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I want another film camera


11 Oct 2012 7:04PM
Ok folks I'm after a recommendation. I'm after another film camera. I want either a rangefinder or a folder that takes 120 film to shoot some street scenes. It needs to be usable, simple, relatively easy to fix (if needed) and inexpensive. What do you recommend? To give you a bit more context I also shoot with a Nikon F4 and a Bronny SQ but i'm looking for something much older and more basic but still usable.

Cheers folks

Chris

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franken e2
12 3.2k 4 Wales
11 Oct 2012 7:20PM
11 Oct 2012 7:26PM
Yes that looks interesting i guess i don't know how long a 105mm lens is? In this camera, what would its equivalence be in 35mm terms?

Chris
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
11 Oct 2012 7:27PM
lubitel 2, cost peanuts and very capable, and its pretty compact as twin reflexes go.

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Lubitel_2
11 Oct 2012 7:30PM
Thanks Paul but thats too bulky i don't want a twin

Chris
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
11 Oct 2012 7:55PM
Believe it or not it is smaller than the DSLR I`ve just given up Smile
Newdevonian 2 439 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:04PM

Quote:Yes that looks interesting i guess i don't know how long a 105mm lens is? In this camera, what would its equivalence be in 35mm terms?

Chris


I believe that is a standard (50mm / 35mm format equivalent) for 2.25 x 3.25 inch format

http://arukucamera.net/folders.html
11 Oct 2012 8:48PM
Cheers thats really helpful thanks

Chris
Sooty_1 4 1.2k 202 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 10:06PM
It is standard length. 645 standard is 75mm, for 6x6 (2 1/4 sq) its 80mm. For 6x7 it's 90mm and for 6x9 it's 105mm.

I also use a 6x9 folder, an Ensign Ranger, but used to use a Zeiss Nettar 6x6, both of which had good ranges of shutter speed and apertures (depends on the lens you get on it, as various lenses were offered at different times.

I also had an Olympus mju 1 with no flash that worked brilliantly as a point and shoot.

For the ultimate experience, try a Leica! You can get into the system for a couple of hundred quid.

Nick
11 Oct 2012 10:26PM
Cheers Nick really helpful stuff. think the leica might be the end point!

Thanks again

Chris
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
12 Oct 2012 6:20PM

Quote:Thanks Paul but thats too bulky i don't want a twin


Not a great pick but it gives you some idea of the size Smile

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Sooty_1 4 1.2k 202 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 11:48PM
If you want to try rangefinders, you can pick up Voigtlander Bessas pretty cheaply, and if you get one of the screw ones, Russian Jupiter lenses are cheap but pretty good, or there's voigtlanders or even leicas. You can even get adapters to use other lenses. A wealth of choice!
Better to steer clear of Feds and zorkis as quality control wasn't their strong suit.

But if you find it works for you, you will end up with a Leica.

You can get a doggy leica 111 or 111a with a summar cheaply (for a 'special kind of image') or better still a summitar, or even an Elmar.

Nick
Sooty_1 4 1.2k 202 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 11:54PM
Forgot to mention you can get the bodies for a couple of hundred and the lenses cheaper (a lot cheaper if you're careful). Or a Minolta/leica CL for another option.

Depends on your budget.
14 Oct 2012 9:18PM
Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions - really helpful. I'm following a number on ebay just to get an idea of prices - seems there is quite some variability!

Thanks again

Chris
Newdevonian 2 439 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 8:40AM

Quote:

You can get a doggy leica 111 or 111a with a summar cheaply (for a 'special kind of image') or better still a summitar, or even an Elmar.

Nick



I think Nick is trying to say that the Summar was as soft as Kerrygold on a hot day! I have no experience of the Summitar but the Elmars are good lenses, but F2.8 max. I had a 39mm screw collapsible 50mm and that was always good for 20"x16" B&W prints.

As for Leica's of that age, they showed their usage on the outside. If you can see brass, avoid!

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