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Old 08-19-2016   #1
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Your Top 5 Favorite Cameras Ever!

What are your Top 5 favorite cameras ever? Anything goes, digital, roll film, sheet film, instant, etc.

1) Leica M6
2) Nikon F2
3) Fujifilm X100 series
4) Nikon Df
5) Fujifilm X-Pro2

Runner up: Leica X1 / M8 / M9

The Nikon F2 is not a camera I've used much (even though I've owned it a few times), but I love it each time I touch it. Luckily, someone gave me one recently.
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Old 08-19-2016   #2
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1/ Nikon F6
2/ Leica M film and digi
3/ Nikon D700
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Old 08-19-2016   #3
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1) Rollei SL66
2) Deardorff
3) Sinar Norma
4) Nikon F2
5) Leica M (film) no specific M

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Fuji G617
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Old 08-19-2016   #5
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Old 08-19-2016   #6
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Old 08-19-2016   #7
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Old 08-19-2016   #8
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Not necessarily in that order:
Epson R-D1
Fuji GF670
M6
M9
...the one, that has not been invented, yet.
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Old 08-19-2016   #9
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From cameras that I have owned and used.

1. Leica M5
2. Leica M7
3. Nikon FM3a
4. Nikon F3HP
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Old 08-19-2016   #10
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1. Konica Hexar AF
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3. Nikon FM2n / FM3a
The next layer down has too many to list here.
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Old 08-19-2016   #11
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Old 08-19-2016   #12
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Old 08-19-2016   #13
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Old 08-19-2016   #14
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Leica M-series except M5 and possibly M8.

Linhof Technikardan 4x5 (I wish they'd made a 5x7 version)

Alpa 12-series

Nikon F

Nikon Df

(In no very coherent order)

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Old 08-19-2016   #15
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In that order!
Old 08-19-2016   #16
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In that order!

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Old 08-19-2016   #17
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Old 08-19-2016   #18
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Old 08-19-2016   #19
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Leicaflex SL2/SL for a viewfinder which laughs at every other viewfinder ever made
Pentax 67II for the results, the feel, and, yes, the "thwack"
Contax 645 for the results, the lenses, and the uniqueness
Sony RX1 for the results in spite of the experience
Leica iiib for the essence of the perfect 50 user experience

OMG, only 5, how cruel. Of cameras I have owned and used, and appreciated fully, I am forced to leave off Nikon F2, F6, D800E, Leica R8, M2, iiig, Contax RX, Contax ST, these which would have made a top 13 list, and a score of others, almost all of which were nice in some way.
Fujifilm S5 Pro--how did I forget thee? What superlative files!-within its limits of usable ISO. Has got to be in the top 5, but I can't bring myself to remove any of the others.

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5: Toko 4x5 folding wood field camera

Perfect landscape and "staged" portrait camera. I love seeing the world upside down and backwards on the glass. My 8x10 is close, but it's not quite as easy to use, it's not nearly as portable, and not as versatile.

4: Sony RX100 (Mark 1)

My Go-To, the camera that's on my person literally everywhere I go. I never have to say I left my good camera at home. This pocket-sized wonder is simply sublime.

3: Pentax LX

Amazing autoexposure, especially in low light, versatile interchangeable finders, fully featured without any garbage.

2: Polaroid Land Camera 180

The fully manual large format instant rangefinder. What's not to like? Please, PLEASE tell CatLabs of JP to hurry up with sheetfilm for these.

1: Pentax 6x7

Versatility in use, beautiful, amazing fast lenses, and a large negative with tons of detail. It's the sweet spot between LF and 35mm in every way.
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Old 08-19-2016   #21
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Olympus OMD EM5
Leica M6
Fujifilm X100
Olympus mju II
Contax tvs III

I still have the first three cameras. The mju II was given away while the tvs III, unfortunately, was stolen.
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Old 08-19-2016   #23
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From what I've owned and used so far:

1. Nikon F2
2. Rolleiflex MX-EVS Type 2
3. Leica M2
4. Certo Six
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Old 08-19-2016   #26
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1. Nikon D80
because I use it often, lots of actuations and still works and I can use non-AI lenses
2. Ambi-Silette
because it's cute, somewhat obscure, perfectly usable rangefinder
3. Argus C3
They get no respect, undeservedly. I have several lenses, several bodies, and I keep wanting more. I would call it a novice camera for experts.
4. Speed Graphic
An American classic, the Cadillac of cameras. I love carting this thing around and taking big photos handheld. Two shutters, multiple framing and focusing methods. This camera has it all.
5. Mamiya C330
or any in the C series, really. Who needs three Rolleis when you can have one interchangeable lens TLR?
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Old 08-19-2016   #27
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1. Some Olympus APS point ant shoot that my parents gave me for Christmas when I was a kid. It's what started it all.

2. Nikon D70s. I learned what a SLR camera was all about and learned about aperture, shutter speed, etc. Still have it.

3. Olympus Tough TG-820. Survived 2 years of abuse in Honduras, in waterfalls, around the Caribbean and plenty of smash and drop moments.

4. M6TTL. My first Leica. Loved it. A friend worked at a camera shop so I got my developing, printing and scanning for free for 3 years. When he quit I realized I could no longer shoot film.

5. M9-P. Getting back into a rangefinder after a 7 year hiatus. What a joy to shoot with.
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1. Nikon D80
because I use it often, lots of actuations and still works and I can use non-AI lenses
2. Ambi-Silette
because it's cute, somewhat obscure, perfectly usable rangefinder
3. Argus C3
They get no respect, undeservedly. I have several lenses, several bodies, and I keep wanting more. I would call it a novice camera for experts.
4. Speed Graphic
An American classic, the Cadillac of cameras. I love carting this thing around and taking big photos handheld. Two shutters, multiple framing and focusing methods. This camera has it all.
5. Mamiya C330
or any in the C series, really. Who needs three Rolleis when you can have one interchangeable lens TLR?
I agree on the Argus and the Speeder, I had a super graphic and would still have it but for space constraints.

The C330 is wonderful. I don't know why I'd want a Rollei.
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Old 08-19-2016   #30
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Old 08-19-2016   #31
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- Leica M (m3, m2, m4-p, m6, digital M, in that order)
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Old 08-19-2016   #33
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In terms of using and loving to touch:
FED-2 and
M4-2.

I use a lot, but no sexual feelings for Canon 500D. With this camera I have many intimate moments of driving my family nuts and learning about exposure and all kinds of photography. Without this camera I was not able to start to use two listed above cameras for their full potential and quickly. After taking pictures with Canon 500D only in full manual mode for year I finally realized how ISO, aperture and shutter speed are related to each over in different situations. About hundreds or more pictures was taken this way on daily basis. At the end of this fully manual year I was guessing ISO, shutter speed and aperture and for many shots it was right. Thanks to Canon 500D Digital Rebel!
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Old 08-19-2016   #34
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Leica M6 (...)
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Canon EOS 100 (everything goes :-) )
Fuji X-M1 (small and good)

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Old 08-19-2016   #35
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Olympus Pen F
Olympus Pen (first model, all manual)
Olympus OM-1
Kodak Tourist 2 with the 105 mm f 4.5 Anaston (I know, but have owned nothing compare it to so......it's my favorite)
Ricoh KR 5 (suprisingly good for so cheap)

Honorable mention; Minox IIIs (a little jewel)

No, I'm not just an Olympus fan boy and I have a high regard for many classic film cameras, I just happen to prefer compact and light weight over some other equally valid other considerations.
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Olympus Pen F
Olympus Pen (first model, all manual)
Olympus OM-1
Kodak Tourist 2 with the 105 mm f 4.5 Anaston (I know, but have owned nothing compare it to so......it's my favorite)
Ricoh KR 5 (suprisingly good for so cheap)

Honorable mention; Minox IIIs (a little jewel)
There's nothing wrong with a f4.5 Tourist except the availability of affordable 620 film.
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At the moment I'd say:
1. Contax T3
2. Sigma Merrills (esp. DP2M)
3. Fuji XE1
4. Fuji GA645
5. ..... still thinking....
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1. Busch Pressman 4X5
2. Leica M6
3. Nikon F2
4. Leica IIIf
5. Crown Graphic 2 1/4x 3 1/2

Interesting in 2018 the order hasn't changed. For number 6 I would add Rolleiflex 3.5 Whiteface

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1. Busch Pressman
2. Crown Graphic 2 1/4x3 1/4
3. Nikon F2
4. Leica IIIf
5. Olympus Epic
As someone who has both Graflex and Busch press cameras, what does the Busch offer that the Graflex doesn't? I keep thinking I'd like one.
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