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What are your two all-time favorite cameras?

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Footloose, May 7, 2019.

  1. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Both excellent cameras! I have both - and they're both loaded with film. :)
  2. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Strange, since Hexanon lenses are generally well-regarded. :confused:
  3. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    I don't really get attached to cameras but I have to say I did enjoy my street photography with just a Nikon FM3A and a 28mm prime back when I could buy a roll of black & white film for around £1.20! Too expensive to shoot film now, for me at any rate :(
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  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That's as maybe but there were precious few owners in Chester in the 1980s
  5. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    Firstly, a Praktica LTL3, which, being manual, gave me a good start in understanding in exposure, focusing, depth of field, and so on. Then a Canon AE-1, my first "expensive" camera with a bit of automation.
  6. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    Separated at birth! Those where the first two proper cameras I owned....I don't count the Zenith E! The CANON AE-1 served me well for nearly 20 years and survived quite a few knocks during summers scrambling in the Alps :)
  7. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I am not sure i have a favourite camera, I always thought I would keep my OM1 but being unable to buy new battery packs for the motordrive knocked that one on the head. I suppose my favourite film camera would be the Nikon F5, I still have my two some 23 years after buying them, digital would have to be the D4 but if I ever manage to afford a D5...
  8. RobertCoombes

    RobertCoombes Well-Known Member

    Film Werra3 with 35, 50,and 100 primes only upgraded to Nikon F because those commissioning me looked askance. Digital my D90; A3+ OK for me.
  9. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I must say it was a toss-up between the Vito II and the Werramatic for me.

  10. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Well, digital-wise it's a piece of cake as I've only ever owned (and still use) a Canon G10 and a Nikon D200.

    Film camera wise... actually, surprisingly easy too. Considering I have eighty or so, The Werra's almost crept in, as did the Trip 35s (which have been bolted together as a stereo rig that I've never actually printed a pic from for years now...). But it was genuinely quite simple. First is the Moskva 4 - for the sheer stonkingness of the prints from those big 6x9 neggies.

    [​IMG]Moskva 4 front by gray1720, on Flickr

    And runner-up is it's much older brother my 1911 Kodak - which doesn't produce quite such stonking negs, not having a coated Tessar clone on the front, but still works beautifully over a century on from it's manufacture.And just looks gorgeous with those red bellows.

    [​IMG]Kodak No2 Folding Pocket Brownie by gray1720, on Flickr
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  11. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Accepting that I may be a little odd; if your favourite camera isn't the one you use on a regular basis why not?

    Following on from that if the camera you use most isn't your favourite, why did you buy it?
  12. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Tricky, how do you define favorite... But I am going to go for my late LG G4, exelent camera on that phone, had all the needed adjustments great autofocus an image quality was very good. Sadly it did not like swimming in the ocean, so I had to replace it.
  13. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Because neither the Moskva or the Kodak are really that usable, and bloomin' expensive to get P&P for them - beasides, I think the fun factor would be diluted if I used them more often.

    The two I use are tools, rather than for real fun.

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  14. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I've chosen to restrict my choice to cameras I've owned and used over the last 46 years, which means I have only 4 to choose from.
    So I nominate a Pentax MX 35 mm film SLR I used for 26 years, and my current Pentax K5 DSLR which hopefully will outlast me.
    I've never had the funds, or desire to own the latest soon-to-be-obsolete model.

    But I did once borrow a Leica 35 mm film SLR with a 50 mm F 1.2 lens for a weekend ...
  15. TheAlex

    TheAlex Well-Known Member

    If I can't include my current main camera (Canon G1 X Mark III):
    Canon G1 X, which I prefer to the Mark II by far, and continued to use instead of the Mark II, which I should've sold really.
    Canon Powershot G3, which was my first digital camera. It also helped me win a round of APOY. :D
  16. William Parker

    William Parker Well-Known Member

    A bit difficult as I collect film cameras. My first quality camera, which I still have and occasionally use.........Pentax Spotmatic 11 for it's quality and ease of use. The stop down metering never bothered me. Added to that SMC Takuars are as good, IMHO, as any lens system you care to name.
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  17. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    Digital - Canon G12, film Canon FT.
  18. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    My favorites are the ones that I use. A pair of Nikon D500. At various times over the years I would have always said the cameras that I use. Those cameras in order would have been Exacta Varex llb and Exa ll, Pentax Spotmatic ll (only one at that time), Nikon F100 and FM2n, then Nikon D200, D300, then my present D500.

    More telling perhaps are the cameras that I dislike. First my father's Voigtlander baby besse, then after very happy use of SLRs, my brush with an Oly Pen Digital something or other, then A D800 (what a mistake that was; it cost a bomb)
    Then there is the Marmite camera. A Sony RX100M3. I still carry it around and use it even though I have recently bought a so called smart phone. The RX100M3 is not nice to handle, even with the overpriced grip that should be standard. The menus are diabolical. the controls fiddly. At the same time it is extremely portable, discrete, and makes rather good photographs. As a piece of miniature technology it is wonderful.
  19. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Good point. I hated my Canon EOS 40D and I tried a Yashicamat 124G at one point as a light to carry medium-format camera, I found it fiddly and the finder didn't suit me, so off it went, I sold it without loss though.
  20. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Funny how people differ isn't it... I loved my 40D, enough for it to be my main camera for nearly 10 years - indeed I only upgraded last Autumn because Canon knocked £200 off the 80D for Black Friday and I wanted a Canon that went to a higher ISO like my D5000 & 7000 do...

    Cant say I've ever really hated a camera though there's been the odd one I couldn't get on with, closest candidate for hate was possibly the Nikon F70 I was given - bloody horrible controls and not particularly ergonomic either. I disliked it intensely and if it hadn't been a freebie then I suppose hate might have been a more appropriate term...:rolleyes:

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