Which Camera would You Like to See Again?

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  1. snegron

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    Nikon reintroduced the SP rangefinder for a limited production run several years ago. Maybe they did it for nostalgic reasons, who knows. I wonder why they chose that particular model? This got me thinking about how cool it would be if the camera companies would bring back one of their classic models for a limited production run, maybe with a few slight improvements. So, the idea of this thread is to share what we would like to see again, even if for a limited time.

    For Nikon, I would love to see a new production of F2AS bodies. This time though it would be even better with improved metering cells and all titanium body (even the metered prism in Titanium). Also, better weather seals.

    For Canon, the F1N, this time with shutter speeds up to 1/4000, maybe all in Titanium.

    For Pentax, probably the Spotmatic SP this time with improved metring.

    I would love to include Minolta and Contax, but I don't think they are making any 35mm cameras anymore, not sure.
     
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    Olympus XA.
     
  3. snegron

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    Almost forgot about Olympus! How about an OM4?
     
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    just a plain olde 4x5" box camera, like the delmar.
    nothing very sophisticated -- guillotine shutter, milk glass finder
    meniscus lens, "I" + "B" shutter speeds, tripod mount ... would be a great entry level camera for someone who didn't want to spend any money, but wanted a big-negative camera to fool around with.

    if i could make a shutter like that or equally as simple, heck, i would make and sell these cameras myself ...but then again, i have wanted to ride a velocipede too ...
     
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    The Pentax ME Super!!!!!
     
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    Maybe a full-frame digital body for Canon F1 series would be nice for some work. Many fixed-focal FD and NFD lenses are wonderful, but they are hardly practical in today's standard. I'm not a big fan of EOS cameras.

    I personally don't have any desire for another new film camera because there's already more than enough in the market.
     
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    Any pentax screwmount, with better metering
     
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    Linhof Press 70..and a full set of lenses in updated shutters.
     
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    Plaubel Makina 6x9; not with the 100/2.9 Anticomar, though, and preferably able to take a more modern back. Actually the Japanese 80/2.8 Nikkor version (6x7) could be reintroduced without significant change.

    Cheers,

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    Ensign 6x9 folder with a modern lens and shutter.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking. A screw-mount Spotmatic and a Nikon F2 with AI metering. Priceless!
     
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    XPan :sad:

    Straying onto MF (and slightly off-topic onto "would've been nice if") if Mamiya saw their way clear to putting together a carbon-fibre C330S body I wouldn't exactly complain...
     
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    Good Afternoon,

    Ditto on the OM-1 suggestion. I'd also like to see an updated version of Koni-Omega backs with their weak points eliminated.

    Konical
     
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    A Retina IIa with metering added.
     
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    In 35mm, Nikon briefly had a prototype rangefinder with TTL metering built into the body. I think that would be a nice one, though it might be tough to figure out if there was actually a market for it. Nikon also had the S3 2000 sold new as a reproduction, prior to the new SP. I think these were originally strictly intended for the Japanese market, though some made it to other countries. There has been a rumour that Nikon lost money on both these cameras.

    I agree about the Xpan, though there are plenty of used models for sale. The downside to discontinuing this camera is that no more lenses will be produced. Maybe Kobayashi-san of Voigtländer or Zeiss might turn out a lens or two for this in the future.

    The other camera I think was a shame to discontinue is the Bronica RF645, though that is medium format. When a camera is discontinued, lens development stops, and in some ways I think that is a greater loss.

    Ciao!

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    I'd like to see Canon AE-1, but without the foam light seals. This time, Canon should try to find something more durable.
     
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    Especially the Nikon...IMHO the F2 series was one of the best, if not THE best, Nikon ever made!
     
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    YES!
    And the Speed Graphic and the Mamiya C330.

    Lachlan
     
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    There simply aren't enough of them in the world to get my hands on one...


    ... at anything approaching a sensible price.
     
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    One wonders if it would be practical to engineer and market a meter replacement/repair product for such as the Spotmatics, or say the Minolta SRTs, that would use current (and plentiful/cheap) batteries? There's a zillion of these out there, but you can't get batteries, and if you can, chances are the meters are no good anyway. There's an awful lot of good glass for these cameras at reasonable prices, too.

    Anyway, that's my wish, more than the re-introduction of a same camera for what would no doubt be a high price. :surprised: