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Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Old 08-03-2009   #1
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Comfort Cameras

Just a teasing follow up from Pretty Cameras [ should it be Pretty Awful Cameras ? ]

With the shadow of ASD , Kievs surround and ground me , just seeing a Kiev near helps with the chaos .

On a lighter note - which is your Comfort Camera ?
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Old 08-03-2009   #2
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Leica IIIf is my comfort camera. Makes me feel all warm and contented to have one hanging off my shoulder.
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Old 08-03-2009   #3
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My Yashica GSN. I use my Nikons for serious 35mm work and my Mamiya Press for Medium Format. When I'm just with family or not doing anything serious, I like my Yashica. It's always in my car with me, or when I go for a walk. A real comfort that I have a camera on my shoulder.
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Out of all my Leicas the M3 is my comfort camera. I just have a great feeling when its in my hand.
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I guess I would have to call my MP my "comfort camera". But my M3 comes in at a close second. My Canon DSLRs are used more for paid jobs, unless I'm asked specifically to work in film. But yes, it's a Leica that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
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Old 08-03-2009   #6
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My Yashica-Mat I've had since high school. I keep it on my desk.
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My 1959 Minolta Autocord. Half the vulcanite is chipped off, the black paint is mostly gone, but the lens looks like new and I got the wind and the shutter working again. I'm glad that I got it a couple years back for about $5 and I wish that I'd gotten it working sooner. It made me start digging through my files for the forty to fifty year old negatives from my last Autocord.

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The MP. Each shot just seems to be divinely inspired...
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My 1970 Nikon F with Photomic FT finder(Still Working!). I don't use it much since I switched to Leicas in 1990 but it has done so many good rolls for me. It's the one camera I hope my daughter will keep when I'm gone. Joe
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A Pentax MX. I had one all through college and when I worked at a newspaper. It was stolen from my desk at a former job. I missed it so much I bought another one last year. I shoot mostly digital now but that's the one that brings back the emotions.
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Old 08-03-2009   #12
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It's a toss-up between my F1N and Leica IIIc, I really like the feel of these cameras in hand and use, for different reasons. Now-a-days, I carry the Leica more often because of the weight and feel of the lenses but the camera I've carried most often has been a F1 of one sort or another, for the better part of thirty years so, in some ways, it's more of a companion than a tool.
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My 1930 Leic 1a ... it has something special which is probaly to do with it's connections to the origins of 35mm photography. I very seldom put a roll of film through it, in fact last time I did it broke but Youxin was able to fix it!

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Old 08-03-2009   #15
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Old 08-03-2009   #17
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Nikon F2A with working meter and the micro-nikkor 55/2.8 attached. If I just want to go for a walk up in the hills away from the 'city life', I almost always take this combination with me. Its basic comfort... like a favorite pair of re-soled old shoes.
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My comfort camera? Whichever one happens to be at hand at the time.
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My used Canonet GIII QL-17. Something about the styling, the heft and the fact that somebody was taking photographs with it before I was the age my son is now is incredibly comforting.
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Old 08-03-2009   #23
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Oddly enough, it is my newest camera, a D700, because I never have to worry about it not working, I never have to worry about how many shots I have left, and I never have to worry about having the right speed of film at the right time. I still love film, and plan on picking up an FG and an F5, but the greatest comfort is reliability and versatility.
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Old 08-03-2009   #24
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I use other things, some more frequently than the above (M3 and Elmar-M 50 just lately), but each of these "feels like home" in its appropriate situation.

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My Hexar RFs are almost even with my previous Minolta 9xi's as my longest-lived Main Axe cameras. As far as I'm concerned, they are my photographic "second skin" in terms of how easily I work with them.

Close on their heels is "my" (borrowed on long-term, hopefully to buy) Leica M2. This is not a knock on the M2, mind you, simply an acknowledgement that that the Hexen have run through a lot more film in my hands, and, in this case, familiarity breeds contentment, and then some. The M2 (along with the v1 35 f/2 Summi that came with it) brings simple and precise delights all its own, and I love it to pieces for that.

Finally, there's the Contax Tvs that I got from FrankS. I figured I'd like this camera a good deal, but it's become a lot bigger than that. It might be the best compact 35 I've used. Not the absolute best in all categories, but the gestalt of the thing (I know, I throw that damned word around a lot) is teriffic. It's almost always with me, with a roll of BW400NC in it. Enough said.


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I love my Bessa R w/ J8. It might not be the most expensive, or even the sturdiest camera- but it has been a perfect companion since the day I got it. It's the camera that stole me away from DSLR's...
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Despite it's evil SLRness, my Canon AE-1P. It was the first thing I bought with my first paycheck from my first part time job. Though I pretty much use my CL I still leave a roll of colour film in the Canon.
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.... hmm .... just got out my Minolta SR7V - like an SRT but no so tall - similar size to my Kontaxes - with a built in CDs meter cell - freedom from te dreaded needle in the viewfinder ! Close second to the Contax ...
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Difficult call - for years it would have been my Nikon F2, but now I have left the dark side behibd, it's a close run thing between my MP and IIIc K
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Would it seem strange if I said the Panasonic Lumix G1? Always gets the kill.

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