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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    Like you, I was a kid, around 16. I picked my first one at a garage sale for $7.50

    But I had held a better camera. And therein lies my frustration with the Kodak 35. I used it because I had to.

    My Dad would let me use his Spotmatic II but since he "needed" it for work he would not let me keep it.
    I still have quite a few slides I made with my 35rf, including a few rolls of High-Speed Ektachrome used in existing light, and a lot of Kodachrome 25. The lens was quite good, no real flare problems, the shutter accurate, in all it was a very capable camera. Demanded that you know what you were doing, I doubt I could have chosen a better camera to learn on. (not that I actually 'chose" it)

    edit - I used the camera with a Weston 650 (late '30s) meter my great uncle gave me. This was about 1974.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    I still have quite a few slides I made with my 35rf, including a few rolls of High-Speed Ektachrome used in existing light, and a lot of Kodachrome 25. The lens was quite good, no real flare problems, the shutter accurate, in all it was a very capable camera. Demanded that you know what you were doing, I doubt I could have chosen a better camera to learn on. (not that I actually 'chose" it)

    edit - I used the camera with a Weston 650 (late '30s) meter my great uncle gave me. This was about 1974.
    '74 for me too. I had a Master II (from a garage sale too). I took it on spring break trip a "$15" trip (packed peanut butter/jelly sandwiches) with friends. We spent one night on a trail near San Gorgonio and said "forget the snow let's go to the Grand Canyon". Last time I used that camera I took it river rafting because I didn't care if it got ruined.

    I tossed it out at some point. Lost the Master II somehow... Only recently I changed my mind and started to reflect on its virtues.

    The lens doesn't have flare... It's the body, when the sun is out of frame but on the interior surface near the back of the camera, it is black matte paint but highly reflective when the sun is directly on it.

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    I like the Weston Masters, I have a pair of Master IIIs, one I use, with an Invercone set, and one NIB as a backup. I use the Master pretty much all the time, unless I need low light metering - then I use an old Lunasix. I still have the 650, the cell is active, but no longer accurate. I think I'll send it to someone and see if it can be brought back to life.

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    Polaroid EE44.
    My one broke (shutter release stuck) without a reason and without a symptom one sad day during my childhood, and it was not economically repairable. Cameras must not just stop working for any unjustifiable reason. Besides, the trip of the shutter release was very long before actuation (talk about "lag"), the cube flash was at the nearest point to the lens, even the shutter - diaphragm commands were not clear (are not clear today). A disappointment.

    This happened in 1977 or 1978, between my Kodak Instamatic 36 (gifted in 1973 or so) and my first "real" camera, Minolta SrT100x, 1979 or 1980 I think. I almost forgot about my Polaroid. It worked for less than two years, I think.
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    My first camera was an Instamatic around 1979 , film was extremelly expensive. I remember how my mother and I say oh wow to film prices. Turkey was in chaotic turbulence and machine guns and bombing were everywhere. Single book was a big treasure. I was 8 years old that time.

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    As for me, camera designs have went generally downhill since the major manufacturers abandoned the exposure dial and aperture ring...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slixtiesix View Post
    As for me, camera designs have went generally downhill since the major manufacturers abandoned the exposure dial and aperture ring...
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradleyK View Post
    Let the brickbats fly: I have never warmed to the Nikon F4s. I picked up one on ebay several years ago (on a whim) and have wondered why ever since. Yes it was Nikon's first foray into building a camera with an integral motor drive, and yes the camera - for those of us who shoot transparency films - had a great metering system...but the ergonomics just did not feel quite right. And, compared to the later F5 and F6, the F4s (and I am sure the F4e) feels...well...a little ad libbed, shall we say.

    The camera has seen so little use by yours truly that I even went so far as to give it away to my sister ( a certifiable "F3-a-phile"), who, after a few short weeks (time enough for a few rolls of her favorite film (Fuji Astia) to be run through the camera) returned the camera, basically saying "no thanks" to the gift, and comparing the F4s' ergonomics to those of a brick.

    I have the camera - temporarily - back in my arsenal (loaded with E100G) and I am prepared (keeping an open mind here) to give it another go. This weekend I am going to shoot some architectural details while visiting my sister in Calgary. We will see how I feel about this camera by Monday. Given past experience...
    Nope...still cannot warm to the beast. Sooo....I gave it away to my 17 year-old nephew (who shoots only film, by the way - PanF Plus and Velvia) who, hopefully, will not return it. Since I just picked up an F6/MB40 from KEH last week (and gave the combo a good workout at the Calgary Stampede last weekend), I had no real use for the brick anyway (when out shooting colo(u)r, I generally load one body with E100G and a second with E100VS)...

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    The Nikon F had its share of idiosyncrasies, but the worst was the Photomic finder. The camera and finder were capable of accurately metered and sharp photos, so I used one for years despite its awkward handling. I do still use Nikon F, but with a neat and simple prism finder. In comparison, Leica RF cameras seemed to be designed by photographer/engineers to handle well, deliver fine images, and last for decades.

    My first half decent 35mm was the often maligned Mercury II. Build quality and reliability were better than the Argus C3, but it was as ugly as the brick and lacked a rangefinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slixtiesix View Post
    As for me, camera designs have went generally downhill since the major manufacturers abandoned the exposure dial and aperture ring...
    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
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