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
My vote goes to Fujifilm GF670.
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Whoo hoo, I've got first and second!! What did I win!!
Bronica SQ-B for 6x6 format (and a lot of fun) or Bronica RF645 for a rather compact and easy to use rangefinder camera, with excellent lightmeter and very nice glass too.
Bert from Holland
"Have fun and catch that light beam!"
Bert from Holland
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"I enjoy vintage cameras as “users,” rather than imprisoning them in some display case
My favorite cameras: Mamiya C330f, Nikon S2, Hasselblad SWC, Fuji GSW690 II, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T, Nikon F4s, Olympus Pen FT, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras.
Some excellent folding cameras have been overlooked here!
Going on results for the money and portability, which usually means you get to use them more...
AGFA Record III with Solinar (although the much cheaper Apotars are pretty good too).
Voigtlander Perkeo II
I have a few MF cameras, just took their temperatures. All are a room temperature, none is cooler than that.
Hasselblad, Hasselblad SWC and XPan
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.