Probably the World's best viewfinder for manual focussing (well, beaten by the Leicaflex SL).
Incredibly well-dampened mirror & shutter (despite not having a mirror pre-release, it still has less vibrations that a Nikon F or F2 with a raised mirror). Rivals my M6 for slow hand-held shots.
Very tough & reliable.
Film advance advances only if film itself is advancing (and counts down when rewinding, making leaving the leader out very easy - mid roll changes are very quick).
The lenses are pretty good... ;-)
Intrmediate shutter speeds work.
Shutter lag very short for a SLR
Shutter speed dial very smooth and nice to adjust.
I used to love my Nikon F & F2, but they can't compare with this beast.
Second favorite; Leica M6, for the usual reasons.
Third favorite; Nikon F & Rolleiflex SL3003 tied for very different reasons.
My new favorites are my Minolta XE-7 and SRT 101. I always wanted to give Minolta glass a try, and at today's prices, Rokkor lenses are a bargain. I've been using these cameras for about a year now, and they have become my primary camera of choice for 35mm. They just seem to fit my needs the best. I'm also still quite fond of my Pentax screwmount gear as well. I also keep an old Nikon F body around because I love my old 10.5cm f2.5 Nikkor.
I have lots of 35mm cameras but my favourites are my Kodak Retina Reflex III, my Kodak Retinette 1b and my recently purchased Minolta XE-1.
You must have posted this as I was writing my previous response!
Originally Posted by Zathras
My reason for buying an XE-1 was to get some Rokkor prime lenses (28, 50 and 135). Ideally I wanted to get Nikkors but I can't afford them. Similarly specified Rokkors are between a quarter and a third of the Nikkor price (at least in the UK).
I totally agree about them being a bargain.
I have also just bought a couple of SRT 100s. My daughter now has one of them.
I love the look, feel, and operation of the Leica M7. If only I could afford it.
Leica M2. It is well balanced, quiet, reliable, unobtrusive in use, and accepts a wide variety of lenses. My personal favorite.
Leica IIIf RD The only reason I shoot 35mm anymore. (The Nikon F2 with the plain prism sure is nice also!)
Contax RTS II, the love of my life.
Canon EOS-1V and Leica SL2 or Leica R6. I wouldn`t mind an Xpan either.:D
Ditto everything except that it's not the only 35mm I own.
Originally Posted by Kent10D