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    I had a Canon T70 that was abysmal. My god did I hate that thing and I could never focus the lenses either!

    The Super Ikonta copy, Moskva-5 and the whole Moskva series suffer from left-handed operation as well as having a protruding tripod socket, so that if you did use it on a tripod, it would only be suspended by the screw and float about. Super secure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    It helps if one is left handed.
    I got to have a look at one, if I can find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Lointain View Post
    One camera I have always wanted but have never bought because of the design was the Fuji GS645 folder. I just know I would break the shutter linkage in the first ten minutes and don't forget the bellows. I didn't know bellows could be made out of tissue paper, but hey, the Fuji engineer that designed the shutter linkage didn't feel like stopping there. It was probably his last day on the job and was ticked off at upper management...
    I had that camera ... for about 1 week. The one with the crash-bar around the lens, yes?
    The icing on the cake was having to use a match stick to activate bulb mode The shutter sounded cheap as well, but it took pretty good photos.

    Ergonomically I never "got" the Argus C series or Yashica Electro cameras. I'm aware they also take nice photos, but were unpleasant to use.

    I am still on the look-out for a Yashica Samurai (cheap) - however my friends would most likely push me into oncoming traffic if I showed up with one around my neck.
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    It helps if one is left handed.
    Perhaps I should have explained that while I am right-handed, I am left-eyed, so when using any "normal" 35mm, I have trouble with the film advance and associated paw fouling my face, with the Exakta's left hand advance and my left eye on the viewfinder it's actually an advantage for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IloveTLRs View Post
    I am still on the look-out for a Yashica Samurai (cheap) - however my friends would most likely push me into oncoming traffic if I showed up with one around my neck.
    Why?

    If I had friends who were critical of my choice of camera based on aesthetics, I'd get new friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Yes, like Graflex, Speed Graphic, Crown Graphic, View Graphic. All such terrible cameras!
    I was thinking more of the Argus bricks

    We had some real dogs here in the UK as well the Purma for instance I have one with it's innovative Focal plane shutter !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    Why?

    If I had friends who were critical of my choice of camera based on aesthetics, I'd get new friends.
    Well ... I know a few people like that. I don't actually consider them friends and avoid them. My true friends would just smile and shake their heads
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Perhaps I should have explained that while I am right-handed, I am left-eyed, so when using any "normal" 35mm, I have trouble with the film advance and associated paw fouling my face, with the Exakta's left hand advance and my left eye on the viewfinder it's actually an advantage for me.
    So, in order to make the ultimate camera, design-wise you have to have 4 models. One left handed/left eyed, one left handed/right eyed, one right handed/left eyed and one right handed, right eyed. Or a way to modulate or reverse the camera.

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    Hey, maybe my Graflex isn't so bad with its tall chimney finder and 2-eye focusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Hey, maybe my Graflex isn't so bad with its tall chimney finder and 2-eye focusing.
    RB too, David?

    BTW, I was recently bitten severely by my little 2x3 RB Ser. B. The back rotates but the mirror box is, as it should be, fixed in the body. Turns out that the mirror box vignettes with long lenses. Vignetting starts around 250 mm with the back in portrait orientation, around 500 in landscape. So much for my little Baby Bertha.



 

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