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Best looking AF cameras
Old 09-02-2017   #1
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Best looking AF cameras

We all know that the classic film era put out many design icons, such as the Nikon F and Leica M, but in your opinion which af cameras do you find classic?

My pics are the original eos-1 and maxxum 7000/8000i - super sleek, low profile, big grip that many designs have followed
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Old 09-02-2017   #2
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Contax n1 if you asked me.
Kept all the analog controls and dials yet with very smooth muscular lines and an awesome grip.
Only a few primes though including a planar f1.4/50mm and f1.4/85mm.
It's too bad They never got around to a Distagon 28 and 35 before ending production.
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Old 09-02-2017   #3
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Nikon F4 and F6. Sexy beasts.
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Old 09-02-2017   #4
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I assume that you're talking AF SLRs... otherwise the Contax G2

The Pentax ZX-5N/MZ-5N and MZ-3 are a nice blend of classic SLR looks and autofocus functionality.

Pentax ZX-5n by Colton Allen, on Flickr
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Old 09-20-2017   #7
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Those Pentaxes are underrated - did they come in black?
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Old 09-20-2017   #8
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Those Pentaxes are underrated - did they come in black?
They do. I own a black MZ-3 which has the best control layout of its generation...sadly it doesn't come with an AF assistant lamp, as the AF performance itself is subpar.

Still, that interface is so nice that, larger Pentax cameras (The Pentax 645N, N II and Pentax 67 II) from the same period did it justice by sharing the same design trait.
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Old 09-20-2017   #9
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Contax 645
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Old 09-20-2017   #10
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Contax n1 if you asked me.
Kept all the analog controls and dials yet with very smooth muscular lines and an awesome grip.
Only a few primes though including a planar f1.4/50mm and f1.4/85mm.
It's too bad They never got around to a Distagon 28 and 35 before ending production.
This camera has surprisingly little exposure on the web. It's rather biggish, but it handles fantastically, and the lenses are great.

Yes, I wish there were more smaller primes, but the lenses it does offer are all fantastic.

It's the 35mm version of the 645!
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Old 09-20-2017   #11
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Nikon F4.
If other AF cameras are allowed, Konica Hexar (AF.)

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Old 09-20-2017   #12
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The Nikon F4, the camera that looks like a tetris piece.
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Old 09-20-2017   #13
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Minolta Dynax 9
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Old 09-20-2017   #14
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Contax G2, but that Pentax Aristophanes posted looks very nice also.
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AF and looks nice. Nothing is protruding.

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Here is no nice looking AF SLRs, IMO.
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Best looking? The Dynax 9xi.

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Best looking? The Dynax 9xi.

Looks like a suppository.

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Looks like a suppository.





Your suppositories are that big??




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Old 09-20-2017   #20
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Minolta Vectis S-1 is the best looking SLR but, alas, APS film only...

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I also liked the EOS-1 RS a lot...

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Old 09-21-2017   #22
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I second (or third...whatever) the Canon EOS 1/1n.
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Old 09-21-2017   #23
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Nikon F6.
Because it both
- looks very good with very well proportions
- has an ergonomically perfect design, fits excellent in the hands of the photographer and is such a joy to use.
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Like F16sunshine says all the manual controls do it for me, and that is Colton's Pentax ZX-5n.
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Old 09-22-2017   #25
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Another vote for the Contax G2...champagne
Takes beautiful lenses, too ... 45mm f2 Planar with its cute little barrel hood=wow!
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Contax n1 if you asked me.
Kept all the analog controls and dials yet with very smooth muscular lines and an awesome grip.
Only a few primes though including a planar f1.4/50mm and f1.4/85mm.
It's too bad They never got around to a Distagon 28 and 35 before ending production.
When hearing "classic" my first thought is some one of the Minolta, since as far as I know, they pioneered satisfactory working production models. But since you mention Contax, had you ever tried the Contax AX? That was the model that focused by moving the back. As I recall, that allowed any lens you could mount to be auto-focused.
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Old 09-22-2017   #27
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I've just bought a Contax G1 and it's absolutely lovely. Solid as a rock, feels great in the hand and beautifully finished.

What's with all the moaning about the focus and 'tiny finder'? Mine locks on much faster than I can manage with my M2, and the finder doesn't have any distracting frame lines. I can see the Leicas sitting on the shelf for a while...

...until the G1 bricks! ;-)
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black Contax T3 with a yellow filter on it.
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Old 09-22-2017   #29
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When hearing "classic" my first thought is some one of the Minolta, since as far as I know, they pioneered satisfactory working production models. But since you mention Contax, had you ever tried the Contax AX? That was the model that focused by moving the back. As I recall, that allowed any lens you could mount to be auto-focused.
Yes, I did try the AX.
Having long been a Yashica and Contax user, I tried them all.
The AX was a big meaty body and way over thick.
The idea of body moving film plane and a built in extention tube was novel at best.
The truth was this solution for af was really a stretch.

One thing with Contax is the continuity of control layout all the later bodies.
The AX shared that continuity but was this big bulbous beast. It was a lot like other models if you did not use the AF. It did nit compare well to other models.
I returned mine as I just could not get along.
The AF system worked ok but I preffered the focus scale in the Slimmer RX model which I had already been using for years.
The RX scale showed focus point and DOF in the viewfinder.
It was pretty accurate With the 50mm len(s) although not AF.... a much more elegant solution.

The Contax bodies had great analog controls. Fuji has taken that space in Digital cameras.
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Ah the RX and ST were pretty and were nice to shoot with (at least until my died)
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I think this is as good a time as any to post a photo of Emily Blunt with a G2 :-)
She’s even going with a Domke gripper strap.
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If I had to vote, I'd say Contax G2, with Emily Blunt close second.
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