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View Poll Results: What is the Best Under $50 Ebay Make of Rangefinder for Newbies?
Argus 27 2.61%
Canon 137 13.26%
FSU Former Soviet Union 184 17.81%
Kodak 20 1.94%
Konica 83 8.03%
Minolta 63 6.10%
Olympus 187 18.10%
Yashica 270 26.14%
Other Make European 31 3.00%
Other Make Japanese 31 3.00%
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Old 04-25-2012   #201
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Yashica GT, in my newbie case. No bad exposures! But I moved it along after I got the Retina IIa with the 50/2 Xenon for even less ($30) plus being more pocketable.
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Old 04-25-2012   #202
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Hi-Matic 7. Got mine for $40 and it is pristine. Sharp as a tack and fun to use.
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Just a goofball pic with my Hi-Matic http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7189/6...99a9174945.jpg
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Old 04-25-2012   #205
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I just picked up my test roll of Solaris 400 exposed via a 5 dollar Vivitar 35ES. No complaints and I'm really digging the Italian film. Shutter priority is fine with me as well.

It's cheapsters like the Viv that helps fight the GAS attacks for the high dollar stuff - maybe a Leica outfit will eliminate GAS . . ahh there it goes again
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Old 04-26-2012   #206
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I was hesitating between Yashica and Konica. Both the GSN and the C35 deliver excellent results. Finally came down on the side of the Konica. It's easier to use for beginners.
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Old 06-15-2012   #207
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when my daughter was in the 4th grade, she wanted a "camera like dad's". Instead of a low-end P&S digital, I bought her a Canonette QL17/GIII and made her learn composition, focus and exposure. Turned her into a very nice young photographer - who has taken over most of my kit
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Old 06-15-2012   #208
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As much as I love my Oly RFs, the $49.99 limit leads me to the C35. It has limitations that the 35RC doesn't, but the 35RC's small controls, which are more fiddly for me, count it out in that price range.
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Old 07-15-2012   #209
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I voted for Yashica Electro 35 GSN, even though I paid a bit more than $50 ($65 for a mint copy).., But my biggest buy (not from ebay though) was Leica CL with Summicron-C 40mm f/2 for $10 from Salvos. The body was dead, but I kept the lens and bought a working body from Youxin Ye just last week. Considering that I sold the defect body for $120, it was a great buy!
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Old 07-18-2012   #210
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im still thinking a Voigtlander Vito CLR is a pretty good deal for under $50
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Old 08-10-2012   #212
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I voted Olympus and then too late I noticed the E-bay stipulation. Ebay has become too much of a risk in my opinion. Don't be in too much of a hurry and good deals are where you find them. In the last 2 years I found a pristine Olympus 35RC, working perfectly, for $35 and a Canon QL17 GIII for $15, also clean and fully functional, both at second hand stores. One thing I have found with any of the 70's Japanese RF is that they ALL needed new light sealing foam, so just have a good supply handy.
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Old 08-10-2012   #213
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Don't be in too much of a hurry and good deals are where you find them.
I agree. I spent a few weeks trying to win auctions for old $30 cameras. When I finally got one that was "working", it actually kinda wasn't. I didn't pursue a claim because $30 isn't worth the hassle, especially since it would cost $15 to send it back.

I told a new salesman at my local store about it and he said, "why didn't you buy from us?" I didn't think they had anything but used digitals and an F6 because that was all I saw in the case. Well, they had another case around the corner facing the back wall. It was full of old manual film bodies for less money, in better condition, with 6 month warranties!
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Old 09-02-2012   #214
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Canonets are great cameras, but they don't really average under $50, especially after you add the cost of new seals. Additionally, you don't want to send a newbie to get a fixer upper.
If you want to save $, go for the Canonet 25, with the slower 45/2.5 lens and 1/4 shutter speed. Good enough for most outside street shots. It was my first real camera, but I haven't taken it around the block in years. I've got some new Wein cells, and may do it soon.
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Old 09-02-2012   #215
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the GSN prices have been jumping over the past few months.. i see them going for 60-100 now its ridiculous.

i just bought a ricoh 500g though. $10. fully manual, smaller than GSN, but with slightly slower 2.8 lens.
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Old 09-27-2012   #216
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Olympus 35RC is the best. Offers quite a lot for almost nothing. Plus it is small and really cute!
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Old 09-27-2012   #217
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Agree. 35RC is a very good camera - much lighter than my Ql17GIII etc. I got it for $28 shipped. Although it probably cannot beat my $33 nearly mint Rollei 35S

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Old 12-02-2012   #218
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Just over the 50$ mark. Canon 17 one the way.

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Old 01-24-2013   #219
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Yashica GS/GT/GSN/GTN. Gets my vote.

Though guaranteed working ones in nice condition go for a lot more than $50.00 in the UK. More like £80-90.00!
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Old 02-12-2013   #220
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I've tried almost all Yashica models! they are so good!
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Old 02-25-2013   #221
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Olympus XA.
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Old 03-18-2013   #222
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For me it's the Canon - I've got a Canonet I picked up for around £15 and while it's bigger than some it's more reliable than any Russian camera I've owned and at f1.9 the lens is sharp enough for me.
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Old 03-18-2013   #223
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Olympus XA.
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Old 05-18-2013   #224
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Lot's of great choices listed here. limited to that big auction site and ease of use, my last purchase arrived today. It's a Minolta Unimat, 5 bucks .(shiping12.50) Another a Canonet QL-17 15. dollars plus another I don't remember how much for light seals. Some very nice old German cameras can be had also. deals are out there . Just be patience, a gem will appear.
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I don't see why Kodak Retina IIa, or IIc, or IIIa, or IIIc isn't running away with this. They're a little quirky, and some of the Retinas have problems, but the ones that still work are wonderful. And the Schneider lenses are superb.
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I do not recall seeing many of those camera under $50.

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Old 07-09-2013   #227
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I have to decline to vote. The "best" camera is the one that is in fine condition and one you can actually take photographs with. I am up to my ears in old rangefinders and I love them but getting one to work flawlessly is a problem. I don't know any way you can judge how a camera works by looking at a lot of words and photos from far away.
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I do not recall seeing many of those camera under $50.

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The thread was started in 2009 when prices may have been lower. I just paid $58 for a Kiev 4 and $46 for a Highmatic 9, both ebay auctions that started cheap and quickly rose. The Yashicas at Ebay from people who say they have been serviced (mostly dealers) are going for $100 plus.
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I voted for the Canon because I have more of those little devils than the other makes. Somebody mentioned the Argus. If you are a glutton for punishment it's way on the top of the scale but takes pretty good photos if you can stay with it. My Yashica J is pretty darned sweet and looks like it is brand new.
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Without correction to 2013 ebay prices.
If you want nice Leica copy, easy to CLA by DIY, FED-2 with I-26m lens kit.
http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_trksi...at=0&_from=R40

My second choice would be XA, but it went above 50$ by now.
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So much Yashica love here...

None of my RF's have been anywhere near $50. My vote goes to the Yashica M - built like a tank (mine has clearly been dropped at least once), dead-simple to use selenium meter, no need for a battery, nice fast glass. A bit heavy, admittedly.

Sympathy vote - Voigtländer VF-101. Slower f/2.8 glass than many listed here, but cute as a button, compact, has a wonderfully simple aperture priority mode (actually, that's the only mode it has...) and a great in-viewfinder display. Uses sensible batteries, if rather a lot of them.

Second sympathy vote to the Minolta Hi-Matic 11, which has wonderful Rokkor-PF glass. Shutter priority and won't do a darn thing without a silly (i.e., PX675 or equivalent) battery in it, unfortunately. Also weighs a metric ton, but is otherwise a lovely camera.

Once I use my Lynx 5000, maybe my opinion will change...
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Yeah, there are a few goodies out there in this price range. If you can get an Olympus 35RC for that price, you're doing very well (some of them are going for nearly £100 now!). I think my 35ECR was a bargain, but a bit fragile. My favourite cheap rangefinder has been my Super Paxette. Not the greatest lens, but it's certainly good for most stuff. But good timing and fortune on a well-priced Yashica would edge that.

Then there's the FSU, which is a whole other subject.
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I love my Lynx, dead light meter, but great lens and in very good physical condition. As also mentioned I like using my Argus C-3.

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When I was looking, I couldn't find a Canonet or Electro for under the vicinity of $100. That said, even at that price, they're a fantastic deal. I bought my Electro GS on Etsy for around 90, and gifted it to my mother after she took a shine to it.
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Minolta 9's seem to be plentiful and cheap, along with the 7S
Not sure if they work (Anyone service them?)
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it seems that the price of these camera has go up a bit.
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Any Zorki or FED are perfect. Worth trying. I've just took a Zorki 5 and I like it too much. And ordered over the internet 2 Zorki 4-s with some problems( bodies only) for aprox. 10 USD with delivery. Some GAS attack, but I find them cheap...
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Konica Auto S2 ,
Well built, very nice lens, very nice viewfinder, fully manual control. little too large.
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I preferred my Minolta Hi-Matic 7s over the Konica Auto S2. They are pretty much the same camera but the 7s has a much brighter finder and a better build quality. Either will produce really nice photos! Wonderful lenses.
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