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Old 02-02-2016   #1
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My perfect camera would be...

When I got to know about the Fuji X100, I knew it would be my everyday carry camera, but after having spent three years with it, I can't say it is what I'd expected. It's definitely not pocketable (though somehow I knew it wasn't) and autofocus is quite on the sloooow side, which I'd read it was but thought it wouldn't be that bad :-(

A smaller and quicker X100 would be my perfect camera, what camera do you think is the closest one existing today matching this requirements?
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Old 02-02-2016   #2
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The just released X70?

Panasonic gm1, with 14mm or Leica 15mm, or the 12-32. Gm5 for the viewfinder.
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16mp epson rd1 with addition of portrait frameline and 4fps buffer.

oh yeah, and a sony a7s software package in a fuji xp body.
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Wow - I want the "everything the best" camera

rugged ( water-resistant, sealed)
highest quality lenses (Leitz/Zeiss)
action - high frames per sec, fast autofocus
great low light a la A7SII
intuitive controls like X100's
size - not too big ( M43 at the most)
Full Frame
battery life - like Nikon DSLR 1000+ shots
IBIS - like E-M1
beautiful SOOC jpegs - like Fuji
2 card slots

I think that's it for the moment
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Old 02-02-2016   #5
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I would like Olympus to stop messing about with micro four thirds and build the camera that the real Olympus fans want. A full frame digital based on the OM1 that will take all those wonderful Zuiko lenses that are out there. Nikon did a pretty decent job with their DF and it was generally well received ... I think Olympus should stop sitting on their hands and build the damned thing!

I'd have one in a heartbeat!
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I would like Olympus to stop messing about with micro four thirds and build the camera that the real Olympus fans want. A full frame digital based on the OM1 that will take all those wonderful Zuiko lenses that are out there. Nikon did a pretty decent job with their DF and it was generally well received ... I think Olympus should stop sitting on their hands and build the damned thing!

I'd have one in a heartbeat!
I would buy something like that.

I got a few fine OM Zuiko lenses laying around to use on it.
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I would like Olympus to stop messing about with micro four thirds and build the camera that the real Olympus fans want. A full frame digital based on the OM1 that will take all those wonderful Zuiko lenses that are out there. Nikon did a pretty decent job with their DF and it was generally well received ... I think Olympus should stop sitting on their hands and build the damned thing!

I'd have one in a heartbeat!
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I would like Olympus to stop messing about with micro four thirds and build the camera that the real Olympus fans want. A full frame digital based on the OM1 that will take all those wonderful Zuiko lenses that are out there. Nikon did a pretty decent job with their DF and it was generally well received ... I think Olympus should stop sitting on their hands and build the damned thing!

I'd have one in a heartbeat!
It's here. And it's called the Sony A7II. $1700 from B&H

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_camera.html

You can use OM glass AND Leica S/M glass on it.

I'm saving my pennies for one.
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My perfect camera
Old 02-02-2016   #9
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My perfect camera

Dear al.ert,

I'm a landscape and nature guy but I like to include both, for trees or hills without critters are just trees and hills.

Something with a 28-400 constant F2.8 with a 1 inch sensor able to take tele-converters would suit me fine.

Unfortunately it would weigh about 10 to 12 pounds so I know it will likely never happen.

I've decided to pretty much dispense with my DSLR's and go strictly P&S with what I carry. My Fuji x10, Panasonic FZ200, and Fuji S-1 will do what I want them to do.

Others I am sure will think and feel differently but I already know that I'll never take a memorable picture that matters to anyone but myself.

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Old 02-02-2016   #11
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Next one (or the one I just sold) On serious note, I already have a few. They're all film though. Perfect digital is only a dream due to cost, but my D700 + LX100 are both nice compromises.
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My perfect camera would be...

...the one I am carrying when I leave the house.

Today it was the MM...

...tomorrow it could be the ......

Life is too short, use what you have and enjoy.
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It's here. And it's called the Sony A7II. $1700 from B&H

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_camera.html

You can use OM glass AND Leica S/M glass on it.

I'm saving my pennies for one.
That's a long way from my perfect camera sorry ... anyway I thought Sony made Play Stations, not cameras!
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A full-frame Ricoh GXR.
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Old 02-02-2016   #15
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A full-frame Ricoh GXR.
comes close to mine too, for me it would also need a new, higher res. EVF and to be a bit faster in operation
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A digital Nikon FM2, but with the flip tab of the FM to allow for non Ai lenses.

That's it

No autofocus
No screen
Manual shutter cocking (like the Epson R-D1)

But it must also have:

Seamless integration with a smartphone app to judge exposure etc. and manage settings (white balance, auto ISO)

Support for 'G' lenses

I would pay Leica prices for a camera like that.
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Old 02-03-2016   #17
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Wow - I want the "everything the best" camera

rugged ( water-resistant, sealed)
highest quality lenses (Leitz/Zeiss)
action - high frames per sec, fast autofocus
great low light a la A7SII
intuitive controls like X100's
size - not too big ( M43 at the most)
Full Frame
battery life - like Nikon DSLR 1000+ shots
IBIS - like E-M1
beautiful SOOC jpegs - like Fuji
2 card slots

I think that's it for the moment
Thanks for the quick replies guys, I'm not as ambitious as to have everything in one camera, but my initial requirements do not include such a long list of musts.

I'm into street photography mainly, but also do travel, and the x100 is pretty good, albeit the downsides I just mentioned. I'll seriously consider some of the cameras you've posted to find my perfect match ;-)

For me, the ideal camera just looks like a Ricoh GR + a viewfinder, that's not much to ask!
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Old 02-03-2016   #18
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A Pentax 67, that's the size and weight of a Mamiya 6, with the build quality of a Rolleiflex, but still dirt cheap.

As that camera doesn't exist, I think I've settled on it being a 3.5f.
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The Nikon Df, the Fuji X-T1, the Fuji X-E2, the Leica M8 and the M6 come prety close.
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My M3, but with a built in, match needle, light meter.
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The just released X70?
Agreed. ... and apparently people didn;t read the first post of this thread.
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Epson R-D1 with Canon 6D sensor.
Almost the same for me, as long as:

- it retains the Epson color secret sauce
- it comes with a 0.7 mag vf, or at least offers the choice between a 1:1 version and one with 35mm framelines.
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Old 02-03-2016   #23
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Ignoring the laws of economics and physics it would be an 8x10 with a digital back!

More realistically...

- Leica Monochrom body (first version) in chrome or black
- LCD removed - just an old fashioned ISO dial on the back
- Sensor from either the M Monochrom or the M240
- M8 style small frame counter on top for battery read out and to indicate data being written.

That's it. A real purist M that feels exactly like a film M except that you don't unload film from it you just take out the SD card. Monochrom option for dedicated B&W photographers and colour M for those who want the option to choose either colour or B&W.
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My perfect camera would be ...

A digital version of the Nikon F2 Titanium SLR that produces high quality full-frame Fuji images.
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Metered M3 with interchangeable digital back a la R8/R9.
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I've decided to pretty much dispense with my DSLR's and go strictly P&S with what I carry.

Others I am sure will think and feel differently but I already know that I'll never take a memorable picture that matters to anyone but myself.

Regards,

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There is something about that insight that seems liberating. I've begun to wonder if I really need to bring as much gear as I have in the past. I'm not getting any younger.
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Contax G2.

And then the same camera in 120.
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My dream camera would be a Fuji xpro camera body mated w/ a foveon sensor w/ a high ISO that looks good up to 3200 and acceptable to 12800 or a monochrome sensor. Features of the Fuji body pretty much like the current xp2.

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1. Ricoh GR with a small OVF... just like the GR1

2. Digital Mamiya 7

3. An affordable digital M without an LCD screen
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Agreed. ... and apparently people didn;t read the first post of this thread.
Thanks for sticking to the first post man! As for the X70, I can't consider a camera without a viewfinder an option, I precisely bought the X100 over Ricoh GR just because of this. So I guess I'll have to wait for Ricoh to launch a faithful digital recreation of the GR1 in all its glory, viewfinder included!
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Having the sensor of my 5DII in my Praktica MTL3 with the user interface of the MTL3. I'd have fun again in going out to take photos. If the output would look like Kodachrome 64 that would be heaven.

I did read the first post but something even smaller than the X100 would be agony to use.
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digital Barnack
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I'd have a full-frame digital Leica IIIg or a digital Canon P please.

Small, full frame, versatile, EVF is okay (as long as it can be set to B&W), no LCD needed, not even a lightmeter or auto setting. All manual, no need to go past 12MP. Should be able to do very wide lenses though. I like my Tamron 17mm on a Nikon D600.

To have something like that in Barnack size would be awesome.
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A medium format 120 film XPan

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A Canon P with interchangeable backs. One back plain, one where you could change film types midroll and one digital.
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Nice, clear optical viewfinder. NO EVF.
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My M3, but with a built in, match needle, light meter.
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With all the various M cameras Leica has/does make, what cant the release an M6 with the M3 viewfinder and light meter? Now that would be a great a la cart option.
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Second thought:

A Fuji X-Pro2 with an amazing AF-System and a replaceable sensor. I could choose between the sensor of the Sony A7 RII, the A7 SII or of the Leica Monochrom 240.
Or a Nikon Df with thesame replaceable sensor and the AF-System of the D4.
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