Fixed-lens camera with wide-angle lens

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  1. dj_judas21

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    I'm looking for recommendations for a manual focus 35mm fixed-lens compact camera with a wide angle lens. I already own several viewfinder cameras and a rangefinder but they all have lenses that are 45mm or 50mm. I'm looking for something with a 28mm or 35mm lens - does anyone know a camera like this? Something with crude metering would be nice - a selenium match-needle or similar.

    The kind of thing I'm looking for, except with a wider lens:

    I have a couple of old SLRs with wide-angle lenses, but I'm looking for something a bit smaller and lighter.

    Any suggestions? :smile:
     
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    Ricoh GR-1, if you forego manual focus.
     
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    A Olympus XA has a 35mm manual focus RF lens, although, it is not from the vintage of the cameras you show above, but meets your requirements...
    http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/XA
     
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  4. David A. Goldfarb

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    Konica Off Road, weather resitaint point and shoot with 28mm.
     
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    Or even better: XA4 has 28mm lens
     
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    Interesting re XA4, wasn't it only macro though? I see it has macro, 3m and infinity?
     
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    Yashica Electro 35 CC/CCN (1970/1973) - COLOR-YASHINON DX 35mm F1.8 / Rangefinder, AE only
    Olympus Wide (1955) - D.ZUIKO 35mm F3.5 / Zone focus, No meter
    Olympus Wide E (1957) - D.ZUIKO 35mm F3.5 / Zone focus
    Olympus Wide Super (1957) - H.Zuiko 3.5mm F2 / Rangefinder, No meter
    Olympus Wide II (1958) - D.ZUIKO 35mm F3.5 / Zone focus, No meter
    Kowa Kallo Wide (1955) - PROMINAR 35mm F2.8 / Rangefinder, No meter
    Mamiya Wide (1957) - MAMIYA SEKOR 35mm F2.8 / Rangefinder, No meter
    Mamiya Wide E (1957) - Topcor-M 35mm F2.8 / Zone focus
    Minolta Auto Wide (1958) - Rokkor 35mm F2.8 / Zone focus
    Welmy Wide (1958) - TAIKOR 35mm F3.5 / Zone focus, No meter
    Walz Wide (1958) - WALZER 3.5cm F2.8 / Zone focus, No meter
    Ricoh Wide 2.4 (1960) - KOMINAR 3.5cm F2.4 / Rangefinder, No meter
     
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    Virtually any compact AF camera with a fixed lens produced between 1975 and today. Many are 38mm, most are 35mm, quite a few are 28mm, and lengths in between. If you want small and light, you won't find much smaller or lighter than the Nikon Lite Touch AF/AF600, or the Ricoh R1.

    Never mind. I missed that "manual focus" part.
     
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    Fuji Clearshot 24mm ,excellent.
     
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    The markings on mine are infinity, 3m, 1m, 0.5m and 0.3m.


    Steve.
     
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    Thanks for all the recommendations. There are quite a few cameras there I hadn't heard of before.

    In the end I answered my own question in a slightly different way, by buying a Zorki-4 rangefinder with Jupiter-8 (50mm f/2) and Jupiter-12 (35mm f/2.8) lenses.

    Failing that, the Olympus Wide cameras would have been my next choice.