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dee
08-03-2009, 13:57
Just a teasing follow up from Pretty Cameras [ should it be Pretty Awful Cameras ? ]

With the shadow of ASD , Kievs surround and ground me , just seeing a Kiev near helps with the chaos .

On a lighter note - which is your Comfort Camera ?

Pickett Wilson
08-03-2009, 13:59
Leica IIIf is my comfort camera. Makes me feel all warm and contented to have one hanging off my shoulder. :)

bsdunek
08-03-2009, 14:06
My Yashica GSN. I use my Nikons for serious 35mm work and my Mamiya Press for Medium Format. When I'm just with family or not doing anything serious, I like my Yashica. It's always in my car with me, or when I go for a walk. A real comfort that I have a camera on my shoulder.

benmacphoto
08-03-2009, 14:11
Out of all my Leicas the M3 is my comfort camera. I just have a great feeling when its in my hand.

marke
08-03-2009, 14:13
I guess I would have to call my MP my "comfort camera". But my M3 comes in at a close second. My Canon DSLRs are used more for paid jobs, unless I'm asked specifically to work in film. But yes, it's a Leica that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :p

Michael P.
08-03-2009, 14:41
My Yashica-Mat I've had since high school. I keep it on my desk.

hamradio
08-03-2009, 14:43
My minolta SRT202.

Al Kaplan
08-03-2009, 14:50
My 1959 Minolta Autocord. Half the vulcanite is chipped off, the black paint is mostly gone, but the lens looks like new and I got the wind and the shutter working again. I'm glad that I got it a couple years back for about $5 and I wish that I'd gotten it working sooner. It made me start digging through my files for the forty to fifty year old negatives from my last Autocord.

http://thepriceofsilver.blogspot.com

urban_alchemist
08-03-2009, 14:55
The MP. Each shot just seems to be divinely inspired...

Livesteamer
08-03-2009, 14:58
My 1970 Nikon F with Photomic FT finder(Still Working!). I don't use it much since I switched to Leicas in 1990 but it has done so many good rolls for me. It's the one camera I hope my daughter will keep when I'm gone. Joe

Don Parsons
08-03-2009, 15:04
A Pentax MX. I had one all through college and when I worked at a newspaper. It was stolen from my desk at a former job. I missed it so much I bought another one last year. I shoot mostly digital now but that's the one that brings back the emotions.

eli griggs
08-03-2009, 15:08
It's a toss-up between my F1N and Leica IIIc, I really like the feel of these cameras in hand and use, for different reasons. Now-a-days, I carry the Leica more often because of the weight and feel of the lenses but the camera I've carried most often has been a F1 of one sort or another, for the better part of thirty years so, in some ways, it's more of a companion than a tool.

Keith
08-03-2009, 15:09
My 1930 Leic 1a ... it has something special which is probaly to do with it's connections to the origins of 35mm photography. I very seldom put a roll of film through it, in fact last time I did it broke but Youxin was able to fix it!

It must be due for another outing. :)

Silva Lining
08-03-2009, 15:11
My Leica M3 with Summicron DR and goggles, Leicameter and Luigi strap, case and TriX.... the perfect mix of Leather, Silver, Brass and Glass!

John Robertson
08-03-2009, 15:12
Foca Standard + 28mm Oplar and 35mm Oplex

MatthewThompson
08-03-2009, 15:28
Hassy 500CM with an 80T* and WLF. Euphoria.

bmattock
08-03-2009, 15:29
Canon FX. A gift from my father, and my first 'real' camera.

Jamie Pillers
08-03-2009, 15:38
Nikon F2A with working meter and the micro-nikkor 55/2.8 attached. If I just want to go for a walk up in the hills away from the 'city life', I almost always take this combination with me. Its basic comfort... like a favorite pair of re-soled old shoes.

smiling gecko
08-03-2009, 16:14
...mamiya 6.

the colossal, bright viewfinder and (almost:rolleyes:) postage-stamp size rangefinder patch make it a joy to use.

ruby.monkey
08-03-2009, 16:22
My comfort camera? Whichever one happens to be at hand at the time. :)

SteveM
08-03-2009, 16:26
Rollei 35SE. Not the fanciest of my cameras, but it's been with me since new in 1983. A reliable old friend.

Steve

functus
08-03-2009, 16:48
My used Canonet GIII QL-17. Something about the styling, the heft and the fact that somebody was taking photographs with it before I was the age my son is now is incredibly comforting.

Merkin
08-03-2009, 16:53
Oddly enough, it is my newest camera, a D700, because I never have to worry about it not working, I never have to worry about how many shots I have left, and I never have to worry about having the right speed of film at the right time. I still love film, and plan on picking up an FG and an F5, but the greatest comfort is reliability and versatility.

Rob-F
08-03-2009, 17:30
My Leica M2; My M6 classic with MP-style widing lever and finder; and of course my MP. Nikon FE2. D-Lux 3.

35mmdelux
08-03-2009, 18:14
When all the chips are down, my Hasselblad 501CM & 100mm Planar rocks.

mfunnell
08-03-2009, 21:44
Different combos for different things: Hexar RF and M-Hex 50/f2 for "just wandering" RF; OM-4T and lenses (28/f2.8; 50/f1.8 and Tamron 80-210 zoom) as my used-for-decades film SLR combo; Canon APS-C body (latest is 50D) and 100-400L zoom for digital/wildlife.

I use other things, some more frequently than the above (M3 and Elmar-M 50 just lately), but each of these "feels like home" in its appropriate situation.

...Mike

maddoc
08-03-2009, 21:50
M4-P .... It is a work-horse camera. Loaded with Tri-X and a 35mm Summilux pre-ASPH mounted, it is the combination I have used most often.

amateriat
08-03-2009, 22:16
My Hexar RFs are almost even with my previous Minolta 9xi's as my longest-lived Main Axe cameras. As far as I'm concerned, they are my photographic "second skin" in terms of how easily I work with them.

Close on their heels is "my" (borrowed on long-term, hopefully to buy) Leica M2. This is not a knock on the M2, mind you, simply an acknowledgement that that the Hexen have run through a lot more film in my hands, and, in this case, familiarity breeds contentment, and then some. The M2 (along with the v1 35 f/2 Summi that came with it) brings simple and precise delights all its own, and I love it to pieces for that.

Finally, there's the Contax Tvs that I got from FrankS. I figured I'd like this camera a good deal, but it's become a lot bigger than that. It might be the best compact 35 I've used. Not the absolute best in all categories, but the gestalt of the thing (I know, I throw that damned word around a lot) is teriffic. It's almost always with me, with a roll of BW400NC in it. Enough said.


- Barrett

JustPlainBill
08-03-2009, 22:29
My Leica M2, often with my 35mm f2.5 Nikkor mounted. Feels so nice.
JustPlainBill

lmd91343
08-03-2009, 22:36
My Canon F1N AE with the 55/1.2 ASPH or 85/1.2 L and SE screen.

freeranger
08-03-2009, 22:44
Zorki 4 - Click-Fwwwop-Wind, Click-Fwwwop-Wind ..... a calming mantra


Sometimes I even put film in it ;)

Spleenrippa
08-03-2009, 22:44
I love my Bessa R w/ J8. It might not be the most expensive, or even the sturdiest camera- but it has been a perfect companion since the day I got it. It's the camera that stole me away from DSLR's...
It travels with me everywhere...
And it's metered! :-)

fuzzyflyingbunny
08-03-2009, 23:05
Despite it's evil SLRness, my Canon AE-1P. It was the first thing I bought with my first paycheck from my first part time job. Though I pretty much use my CL I still leave a roll of colour film in the Canon.

dee
08-03-2009, 23:53
.... hmm .... just got out my Minolta SR7V - like an SRT but no so tall - similar size to my Kontaxes - with a built in CDs meter cell - freedom from te dreaded needle in the viewfinder ! Close second to the Contax ...

Quercus
08-04-2009, 00:07
a MPP VIII press angulon 90 6.8 stopped down to f32 with a 6x12 120 back fitted and one of my last rolls of velvia 50 RVP the original emulsion - I have 7 refirig rolls left and combined with the slowness of the MPP and the schneider is just a zen thing

petronius
08-04-2009, 03:43
The Nikon FM I bought in 1979. Perfect size for my hand and best balance with the Series E 50mm/1,8.

john neal
08-04-2009, 04:07
Difficult call - for years it would have been my Nikon F2, but now I have left the dark side behibd, it's a close run thing between my MP and IIIc K :rolleyes:

Spider67
08-04-2009, 04:32
The Retina IIc and a my FM (the first camera I bought with moneyI earned myself) + 1,8 50mm Nikon E

Tuolumne
08-04-2009, 05:43
Would it seem strange if I said the Panasonic Lumix G1? Always gets the kill.

/T

lawrence
08-04-2009, 11:08
Would it seem strange if I said the Panasonic Lumix G1?
/T

Yes, it would seem strange...but looking at your avatar maybe not :rolleyes:

coelacanth
08-04-2009, 11:16
I think that would be OM-1n + 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 2.0 for me. That little SLR (least evil SLR out there?) has a place in my heart.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3344/3560624993_9aff115d02.jpg

charjohncarter
08-04-2009, 11:35
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2307/2221057337_3702c33061.jpg

I got this in 1969, I'm hard wired to use it. I don't look at the dials, I just know which way to turn to focus, change aperature, shutter speed, no fumbling for me with this camera.

naql
08-04-2009, 12:55
I'd say it is probably my Rollei 35 S. I just know I can count on being able to take it anywhere with me and get great pictures.

Roberto
08-04-2009, 13:04
Nikon F3HP just because I wear spectacles...

Pierre-Christian H
08-04-2009, 13:11
My Pentax K1000.
As simple and straightforward as you can get.

matthew J Shaw
08-04-2009, 13:38
Tough question...

Torn between two so I'll have both :-)

My comfort rangefinder is my conatx G1 and the 21mm lens, cant describe why, just feels so right.

and for SLR an old Edixa mat Reflex s with a travemat meter prism and 1 of my many 50mm lenses. My great uncle used to have 1 (which I now also have) and his holiday slide shows captivated me as a child and I just loved his camera, so when I could I got my own and its just so precious to me, way beyond its actual physical value.

John Robertson
08-04-2009, 13:47
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=72069&d=1249411414


Too "Camp" for me mate!! all thats missing are the rhinestones;)

Trius
08-04-2009, 18:21
I think that would be OM-1n + 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 2.0 for me. That little SLR (least evil SLR out there?) has a place in my heart.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3344/3560624993_9aff115d02.jpg

As much as I love the 50/1.4 (adore?) I'm thinking an OM with 35/2.8. I really don't care which OM, I just know I've been neglecting the 35 lately. I may just leave the 50 and 28 at home and let the 35 carry the water.

Maitani lives.

pdx138
08-04-2009, 20:08
Olympus Stylus Epic. Comfort for when I want to take pictures but don't want to (or am in no condition to) think. Plus I feel comfortable taking it anywhere. Results are good enough most of the time.

Spleenrippa
08-04-2009, 22:44
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=72069&d=1249411414


Too "Camp" for me mate!! all thats missing are the rhinestones;)


No, no- the rhinestones go on the glove holding the camera! :p

pinafore2
08-04-2009, 23:06
The old Retina 1a - been in the family for 50 years and dad bought it second hand !

Roger Hicks
08-05-2009, 01:19
B+W: MP + 35/1.4 pre-aspheric

Colour: M8.2 with either 24 Summilux or 50 C-Sonnar.

Cheers,

R.

dee
08-05-2009, 04:18
I hope this post is OK on your turf , Roger .
dee

Roger Hicks
08-05-2009, 04:45
I hope this post is OK on your turf , Roger .
dee

Dear Dee,

Of course! No problem!

Sorry I didn't join in earlier...

Cheers,

R.

D.O'K.
08-05-2009, 05:02
My old (original German) Rollei 35: complete with dents, missing side screw, erratic frame counter and tempramental lens locking mechanism.

Not my best camera, nor always the favourite: but possibly the most characterful and "comforting" of those I've got.

Oh--and it takes great pictures...

Regards,
D.

Roger Hicks
08-05-2009, 05:27
My old (original German) Rollei 35: complete with dents, missing side screw, erratic frame counter and tempramental lens locking mechanism.

Not my best camera, nor always the favourite: but possibly the most characterful and "comforting" of those I've got.

Oh--and it takes great pictures...

Regards,
D.
What...? You use your camera to TAKE PICTURES! Heretic!

You are banned from this thread immediately... No, you're banned from my sub-forum!

But seriously, yes, I know what you mean. I almost feel the same about my Retina IIa with the non-functioning frame counter, super-poky finder and 'never ready' case.

The trouble is, after around 40 years with Leicas (initially screw, then M) I tend to gravitate immediately to a Leica for pictures. The IIa is gorgeous and easy to use and gives good pics but the Ms are easier to use and more versatile...

Cheers,

R.

c.poulton
08-05-2009, 05:38
Leica IIIf is my comfort camera. Makes me feel all warm and contented to have one hanging off my shoulder. :)

Yep, that's me too :)

D.O'K.
08-05-2009, 05:39
Indeed, Roger--for similar reasons (and for all the Rollei's charm) I too usually pick up the Leica for "serious" photography.

Regards,
D.

Nando
08-05-2009, 07:15
For me its my M3 with my 50 Summitar.

richard_l
08-05-2009, 07:51
Using the Leica IIf makes me feel good.

Tuolumne
08-05-2009, 11:45
Yes, it would seem strange...but looking at your avatar maybe not :rolleyes:

Lawrence,
That's my portrait of you! :p

/T

dee
08-05-2009, 11:54
I have not used an SRT for ages .. but it was ever the battered second hand SRT 202 with missing plastic thumb grip to the lever wind ... forgotten that ... I guess it's Kontax [ either origin ] Leica II and Minolta SR / SRT ...

John Robertson
08-05-2009, 16:08
No, no- the rhinestones go on the glove holding the camera! :p

Of course they do sweetie :rolleyes:
ROFL!!!!!

Tom A
08-05-2009, 16:40
It has to be an old black M2 that I bought new in 1964 - it is on its third top-plate and second shutter. Paired with a 35 - occasionally a 40f1.4. Lenses tend to change more than cameras.
It is a camera that I can operate in my sleep (and some shots taken with it - looks like I have!).
It would be interesting to try to analyze cameras as to why they become favorites. Smoothness, brightness of finder, the variations of film advance levers action - minute wear on levers and dials to conform to fingers etc.

Livesteamer
08-05-2009, 16:45
Tom's old black M2 is on it's second shutter and a Leica shutter is good for 400,000 cycles. You've done well. Keep on shooting. Joe

Tom A
08-05-2009, 20:19
Joe. I wish I could say that the shutter was worn out after 400 000 shots - it had a bit of a mishap with a 21 S-A and the Australian sun after maybe 100-150 000 exposures 25 years ago.

Pablito
08-05-2009, 21:06
cameras don't bring me comfort.
pig roasted over the coals all day long.
o-toro sashimi.
soursop, mango, guava.
oh, and of course curry goat.

dmr
08-06-2009, 23:27
My Pentax K1000.
As simple and straightforward as you can get.

Same here.

Despite my Rangefinder Renaissance this is still my main camera for serious work. Very comfortable having known it for well over 20 years.

Also the Mamiya SD, the one I grew up with. Like a friend you lost contact with for years but when you get back together ... :)