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

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Old 03-31-2007   #41
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Yeah, a GSN. Then shoot the crap out of it, and don't worry about the others. (That said, there are worse guilty pleasures/vices than playing around with old cameras : )
The only thing "wrong" with the GS series Yashicas (and some other early ones) is that they don't have multicoated lenses. This means less contrast and a higher chance of getting flare.

Looking at the purple tint of the Canon GIII lens, it seems to be multicoated, though it may just be mono-coated. I don't know.

Can anyone confirm which, if any, of these 70s RFs have multicoated lenses?
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Old 04-03-2007   #42
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Old 04-03-2007   #43
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Bessa II

1) 6x9 negative -- bigger IS better ;-)
2) super-sharp 105mm Color-Skopar lens with silent leaf shutter
3) small size (well, at least by medium-format standards)
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Old 12-18-2007   #44
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minolta himatic 7

1. i like the lens
2. i like the feel of the camera in my hands
3. it's the only one i have as of now. (i'm working on convincing some one to part with his canon 7)
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Old 12-18-2007   #45
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Old 12-18-2007   #46
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Olympus 35-S

1. G. Zuiko 4.2cm 1.8 lens (super sharp with a soft look)
2. All metal, no batteries, leaf shutter
3. Light Value/Exposure Dial on the back
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Old 12-19-2007   #47
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Toss-up (I know, I know...) between Canonet QL17 GIII and Konica Auto S2.

1. Lens
2. Ergonomics
3. Feature set

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Old 12-19-2007   #48
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Old 12-19-2007   #49
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Konica Hexar AF

1) Silent mode

2) It looks so good

3) Good fast lens
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Old 12-19-2007   #50
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i think the yashica 5000e is very under rated.
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Old 12-19-2007   #52
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The Konica III M has a very sharp lens [50mm/2.0] and has a 100% viewfinder. It has all manual exposure control and is built extermely well to last. It has a rangefinder. The Konica Hexar AF is not a RF camera. I have the Hexar AF.
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Old 12-19-2007   #53
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Hexar AF here.
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Old 12-20-2007   #54
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Olympus 35 RC

1)size&handling
2)The lens
3)the finish just like a mini-Leica

it replaced a Retina IIc as my backup camera thanks to the lightmeter.
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Old 12-20-2007   #55
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Olympus XA - cannot take a bad photograph, and a real treat to use !
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Old 12-20-2007   #56
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Zeiss Super Ikonta B/MX coated Tessar. Unlike the nice little Olympus XA above my Ikonta can actually take bad photos, but thats my fault.

1) Lightweight and compact when folded
2) Pretty good lens
3) 6 x 6
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Old 12-20-2007   #57
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Obviously there are a lot of good fixed lens RFs out there. My first was an Olympus but after more than 30 years, I don't recall which. I now have the 35 SP. I also have a Petri Computer 35 (surprising no one has mentioned Petri), and three Canonets. I have the 19 and two 17 IIIs. The 17s are my favorite:

Small
Good optics
Manual when wanted.

What's not to like?
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Old 12-20-2007   #58
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My $25 Konica S2....

Sharp Hexanon 1:1.8
Easy to work on
Fits my big hands nicely
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Old 12-20-2007   #59
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Hexar AF here.
Hear, hear..

Although it may not officially qualify as an RF, it's still one of the greatest cameras around..
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Olympus 35RC. Actually I'd like to try an CLA'ed SP, I think it would be a better camera, tho more bulky.

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Old 12-23-2007   #61
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Gotta go with the Olympus XA! If you haven't used an XA then yoiu haven't lived.

Quiet, great six element f2.8 lens with up to 15 seconds exposure & great exposure metering for auto exposure. Close up the clam shell & stick it in your pocket, always handy & they're inexpensive on Ebay.

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Old 01-05-2008   #62
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I have a tough time deciding between the Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35 and the Kodak Retina IIIc. The former trumps the other in compactness and aesthetics, but the latter is cheaper and has a faster lens. The Retina also uses the EV system, which I still cannot get used to.

In any case, one will have to go, and it is the Contessa.

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Old 01-05-2008   #63
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1) Olympus 35RC
2) Minolta Hi-Matic F
3) Zeiss Ikon Voigtländer Vitessa 500AE w/ BLIK rangefinder

My AGFAs are also pretty nice...
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Old 01-06-2008   #64
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I collect, so I have about 50 rangefinders at present. I keep coming back to the Yashica Lynx 5000 though.

Excellent build quality
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Old 01-09-2008   #65
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Old 01-09-2008   #66
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I don't know if it officially qualifies as a rangefinder, but the Conax T3 was my favorite. Magical lens. I still kick myself for selling it.
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Old 01-09-2008   #67
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Old 01-10-2008   #68
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Olympus 35-S

1. G. Zuiko 4.2cm 1.8 lens (super sharp with a soft look)
2. All metal, no batteries, leaf shutter
3. Light Value/Exposure Dial on the back
This is an unexpected and good choice

My top Fixed-lens RF is Olympus 35 SP.

Runner-ups are Olympus 35 RD and Minolta Hi-matic 7sII.
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Old 01-14-2008   #69
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Minolta 7S
1. taking good pic;
2. feel good on my hand;
3. my father's first camera when he was young;

I am planning to get 7SII & Oly SP though
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Kodak Retina Automatic.

1) Wonderful Lens
2) Super quality (german)
3) Cheap to buy even Mint
4) Syncs at all speeds
5) Has an auto setting and the light meter still works!
6) Easy to use, with a bright easy to focus finder.

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A pic of the Retina.

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Ditto and Ditto again. It's so quite I wonder if it's even working at times. A pure joy to own.
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Old 01-20-2008   #74
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Rollie 35...are you kidding me. I worked in the retail camera business in the 70's and I can only think of one store in the twin cities that carried this camera in stock. If you were selling a friend or relative, generally it was down to two. Yashica Electro 35 (if your friend was not mechanically inclinded, big camera) or the Canon GIII. GIII was small, had very nice quick load system, and had a companion strobe that was coupled to the rangefinder. These two camera's sold more units in a day than Rollie sold in a decade. By the way I have owned a Rollie 35 and a Canon GIII.
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Yes... on camera meter does becomes quit useless when the lights get dim.
should be "camera becomes useless..."
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Yashica Electro 35 GTN

1. Really quiet
2. Nice fast lens
3. Feels sturdy (if someone tries to mug me for it i can hit them with it.
4. meter on the top plate is really handy for hip shots
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Old 02-02-2008   #77
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Hexar AF here too.

1. fast (can grab a picture before someone notice it)
2. picture quality
3. silence (I can't hear the shutter myself if there is some noise in the room/place)
4. looks like an old compact camera... people don't think you are a real amateur photograph with it... unlike a Leica M with a 35 summilux mounted
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Old 02-10-2008   #78
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Rollei 35 SE.......Optics are unsurpassed, and I have had many of the cameras listed here! Contax T3 second.
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Leica Minilux

1_ Optics!!! Summarit lens is worth more than the camera.
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