Your Dream Camera

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by matchat, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. matchat

    matchat Member

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    I just got to wondering, if you could have your dream camera then what would it really be? We can all say "oh a Leica" off the top of our head or "oh a canon eos 1ds mk2" but is that really our dream camera or just a piece of expert marketing. I suppose I ought to say therefore 'which camera is the very essence of camera-hood? which one comes to mind when you hear the word "camera" and which one has a special place in your heart?'

    Hope this isn't a bit too theatrical :rolleyes: - Mat
     
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    That would have to be my Toyo 45AII, with its complement of Schneider lenses.

    BTW, when I hear Canon EOS Ds MkII, I think of doorstop.
     
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    easy: I got it.

    Rolleiflex SL 66 E!

    beat that!

    ......and of course the tiny Gandolfi.....
     
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    In 35mm, the Pentax LX, or a Contax. In MF a Hassie, or a mint 2.8 Rollie. In LF, hard to say really love to have a great 8x10 MasterView, or a Deardorff. A couple Leicas would be nice if I HAVE to take them.
     
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    I can't limit it to one, as they're good at different things: Leica M6TTL for 35mm, the Hassy for MF, Toyo 45AX for 4x5 in the field, and the Tachihara for 8x10 field work.
     
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    His!
     
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    My OM-1. For auto, an OM-4t. For RF, I'd love to have the new ZI, but if I could convert one of my Oly 35SPs to interchangeable lenses...

    Earl
     
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    Can't say I could choose just one, but I do know what I would not choose....

    Canon 1DS MII would be at the very bottom of my list.

    Dave
     
  9. David A. Goldfarb

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    I saw a 20x24" Lotus recently that was pretty fancy, but I think I'd need to set up my dream darkroom first, and then there's the dream lens, and the dream filmholders.
     
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    Sounds like some sort of sick euphemism, doesn't it? :D

    I have a problem in that I have many, many dream cameras. In no particular order:

    Nikon F6
    Pentax LX
    Mamiya RZ67
    Ebony 4X5 and 8X10 and 11X14 etc
    Rollei 35
    Rolleiflex f/2.8
    Voigtlander Bessa II 6X9 Folder
    Pentax 110 SLR
    Any Leica M series
    Olympus XA
    Pentax 67
    Olympus OM 4Ti

    I will likely think of a few more in a minute or two!

    I am pretty darned happy with my Mamiya 645 and ersatz Shen Hao, however. In fact, I consider myself pretty lucky to have them.
     
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    My mamiya 6 is as close as I've found. I would like a shorter lens.

    I have in my mind the thought of what I could do with a Plaubel SW pro shift but Ive never used one and the grass is often greener...

    I love my sinar and need to add just one more lens and a 6x12 RFH and it is done. Unfortunately, it is 50% a studio camera and I gave mine up for a darkroom.

    I would love a M3/4/6 and the lenses, but I hate the tiny neg.
     
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    For 35mm, a manual focus Nikon with interchangable viewfinders AND interchangable film backs - no more rewinding mid roll to change from neg to chromes.

    Medium format, I have it already, my Bronica system.

    Large format field camera, a Canham Traditional wood field with both 5X7 and 4X5 backs.

    Large format studio camera... hmmmmm.... I need to think about that some more...
     
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    To approach this a different way:

    A MF SLR camera, with:
    - controls that can be operated with either hand;
    - choice of replaceable backs, offering a choice of either 6x6 square format, or rotating 6x4.5 format, with easy to load inserts;
    - choice of viewfinders and prisms, including a 45 degree prism, all with bright and contrasty screens, showing at least 97% of the image area, and automatically showing the size and orientation of the film back;
    - built in (to the body) metering usable with all finders, including a spotmeter, and a centre-weighted meter, and averaging meter, all with manual and aperture preferred autonatic options, all with OTF capabilities, including for flash;
    - focal plane shutter, with manual speeds between 16 seconds and 1/1000 second, with 1/250 flash synch speed;
    - uses commonly available household type (AA??) batteries, and offers a range of useful manual shutter speeds if batteries fail;
    - a variety of grip choices, for left and right hand options;
    - a variety of winder choices, including power winders as well as winding cranks and speed grips (as in Bronica ETRSi) which can be set to operate from either side;
    - a wide range of sharp, contrasty manual focus lenses, including specialty lenses such as macros, soft-focus, leaf shutter lenses (that maintain automatic operation) and zooms;
    - an effective, add-on auto-focus option;
    - a wide range of easy to use accessories that work well with each other;
    - light weight, but robust build quality, that is easily maintained and serviced; and
    - most importantly, owned by me.

    You did say that this was to be my Dream camera :D

    Matt
     
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    I have most of my dream cameras already!

    35mm RF - Leica MP
    MF - Hasselblad
    LF - Ebony SV810U

    Would still like: Linhof MT2000, OM-4T, and Nikon F2AS
     
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    in 35mm, a Minolta XK. For the 'dream'; a Minolta XK with a detachable motor drive...

    LF 4x5 - Super Graphic.

    LF 8x10 - Century Universal.
     
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    Titanium Nikon F2, F3, or F4s with an optional full-frame digital back

    Titanium Leica MP with an optional full-frame digital back

    Titanium Fuji 6x7cm, 6x8cm, or 6x9cm rangefinder with bulb setting, interchangeable lenses, and an optional full-frame digital back

    Custom-made 8x10 inch Deardorff with an optional full-frame digital back
     
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    Gandolfi again. In particular the 5x7" Traditional.

    In 35mm cameras the Bessa-L comes pretty close.
     
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    I'm a gearhead, I don't have A dreamcamera, Ill take anything :smile:
    Regards Søren
     
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    i'd like something like a graflex superD 3x4 with a rollback and a POS portrait lens ...
     
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    How about a camera you made yourself? You cut your wood and machined your brass/steel? That will be my dream camera when I complete it.
     
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    Arca Swiss F-Line Metric 5x4, although my Tachi is quite suitable for what I do now.

    Already have my dream 35mm system - Nikon F5.
     
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    ... a camera that dreams, talks, and shoots like I do, so I can take a long nap in the afternoon.
     
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    zorki 1 - small , compact, with great lenses. can do anything that other cameras can if you know to use it.
    :smile:

    (also i would like to have some camera used in wwii- i like that feeling that someone in war was running around with camera and shooting and that i have it after him. )
     
  25. matchat

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    Some interesting replies here folks! I have to agree with RichSBV though, the Minolta XK is a supreme camera (i'm a bit of a Minolta nut) and could only be improved with the addition of the 135mm (2)/85mm (2) or the 35mm (1.8) MD Rokkor.
    Nostalgically though I reckon i'd like to get my hands on a mint Yashica FR1 with a collection of fine ML lenses (perhaps when i've finished my Minolta collection to my satisfaction) :D :D :D
     
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    Sexist, it could be a female you know. Look here
    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0001.html
    :D
    Regards Søren