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Old 12-20-2012   #1
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Most beautiful camera in the world-Post yours!

Hi

Please post what's in your mind the most beautiful camera in the world and a little story about it . Not limited to Leica (but what else can be more beautiful??)

I'll start. I got this little gem in a Texas used camera store. It's a Leica M2 factory repaint. The owner of the store told me he got it off a retired photo journalist who had brought it to three wars, and kept it with him for more than 30 years. I had to rain on his parade by telling him that this camera was not an original "black paint" since the serial number pointed to a chrome batch. He was angry at himself for not checking the numbers since the guy was a famous photo journalist. Anyway I ended up getting the camera for a steal and I love it to death. I admire the leicas that are in prestine condition but they don't have this kind of soul. Enjoy!

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My rundown M4 (nicknamed 'Garry'). Bought it off a Chinese student last year and by the looks of it I suspect it was used in tropical climates all its life.

The brass has got dents; bruises and scrapes, and a lot of general wear from gripping too. Chrome, nickel, brass, it all shows. The left hand missing piece of vulcanite exactly matches ones nose shape when looking through the viewfinder. Currently the self timer came off and the curtains look like old burlap, but the pinhole in one of them does not do anything to the film (yet!) and it still works like a charm.



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that's really nice! I didn't know chrome versions brass like that.
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I found this little gem in a thrift store (with a bunch of accessories) for $60. I think that that is as close to the mythical $50 Leica that I will ever come.

Canon IVF by Greyscale3, on Flickr

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Old 12-20-2012   #5
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that's really nice! I didn't know chrome versions brass like that.
Leica had a service in the 50's and 60's that would convert a chrome body to black. The demand for black M2's and M3's exceeded the production and if you bought a chrome body and really wanted a black paint one - the distributor would do the conversion. The black paint top-plates were un-numbered and when they did it - they would engrave the correct number on the black top and (supposedly) destroy the chrome one. I had several of these conversions done in the 60's - occasionally when a chrome body had meet with some disaster (car doors!!!) and had them repaired and converted. The "List" of black paint bodies is at best an "estimate" - not cast in stone.
The only way to get the real scoop is to go back to either the distributor or the factory and check their records.
Many of these distributors closed down, parts bins were sold off - including black paint parts - and even the engraving machines with the Leica supplied templates.
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Very difficult to pick from these:



Maybe this one:



My "Bauhaus Leica" (lens and body <E.P.> marked).

Never understood the worn black paint thing .... but that's just me.

They have to work flawlessly, and the RF should be within half inch accurate at close focus, that's it .... then they get use and love.

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Very difficult to pick from these:



Maybe this one:



My "Bauhaus Leica" (lens and body <E.P.> marked).

Never understood the worn black paint thing .... but that's just me.

They have to work flawlessly, and the RF should be within half inch accurate at close focus, that's it .... then they get use and love.

Roland.
Ture, but dare I say the P7 is gorgeous?
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I found this little gem in a thrift store (with a bunch of accessories) for $60. I think that that is as close to the mythical $50 Leica that I will ever come.

Canon IVF by Greyscale3, on Flickr

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I'm kinda partial to this little guy...


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Unfortunately, I don't think I own anything even remotely close to "most beautiful" but there is beauty in simplicity: here's the modern take.

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Unfortunately, I don't think I own anything even remotely close to "most beautiful" but there is beauty in simplicity: here's the modern take.

Arca-Swiss F-Metric line.

Not really familiar with this rig but it is quite handsome to me.
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Ha! Thanks: my taste isn't all bad then!
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Nikon F with plain prism; Leica IIIf RD ST; Leica R8; OM-2n. Olympus XA. Minolta XD-11. Nikon S/S2/SP. Contax II/IIa. Contax RTS/II/III. Canon A-1. Oh why go on, there are so many.... think of the Exactas! The Alpas! And medium format! Linhoff! It's too much.
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And I got to say, the Hasselblad 500 C/M with chrome trim and the silver 80/2.8 Planar is as gorgeous as a work of nature.
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How often do you still use it? that's the question
I have used it once so far. I need to send it for a CLA as the coupled rangefinder is disconnected, and the aperture is quite stiff. But I got some good results shooting at hyperfocal settings. The shutter curtain seems to be good and the fast speeds work fine, but the slow speeds are hinky, and there may be a light leak from the slow speed dial. But otherwise, she looks to be in fine condition. I plan on getting a lot of use out of this camera in the future.
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Cee-ay 35 by berangberang, on Flickr

I'll post one of the few un-ugly American 35mm RFs.

The Cee-ay 35 was introduced in 1949, by the same company that made the Perfex rangefinders. It was only in production for about 8 months when the Camera Corporation of America decided they didn't feel like making cameras anymore so they sold the tooling to Ciro in Ohio. After a light restyle the camera was reintroduced as the Ciro-35. But I think the original version looks the best.
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What a beauty! Great find. I would love to find one like that.

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Hi

Please post what's in your mind the most beautiful camera in the world and a little story about it . Not limited to Leica (but what else can be more beautiful??)

I'll start. I got this little gem in a Texas used camera store. It's a Leica M2 factory repaint. The owner of the store told me he got it off a retired photo journalist who had brought it to three wars, and kept it with him for more than 30 years. I had to rain on his parade by telling him that this camera was not an original "black paint" since the serial number pointed to a chrome batch. He was angry at himself for not checking the numbers since the guy was a famous photo journalist. Anyway I ended up getting the camera for a steal and I love it to death. I admire the leicas that are in prestine condition but they don't have this kind of soul. Enjoy!

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For me its a toss up between this



or maybe this



Or it could be these

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I'm fortunate to own a few cameras I consider beautiful, but the Rollei TLRs are always some of my favourites, for their beauty as much as the quality of the images they produce. Here's one from a couple of months ago.

Rolleiflex 2.8D



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Love this little guy especially the analog dials on top. Ease of use and amazing features
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exa by berangberang, on Flickr

The Exas and Exaktas are without a doubt the cameras with the best chrome. It just seems softer, a true satin finish, different from any other cameras. You haven't seen really nice chrome if you haven't seen an Exakta (pre VX1000 of course) in person.


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The Exa is one camera I had always wanted, but always brushed off because I thought it would be too simple and limiting. I'm glad that I did eventually pick one up though.
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hope heavy Photoshop does not cause aches to anyone, but Barnacks are personal faves.

IIIG, 90mm Elmar, Vidom finder. yes camera also has correct frameline but pimped rig for the camera pr0n


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A lot of beauties in here! Well, I can't say about THE most beautiful camera in the WORLD (though I recall Mike Johnston once commenting on that topic by showing a similarly brassed M-something (2 or 4 I guess) like the one in the firts post above), but the most beautiful camera I ever owned is easily my late chrome M8 (late because I no longer own it):

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For me it is this one, because it has a story.


[IMG] Leica M6 - Graf Baudissin. by transalper, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG] Leica M6 - Graf Baudissin. by transalper, on Flickr[/IMG]
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I posted this before in cameras and coffee. I am a real sucker for Contax chic and the G2 is the finest of the lot for me.


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I love the lines on the aria, too.


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OK, back to Leicas...
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Something about FSU's that lite me up. This is a restored Zorki and I61 that works as well as it looks.
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but my vintage SWC comes close second...

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I don't know why but I like this one:

Although the grey T I own come a close second , I'm also partial to a 8x10 Gandolfi...
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(Almost?) everybody posted cameras from their own collection.
That's absolutely fine, but since I can't afford my personal favorite ATM, I hope it's okay to post a stock pic from the internet?!

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Not my camera or my image ... but I've yet to see a camera that is more beautiful to my eyes.


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