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Old 04-08-2011   #1
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If you could own only one camera...

If you could own only one camera...would the R-D1 be it??? Why? If not what would you recommend?
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Old 04-08-2011   #2
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Not for me, as I am in love with film.
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Old 04-08-2011   #3
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No, not that one. Not crazy about digital. Probably an old folder w/ a good lens. Why? It's pretty subjective, but I just like the whole experience, and then there's the image quality. Less is more, that sort of thing.
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EOS 5D or 5DII.
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Probably stick with my Zeiss Ikon if I could have only one, or maybe a Mamiya 7 or GF670.
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Oooops let me clarify - If you could own just one digital camera....
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Old 04-08-2011   #7
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M9. If I could afford it. YMMV
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Oooops let me clarify - If you could own just one digital camera....
More need for clarification: only one of those, I already have, or any existing?

Of the digital ones I own, the R-D1 would be it.

Of the ones existing it would be a hard choice between a M9 or a Pentax 645D, which is a MF DSLR...
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as much as I like the R-D1, it'd be my M4+35mm cron v4...


[edit]:from all available digital cameras, I'd get an M9+35mm cron v4... if budget weren't a concern.
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Old 04-08-2011   #11
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Leica M9. Six months with the M9 and still impressed. For film, though, my favorites are my M6TTL 0.58 and Pentax MX.
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If I must choose then it would be a Hasselblad SWC. When I am rich enough I'll get a digital back for it.
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Would have to be a Leica M9 or as Rayt here says, a Hassy.
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No, it would be the M9. The RD1 is unique and a pleasure to use, but I strongly prefer what I can produce with the M9 over the RD1.

Since I don't have to choose one camera, I will keep the RD1 around. I like using it casually around the neighborhood, and take it with me on trips, but it's not going to (again, at least) my go-to camera, i.e., the 'one.'
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Since I'm still working professionally, the essential camera for me is my 5D. (Will upgrade to a 5DII when I can). It does more of the things I need a camera to do than any other camera I own. In fact, it really does everything I need a camera to do.

If we were to include film cameras, though, I would make my second choice the Pentax 6x7. I had one for about 20 years, and though I didn't shoot a lot with it, I easily had a higher percentage of keepers with that camera than with any other I've ever owned. I wish I hadn't sold it, but at the time I thought I would never shoot film again.

Third choice would be a Rolleiflex 2.8F.
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My first choice would be the M9, but since I'd barely be able to afford the body, let alone the Leica Lens to use with it, think I'll stick with my M8+ the CV, Canon and Leitz lens I'm currently using.
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Only one camera? Hmmm... my newest D700 body
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Forever is hopefully a long time. An M9 would be tempting, but ten years down the road it might be showing its age compared to my M2, so I'll take it instead. I'd like to have an M9 in real life all the same though...
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If it has to be...digital...it would be the biggest, baddest, newest, FF and last DSLR that Nikon would ever produce...I only want to do this one time...
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Old 04-14-2011   #24
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Not the RD1S, even It's one of my favorite cameras.

I would choose my D700, I think is the more complete, usefull, versatile camera I ever own.

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If I had to choose just one camera, I would be happy with a Contax I or my S3
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if i could only own one camera...i would be very unhappy!
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If you could own only one camera...would the R-D1 be it??? Why? If not what would you recommend?
What's a R-D1...???

In 35mm...Nikon F5

In MF...Rolleiflex 2.8 (not sure exactly which model) I have the Mamiya m645 system with three bodies and six lenses...looking for the 145mm soft focus...
I also have the Yashicamat 124g...both cameras are super nice and I used them BUT I would mind trying that Rollei...

In RF's...Nikon SP

In LF...I have the Zone VI view camera & I'm very happy with that...

Hey...I posted earlier...silly me...I still stand by my choices...as I don't really want a digital camera...yet...
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Only one and money not an issue?

Hasselblad H4D with all the system lenses.
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Now, if you could only write with only one letter, which one would you choose?
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Now, if you could only write with only one letter, which one would you choose?
Here in Europe, it would be 'I', in Japan it would be ノ or し.

But seriously: I posted before, that the R-D1 would be okay for me as the one and only, nevertheless, I also would be unhappy, if I could only have one.

I notice, that most of the answers choose to have a complete and full featured system with as many possibilities as one could get. I think, the deeper meaning of the question is, to what extend you can reduce your gear and still do pleasing photography.

The R-D1 would be a serious limitation to my possibilities, but since I own it, I have more fun with photography as ever before. The limitations are just what makes the fun. With my monster-ultra-full-featured-DSLR and all the perfect lenses (which I also often use, when it's necessary) I could obviously do more, but would it make me happier? I guess not.
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I would choose a Leica M9, but I haven't got enough money…
So, I choosed an Epson R-D1 and I can survive with only that camera!
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I'd keep my Contax IIa or perhaps a Contaflex TLR. Nothing digital -- not interested.
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Oooops let me clarify - If you could own just one digital camera....
Heh, I don't own a single digital camera at the moment...!
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I followed an Italian street 'artist' around for several months last year, he used the Hasselblad H4D-40 medium-format DSLR. THAT is the camera I would own above all others, but it'd be a short ownership followed by a long spell in the madhouse for splashing fifteen grand on a camera.
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if I could only own one digital camera from the ones I own, it would be a hard choice. The interchangable lenses of the Olympus E-P1? The pocketable size of the Ricoh GR Digital? Or the Foveon images of the Sigma DP1? The Ricoh might just win that one on size and battery life. If I fully charged the batteries in all three, then left them in a drawer for a month, the only one I'd be able to pull out of the drawer and go shooting with would be the Ricoh.

If it was ANY digital camera, and money was no object, Leica M9, I think.
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