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Your ten classic film cameras

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by gray1720, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    In response to Fen's thread here: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?106191-10-Classic-film-cameras, I thought this would be the perfect way to start an argument or three. So... here's mine, let's have yours, and a few words why.

    In no particular order, other than I own at least one of each:

    1. Vest Pocket Kodak - the Minox of its day, small, portable, and introduced a film format still (just!) holding on today 101 years later. The Autographic version introduced EXIF data - in 1917!

    2. Werra 1 - compact 35mm full-frame camera no bigger than a half-frame and so clean that it was almost anti-styled. Add in a Tessar lens, and you have a winner.

    3. Olympus Trip 35 - redefined the compact point-and-shoot with it's Zuiko lens and auto-exposure system. Many still taking great pics today - anyone else notice it crept into AP's letters page twice the other week?

    4. Coronet Popular Twelve / Dynamic Twelve - magnificently fugly. No other merits at all, as was common with Coronets!

    5. Box Brownie - of any variety. Bought photography to the masses, and still capable today with a little care. Kodak, what have you done? :-(

    6. Argus C3 Matchmatic - Truly a Wizard camera, thanks to Hairy Blotter and the Chamber Pot of Secrets, it's beigeness and awe-inspiringly unergonomic design make it a must for the masochistic photographer. A surprisingly sharp lens...

    7. Olympus OM10 - my first SLR. What more do you need to know?

    8. Kodak Retina II. A Retina took the first photo from the summit of Everest, and George Lowe (RIP) documented the expedition with his Retina II. So there you have it, a proven ability to produce iconic photographs in the toughest conditions.

    9. Nikkormat ELW. Your boat will never drift away if you have one - heavier than a Zenit!

    10. Kodak Duo-620. As used by the aliens on planet Zorglub who took Amelia Earhart's when they abducted her - well, until they ran out of 620 film!

    There you go, let's see what other people think!

  2. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    My list, most of which I own, or have owned

    1 Zeiss Super Ikonta 531/2, 8 0r 16 on 120, coupled range finder, Tessar lens, which I have, almost equal with it the equivalent Voigtlander Bessa 2 model which I had way back in 1957

    2 Agilux 6x6 interchangeable lens developed from WW2 aerial camera

    3 Rollei, never owned, but lusted after. I did have a Yashica 4x4 for a while after an RAF trip to Singapore, passed it on to my son.

    4 Agimatic, cheap and cheerful (less than 25 quid in 1958) 35mm interchangeable lens, uncoupled Rf, extinction meter

    5 Olympus PenF, half frame interchangeable lens (never managed to afford a second lens in those days!)

    6 Minolta 110 Zoom MkII,

    7 Minolta 7000, claimed to be first SLR with both AF and motor advance, kept mine for years until I went digital

    8 Olympus XA, all you needed in pocket size

    9 Minolta A200 very handy 9Mpx bridge with antishake and reasonable zoom

    10 Minolta 5d my first DSLR, uses the same lenses as my 7000, and brings some new ones with it, maybe only 6Mpx but I prefer it to my 14Mpx Sony A350 for most of what I do, I suspect the noise performance is better than the Sony above 800 ISO.

    I've not included other drool worthy cameras, I think of those the Linhof Technika was probably at the top of my wish list.
  3. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    I have a thick head this a.m. (more than normal ho ho, and NO, before you ask, I wasn't out late, drinking, eating to excess yesterday or in the small hours!) so this is going to be a struggle but here is a very personal selection:

    Ten 35mm classics or otherwise I would like to have temporary ;) custody of in my head :D in no particular order:

    Leica IIIf
    Nikon F2 chrome with plain prism and 50mm f2 {nothing like being specific!:eek:}
    Minolta XM
    Leica R7
    Olympus 35RC
    Nikon F100
    Leica M7 or MP (or both)
    KI Monobar
    ... now I'm struggling ... umh
    Olympus OM2SP
    Pentax LX ...

    ... how's that?
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2013
  4. nspur

    nspur Well-Known Member

    1. Nicca 3-F, Japan's Leica.
    2. Zeiss Ikon Contina-matic III
    3. Yashica Electro 35 GT
    4. Pentax Spotmatic II
    5. Mamiya C330 f TLR
    6. Nikon F2
    7. Miranda Sensomat RE
    8. Olympus OM 2n
    9. Minolta XG-M
    10. Mamiya 645 1000s
  5. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    A more worldly and practical list than Hasselblads , twin lens thingys, and ancient bellows jobbies.

    1. Nikon F2 - vastly superior to the original F which weaned pros off rangefinders
    2. Leica M6 - best rangefinder - within lusting range now secondhand
    3. Nikon F3 - very small by todays standards - kept going for 15 years as pros resisted F4
    4. Pentax Spotmatic - used by Bailey - very lustworthy despite clinging to screw mount
    5. Zenith E - little boys first SLR at tiny tiny prices
    6. Canon AE1 - won every single magazine camera group test for several years
    7. Praktica LTL2 - excellent step up from Zenith E for tiny money - more affordable than the Spotmatic you really wanted.
    8. Olympus OM1 - small classy alternative to worthy but ugly Nikkormat FT3
    9. Olympus XA - only just taller than a 35mm cassette - coupled rangefinder better than "guess the distance" Rollei 35's
    10. Minolta 7000 - first easily available auto focus SLR that everyone had heard of.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2013
  6. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    Rolleiflex 2.8F
    Sinar 6x9 monorail ( not the 5x4 with a 6x9 back) (Only ever seen one)
    Olympus 35 SPn
    Olympus XA
    Olympus OM1n
    Nikon F3 hp
    Canon 7 SZ
    Leica M4P
    Compass Camera (Jaeger LeCoultre & Cie.,) The ultimate bling
    Ernemann Ermanox Film Camera (as used by Dr. Erich Salomon)

    There are so many exceptional cameras that it would be hard to chose a collecting list, but it would be hard not to love the above.
  7. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Brain working a bit better today but may be errors as am posting from memory without G**gle checks, here's my all-time film classic list for Adrian, almost sticking to his brief (sorry, more than 10 :eek:):

    Kodak Box Brownie - advent of 'film' & photography for the masses
    Gandolfi - a camera that covered the lifetime of photography from coated plates up to the latest E-6 emulsion
    Leica IIIa/c - not the first, I know, the Ermanox pioneered but the Leica was a 'changed the world' camera that was most effective
    Rolleiflex - amazing quality with portability
    Hasselblad - the bird watcher's camera that went to the moon and made a lot of livings for a lot of photographers
    Sinar - almost ditto, just forget the bird & lunar photography (although I wouldn't mind betting Sinars photographed components of space vehicles)
    Brownie 127 - the black oval one, the memory of which always makes people smile
    Pentax S1/S1V - instant return mirror - start of the SLR revolution
    Olympus Trip 35 - iconic!, say no more
    Nikon F/F2 - ultimate system SLR
    Konica Reflex - first auto exposure SLR?
    Olympus OM1 - game changer
    Canon A series - start of 3 decades of dominance, biggest selling (?), and first multi-mode SLR
    Konica compact (cannot remember desig.) - first built in flash
    Konica AF compact - first AF in camera
    Minolta 7000 - first autofocus SLR camera
    Canon EOS 1V - game ender, the ultimate! - unless you are a Nikon obsessive :rolleyes:

    Cor! It's 17 and I could add the Minox 35 or Olympus XA or both or the original Lomo or a Diana.

    And then there's Polaroid - is it film or is it something else or is it unique?

    So a top twenty, perhaps? ;):D
  8. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Oops! Realised I missed a couple of strong contenders to round out my Top Twenty above: Exakta for its use, especially with microscopes, in medical, scientific and other professional fields plus, similarly, the Topcon Super D, which IIRC was a specified SLR camera - on a short list of one! - for some military forces, especially the US.
  9. Guitarist

    Guitarist Well-Known Member

    Brownie 127
    Ilford Sportsman Pronto
    Fed 3
    Yashica Electro 35 GTN
    Zenit E
    Pentax SPF
    Canon A1
    Ricoh 35G
    Nikon F80

    Roughly in the order in which I acquired them. I still have them all.
  10. Skyehammer

    Skyehammer Well-Known Member

    From my collection , I would say the Top 10 are in no particular order..

    1] Nikon F80

    2] Zorki 4K

    3] Nikon F90

    4] Yashica Mat

    5] Canon EOS 5

    6] Canon AE-1 [ got 3 of them ]

    7] Canon A1 [ got 2 of them ]

    8] Olympus OM2

    9] Olympus Trip

    10] Mamiya ZM Quartz
  11. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    Again in no order:

    Original Nikon F with 'Box' Photomic head. - probably because of how it looks.

    Leica, maybe the IIIG - because I don't know enough about the different III variants to make a more precise choice than that.

    Hassleblad V series. - Because of it's handling and are still out there, nailing shots commercially but nowadays with digital backs installed on them.

    Zeiss Contarex Electronic - Over engineered (to evade Leitz's patents) Zeiss's monstrously expensive and heavy swansong. If my memory serves me correctly, it took the BJP 3 issues to review it!

    Minolta Dynax 9 - never sold that well, and built like a brick latrine. was also their grand swansong too.

    Alpa 12, any configuration. - Engineering excellence in my opinion; saw one at the photoshow at the NEC, and marvelled at how a MF camera could be made so small!

    Olympus OM1. - Proved that system cameras don't have to be big and heavy.

    Olympus half-frame Pen F. - Yoshihisa Maitani's most innovative design.

    The original Kodak Box Brownie - Brought photography to the masses.

    Canon EF - Automatic version of the bullet-proof F1
  12. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Blimey, didn't I answer this one?

    1. Rolleiflex 3.5F Xenotar
    2. Rolleiflex 2.8F Xenotar
    3. Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar (6 element)
    4. Rolleiflex 2.8F Planar
    5. Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar (5 element)
    6. Rolleiflex Old Standard
    7. Rolleiflex T
    8. Rolleiflex 2.8A
    9. Rolleicord Vb
    10. Baby Rolleiflex
  13. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    So, you're not keen on Canon then? ;)
  14. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    I think I must've missed this thread when it was first posted. So here goes:

    Zeiss Contessa 35 533/24
    Zeiss Super Ikonta B 532/16
    Balda Super Baldax
    Zeiss Super Ikonta 531
    Voigtlander Vitessa L
    Voigtlander Perkeo II
    Voigtlander Vitomatic II
    Kodak Retina IIIc 021
    Zeiss Contaflex IV 864/24
    Voigtlander Vito II

    Not sure about the exact order.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2014
  15. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Rolleis are always my first love .;)

    Might do a more general one in a bit...
  16. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Just for you, 13 classic Canons, in no particular order for the first 10:

    1. Canon IIf
    2. Canon 7
    3. Canonet QL17 GIII
    4. Canon FTb QL
    5. Canon EF
    6. Canon F-1N
    7. Canon A-1
    8. Canon T90
    9. EOS 5
    10. EOS 1V

    11. EOS RT
    12. Canon F-1
    13. Canon 110ED

    Each of these is a really nice camera to use IMVHO, and each a genuine contender for best of its type at the time over a 50 year period.
  17. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    OK, something a little different - 10 classic electronic film cameras:

    1. Rolleiflex 3003
    2. Contax RX
    3. Fuji DL Super Mini
    4. Olympus Mju II
    5. Polaroid 1000
    6. Mamiya M645
    7. Praktica B200
    8. Pentax ESPIO
    9. Canon EOS 10QD
    10. Rollei A110
  18. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Whoa there, boy! Stretching the use of 'classic' a bit, aren't we? ;):)
  19. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Nope. :p:D
  20. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Most Leicas
    Most Gandolfis
    Most Alpas
    Most Retina RF models
    Hasselblad 500 series
    Later Linhof Technikas and Technikardans
    Some Robots
    Nikon F
    Olympus Pen W
    Pentax SV

    Well, that's 3 individual models from otherwise good or average makers, and seven series or indeed manufacturers -- but (for example) choosing a Leica M3 over an MP is a matter of personal choice.



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