FOUR YEARS AGO, AFTER GETTING FOCUS PROBLEMS WITH MY CANON T90 DUE TO AGING EYESIGHT I CHANGED TO A RANGE FINDER CAMERA AND SPLASHED OUT ON A NEW LEICA M6TTL AND THREE PRIME LENS, 35, 50 AND 90MM AND HAVE USED NOTHING ELSE SINCE.
RECENTLY I CHANGED THE BODY FOR THE M7 AND I DO NOT THINK THIS COMBINATION CAN BE BETTERED ANYWHERE.
I HAVE ACCESS TO A MAMIYA 6X7 AND A HORSMAN 4X5 BUT ONLY USE THE M7FOR MONOCHROME PRINTS AT 12"X16" AND COLOUR SLIDES.
Contax G2, Mamiya 7, Pentax 67II, Canham 45, Deardorff 57
Use them all... for different things.
Zone VI 4X5, Deardorff 8X10, Korona 12X20... I have Bronica and Minolta but don't use them anymore.
Olympus 0M1/0M2 for 35 mm - 5%
Hasselblad 500 C/M for medium format - 20%
Wista 45DX for 4x5 - 60%
Ansco 5x7 woodie - 10%
Senneca City View for 8x10 - 5%
35mm, I use T90's, though they've been relegated to my sketch shooting. for the real work I use hasseblad 2 1/4 square, fuji 680III, and horseman 450. I have been tempted lately by the hasselblad XpanII for my run & gun 35mm work but can't get past it's limitations.
My faithful Wista Field 45 has been around since '81. Have a 5x7u expander back for the Wista. Used to have a Canon F-1 (circa 1972) but gave it up for an EOS 630. Haven't used the 35 mm except for family snapshots in years.
I use the my mamiya m645 the most, the bessa r next, but the calumet 4x5 will soon be catching up on all of them once I have it all together.
Leica M6TTL with 35 and 50 mm lenses inside and for things that move, like people.
Sinar P2 5x7 with 150, 300 and 600mm lenses for things I can stop long enough, like people.
I've pretty much stopped using anything but Tri-x with either camera.
I prefer the Leica for its quiet shutter and accurate focus in low light. I've been using the 5x7 more and more for portraits in natural light. whole orders of magnitude more difficult than 35mm, but when it works, it really works!
last weekend, I shot a roll with my daughter's Canon Rebel 2000 and my wife's old 35mm f2 lens (great lens, btw). very impressive combination. Someday I'll write a comparison test between the Leica and the Rebel and while each will have its strengths, there will be no clear cut winner.
I started on a Pentax S1a with 55mm 28mm and 135mm primes and when it proved a little too unreliable in cold weather, moved to a Nikon F80 with Nikkor 28-105mm and 70-300mm ED zooms and a 50mm f1.8.