules a bit; this is a Pentax digital that was never released.

http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/bodies/prototypes/K10D_AP50.html

But man, it was beautiful!

John Robertson
07-26-2009, 15:20
Nobody has mentioned the white M8- I quite like that one.
that is white paint, the Advocate is Vitreous enamel, which stays white!

bmattock
07-26-2009, 15:20
Toshiba PDR-M4 digital camera. Sadly, only 2.4 mp, but it was nice-looking!

John Robertson
07-26-2009, 15:21
I'm breaking the rules a bit; this is a Pentax digital that was never released.

http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/bodies/prototypes/K10D_AP50.html

But man, it was beautiful!
Pentax also showed one very like the Yalluflex a few years ago, but never made it!!

johannielscom
07-26-2009, 15:37
The Leica M5 in black chrome.

If the M9 would ever be looking like that, I would sell a kidney after all:eek:


Or else, as a runner up:
http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/9281/dsf8158.jpg
The Vivitar 35ES, because the front panel and the paint job make me think of my Black M3

Pickett Wilson
07-26-2009, 16:01
The EOS 1's are pretty nice. I had a friend that always refered to my EOS 1's as looking like "soap on a rope."

kbg32
07-26-2009, 16:07
Keith,

That lllG is beautiful!

-Keith

charjohncarter
07-26-2009, 16:27
How about pretty lenses:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2551/3718845182_84dceba16a.jpg?v=1247530472

crawdiddy
07-26-2009, 16:50
Kodak 'Bullet' camera
Kodak 'Hawkeye Brownie'

The Bullet is a very nice looking camera. To me it looks like the love child of a Kodak Medalist and Bantam Special.

steamer
07-26-2009, 17:33
In no particular order though the Vitessa may just edge out the others

Contax IIa
Contax G2
Contax T2
Voigtlander Vitessa A3

PMCC
07-26-2009, 17:38
Vitessa A5: the last and for me the prettiest version of this model.

mabelsound
07-26-2009, 18:04
The appeal of certain kinds of design varies with the times...like for instance I just recently found myself coveting a Pentax Super Program...which a few months ago I thought was merely a cheesy elaboration upon the ME. Pretty soon I will be wearing a white fedora and listening, as I once did, to Duran Duran records.

bmattock, I am not sure I like that Pentax prototype. I've seen it before and spent a long time trying to decide if it was cool or not. I've kind of come around to disliking it--the Spotties were perfect, and it's a little creepy to see the grip grafted on.

One of the reasons I love the new Pentax is that it basically looks like the never-produced MZ-1, a former would-be LX replacement. Not that the LX does, or ever did, need replacing.

I would love it if the K-7 had come with a shutter speed knob.

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/attachments/pentax-film-slr-discussion/9279d1204997966-pentax-mz-1-pentax-mz-1.jpg

http://www.megacameras.com/images/news/pentax-k7-front.jpg

NickTrop
07-26-2009, 18:34
From a pure looks stand-point, the prettiest camera I own is the Yashica Electro CC. Very UN-Electro-like from an aesthetic stand point. Some of the posted cameras here look amazin'.

FrankS
07-26-2009, 18:38
a classic Contax ll

mabelsound
07-26-2009, 18:41
Pentax also showed one very like the Yalluflex a few years ago, but never made it!!

Really? A TLR?

maddoc
07-26-2009, 18:46
Pretty and usable ... Rolleiflex 3.5F and 2.8F. The Hasselblad 500 C/M doesn't look to bad either. For 135 film I like the Leica IIIf (unfortunately not very usable when wearing eye-glasses) and the Leica M series.

Vics
07-26-2009, 18:49
I love the looks of black Leica M cameras of any ilk with shorl lenses, Rollei TLRs, and Hasselblads. The black Leica just looks like the perfect "Pro" camera. I used to (in the '60s) see the PJs using Leicas with Strobonars at the high-society parties I was playing at (guitar). The Rolleis just have the art deco look that no other camera really has. The Hassy is just a beautiful (looking) design. I've never owned any of the above except for the Rollei (I have two.) I also have an M3, which is lovely to look at.
Vic

KoNickon
07-26-2009, 19:21
Best looking:

Hexar RF
OM-2
Canon EF
Bronica S2A (chrome!)
XA

All the above are highly usable.

A lovely camera that's a bit fiddly:

Zeiss Contessa (folder)

Keith
07-26-2009, 19:34
And of course ... hard to go past one of these. Some of the pics Jonmanjiro has put in the RFF classifieds really shouldn't have been allowed! :p


http://cameraquest.com/jpg5/NSP2005%204.jpg

delible
07-26-2009, 20:12
I think that these two half-frame VF cameras -Canon Demi and Olympus Pen EE-D are pretty good looking.

71830

71831

rbiemer
07-27-2009, 02:19
Some nice looking cameras in this thread.
I like my Zorki 3m and I think the Canon Demi is a looker as well.
However, for seriously pretty cameras:
This woman's got the goods! (http://merrillphoto.com/JunkStoreCameras.htm)


Well, some one had to link to it.
Rob

gdi
07-27-2009, 02:22
that is white paint, the Advocate is Vitreous enamel, which stays white!

I keep going back to that camera, I assume it is quite rare, but how expensive? If anyone has a lead on finding a nice Advocate please PM!

elshaneo
07-27-2009, 02:32
Well my friends, my most beautiful camera is the Leica IIIf RD ST. I will never sell it ;-)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/3757201770_d4e73f5f89_o.jpg

Muggins
07-27-2009, 07:06
Not when you are an impoverished kid in the 50's, with a passion for photography, I took thousands of shots with mine, even did a wedding with it!!!
It still looks and works like new !!


Wow - you aren't kidding! Do you have any of the accesories for it and, if so, does it hang together as a system camera? I've always been intrigued by the extras, as Purma seem to have taken it quite seriously, and I guess it was probably the cheapest way of getting something with a shutter that went up to 1/500?

But that's very off topic...

Adrian

petronius
07-27-2009, 09:36
This is a bad GAS-thread!
I like the forms of the Konica Off-Road; the absolute beautiful original Olympus Pen (wish I had one); another pretty one is the Canon Dial.

Traut
07-27-2009, 09:55
I don't have one anymore but I remember the first time I saw a Bronica S in the early 1960's. A very cool, original concept. The Hassy 1600 was not as cool looking IMO.

Platon
07-27-2009, 10:47
Canon's VT serie and Nikon F black with standard eye-level prism.

D.O'K.
07-27-2009, 12:39
For good looks alone:

Rangefinder--Contax lla;
Fixed lens viewfinder--original model Rollei 35;
SLR--OM1;
MF--Rolleiflex T in grey livery;
5x4 and up--more or less anything in wood and brass...

Regards,
D.

John Robertson
07-27-2009, 13:25
[QUOTE=John Robertson;1102070]
Not when you are an impoverished kid in the 50's, with a passion for photography, I took thousands of shots with mine, even did a wedding with it!!!
It still looks and works like new !!
QUOTE]

Wow - you aren't kidding! Do you have any of the accesories for it and, if so, does it hang together as a system camera? I've always been intrigued by the extras, as Purma seem to have taken it quite seriously, and I guess it was probably the cheapest way of getting something with a shutter that went up to 1/500?

But that's very off topic...

Adrian
I have a set of close up lenses (6),filters (5), lens hood, and flash. The shutter speeds are 1/25;1/150;1/500 with Beck Anastigmat 55mm f6.3 lens, which is "bloomed" i.e. coated. The shutter often quoted as working by gravity, is spring powered, the gravity bit is on a weight which depending on how the camera is held alters the width of the metal focal plane shutter slit.
It is NOT a camera for use in a library, the shutter sounds like a roller garage door slaming shut!!!! It takes 16 square shots on 127 film.
There were three Purmas
http://www.gbcameras.org.uk/Purma/Purma%20index.htm
and
http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/site/entry_C647.html
should help.
for Witness Advocate and others see


http://www.photomemorabilia.co.uk/Ilford/Index_OtherCameras.html

John.

ethics_gradient
07-27-2009, 15:20
Not my picture, but the Zorki 10 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3519348676/) looks way more beautiful than a Russian camera ought to.

Prosaic™
07-27-2009, 15:53
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9112/020e6l3q7j72fm2tqcoscv5.jpg

jonmanjiro
07-27-2009, 17:13
And of course ... hard to go past one of these. Some of the pics Jonmanjiro has put in the RFF classifieds really shouldn't have been allowed! :p


Keep an eye on the classifieds, Keith ;)
More photos that really shouldn't be allowed coming soon :D

My vote for the prettiest camera goes to the SP 2005 too. Its also a beautiful camera to use :)

John Robertson
07-27-2009, 18:06
I think this thread if anything has brought home to me how absolutely boring the majority of todays compacts are, you go into a camera/electronics store and the cases are full of little rectangular boxes with a lens at one end which apart from the logo all look very much the same.
The SLRs are not a lot better. It used to take at least 15 minutes for my family to drag me past a camera shop window, now I hardly give them a second glance!

dmr
07-27-2009, 19:19
The Leica M5 in black chrome.

If the M9 would ever be looking like that, I would sell a kidney after all:eek:
Or else, as a runner up: The Vivitar 35ES, because the front panel and the paint job make me think of my Black M3

Many cameras look better in black! :) I admit I got the black GIII because I thought it looked cool.

Somebody here once said that the Mamiya SD looked like a "cheap transistor radio" or something, but I think it's very attractive, almost menacing with that big eye staring at you! :)

I don't think the Argus C3 is particularly attractive. Looks like a Rube Goldberg machine! I do know that many people love them.

One I saw over at a FOAF's house the other day which I had forgotten about was the Polaroid Swinger. Very nicely styled. This particular one would probably work if you could find film for it.

Rico
07-27-2009, 20:37
I nominate the RTS III, direct descendent of the Contax RTS as realized by Porsche Design Studio: spare, masculine, massive.

http://patternassociates.com/rico/contax/misc/rts3.jpg

.
Doesn't hurt that this SLR is highly functional and a joy to use (weight excepted).

Morca007
07-27-2009, 20:53
Not my picture, but the Zorki 10 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3519348676/) looks way more beautiful than a Russian camera ought to.

Came here to say that the Zorki 10 is without a doubt the prettiest camera I've ever seen. Hopefully soon I'll be able to find one of my own.

dmr
07-28-2009, 08:27
How could y'all have forgotten the pretty, pretty Pinks!

OMG! You can HEAR those a block away!

John Robertson
07-28-2009, 14:49
Came here to say that the Zorki 10 is without a doubt the prettiest camera I've ever seen. Hopefully soon I'll be able to find one of my own.
It is now very difficult to get one with a working meter!!!

Hiding_Pup
07-28-2009, 15:05
I nominate the original Canon IXUS (APS) with that amazing pop-up flash which was astonishing until it broke; and the Kodak V610 which I lusted after but never bought...

ZeissFan
07-28-2009, 15:33
Ugliest:

-- Kodak 35 RF (ugly conglomeration of knobs and exposed gears and low-grade plastic)
-- Canon's high-end film and dSLR (looks like they were left out in the sun too long)
-- New Cosina Voigtlander Bessa cameras (hate the top deck cut out around the rewind post)
-- Zeiss Ikon Contarex Bullseye
-- Argus C44 (low grade plastic, bright red button and odd shape)
-- Early Leicaflex SL (body design is absolutely boring)
-- Nearly all plastic P&S models and most of today's digital P&S models (very little thought to design -- seen one, seen them all)

Later, I'll mention some of the ones that I like.

John Robertson
07-28-2009, 15:37
Ugliest!!!

Canon Epoca, ----- When I showed it to a customer, he said it looked like a toilet pan with the seat lifted,!!

John Robertson
07-28-2009, 18:24
I keep going back to that camera, I assume it is quite rare, but how expensive? If anyone has a lead on finding a nice Advocate please PM!

Sorry but neither the Purma or Advocate are for sale.
The first was my fathers 13th birthday present to me, he died suddenly three days later,and the Advocate was his pride and joy and is one of very few things I have belonging to him.
I would probably starve before I sold them.
Sorry!!

Pablito
07-28-2009, 18:59
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9112/020e6l3q7j72fm2tqcoscv5.jpg

spare, masculine, massive.


could not resist.

John Robertson
07-29-2009, 18:20
another pretty face!!
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/Focasport2.jpg
OPL Focasport 11

kmack
07-30-2009, 16:45
Maybe it's the work I put into repairing it but I have seen few cameras that match the elegant simplicity of a Cherry Wood Gundlach Korona.

Tom A
07-30-2009, 17:24
I would put the M2 with a v1 Summicron high up on the list.
The Nikon F with pentapriem and the old style 105f2.5 with the chrome barrel.
The Rd Leica 111f with self-timer and a collapsible 50f2.8.
The Nikon SP and a 35f1.8 (chrome or black doesn't matter).
The Ilford Witness - it was a rather spectacular design.
A Sinar PII fully loaded - an engineering master piece.
Pentax Spotmatic in black paint.
One of favourite combo's as a "looker" a Leica II with the Hektor 50mm f2.5 - nickel plated and with nickel plated controls .
I also like the look (and performance) of the blue/gray Bessa T with the Heliar 50mm f3.5.

Worst case scenario:
Zeiss Contarex Bullseye!!!
Alpa 6 and 10 ( actually most Alpa's).
Any gold plated monstrosity from any manufacturer.
I agree that the Mercury Univex is ugly - but it is soo ugly that it transcends bad taste.

JohnTF
07-30-2009, 22:28
I think that these two half-frame VF cameras -Canon Demi and Olympus Pen EE-D are pretty good looking.

71830

71831

The blue Demi was pretty nice as well, mine is off getting new foam.

Regards, John

David Murphy
07-30-2009, 22:37
The Nikon Rangefinders are pretty hard to beat for good looks and utility - especially the new models they released in the last few years. I don't think any red-blooded rangefinder enthusiast could deny that. In the SLR universe, I like the Nikon F with a meterless prism and any decent Nikkor lens mounted on it: pure and simple quality.

David Murphy
07-30-2009, 22:40
Yes posting pics like this on RFF is like hanging red meat in front of hungry dogs.


And of course ... hard to go past one of these. Some of the pics Jonmanjiro has put in the RFF classifieds really shouldn't have been allowed! :p


http://cameraquest.com/jpg5/NSP2005%204.jpg

john neal
07-30-2009, 23:49
My vote(s) go to the black paint MP, my (ex) Wista 5 x 4 in cherry wood, any IIIc and the Retina series :)

lorriman
07-31-2009, 00:14
I've avoided anything from the mid 80s onward because they tend to be plastic uglies. I want my chrome tops.

On another note: I proposed some of the minolta hi-matics to a female friend, spelling out the technical differences. The Minolta Hi-Matic 11 was chosen because, her voice weakening at the knees, "I like the silver lens".

She has no doubt in her mind that the silver lens will vastly improve her photos. I eventually realised that this is probably true in her case.

Dunk
08-02-2009, 01:54
Ilford advocate, yeah!! Forgot that one. Didn't they also make the Witness?

Ilford financed the Witness and it was made for them by Peto Scott.

Cheers

dunk

Dunk
08-02-2009, 02:06
I need that one!

Check these websites regularly where Advocates have been offered in previous months and where more are likely to offered in future. There are several versions of the Advocate.

http://www.peterloy.co.uk/Stocklist.htm
http://www.mwclassic.com/
http://www.collectablecameras.com/

Cheers

dunk

Abbazz
08-02-2009, 06:55
Not many 6x9s around here. What about a Kodak Regent?

http://abbazz.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p488750203.jpg

http://abbazz.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p126315127.jpg

Or a Royer Altessa, a dual format 6x9/6x6 with interchangeable lens?

http://www.lallement.com/pictures/Altessa/p498965425.jpg

http://www.lallement.com/pictures/Altessa/p138744349.jpg

Or a Musashino Kōki Rittreck, a 6x9 SLR:

http://www.lallement.com/pictures/R08.jpg

http://www.lallement.com/pictures/R02.jpg

Cheers!

Abbazz

principe azul
08-02-2009, 09:15
I've avoided anything from the mid 80s onward because they tend to be plastic uglies.

Avoid no longer...! (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110414455943)

monochromeimages
08-02-2009, 10:27
Leicas with the proper rewind knob - M3, M2 and MP and metal advance lever. I just love them. I really dislike the look of the funny angled rewind and plastic tipped advance on the M4, M6 and M7. Another favorite of mine is the original Canon F1.

John Robertson
08-02-2009, 14:36
Avoid no longer...! (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110414455943)
Barfff!!!!!!

Whats that old saying about making a silk purse out of a pigs ear!!!

tvagi
08-03-2009, 02:40
Voigtlander-Vitomatic II
Zeiss-Ikon-Tenax I
Welta-Welti
Bencini-Comet S

JohnTF
08-06-2009, 09:43
The "Prettiest Camera" will surely be the Leica M9 when it is announced on September 9th.


999, hope they have not got it upside down. ;-)

Sonnar2
08-06-2009, 12:54
Voigtländer Bessa Rangefinder (Prewar, black)
Rolleiflex 2.8 TLR
Leica II/III (pref. black)
Asahiflex IIa
Canon VI
Leica M2, MP
Nikon S2 chrome (or black SP)
Original Pentax
Nikon F (pref. FTN prism)
Olympus Pen FT (black)
Voigtländer Ultramatic
Rollei 35S
Pentax MX, ME

dee
08-07-2009, 10:00
Do you know .. I feel a metallic pink Kiev koming on ... there is a metallic Ice Blue Kiev III pending .. so why stop there ? [ Check out Honda Jazz Ice blue and Rose Red - and scream ]

chris00nj
08-07-2009, 11:10
Hands down, this wooden SICO from 1922.

From cameraquest (http://www.cameraquest.com/Sico%20Early%2035.htm):

http://www.cameraquest.com/jpg6/Sico267frontflatsdr.jpg


Canon P with a 50/1.5. I'm surprised that no one mention the Canon P. I always thought that the "P" should have stood for pretty.


Pretty, but mentioned already:


Black Leica II, with nickel finish and nickel elmar
Leica IIIf RD ST and Summitar
Leica M3 with Rigid Summicron.

JohnTF
08-07-2009, 13:09
I do have a RF somewhere called a "Beauty", not bad as I recall.

John Robertson
08-07-2009, 15:11
Do you know .. I feel a metallic pink Kiev koming on ... there is a metallic Ice Blue Kiev III pending .. so why stop there ? [ Check out Honda Jazz Ice blue and Rose Red - and scream ]
Oh Sweetie you are a tease!!!:rolleyes:

naql
08-08-2009, 18:42
I just recently got a Rolleicord III type 2 from approximately 1952 and I have to say it is a beautiful camera. I can't wait to get it back from its CLA.

amateriat
08-08-2009, 20:27
Sigh...

For me, it's a "pretty is as pretty does" thing. My long-gone Canon F-1s sort of epitomized what an SLR should look like (along with the Nikon F, which I got to later, ironically).

For RFs, believe it or not, my main shootin' iron rules in terms of pared-down elegance:

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/hexduo.jpg

I like to think of the Hexar's design as "purposeful beauty." Of course, I happen to gravitate toward things like Lamy fountain pens (I own a Persona and 2000, as well as a "vintage" Lamy 99), as well as Alex Moulton bicycles, so my idea of "pretty" might be a bit out-of-turn.

As far as other cameras I regard as beautiful:

- Nikon SP

- Leica M2, MP3

- Tessina (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessina)

- Contax RTS III

- Contax G2 (black)

As far as digital cameras go, the closest thing I've found to aesthetically-pleasing is the upcoming Pentax K7. I mentioned to a friend that if I were in the market for a dSLR, I'd pick the K7 in half-a-heartbeat. This camera seems to come closest to nailing the dSLR zeitgiest for me, and I'm baffled as to why it's taken so damn long for this to come about. It's almost as if someone had the cojones to say "Look, forget what Brands N and C are doing right now, let's go for something special." And, somehow, it looks the part, too. Maybe dSLRs don't have to suck as much as I think they do? Here's hoping!


- Barrett

schaubild
08-10-2009, 06:20
For me, these are the ones ;)

Done in their own way.

http://www.stephan-meier.ch/images/alpa_09_800.jpg

Roger Hicks
08-10-2009, 06:26
For me, these are the ones ;)

Done in their own way.

http://www.stephan-meier.ch/images/alpa_09_800.jpg

Nah, Alpas aren't pretty.

They're beautiful!

Cheers,

E.

schaubild
08-10-2009, 07:06
Nah, Alpas aren't pretty.

They're beautiful!

Cheers,

E.


I have to agree.
Thanks Frances ;-)

Best regards
Stephan

Ricko of Fla
08-10-2009, 14:42
I am new to range Finder cameras and I have a M8 Black and silver.
Which IMHO is beautiful . IN the eye of the beholder.---------ect

John Robertson
08-10-2009, 15:19
I agree with Frances, I just wish they weren't so expensive!!

dee
08-11-2009, 13:42
Alpha ... I wish ! Surpasses '' Pretty '' into magnificent !

dee
08-11-2009, 13:43
Hmmm - how about '' prettifying '' [ spelling ? ] a camera ?
I fully intend to have a nickel Kiev II , maybe a III ... nicely finished brick ?

John Robertson
08-11-2009, 13:45
Ivor Matanle article on Alpa in this weeks issue of Amateur Photorapher.

Toyoca 35
10-26-2009, 12:58
Maybe not the all time best looking rangefinder, but for Champaign tastes on a beer (OK, maybe an imported beer) budget, the Lordomat Standard. If I had a hundred dollars burning a hole in my pocket in 1958, one of these would've turned my eye.
Shame that they ruined those clean looks on the C35. Built in Selenium filters ruined the looks of many a German camera!http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Ff2p6ytTe5I/SuYLnC_E7LI/AAAAAAAABs4/NYOrCuRyTN8/s720/P1010003.JPG

John Robertson
10-26-2009, 15:48
Yes nice looking but not too great lenses! Speaking from experience, also the back to front wind wasnt that handy.

Toyoca 35
10-27-2009, 11:03
I have to agree with you on the lens. I was, indeed seduced by Lordomat's good looks. When I put a film through I was disappointed. It does not rate well compared to the contemporary Staeble Braun Color Ultralit 2.8/50 which could be fitted to a competitively priced Super Paxette II.
This thread was, however labelled Pretty Cameras, and though the Super Paxette II might fit that bill, Even Dr Braun's fans (of which I am one) couldn't call the Super Paxette II BL pretty.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Ff2p6ytTe5I/Suc_sFyPhJI/AAAAAAAABug/qidOH6PCEPI/s640/P1010001-5.JPG
Run! The Cylon's are coming!
The backwards winder on the Lordomat doesn't bother me as much as its clackity-clack ratchet, which kind of renders the quiet Prontor leaf shutter superfluous.

Cpitch
10-27-2009, 12:59
Yes" I know the view finder is small but it is a very pretty folder. Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35

John Robertson
10-27-2009, 16:01
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Diax range, made by Voss & co of Ulm. Very pretty little cameras with excellent Schneider range of lenses, they also had a cheaper range of less than good Isco lenses which are best avoided.
About 20 years ago I had a Diax 11b with three lenses, another of my stupid moves was to sell it to a club member, regretted it ever since!!:bang: The 35mm Xenagon was particulerly good.
There is a good Diax website.
http://mitglied.lycos.de/fotopete/wsite.html

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/VossDiax.jpg

another is the little leica mount Navax.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/Navax.jpg

LeicaFoReVer
10-27-2009, 16:14
produced in limited amounts and the company kyocera bankrupted. Contax N digital

http://a.img-dpreview.com/news/0111/contaxn1digital.jpg

gilpen123
10-27-2009, 17:55
My Rollei 35SE

http://gilpen.smugmug.com/Photography/gilpen-123/Rollei35SE-1/695075632_CeWaH-M.jpg

Toyoca 35
10-27-2009, 19:25
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Diax range, made by Voss & co of Ulm. Very pretty little cameras with excellent Schneider range of lenses John, I also think that the Diax is lovely, & I've just bid on a Ia (not quite as svelte as the IIb) to prove it!

PatrickT
10-27-2009, 19:48
I'd have to nominate the Yashica GSN:

http://www.pbase.com/weezintrumpeteer/image/115164596.jpg

emraphoto
10-27-2009, 19:50
For me, these are the ones ;)

Done in their own way.

http://www.stephan-meier.ch/images/alpa_09_800.jpg

EGAD that's a fine slice of Alpa heaven!

Brian Sweeney
10-28-2009, 01:42
Subminiature Cameras always caught my eye.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=74406&stc=1&d=1256722886

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=74405&stc=1&d=1256722821

adrianzg
10-28-2009, 06:10
my diy panda iiif looks quite pretty to me..

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2637/3954704645_eec12ee55c.jpg

but it will never beat this..
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3397/3328916425_1763bf0d22_b.jpg

urban_alchemist
10-28-2009, 10:08
another is the little leica mount Navax.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l28/JohnRobertson/Navax.jpg

Oooh... pretty AND interesting! A little history-lesson I believe is in order (as google doesn't seem to throw anything up)

Toyoca 35
10-28-2009, 10:53
I know that it defeats the purpose of defining the prettiest camera, but I can't help muti-posting on this topic. I guess that is why I'm a sucker for shiny steel & glass boxes!
Although it breaks the rules of form over function by being very functional, the Canonet strikes me as being one fine-looking rangefinder.
I'm sure that its handsome lines contributed to its original success and the current cult status of the GIII QL17.
For me, the original Canonet's looks are damaged a bit by the Selenium meter, but the QL series was extra clean, and it only got nicer when Canon shrunk it in the wash for the "New Canonet" and the GIII.
With its lack of excessive stampings or plastic extrusions, the Canonet led the way in camera styling and features. This from the Canon Museum (http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/film/data/1956-1965/1961_net.html?lang=us&categ=srs&page=net):
"The camera industry went into an uproar upon learning that Canon, maker of high-end cameras, was to introduce a mid-class 35mm camera with a fast f/1.9 lens for less than 20,000 yen. However, the Canonet safely went to market in January 1961. A week's worth of stock was sold out in only two hours. It was the start of the Canonet boom. Two and a half years later, a million Canonets were sold. "
I don't think that it is any coincidence that the competition - Hi-Matics, Electros, etc., lost their fiddly plastic extrusions in the early seventies and started taking their styling cues from the Canonet.
The stark simplicity of the original Canon P had become the norm.

John Robertson
10-28-2009, 17:15
Oooh... pretty AND interesting! A little history-lesson I believe is in order (as google doesn't seem to throw anything up)

All I can find is this.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrmonde/3698103346/in/photostream/

He says only 300 were made, but I've seen much higher serial numbers than his. Photo-Arsenal has one (non working shutter)at their usual exhorbitant prices.

John Robertson
10-28-2009, 17:19
John, I also think that the Diax is lovely, & I've just bid on a Ia (not quite as svelte as the IIb) to prove it!
Good luck, they are beautifully finished cameras, and surprisingly small.

Miltonian
05-06-2017, 13:34
This is my current favourite.

kshapero
08-05-2018, 21:42
This is my current favourite.I give up. What is it?

johnf04
08-05-2018, 22:47
A Univex Mercury II.

Greyscale
08-06-2018, 02:34
The Wirgin Edixa Reflex is my prettiest SLR.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/904/42067000342_ce029e0157_c.jpg

Rangefinder? Kodak Retina IIa

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/289/19787515555_b6582e6708_c.jpg

TLR is an easy choice.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4724/40501973702_6a6a9c373b_c.jpg

Larry Cloetta
08-06-2018, 05:13
Lovely Rolleicord, never seen that one before. Not sure what the finish to the silver and black would have looked like when new, but likely not for owners suffering from the compulsion to put black tape over different bits in order to be stealthy.
Really lovely style here.

JB-Dancer
08-06-2018, 08:29
I think the quite rare Voigtlander Vito III fits the description perfectly.
See my "avatar".
It is a classic German 1950's camera,superb build quality, wonderful 'Ultron' f2 six element lens in Synchro-Compur shutter, and
very pocketable. Its a beautiful and pretty camera in my opinion.

Gregm61
08-06-2018, 09:15
Lovely Rolleicord, never seen that one before.

That's the original Rolleicord, often referred to as the "Art Deco" Rolleicord.

http://havefilmwilltravel.blogspot.com/2016/10/review-rolleicord-i-art-deco.html

Nokton48
08-06-2018, 12:54
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7401/8912032859_b366b7814a_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ezwuSX)A trio of Plaubel Makiflexes (https://flic.kr/p/ezwuSX) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Nokton48
08-06-2018, 13:04
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1677/23620213889_82aa873b0c_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BZeLF4)001 (https://flic.kr/p/BZeLF4) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr


My 8x10" Sinar Norma with 165mm Schneider Norma Super Angulon and bag bellows and Foba Sinar Norma C40 tripod.

ozmoose
08-06-2018, 15:43
The lists will be endless. Very much horses for courses. Never mind, here goes.

My Contax G1s (I have four) are surely the most elegant cameras I own and get the most attention. A superb ergonomic design. When they are working properly, they also (almost) always deliver the images I want. What my camera repair man in Singapore thinks of them, however, is unprintable. Steven says he would rather dismantle an old Graflex with tweezers and a jeweller's screwdriver than work on a Contax G. Huh.

My Rolleiflexes and Rolleicord aren't what I would call handsome, but also superb beasts, but the results they produce speak for themselves.If I could have only one camera to play with for the rest of my life, it would be one of my Rollei Ts with and a 16 exposure kit and a Rollei prism (which has been a salvation to my fading eyesight).

Nikons whether DSLRs or film SLRs look good, but are all of a 'unisex' (lovely old 1960s term, this) design. Modern camera designers seem to have adopted a one size fits all attitude and most DSLRs/SLRs all look the same, to the point that one has to look twice at them to spot the brand name. From a distance, they are all clones.

Indeed the only digital camera I've ever had comments about in the field, was a Canon G10. I tried and tried to work with it but I hated the thing and sold it to a friend who soon felt the same and also offloaded it, to a film school student who for all I know may still have it. A friend in Indonesia shoots with an older Canon G9 which has much the same design, but he gets superb results. Go figure. To me, a cute design, too bad about the technics.

Old 120 folding cameras are charmers in looks if at times frustrating in their limited functionality, but in most everyday situations, also produce okay results. My 1950 Zeiss Nettar with its albada finder attracts many glances and comments, but most people wonder more about the Gossen or Weston meters I have around my neck.

What most of us will surely agree on, however, is the classic of classics in the looks department has to be a Leica, whether a Barnack or M model. Again, I've had both (IIIg, M2, M3) and tried and tried, but they just didn't work for me.

My best shooter by far, and also not a bad looker (tho my earlier comment about Nikons in general, also applies here), is a Nikkormat FT2.

In so many words as usual, just sayin'...

bobby_novatron
08-06-2018, 19:00
My 2 cents: an Agfa Ansco 6x6 medium format folder, with crimson bellows.


One of the jewels in my collection. :)


https://farm1.staticflickr.com/402/19024855018_b2fd5b3885_c.jpg

sebastel
08-06-2018, 21:47
My 2 cents: an Agfa Ansco 6x6 medium format folder, with crimson bellows.


a cardinal camera indeed.

Dralowid
08-07-2018, 01:55
When I come across a thread like this I am driven, like a moth to a light, to mention the Konica Pop. It speaks for itself.

Having said that I agree with Toyoca regarding the Canonet and draw attention to Canon styling in the cine world.

I wonder...would it be true to say that much greater resources are spent on styling when the end product is high volume, low price?

In the motoring world it is the small cars that come over as being 'clever' and the big ones that are, well, just big.

cassel
08-07-2018, 16:42
My vote (appropriate on Election Day - just dropped off my ballot here in WA):rolleyes:

The Olympus O-Product

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/26723/U26723I1490398045.SEQ.2.jpg

Pioneer
08-08-2018, 13:19
How about pretty lenses:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2551/3718845182_84dceba16a.jpg?v=1247530472

Mine is beautiful to me John but it certainly looks nothing like that!

Good thing too or I would probably be afraid to use it. :D

Dogman
08-08-2018, 14:32
Prettiest cameras? Subjectively, my all time favorites would be the Leica M3, Pentax Spotmatic and Rolleiflex TLR (all models). I've never owned any of them.

ph.
08-11-2018, 08:37
Among the Werras, only the Werramat has been mentioned. For almost totally uncluttered design, the Werra 1 takes the prize. Choose green or black.

Among the Alpas, the Standard, the Prisma and the 9f may perhaps appeal more to those who regard the Alneas and the 10-11 series as lumpy.

p.

Roger Hicks
08-11-2018, 11:08
Among the Werras, only the Werramat has been mentioned. For almost totally uncluttered design, the Werra 1 takes the prize. Choose green or black.

Among the Alpas, the Standard, the Prisma and the 9f may perhaps appeal more to those who regard the Alneas and the 10-11 series as lumpy.

p.
The 12-series have a sort of early-Range-Roverish charm to them too. Admittedly at Range-Roverish prices.

Cheers,

R.

ph.
08-12-2018, 09:55
Well, my Land Rover is a Series 2, the current RangeRovers have too much bling.



I prefer totally mechanical cars (well maintained) instead of electronic wonders that conk out when wet , and impossible to repair once the bespoke integrated circuits go out of production. Early RRclassic may perhaps be an exception. In the camera world electronic wonders have an equally short life.



p.

p.giannakis
08-12-2018, 10:23
I love the beauty of the OM

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pVLN6l5FBmw/V_Chtzi5GII/AAAAAAAAIBY/UVd-3zQ9-SgRuRy9Oz1MWA6HWctGyS-bACLcB/s1600/olympusom1.JPG

Roger Hicks
08-12-2018, 11:22
Well, my Land Rover is a Series 2, the current RangeRovers have too much bling.

I prefer totally mechanical cars (well maintained) instead of electronic wonders that conk out when wet , and impossible to repair once the bespoke integrated circuits go out of production. Early RRclassic may perhaps be an exception. In the camera world electronic wonders have an equally short life.

p.
That's why I said "early"! And my Series III has the bloody hydraulic clutch instead of the simple (but admittedly heavy) Series II version.

Cheers,

R.

BLKRCAT
08-12-2018, 13:34
I love the beauty of the OM

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pVLN6l5FBmw/V_Chtzi5GII/AAAAAAAAIBY/UVd-3zQ9-SgRuRy9Oz1MWA6HWctGyS-bACLcB/s1600/olympusom1.JPG

I don't care how nice they look, the aperture ring still turns the wrong way. Can't use em.

ph.
08-13-2018, 22:12
Never owned Alpa12, gave up on larger format 6x9 with the compact but unsuitable for hand held, mountains use TechnicaIV. In closed state it micht qualify as visually attractive. Open it had all adjustments one might wish for, but the old Rollex back had its problems and it did not fit in my anorak.

As for the Alpas, there was a time when used ones were unknown, deeply unfashionable and cheap but the optics that accompanied them remain excellent even today.

p.

Mr_Flibble
08-13-2018, 22:27
http://www.flibweb.nl/flibweb/cpg154/albums/userpics/10001/RossDefinexsm.jpg

Despite its reputation it still looks darn pretty. :P

kuuan
08-13-2018, 22:30
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3028/3008080762_e6c818edff_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/5zPcBq)
Wirgin Pre WWII folding camera (https://flic.kr/p/5zPcBq) by andreas (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuan/), on Flickr


https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/6606285971_9bddc43c5d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/b4LWEg)
early Pentax SLRs (https://flic.kr/p/b4LWEg) by andreas (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuan/), on Flickr

Sarcophilus Harrisii
08-13-2018, 23:12
Among the Werras, only the Werramat has been mentioned. For almost totally uncluttered design, the Werra 1 takes the prize. Choose green or black.

Among the Alpas, the Standard, the Prisma and the 9f may perhaps appeal more to those who regard the Alneas and the 10-11 series as lumpy.

p.

I thought the ALPA Prisma I found a new home for last year was one of the most nicely finished cameras I'd ever held, it had beautiful chrome plating and was trimmed in real Moroccan leather. It's a historically interesting camera as well. It was one of the earlier SLRs to feature an integral pentaprism. Unlike other pioneers such as the Contax S it also has a mirror which, whilst not instant return in the modern sense, will nevertheless return for viewing when the photographer's finger is lifted from the release button, and not only when the film is advanced. It also has a mirror lift lever. This was undoubtedly fitted to permit the standard collapsible lenses supplied with the Prisma (and the previous Reflex model) to be retracted without damaging the reflex mirror by first lifting the mirror before stowing the lens. But it also serves as a mirror lock up, because the mirror can be fixed in the raised position, and the shutter and film advance safely actuated with the mirror lifted. I personally verified these functions with the example I had here for a few months.

Despite the visual and technical appeal of such a beautifully made camera, and a hybrid design, at that, the earliest ALPA models descended from the war time prototypes Bolsky conceived don't have the best reputation for reliability. And I'm not convinced many of the lenses available in the small bayonet mount fitted to the ALPA 1-3 were a great deal, if any better than those fitted to Eg Exakta or Contax SLRs, unlike some of those available for the later 35mm ALPAs, which I've found good enough to warrant perservering with the unusual ergonomics of the camera bodies they fit. Because I really, really wanted a hybrid ALPA I did consider making an offer on the Prisma, and would have loved to keep it, if only for display and very occasional use, however I opted for an Alnea 7 which, although not nearly as beautiful as the Prisma, will take a range of more desirable lenses plus various adapters for third party mounts if needed. Visually the Prisma is still the winner for me, though.
Cheers,
Brett

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ph.
08-17-2018, 10:14
I agree that the Prisma is reasonably proportioned, and the mirror is rapid-enough-return, but the 45 degree view needs getting used to.

I have kept my Prisma and the rest of the Alpas stowed away in a secure place for quite a while. Westlicht never replied to an offer to sell the lot. maybe they wanted to cherry-pick.

p.

iphoenix
08-18-2018, 21:13
To me, my black Nikon F2 with plain (DE-1) prism is a thing of beauty, though my M4 and Nikon S2 come close.

Sumarongi
11-18-2018, 10:15
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/73782/med_U73782I1521536700.SEQ.4.jpg

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/73782/med_U73782I1521536699.SEQ.3.jpg

(Minolta SR-7v (http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Minolta_SR-7).)

dmr
11-18-2018, 14:19
Actually, I think the Fuji X-T20 is a very nice looking camera! The styling kinda reminds me of the Pentax MX (on the right, lower photo) but the Fuji is a bit smaller. It's a very nice carry-around shooter camera.

http://ds.demare.me/85552-t201118-c.jpg

http://ds.demare.me/cams10917-36293604353-o-c.jpg

peterm1
11-18-2018, 14:42
The Wirgin Edixa Reflex is my prettiest SLR.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/904/42067000342_ce029e0157_c.jpg

Rangefinder? Kodak Retina IIa

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/289/19787515555_b6582e6708_c.jpg

TLR is an easy choice.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4724/40501973702_6a6a9c373b_c.jpg


I particularly like the Kodak Retina rangefinder pictured in you thread. But the one I absolutely adore is the Retina rangefinder with the 80mm add on component. I think it is both beautiful and impressive.

http://www.cjs-classic-cameras.co.uk/retina/iiibigc35.bak.jpg

Deardorff38
11-18-2018, 15:13
Pretty cameras? Worn black paint. Leica M, Nikon F & F2 with plain pentaprism, pentax spotmatic. Rarely do we see very worn Pentax 67. Love the look of worn mahogany field cameras like the Deardorff. Maybe an Ebony in decades to come. Fatif & the black Toyo 810MII. Kodak Bantam Special. Rolleiflex Art Deco. ......just off the top of my head.
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/883/41099295990_3f12d064be_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/25BNCPy)DSCN5837 (https://flic.kr/p/25BNCPy) by Greg
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Vince Lupo
11-18-2018, 15:52
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4882/45897306632_d99156a8f9_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2cVMGdY)
Altissa1 (https://flic.kr/p/2cVMGdY) by Vince Lupo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/direction-one-inc/), on Flickr

markjwyatt
11-30-2018, 06:27
I think this is my "prettiest" camera.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/958/40221073690_b2410c1612_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/24hcvVL)
Kiev 4A Type2 (Black) (https://flic.kr/p/24hcvVL) by Mark Wyatt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Dogman
11-30-2018, 09:59
Actually, I think the Fuji X-T20 is a very nice looking camera! The styling kinda reminds me of the Pentax MX (on the right, lower photo) but the Fuji is a bit smaller. It's a very nice carry-around shooter camera....

The Fujis with the pseudo prism hump have always reminded me of the Contax SLRs from the Kyocera/Yashica days. Very handsome designs. Damn fine picture-takers as well.

Sumarongi
12-04-2018, 23:26
https://cache.willhaben.at/mmo/0/284/323/280_972081916.jpg

Peter Wijninga
12-05-2018, 04:42
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2657/3821061884_7e38e7b488_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/6PDWzj)

Out to Lunch (https://www.flickr.com/photos/straightnochaser/), on Flickr. Leica M7 a-la-carte with the CV 1.1/50. Chisinau, Moldova. 2009.

Erik van Straten
12-05-2018, 07:33
Leica IIIc black paint.

Erik.

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Scapevision
12-05-2018, 07:56
I think new Alpa cameras look amazing. Pure function, no hipster b/s.

Larry Cloetta
12-05-2018, 10:15
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-Jx2rZ24/0/e6c2d16a/O/i-Jx2rZ24.jpg (https://cloetta.smugmug.com/Forum-photos/n-q8zp7N/i-Jx2rZ24/A)

Sumarongi
12-05-2018, 10:36
http://www.leicashop.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/3/1/31032_1_b.jpg

Alfasud
12-05-2018, 11:03
The purity of the design, the finish and feel of the camera; all with drop-dead good looks.


http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/48596/med_U48596I1468444297.SEQ.3.jpg

Sumarongi
12-06-2018, 05:04
https://cache.willhaben.at/mmo/7/283/961/477_-1329796790.jpg
http://www.cjs-classic-cameras.co.uk/balda/bmiii_open.jpg

Peter Wijninga
12-06-2018, 05:09
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3644/3663229164_de7ef2abb7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/6zH1pw)

Out to Lunch (https://www.flickr.com/photos/straightnochaser/), on Flickr. Zeiss-Ikon ZI -Sonnar 50mm f.1.5. June 2009.

hilltime
12-06-2018, 06:20
From my many contestants, I chose this one who's lines hail from Wetzlar, but with a decided Russian accent. She may only be an imposter, but her makeup is damn good.

Sumarongi
12-07-2018, 02:50
http://www.cjs-classic-cameras.co.uk/balda/baldamatic_iii.jpg