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One camera / three lenses / 35mm film - Pick your system
Old 03-27-2015   #1
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One camera / three lenses / 35mm film - Pick your system

Alright, let's play a GAS game. You've got an unlimited budget, but the kicker is this: you can only shoot with this system (and your body/lens choices) for the rest of your life. No digital, no medium/large format.

What do you pick?
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Old 03-27-2015   #2
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Old 03-27-2015   #3
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Good choices! I'll play too, since I posed the question:

Pentax Spotmatic SPF
Pentax 50mm f1.4 SMC Takumar
Zeiss 25mm f2.8 ZS Distagon
Pentax 135mm f2.5 SMC Takumar
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Old 03-27-2015   #4
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Contax IIa, 21/4.5 Biogon Opton, 35/2.8 Biogon Opton and 85/2 Sonnar Jena.
This is an outfit I already own. If I had a chance to try post-war 85/2 Sonnar , then I might want to use it instead of Jena, but, for now, this is the outfit I can live with beautifully.
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Good choices! I'll play too, since I posed the question:

Pentax Spotmatic SPF
Pentax 50mm f1.4 SMC Takumar
Zeiss 25mm f2.8 ZS Distagon
Pentax 135mm f2.5 SMC Takumar
Quite a wonderful choice! I have never tried any of modern Zeiss lenses, but the rest of it is first rate.
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Quite a wonderful choice! I have never tried any of modern Zeiss lenses, but the rest of it is first rate.
Yeah, I know it's heresy on a rangefinder forum, but I would miss having the close focus of an SLR system. Interesting choice on the Contax IIa! I've never played with one, but would love to someday.
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Old 03-27-2015   #7
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Contax IIa is a fantastic camera. The only drawback is squinty viewfinder, but with 21, 35 and 85, I use external viewfinders anyway. Definitely worth a try.
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Old 03-27-2015   #8
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I really couldn't do that. I have many lenses for a reason. Some always got more use than others, but they were all in the arsenal for a reason, and all got used.

But if I had to, I would cry for my Fujica ST901 and fixed lenses from 18mm to 300mm.

But for lens coverage, I would probably go for my Contax 167mt, with my C/Y mount zooms from 18mm to 150mm. (EDIT: That is an 18mm-28mm, 28mm-70mm, and 75mm - 150mm)

I would cheat and not tell anybody I also had a 2x tele-converter and my Contax 50mm f/1.4.
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Old 03-27-2015   #10
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Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH
Summilux 35mm f/1.4 v2
M-Rokkor 90mm f/4

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Leica R8 + winder
Elmarit-R 24mm f/2.8
Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4
Summicron-R 90mm f/2

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Nikkor 28mm f/2 AI
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S
Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AI-S

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The scary thing is all of the above is already in my equipment closet...

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The scary thing is all of the above is already in my equipment closet...
Yup, I have a relatively embarrassing amount of gear. Interesting to think of what I'd pare it down to if I were forced... Kinda the reason I started the thread.
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Old 03-27-2015   #12
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Old 03-27-2015   #13
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Within my budget

Olympus OM2n
50mm f1.4
35mm f2
85mm f2

Not within my budget

Leica MP
35mm f1.4 FLE
50mm f2 APO
75mm f2 APO

either camera system with Neopan 400!
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Old 03-27-2015   #15
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Old 03-27-2015   #16
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Contax G2
Zeiss 28, 45, 90

or

OM2n
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28/2.8
50/1.4
100/2.8

Because that's what I have, and either vastly exceeds my abilities.
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Old 03-27-2015   #17
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Old 03-27-2015   #18
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35mm Summilux FLE
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Old 03-27-2015   #19
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F3HP, 28mm AIS, 50mm f1.2 AIS and Zeiss 100 f2 Makro-Planar.
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Old 03-27-2015   #20
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Old 03-27-2015   #21
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Leica 35mm Summilux FLE ASPH
Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH

Best part is, I already have that...
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Old 03-27-2015   #22
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Old 03-27-2015   #23
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Old 03-27-2015   #24
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M4 (with synthetic cement for prism)
35 2 v4
50 1.4 ASPH
90 2.8 or 28 2.8

in reality, I'm sticking with

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35 2 v4
50 1.4 ASPH
No 3rd lens
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summicron 35 asph

and a 50 (summilux 50 asph or a summicron rigid, DR or APO)
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Old 03-27-2015   #26
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Minolta Dynax 9
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Minolta 85/1.4
Minolta 200/2.8 APO

Edit: I didn't consider zooms, I might choose the Minolta 17-35/3.5G over the 28/2.0.
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I'm more inclined to medium format, but from my current 35mm kit, I would trim it down to the following:

Minolta SR-T 102
28mm 2.8 MC Rokkor
85mm 1.7 MD Rokkor
135mm 2.8 MD Rokkor

To Eric, the OP: I don't know what the Spotmatic SPF is, but I have following that was my father's camera:

Pentax Spotmatic II
28mm 3.5 SMC Takumar
50mm 1.4 SMC Takumar
135mm 2.5 SMC Takumar

It needs a CLA after over 40 years, but it is a lovely kit.

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Old 03-27-2015   #28
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I'm kind of having it now at least, it took some time.

M4-2, 35 3.5 G, 50/2 C and 90/4 LTM.

And I was thinking if I want to spend much more for faster 35, modern 50 and 90 M, but
... no GAS for modern glass, because I like B/W most, with some seasonal outbreaks on color manageable with Smena-8M.

SLRs doesn't strikes me at all. And I don't have good enough scanner and enlarger to match modern lenses capabilities...
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Old 03-27-2015   #29
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I'll keep my M6 LHSA black paint
35mm f2 cron
28mm 2.8

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Pentax Spotmatic II
28mm 3.5 SMC Takumar
50mm 1.4 SMC Takumar
135mm 2.5 SMC Takumar
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Sounds good to me, mine is actually a bit different :

Spotmatic F
28mm 3.5 SMC Takumar
55mm 1.8 SMC Takumar
85mm 1.8 SMC Takumar

The 2.5/135 is terrific indeed, but a bit too big and heavy for a 3 lens setup.
It goes well in a pair with a 35mm IMHO.
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Old 03-27-2015   #31
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Ok, lets play:

Leica M6 classic (black, as would be the lenses)

Leica Summicron 35 asph
Zeiss Sonnar 50

thats enaugh, but hey, i get a third lens, so let it be a elmarit 28 asph

I prefer the 35 2.0 and 28 2.8 Variants by Leica over the ZM Versions that i have. The Summicron because of the Lens Signature, the Elmart because of size, but i would be OK with the 28mm Biogon as well.

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Old 03-27-2015   #32
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F3HP, 28mm AIS, 50mm f1.2 AIS and Zeiss 100 f2 Makro-Planar.
Even though I love most of my Leica gear, I'd probly go with this as the most bang for one outfit.
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Sounds good to me, mine is actually a bit different :

Spotmatic F
28mm 3.5 SMC Takumar
55mm 1.8 SMC Takumar
85mm 1.8 SMC Takumar

The 2.5/135 is terrific indeed, but a bit too big and heavy for a 3 lens setup.
It goes well in a pair with a 35mm IMHO.
I'd take that 85mm over the 135mm anyday !

I would be very happy with a :

Nikon FM3A
Distagon 21mm 2.8
Nikkor 28mm 2.8 AIS
Noct Nikkor 58mm f1.2

PS : I would probably choose a black Pentax MX and some M lenses over the Spottie.
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There is altogether too much Leica stuff here!


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Sounds good to me, mine is actually a bit different :

Spotmatic F
28mm 3.5 SMC Takumar
55mm 1.8 SMC Takumar
85mm 1.8 SMC Takumar

The 2.5/135 is terrific indeed, but a bit too big and heavy for a 3 lens setup.
It goes well in a pair with a 35mm IMHO.
Lou, 85mm is probably my favorite overall focal length. If I could have only one lens, that would probably be it (but I would sure miss the 28mm, which runs a close second!).

I like the 135mm for tight head shots when doing portraiture. In fact, I like having the 85, 100, and 135 for portraiture.

That's why I chose 28mm, 85mm, and 135mm (the 135 2.8 in my Minolta kit is smaller and lighter than the Pentax 2.5). I use 28 and 85 for landscape and 85 and 135 for portraiture.

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So many great setups in this thread. Honestly, I would take any of them.
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I just added a 90 to round out my three lens kit. My kit looks like this and am happy with it. 20 rolls of AGFA Precisa just arrived in the mail. +15C today. All is good

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Tough choice indeed!
M2
Zeiss C Biogon 21mm f4.5
Ultron 35mm f1.7
Zeiss Planar 50mm f2.0 - alternatively the C Sonnar 50mm f1.5
Possible 35mm contender would be the Distagon 35mm f1.4. I don't have that one yet, but it is on its way.
But for the rest of my life - no way. Possibly for the next couple of month!
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Nikkor 28mm f2.8 ais
AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8 D
AF Nikkor 85mm f1.8 D.

The 28mm is an awesome lens and has not been beaten by the af versions.
The 50 and 85 are also tack sharp and dont weigh a ton either, so feel good on the solid F5.
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