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    No more than 500mm. The 600/4 and 800/4 are big, heavy, expensive and prone to chromatic aberrations. The M* 800/6.7 is much better but even more expensive. The 1000/7 or 1000/8 reflex probably only exists in a display case back at Pentax HQ. The M* 300 and M* 400 also fall into the category of too expensive, but I can live in hope of fluking a bargain one day.

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    I buy cameras that look cool and that I can afford at the time

    they don't have to work..but they must be complete


    I typically look for 50's-60's rangefinders..but have been known to stray

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    I only buy what I need. On occasion I get free stuff.

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    I only collect cameras that work and that I can use. Most of them are Voigtlanders and Zeiss Ikons but not entirely. The most I have paid so far is £25.00 and for that I have obtained some excellent cameras.

    My only criterion (apart from usability) is that they must be well made. The only cheap and nasty I have is my Kodak Brownie Vecta that I was given when I was 12.

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    I have attempted to be a collector, started with Miranda then got bored with collecting. On the up side I have a very usable collection of EEs with the exception of the 180mm all of the prime lens for the EE which I do use often. Last year I bought a Canon T90 and a few fews, but just sold the kit as I just did not use often enough.

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    I don't plan on buying another camera for a long time. My approach is very pragmatic, and I only feel like I need to have one camera.
    My Hasselblad 500 and three lenses was a birthday gift from my parents. How lucky is that? I don't feel like I need that camera, but it sure is nice to have, and it is such a joy to use. I could probably stand getting another body for it, and a back-up couple of lenses, but I'm very happy with what I've got.
    The Leica M2 was offered to me a couple of years ago at a price I could not turn down. I can't fault that camera, and in addition to the Hasselblad it's hard to find a reason to actually need another camera. One stellar 6x6 and one stellar 35mm.

    So, why I have kept my 35mm Pentax gear, containing a couple of KX bodies, six lenses, a Spotmatic with a 58mm Helios, a ZeroImage 2000 pinhole, a 5x7 Century, and a Rollei 35SE I have no idea. But I guess it's fun to shoot macro with the Pentax, the Spotmatic is just a cool camera, the little Rollei is a superb little pocket sized camera, and pinhole and 5x7 is entertaining and used to shake it up a little.

    I guess my criteria for buying another camera would be that it would have to fill a function my existing cameras can't. I can't see what that would possibly be, but perhaps some day I'd get really interested in interior architecture, for example, needing a 4x5 with crazy movements. That sort of thing.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    I have about 10 cameras, but it is only when I take the M2 out do I feel I have to do some serious work. I never have time to use all the others and often think about selling one or two. However, when I pick them up and enjoy the tactile sensation of their mechanics and admire their individual design, I just put them away again. There is no hope for me with my desire of some cameras. Incidentally, I have always fancied having a go with a Zeiss Ikon Bullseye, but have never owned one and of course a Reid and Sigrist, but if I ever got one of those my M2 may sulk with jealousy.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    I have about 10 cameras, but it is only when I take the M2 out do I feel I have to do some serious work. I never have time to use all the others and often think about selling one or two. However, when I pick them up and enjoy the tactile sensation of their mechanics and admire their individual design, I just put them away again. There is no hope for me with my desire of some cameras. Incidentally, I have always fancied having a go with a Zeiss Ikon Bullseye, but have never owned one and of course a Reid and Sigrist, but if I ever got one of those my M2 may sulk with jealousy.
    I can understand that, and my own photography is much the same way, except the Hasselblad gets a lot of mileage for serious work too.

    The way I see it I feel kind of connected to the Hassleblad and the Leica. When I use those cameras it's as though they are not an obstruction in my work flow anymore, but more of a direct link between the subject matter and my brain. It feels that way when I photograph, and I can sort of sense the entire work flow rush through my blood as I compose a shot, what a print might look like. With these cameras it feels intuitive, like an extension of my senses, and out of the cameras I own they are the ones that gel with the way I work. As soon as I pick up a different camera, I have to actually think about what I'm doing, and that does screw it up for me - royally. As soon as I have to think about what I'm doing, my 'hit rate' of good frames per roll goes down. So, the conclusion is that it simply doesn't make sense for me to get a different camera, which relates back to your comment of admiring the cameras for what they are, but when you want something to truly use, you use what you know the best.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    I can understand that, and my own photography is much the same way, except the Hasselblad gets a lot of mileage for serious work too.

    The way I see it I feel kind of connected to the Hassleblad and the Leica. When I use those cameras it's as though they are not an obstruction in my work flow anymore, but more of a direct link between the subject matter and my brain. It feels that way when I photograph, and I can sort of sense the entire work flow rush through my blood as I compose a shot, what a print might look like. With these cameras it feels intuitive, like an extension of my senses, and out of the cameras I own they are the ones that gel with the way I work. As soon as I pick up a different camera, I have to actually think about what I'm doing, and that does screw it up for me - royally. As soon as I have to think about what I'm doing, my 'hit rate' of good frames per roll goes down. So, the conclusion is that it simply doesn't make sense for me to get a different camera, which relates back to your comment of admiring the cameras for what they are, but when you want something to truly use, you use what you know the best.
    Thomas, totally agree, when I handle and use the M2 it feels like part of me. Even when using the gIII I have to think about the difference, thus destroying what could be a Zen moment. That may sound to some like pretentious crap, but to me it isn't.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    I have my SLR systems i use for serious photography, my Mamiya RB67 PRO S and my OM-20, for 35mm shots.
    Then i've got a shitload of other cameras ive bought from second hand stores. Theyre usually around 10$. Some film is even more than that! I shoot a roll or two on each, and let them sit. Some i use a bit more, like my holga 135bc.

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