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Old 08-19-2016   #41
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Leica IIIf (the best)
Voigtländer Vito III (beautiful and well made - best folder ever)
Robot II (great design and very cute)
Diax II (favourite fixed lens RF)
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Old 08-19-2016   #42
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I sat down and made a list of 50+ cameras and tried to distill down to 5 "favorites".

I discovered that I had used multiple criteria to come up with the list, that produced different results:

Top 5 based on images produced with that camera, in no particular order:

1. Leica M240
2. Nikon D3x
3. Leica M6TTL
4. Hasselblad 500 C/M
5. Nikon F5

Top 5 based on "fun to hold and use", in no particular order:
1. Contax G2
2. Nikon F2as with MD-1
3. Canon F-1n
4. Leica M240
5. Hasselblad 500 C/M
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Old 08-19-2016   #43
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1. Leica ME / Leica Monochrom (they are kind of the same...)
2. Leica M2
3. Leica M6
4. Nikon F2
5. Nikon D3x
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Old 08-19-2016   #44
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Top honors:
Nikon F2
Canon EOS 1n
Leica M6
Fujifilm X100s
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Honorable mentions:
Pentax 645
Nikon F/FTn
Olympus E-620
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Old 08-19-2016   #45
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Old 08-19-2016   #46
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Order subject to change by the moment:

Mamiya C330f
Minolta Autocord
Minolta SR-T 102
Minolta X-570
Canonet QL 17 GIII

My main cameras have become my TLRs, and I have quite a few of them. I have a couple of Rolleiflexes, too, but they don't enthuse me like the Mamiyas and the Autocords do.

Next in priority are my 35mm Minolta SLRs.

Compact fixed-lens RFs (Canonet, Vivitar 35ES, Olympus 35 RC) served me very well for travels and living abroad. For this, they were perfect and I was totally satisfied with their performance and convenience. The only one I still have is the Canonet, and I find that I never use it back home or traveling by car.

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Old 08-19-2016   #47
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Old 08-19-2016   #48
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1.Nikon FM......till it broke with Helios 44
2.Nikon FE2.....till it breaks with VC 58mm 1:1.4
3.Olympus 35 RC
4.Contax IIa with Jupiters 8 & 9 and a Helios 103
5.Nikon D700 with AF 35-70 f2.8 and VC 58mm 1:1.4
...........honorable mentions M6 + VC 21mm f4, Minolta XD7(XD11), Kiev 4 with black J12
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Old 08-19-2016   #49
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Leica MP precise, responsive, great mechanical feel
Nikon F4s goes against everything I think I like in a camera, feels indestructible
Leica IIIc small size, pocketable, very capable
Camera attached to Phantom 3 Advanced for opening up new perspectives
Hasselblad Xpan cinematic look, just a bit different
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Old 08-19-2016   #50
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From what I have used :

Nikon F2
Nikon F
Leica M6ttl
Nikon F5
Nikon F4s

What I would like to have :

Mamiya 7 II , Nikon F6 , Leica M240 , Hasselblad V , Nikon D810
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Old 08-19-2016   #51
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Old 08-19-2016   #52
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1) OM-2n
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Old 08-19-2016   #53
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1. Leica M6
2. Rolleiflex 2.8C
3. Rollei 35S
4. Leica M262
5. Zeiss Ikonta 521

The M6 and Rolleiflex are certain, whereas I'm not fully sure about the order from number 3 onwards. The digital Leica is wonderful but very new in comparison to the others. The Zeiss Ikonta 521 has a new challenger in the form of a Voigtländer Bessa 66, but it has already won out against a super ikonta and other more "advanced" folders. The Rollei 35S is a special camera, and as much as I like the M262 it will have to last some decades as a classic to challenge the humble scale focus Rollei.
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In no particular order that I've owned or used;

M6 - once the battery is out, classic.
M2 - as above
M4-P - as above (M4, M4-2, MP would probably all be here too, but I've never used them)
FM2 - just gets the job done (I haven't used an F or F2)
iPhone - too convenient to not be there.

Rolleiflex 2.8C and Nikon D60 get an honourable mention. I think if I spent more time with the Rolleiflex it would push the FM2 off the list though.
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Old 08-19-2016   #55
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Leica M2-S
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Old 08-19-2016   #56
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Contax T3

The rest comes and goes. So far:
Bessa III
Contax G2 + 21mm
Leica X1
Mamiya AFD series with Kodak Pro Back
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Old 08-19-2016   #57
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Old 08-19-2016   #58
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1. Leica M
2. Rollieflex Planar f3.5
3. Linhof Tech V 2x3
4. 8x10 Ebony
5. 7x17 Wisner

The ones that get the most use..
1. Panasonic GH1 & G7
2. Sony A7
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Old 08-19-2016   #59
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There's nothing wrong with a f4.5 Tourist except the availability of affordable 620 film.
It's converted to take 120 spools.
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Old 08-19-2016   #60
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Wow, only 5. Hmmm.
The list is not in any particular order, it just kind of depends on what I want or need at the time.
  • Pentax K1000
  • Leica MA
  • Graflex Auto RB 4x5
  • Pentax Q (certainly not a Leica Q.)
  • Wanderlust Travelwide
The real truth is I have lots of favorites but they certainly don't fit on a 5 camera list. The ones above are the ones I reach for the most frequently...though my Pentax PZ1p belongs there as well.

But that would make it a 6 camera list, wouldn't it?

Of course then there is the Pentax LX (but that would be a 7 camera list...rats!)
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Leica M 2/3/4/6
Nikon F 2/3/4/5/6
Rolleiflex E/F
Hasselblad 500 series
Speed/Crown Graphic 4x5
Hey,

That's 13 cameras!
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Not really a particular order:

Leica M6
Olympus OM4t
Mamiya C330
Rolleiflex sl66
Bessa R2
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Old 08-19-2016   #63
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Leica M5
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Old 08-19-2016   #64
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1. Nikon F Photomic that was my Grandfather's
2. Canon F-1 that I bought while in high school. I wish I hadn't sold it.
3. Canon 1DMK2 - It just works
4. Olympus TG-8010 - I can drop it in the river while fishing and not hurt it.
5. Fujifilm X10 - for a second hand P&S to have whenever and wherever it works well

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Minox AX - pocket mechanical precision ; before the iphone era
Linhof 612PCII - panoramic perfection with built in perspective shift ; before the digital stitch
Hasselbald 501 - easy to carry around medium format square aesthetic
Leica M-A - perfect 35mm rangefinder film camera
Ricoh GR - pocket sized carry always camera - keeping same ethos while evolving from GR1 ... GRD ... GR
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In no particular order:

Canham Wood Field 8x10
Hasselblad SWC/M
Leica MP 0.58
Ricoh GRD (latest)
Nikon F4S

and honorable mention goes to:
Pentax LX

I've made more frames with the Nikon F4S and Pentax LX than the others combined, but they were the only tools back when I shot for money.

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...Of course then there is the Pentax LX...
Seven camera list would add the Rollei FX for me, the LX is 6 here. The LX is really perhaps the most under-rated camera ever, everything that the F3 delivered in a much smaller package. Less options for world-class glass, but enough. I made a lot of money through those two LX bodies.
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Old 08-19-2016   #67
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Shen Hao HZX 4X5-IIA
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Old 08-19-2016   #68
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The 2 most important features for me in a camera are a great viewfinder and a smooth shutter release. My favorites:

1. Olympus OM-2n
2. Olympus OM-4T
3. Nikon F6
4. Contax T2
5. Mamiya 6

Left off list: OM-1n (prefer 2n and 4T), Olympus 35SP (great lens and fun to use, but shutter release too long in throw), Nikon FM3a and FE2 (viewfinder coverage, brightness and size inferior to OM and F6, and shutter sounds overly metallic and clacky), Nikon D750 (wonderful image quality and digital convenience, but viewfinder not as good, a bit overly complicated with controls).
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Old 08-19-2016   #69
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Old 08-19-2016   #70
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Leica M6
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Such a difficult question I guess I have my top 3.
From the ones I still own and have never sold, and from the top of my head:

Leica M6
Leica M2
Hasselblad 500 c/m
Contax T2
Lomo LC-A
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Seems the most popular responses are Leica and Nikon.

Weird.
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Old 08-19-2016   #74
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Seems the most popular responses are Leica and Nikon.

Weird.
I agree Huss. Wierd.

No accounting for some people's taste.
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No can do 5 of mixed analog/digital (which may be easiest for Leica M film/digital users). Can do 5 of each. You can throw real tomatoes at me, or emoji tomatoes at my avatar if you disapprove ��

Leica M5
Fuji GF670
Olympus OM4T
Bronica RF 645
Zeiss Ikonta 520

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Sony RX1
Sony A7 Kolari
Ricoh GR
Fuji XPro
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No can do 5 of mixed analog/digital (which may be easiest for Leica M film/digital users). Can do 5 of each. You can throw real tomatoes at me, or emoji tomatoes at my avatar if you disapprove ��

Leica M5
Fuji GF670
Olympus OM4T
Bronica RF 645
Zeiss Ikonta 520

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Sony RX1
Sony A7 Kolari
Ricoh GR
Fuji XPro
Sigma DPM



Not a tomato, but is red and round.
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Seems the most popular responses are Leica and Nikon.

Weird.
Who'd have thought, on a forum based around rangefinders, that the only brand actively producing rangefinders would be among the top picks of most!

As for a Nikon, isn't there a thread about why Canon isn't cool?

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1- Hasselblad 203/2000 - Love the faster speeds and lens
2- ebOny-cameras 4x5 - the lightness and craftsmanship
3- Hasselblad H series - simply for it's quality and ergonomics
4- Rolleiflex 2.8F 12/24 - Portability for travel. This camera has been in more places because of its size
5- FujiGX680ii - Combination of quality, Bellows features and lens selection

Runner Up:
6- Contax G1/G2 - The lenses, period!
7- Plaubel Makina 670 - Badass of a camera. Portable when closed.
8- Canon 5D Classic - too many memories and amazing shots taken from this body.
9- Leica CM - Most compact camera in my system, yet delivers fantastic 35mm images.
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1. IIIc, a beautiful tool and tactile experience in one, and amazing lens choices
2. Bessa II, I have the Color-Skopar version, nothing beats being able to carry acreage of negative in your pocket, and it's a coupled RF
3. OM1, my first real camera, oh that viewfinder...
4. Rollei 35S, the XA is more convenient and pocketable but the Rollei's Sonnar is something special, so I put up with the quirkiness
5. Nikon F plain prism. What a beautiful camera. Great lenses.
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