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which fixed lens compact for you...and why?
Old 06-10-2015   #1
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which fixed lens compact for you...and why?

we have the new leica q!
the sony rx1 with that zeiss 35/2 lens!
fuji rx100/s/t...
sony rx100, tiny AND a zoom lens!

i'm sure there are more to choose from...

so? which one for you?
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Old 06-10-2015   #2
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Fuji X100 series. I love the look, the image, the simplicity, the quality and the price.
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Old 06-10-2015   #3
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I prefere the 28mm, very happy with my GR.
Been down the road with Fuji two times, walked back alone both times to pick up the GR or the D700 with the 28 /1.8.
So, if I had the money, I think I would walk very happy into the sunset holding the Q in my hand.
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Minox 35 for now. After XA and Rollei 35.
I like the lens in it and how compact it is for take it everyday with me camera.
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Right now, the only one I own is the Ricoh GR. Why? because it is small, pocketable, has great ergonomics, focuses fast (in decent light), and has great IQ for a few year old APSC camera. It's quiet too. 28mm works best for me for non VF cameras as well.

Done with Fuji... too slow and cheap feeling (will revisit if the X-Pro2 ever comes out). Sony RX100 - didn't think the IQ was up to par with everything else I use (which makes sense), but it was good for what it was. Never owned the RX1... always felt weird in my hand i.e. too small. The Leica Q seems good on paper, but may be too expensive ultimately for me to care about.
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Old 06-10-2015   #6
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Plaubel Makina 67W. Flat as a paperback when stored and gives big negatives.
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Plaubel Makina 67W. Flat as a paperback when stored and gives big negatives.
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Film: Fuji Klasse S
Digital: My seldom used Ricoh GR (latest model)

Whoops.. forgot to add the "Why" part:

Film: Because the lens is so sharp, it's so easy to use and the focal length is just about perfect.
Digital: Because the form factor and ergonomics on the Ricoh GR series have always won me over in spite of the focal length.

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Old 06-10-2015   #9
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Fuji X100T. The viewfinder alone is enough to sway it for me; throw in the photographer-friendly controls and that sweet little lens, and I'm sold.
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Old 06-10-2015   #10
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Film - sharp lens, compact and fits in my jean pocket
- Contax T (outside of Olympus xa, smallest rf camera when flash removed)
- Rollei 35s
Digital
- Ricoh gr (apsc) w/ ovf from dp1 Merrill (fits in my jean pocket, retired the rx100)
- Panasonic lx100 (1.7-2.8 zoom, good iso, retro camera controls)
- Sigma dp2 Quattro (while not compact, it is fixed lens)

Leica stuff like the Q, not in my budget.. Nice camera given what they normally ask for that type of lens on an m body, I actually think for a Leica shooter it is reasonably priced, especially for what features it has.

The Sony RX 100mk1 was replaced by the Ricoh gr because I needed at least an ovf and higher iso. Ricoh UI and control features beat the Sony rx100mk1 hands down (IMHO).

Sony rx10 was too big and zoom range slow (no manual zoom, power zoom speed slow). Rx1 too expensive given Sony's propensity for the next great thing..

Fuji x100 series.. While I still have my original x100mk1, it does not get used as much as my xe1 w/27f2.8 lens combo. Growing up shooting film cameras that had fixed lens from 38-42mm, the 27f2.8 is my preferred lens for its 40ish perspective. The Ricoh gr I shoot in crop mode (I don't need the mp).

Panasonic lx100 essentially replaced my Fuji x100 and lx3 (never upgraded to lx5 or 7) because
- faster af
- 24-75 f1.7 to 2.8 zoom
- good high iso (Fuji slightly better)
- evf
- retro controls
- 16:9 mode gives perspective closer to 21fov
- optical image stabilization
- resume zoom feature allows me to set zoom at 50 fov, so I essentially have a pseudo fixed focal length camera when I turn the camera back on (or wherever u leave the lens when u power down).

The sigma dp2q is my b&w and landscape camera. Nothing beats the foveon sensors for detail.. The monochrome mode development from these cameras will give the Leica mm a run for its money. I am eventually going to get a dp0q to pair w/ the dp2q.. 21fov plus a pano perspective...

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Old 06-10-2015   #11
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I have the X100S in my jacket pocket at all times, and a RX1 as well. If the Q had a 50mm lens, or even a 35mm, I'd buy it in a heartbeat, but 28mm is too wide for my taste.
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Old 06-10-2015   #12
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I have a T2. Wouldn't mind the size of the T3. The Klasse S is a nice option.
If digital, i'd like to have an RX1. There's something special in that thing. Somehow.
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Old 06-10-2015   #13
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Still adjusting to the move from 35 (X100s) to 28, but I love the GR.
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Old 06-10-2015   #14
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Assuming digital.
I like em all if single focal length.
I have a GR now and will have an x100 midel again shortly.
The Sony Rx1/r looks. Great as do all the Leica models.
For the pocket.... The GR is the best of all worlds.
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Old 06-10-2015   #15
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As a recent owner the GR is greater than the sum of the parts. Intuitive and discrete it is the best compact I have had the pleasure to own.

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Old 06-10-2015   #16
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Film: Pen D Because it is so small and flat, but has such a great lens.

Digital: I'd love an RX1. So much in a camera. Sure, it's ugly, but what a piece of machinery!
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Old 06-10-2015   #17
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Fuji X100 - just about bang on the money in all respects for me.
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I keep coming back to the X100 series. I've loved the Ricoh GR as well, but I don't like having too many camera 'systems' at the same time. So I've settled for the time being on the X100T with the excellent WCL-X100 28mm add-on lens attached. This is a beautiful, very functional little kit... with an super optical viewfinder. The only things that bothered me about the GR were the lack of a built-in viewfinder and the fact that you had to wait for the lens to motor out before shooting. This took time, and announces to anyone nearby on the street that you're about to take their picture.
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Old 06-10-2015   #19
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Sigma DP Merrill ... cantankerous little mongrel but an IQ to die for IMO.
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Old 06-10-2015   #20
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Digital: Panasonic LX100, the the most "analog" digital there is, and offers everithing you could ever wish for.
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Old 06-11-2015   #21
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For me the small Rollie 35. All pics sharp, and the light meter is accurate. Wore out the ratchet gear since my purchase in '69; and a new one installed and still going strong.
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Old 06-11-2015   #22
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Film for me usually means my Leica-M3, Collapsible Summicron.
Flat, compact and perfect for my needs.
Occasionally the Rollei 35T.
Digital, my Canon SuperShot 1200.
Ultra compact, uses AA cells, hangs from my neck on long cord,
in a soft case, that can accommodate extra AA cells.
Cameras like the "Q" seem beautiful, but i really like the zoom on my digital!
28,35 and 50 don't cut it.
I think it embodies what many well heeled would like.
I am simply now, at these prices or even Fuji, Sony locked out.
That amount buys trips, much film and more needed necessities.
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Old 06-11-2015   #23
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I love my Fuji X100. But I also have the XE1 and XA1.
If the X100 died today, I probably would not replace it.
If I had none of these cameras, I pick up the Panasonic LX-100 and live with that for a while.
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I'll play but it hasn't really changed. The the thing I love about HQ compacts is that they are generally a lot less money than they were when new if film based, and if digital, a year or two sees steep depreciation. Hence i have a few.

Favs are

Film : B+W = Ricoh GR1s with yellow filter.
Colour slide or print = Miinolta TC1 - retro jewel with a g lens
Nikon 35Ti if I'm feeling funky

Digital :Original GR /21mm adaptor ir 28mm for film like High ISO grain
Current GR cos it it awesome APSC in that size and erogs is pretty neat.


Should use all of em more.
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Olympus XA2, in red. Because it belonged to my dear departed mother, it does a nice job, it's small, and nobody takes it seriously.

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Fixed lens compact in the digital world? I'd still prefer a fixed focal length for that, so maybe Leica X1/X2 if they weren't so freaking expensive.. Otherwise I'd be hard pressed to think of a non-zoomer digital with similar quality and size (and that you could also find in a brick and mortar shop over here)..
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The Q is very appealing to me, unfortunately. I'd love to be able to afford one; maybe someday. Lately I've been thinking about the Yashica 35CC as well.
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Old 06-11-2015   #28
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XA. I now have one for FP4 and one for HP5 rated 800, in either pocket. Also it's amazing how small a folder can be and you get lovely large negs.

For digital if money were no object I'd like an RX1R. I like very small cameras. However there are interchangeable lens compact digitals that are no larger than some fixed lens.
edit: the camera I'm most curious to try is the DP2M/DP3M
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Old 06-11-2015   #30
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The Sigma DP2 Merrill & the Sony RX100M3. The Sigma makes big beautiful files that look good to me. The price is right, might be the best B&W camera and it's simple. It's far from perfect but it's makes you slow down and think.
The Sony is like my Swiss army knife camera. Not perfect but the IQ is great, good ISO performance and it's very small. Both cameras fit in a small bag.
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Fuji x100T for me. Small, simple, and takes great photographs. Some of the film emulations are pretty fun to play around with.
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either GR or X100 for me, if I could keep only one then the GR, very small, 16MP and very versatile, from 21mm to 35mm (12MP crop), I don't bother with 50mm since it's a 5MP crop.

the X100 is pretty small, still larger than GR but a lot of fun to shoot with
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For me its the Fuji X10 since a few years. Very compact and a useful fast manual zoomlens.
Nowadays I would buy a Fuji X30 because of its tilting display and electronic viewfinder.
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I'm amazed with the image quality of the Coolpix A. Right up there with the RX1.
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I've been through great steaming piles of them and enjoyed every one but none enough to make a commitment to. Canon G10, Fuji X100, Fuji XF1, all three Sigma Merrills and finally, the one I took home to meet Mom, the RX1.
I love the quality, the ease of using in manual exposure mode, the close focus and I don't at all miss the EVF. My knees are shot and I do a lot of close focus work of objects on the ground. I can bend over just fine. I just can't get up once I get down.
The RX1 is the keeper.
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I have it, its my Fujix100 AND $4200. in my bank for film for my M6/M5 ….
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Fixed lens?all depends on the bag I grab. I do always carry a spare. An XA, my Canon QL17, maybe the Minolta REPO, or a little Olympus-Pen EE S . Why? cause I use older cameras, like a light backup that's reliable. Most times after getting the shots I want, out will come the small, fixed lens. Most ,as I said, are prepacked with film. It works for me to just snag a bag on the way out the door as I then have a chance to use my favourites. There all a lot of fun to use. Most are tough as nails.
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I tend to rotate options as well, keeping something loaded with film to grab on my way out the door. Right now it's my XA4 that's been seeing a lot of use, but I'm sure I'll go back to my standby Rollei 35 and Pen D3, or occasionally mix it up with something obscure like my Yashica J-Mini or Voigtländer Vito. Whatever it is, it has to be small and easily carried.
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I'm a big fan of my Contax TVS. Ignore the comments on lens quality from those who haven't used one! Think of it as a 28mm T2.

Accepts filters, hoods and retains its flash settings. Plus a coupled zoom VF, AE mode, and the titanium body feels ace.

Overlooked by many so don't command a high price either. Try one, you'll like it.
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