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Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by flogger, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. flogger

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    I kinda like 35mm compacts, (I'm on my third Ricoh R1). you don't get
    pestered by other snappers and officials tend to dismiss you as a tourist. Ok you dont get the versatility of an slr, but thats no good if getting it out the bag means you miss the shot.
     
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    Couldn,t agree with you more. I have 4 "Don,t leave home without them" compacts including a Muji II and Yashica T4. Getting the shot sometimes means sacrificing creative control but you still have an image that can be reworked in the darkroom.
    No more,"Dam,wish I had my Nikon with me" situations.

    Mike
     
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    Yaschica T4 makes a mean 16x20, so does the Olympus XA.

    Trick with the Yaschica: tape a piece of ND filter over the meter cell and eliminate any underexposure.

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    ive heard good reports about the t4 but my other fave compact is the rollie 35, shame mine doesn't aperture priority.
     
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    i also had a minolta slr which used 110 film, apparantly theres a company in holland who will load your fave 35 emulsion into 110 cartridges but i forgot their address.
     
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    There are some great bargins on ebay, I have bought several compacts for less than £20. My latest purchase has been a Samsung ecx-1, its not so compact but it has a great lens and lots of usefull features. My all time favourites are the Canon Sureshot Z115 and Z135, brilliant lenses,lovely to handle cheap to buy. Come to think of it I seem to have compacts all over the place, in my car,rucksack,coat pocket, motorcycle top box. The only problem I have is that some of them have film in for ages and I forget what shots are on them, but its always good fun to see whats on the film when its developed. Keep film alive buy a compact and stick it in your favourite coat pocket or the glove box in your car, I'm sure you will not regret it. Have fun, Bogey
     
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    yeah i still have film in an olly trip and i cant recall wether its xp2 or tranny.
     
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    One of the best kept affordable secrets are the Lexio series of Konica. The 70 is especially sharp and contrasty. Another low priced and reasonably capable small rig is the Leica Mini series. I have a III that lives on in the glovebox and it has proven rugged and can deliver very sharp 5X7's. Mine gets used for snapshot sort of duty and it is very good at that with 400 film.

    A bit up the price scale and requiring a bit bigger pocket are Hexar AF's. German level results and no image degradation rationalizing at all! A friend has great results with his MiniLux but has had some reliability problems. Another friend's old T3 Yashica has been kicking forever. I was with him when he bought it (right after they were introduced). It seems like it was 20? years ago? I took a picture of our state governor giving the State of the State address with it (indoors, braced on a rail, available light) that day and it ended up in the newspaper. His travel pictures with that simple rig can rival just about anyone's.
     
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    I've just bought two nice "compacts". The smallest one doesn't belong here since it's a plate camera...

    But the other one is a Welta Welti, 35mm folding. Very compact, Tessar 50mm f:2.8 lens, and capable of producing very good negatives. No lightmeter, rangefinder or batteries :D
     
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    As a user of Leica M rangefinders, I don't like to sacrifice image quality or manual control. However, the Rollei 35 has high quality Zeiss formulated optics as well as full creative control in a small package, so that's usually what I take with me whenever I think a 40mm focal length and f/2.8 (Sonnar) or f/3.5 (Tessar) speed will be adequate.
     
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    I use a Nikon L35AF 35mm compact camera for the times when I want to shoot with a simple, inexpensive, easy to operate camera that takes high-quality photos. I also use it for the times when I need to loan someone a camera. For example, when I shoot a wedding, I sometimes give this camera to a female and ask her to go into a restricted area (like the women’s dressing room) and take a few candid photos of the bride.
     
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    I just wish Fuji would import the Natura S into the US. 24mm f/1.9 in a point-and-shoot sure sounds like fun. (I emailed Fuji...not a chance. Such is life.)

    If I'm not planning on photographing anything, I'll have either a Canon SureShot or Fuji GA645 with me "just in case". Both have been excellent performers for me over the years. The Fuji only attracts the attention of photographers; the general public never look twice.
     
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    I origionally bought an XA2 but it is a bit heavy, its great alternative to a disposible camera as it is cheap but with a lens so much fater and shaper than that of a disposible, Plus it has some sort of focus, I used it in a pub at my mates 21st birthday, I remember loading a fresh film in it while under the influence :D! Also it is theft proof, I just left it next to a very drunk freind while I went to the bar without really worring about it, I think it would be a good idea for a second hand shop to pit these old compacts against disposibles!

    I recently got an MJUII (Stylus Epic) Is good but it falls short of greatness due to lack of control. I carry that around anywhere now, the XA is there incase I need a camera while on the town :D
     
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    70's/80's compacts

    There were so many excellent compact 35's from the 70's, particularly, that can be picked up very reasonably on EBay and other places. Many of these, including the Canonet, Olympus 35 SP/RC/RD line, Minolta's Hi-Matic line, had lenses that were easily the equals of the average SLR lens back then--in other words, very good. Depending on the model you can get the amount of automation you want. No DX, no autowind, instead usually a good rangefinder and the silence of winding your own film. I had an Olympus 35SP that offered the choice of auto or manual, spot or average metering, guide number assisted flash, and a superb Zuiko lens that produced many chromes that I still treasure. It was the practice of some back then to buy an SLR body and other focal lengths and use the 35 RF for the normal lens. The only drawback nowadays is the mercury battery question but there are many ways around that. Plus, if you've gotten accustomed to buying so many batteries with the winders now it can be a pleasant surprise to have to buy only about one a year! Most of these cameras had very light use and you can actually find new ones every so often. I bought a Trip 35 Olympus, new in box, a year or so ago and am enjoying it for when I don't take the Leica. Yes, like the Rollei 35, they tend to be a little heavier, but don't count them out.
     
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    Good Lord! The title of the thread confused me. I thought that I would learn advanced techniques to powder my nose.
     
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    I've certainly enjoyed the Canonet that I picked up recently, it's got a great fast 40mm f1.7 lens. It is small, but not nearly as small as the XA and pretty heavy.
     
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    I have a couple of Oly XA's. Their actually kind of small for my big hands but they have good lenses and continue to work despite years of abuse. While a good big larger, heavier and more expensive, a Leica M6 is pretty compact and discreet and a lot easier for me to handle.
     
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    I just got an Olympus Stylus fo £4.20!
     
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    I'm not sure that it's can be called "compact" though, contax T VS is always with me. I mean always. Only exception is when I'm taking shower.
    It is very well built small tank. AF is good, manual zooming is nice. I wish finder was brighter.
     
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    Whenever this topic comes up, I feel compelled to speak of the camera that has totally blown me away: Canonet QL17. Great optics, small, quiet, mine has been reliable in every way and it is tiny. On top of that, my wife loves it - and that is always a bonus, since a happy wife means more photography getting done :smile:
     
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    Have been wanting a Yashica T4 Super ever since my t4 was stolen... I miss it. Keep getting outbid on ebay. If anyone has one to sell...
     
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    I've just been given one today. A cute matte black thing to match my nail polish. I'm sure that it will be a lot of fun. Everything is in Japanese. I'm already familiar with Natura 1600 film and will use the Natura camera with that, and with EPJ pushed two.

    Best,
    Helen
    PS my other compact is also cute and matte black, but made by M·A·C.
     
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