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steve486 4 126 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 10:16PM
zenit em for me,good learning tool!

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5 Oct 2012 3:06PM

Quote:My Contax 139. Beautiful to look at, beautiful to hold and beautiful to use. No contest. None of my subsequent Canons, although great pieces of equipment (film and digital), have never given me the pleasure to use that the 139 did.

Quote:My Contax 139. Beautiful to look at, beautiful to hold and beautiful to use. No contest. None of my subsequent Canons, although great pieces of equipment (film and digital), have never given me the pleasure to use that the 139 did.

Quote:My Contax 139. Beautiful to look at, beautiful to hold and beautiful to use. No contest. None of my subsequent Canons, although great pieces of equipment (film and digital), have never given me the pleasure to use that the 139 did.


Couldn't agree more, an absolutely fabulous camera. The only camera I ever owned that was better than this was my Zenith E!
Niknut e2
4 737 64 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 3:30PM
120 roll-film camera......Mamiya C330 TLR..........exquisite quality & results to match.

35mm Manual focus......Nikon F1......an engineering masterpiece & results to match.

35mm Autofocus...........Canon EOS 100...ergonomic perfection, & so quiet in use, & results to match.

Had lots of others, but none in the same league as the above 3......Smile
Railcam 8 482 Scotland
5 Oct 2012 3:38PM

Quote:35mm Manual focus......Nikon F1......an engineering masterpiece & results to match.

I didn't think that Nikon made an F1. They were F, F2,F3.....F6. Did Canon make an F1?
Niknut e2
4 737 64 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 3:51PM
Scrub the "1" !!!!!!
RogBrown 7 3.0k 10 England
5 Oct 2012 4:12PM

Quote:Did Canon make an F1?

Yep.
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 4:28PM
Pentax LX for me.
Such a shame they were prone to develop a "sticky mirror" needing a service to replace the gasket.
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 4:38PM
Interesting that Canon (Kwanon) began by imitating the Leica as others also did.
Canon A1 during early eighties then eos 1N which i still have in draw and as far as i know still performs great . Keep saying i will ebay it but never have the heart
18 Oct 2012 8:45PM

Quote: My Contax 139. Beautiful to look at, beautiful to hold and beautiful to use


Used a pair of these for a long time. Still have them in the display cabinet. Couldn't afford the Zeiss lenses other than the 50mm 1.7 but had a variety of Yashica lenses from my FR/FR days. I actually preferred the Yashica 50mm 1.7 lens as I found it to be more contrasty. Probably because the front element was deeply inset in the barrel- provided a fair amount of shading.
Professional 7 128 United Arab Emirates
14 Nov 2012 9:10PM
From what i have now i can list my favorite film cameras as following:

Mamiya RZ ProII
Mamiya 7II
Hasselblad 501CM
Fuji GSW690III
Speed Graphic Pacemaker 4x5

Later if i buy another 4x5 field or view camera then i will be done with film cameras.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Nov 2012 1:20AM
I`ve loved many but only use a few now.

My favourite is the Olympus 35SP, followed by a couple of trips, 30 years ago I would not even look at a trip Smile

olympus-35sp.jpg



http://www.cameraquest.com/olysp.htm
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Nov 2012 1:32AM
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 7:55AM
As always, check completed auctions. A good SP should go over 100, but not 300.
Focus_Man 4 481 631 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 9:58AM
My favourite was always my Mamiya 645 kit. Because of the 6X4.5 aspect ratio it always proved difficult to take portrait style pics so one needed to add a pentaprism. I cannot remember all the lenses but standard was around 75mm. I also added a 45mm and a medium telephoto whose FL eludes me now. I could never fault images resulting from the stuff. I also used Rolleiflex with an f2.8 Xenotar lens as wekll as a couple of Mamiya 6x6 C220s and a C330. 35mm wise, my favourite was the old manual Nikon FM2 but I also had one of the later battery controlled Nikon bodies, something AF which is still in my loft as it proved to not too popular. I also have two zoom lenses (Sigma) with it. Something like 28-80 and 80 - 270mm. Changing batteries was a pain so I preferred the old FM2. Nothing however, beat my Mamiya 6x4.5 stuff.

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