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    List of compact 6x6 folders w/coupled RF's?

    Is there posted somewhere a consolidated list of 6x6 folders that have coupled rangefinders? I'm aware of a few like the Bessa II and some of the Baldars, is there a semi-comprehensive list somewhere on the web?

    I have a Speedex Special R (Isolette III) that's a fine camera, but it's mildly irritating to constantly have to transfer RF readings to the lens... I'd like to skip that step if possible but still have a compact 6x6 with a decent lens.

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    The Bessa II is 6x9, not 6x6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by picker77 View Post
    I have a Speedex Special R (Isolette III) that's a fine camera, but it's mildly irritating to constantly have to transfer RF readings to the lens...
    I have one of those too but I don't find it even mildly irritating to transfer the readings.

    It is a fine camera and the rangefinder on mine seems very accurate.



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    There are several models of Super Ikonta rangefinders which are 6x6. But there are also Super Ikontas in the 6x4.5 and 6x9 formats. Plus there was the Super Ikonta D, which didn't even take 120 film. So be sure of what you are getting if you opt for a Super Ikonta.

    A lot of people seem to like the Iskras. I believe that they have coupled rangefinders, but I could be mistaken. They are USSR cameras and don't cost a lot.
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    I didn't mean to diss the Isolettes, I love my little Speedex R.. in fact I've torn it down and cleaned it up and it works great, except for the swiss cheese bellows which I'm in the process of replacing. I'd just like to skip the "transfer the distance" step and use a 6x6 like I use my little Vitomatic II.

    And sorry, I knew the Bessa II was a 6x9, had a brain lapse...

    Maybe a Super Baldax if I can find one.

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    Here's a few:
    1. Iskra
    2. Mamiya Six
    3. Super Ikonta */16, III, IV
    4. Agfa Super Isolette
    5. Certo Six
    6. Super Fujica Six
    7. Ensign Commando
    8. Super Mine Six


    Of them all, my preferences are for the Iskra or Certo Six, assuming they are working to spec of course. The Iskra has the best viewfinder, although those on the Super Fujica Six and Mamiya Six are not too far behind.

    The Certo can be a bit of a pain on a tripod, as the focus lever will foul the tripod head. Great lens, and very nicely built.

    There are a whole pile of Japanse folders with coupled rangefinders as well, though these are not seen that often in the west.

    A good place to start looking is over at Camerapedia.

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    6x6 folders

    Spent a lot of time looking into this last year. Wholeheartedly recommend the Agfa Super Isolette. For me it's got the best combination of lens and build quality, handling and portability hands down. You've probably already been there, but if not then check this out: http://www.certo6.com/
    "There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri

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    The Super Baldax has a coupled
    rangefinder. I got one from Jurgen
    a few years ago -- they are really
    nice cameras.

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    I concur with the Isolette III, the Zeiss Ikon Mess Ikonta 524/16 and Super Ikonta III and IV.

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    I like my Iskra II.
    Here are three images made with it.

    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...77&ppuser=6994
    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...00&ppuser=6994
    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...58&ppuser=6994

    Now I use the Rolleiflex for the same kind of stuff.

    The coupled rf is ok, but the viewfinder in all is a bit small and dirty (well, mine is...) I also get parallax-problems or just miss what I point at. When the film transport mechanism works with the Iskra it is automatic. But there are reports of problems. Once I thought mine was broke, but it was only one film that went right through, without stopping at the correct frames.
    /matti

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