Probably been said before but I will say it again:
the coolest MF camera is the one you own and have learned to use well.
Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI
So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004
I think with their name and styling, the Hasselblad ranks at the top.
Originally Posted by jgbogner
But, Mamiya Press is also cool. It's reasonable in price, and it's a range finder. It has interchangeable backs and a decent selection of lenses: 50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100mm, 150mm, and an f5 250mm. There are two others; but, the 90mm and 127mm don't have their own finder, and none of the internal finders have the same field of view.
Imo, if you want to be cool around the younger bunch, a TLR beats everything in the cool department, it's so different to anything else that it just stand out.
It doesn't have to be a Rolleiflex 2.8F, even though they are the coolest ever, from a APUG-nerd standpoint. (white face is ultracool if you are a collector, but I digress....)
A seagull, cord' or a yashica TLR will do perfectly well, and if you really want to impress the Lomo-crowd, bring a Chinese You Yi TLR =)
The Soviet counterpart of the Voigtländer Bessa I and II is also a camera that would fit nicely on the "cool wall", the Moskva V, even though quality and ease of use may be a whole different story ^^
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Bronica GS1 and the second place got the Rolleiflex GX !
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This makes me think of a question asked of violinist Itzahk Perlman some years ago when he spoke at the National Press Club:
question: "what is your favorite piece of music"
answer "it's the one that I am working on at the moment"
A totally unscientific tally from the thread so far, here are the top ones:
Hasselblad 500-series 19
Bronica (various) 9
Mamiya TLR 7
Fuji 690/670 rangefinder 6
Mamiya RB67 6
Mamiya Press 5
Linhof Technika 5
Zeiss Super Ikonta 5
Rollei SL66 5
Plaubel Makina 4
Pentax 67 4
Fujica 690 rangefinders (6x9 negative, AE 100, Auto Up close ups)
Rittreck 66 (Chrome covered brass beauty, bokeh monster 80/2.8, MU button)
Noblex 150 (140* angle of view, multiple exposure capability)
Linhof 617 (6x17 negative with no parallax)
Put down another vote for the RB-67. It's big ,heavy and people stop and take pictures of you when you use it, but WHAT SLIDES YOU GET OUT OF IT! Just heaven.
Originally Posted by adelorenzo
Whoo hoo, I've got first and second!! What did I win!!