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    Perkeo II. Small and awesome. Not as sharp or contrasty as a hasselblad, nor the one I reach for when doing serious work, but perfect for travel and fun shots. In the last year I used it more than any other camera (rolleiflex, hassy, 4x5, F100 and XA2), because it's the one I'Ll grab for any weekend with friends. Take your time looking for one. They're often broken in one way or another. Ken Ruth at Bald Mountain is great for CLAs. I'm not a fan of Certo6, but he does have many satisfied customers. Best of luck.



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    Get bigger pockets...then a Hasselblad
    ha ha, love it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maarten m View Post
    just take it out of the pocket, take a shot and gets back in.

    thanks,
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    Agfa Clack? Weighs almost nothing and easy to use. Not super-compact, though, kinda squarish, need fairly roomy pocket.

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    Ensign Selfix 820 Autorange special, very nice folding 120 with a choice of 6x6 or 6x9 negative (must be decided before loading the film). I have the older and less sophisticated 420 model as a drop into a pocket MF camera. The 820 could perhaps be considered the pinacle of MF folding English cameras. The Autorange version tends to command a premium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair_I View Post
    Ensign Selfix 820 Autorange special, very nice folding 120 with a choice of 6x6 or 6x9 negative (must be decided before loading the film). I have the older and less sophisticated 420 model as a drop into a pocket MF camera. The 820 could perhaps be considered the pinacle of MF folding English cameras. The Autorange version tends to command a premium.
    Alastair, you're mad. Completely mad.

    I have a Selfix 820, plain vanilla without the rangefinder so not as high as yours. It won't fit in a pocket. It is a monster, is not in the running for "smallest camera that shoots 120 film." Its only virtue is that it shoots 2x3. The highly touted 105/3.7 Xpres is nowhere near as good as the 101/4.5 Ektar I use on my 2x3 Graphics. The UK doesn't have real mountains, that may be why you see a camera that doesn't stand tall as "the pinnacle."

    For a pocketable camera that uses 120 film, I concur with the posts recommending the Bessa 66 (made until 1949, I think, the one I gave away was post-WW-II) and its successor the Perkeo. My Perkeo II, again plain vanilla without the IIe's uncoupled RF, goes easily into a normal pants pocket, more easily than my Retina Ib. Nice camera, a joy to use. Mine has a Color Skopar, said to be a good lens. Not mine, I've never got a satisfactorily sharp shot with my very congenial little Perkeo II. The late Charlie Barringer had one like mine, told me he'd tested its lens carefully and found it to be not very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Get bigger pockets...then a Hasselblad.
    true on so many levels.

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    Get bigger pockets...then a Hasselblad.
    true on so many levels.
    ha ha, love it...
    i already ruined a few coats on my 500CM :P
    clack might be light, but as you say: bulcky.

    i think i'll just go for a 35mm instead of looking for a non-folder.

    thanks for your thoughts,
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    The absolute winner of the "most compact 120 camera" is the camera that got left on the driveway and was driven over!
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    The absolute winner of the "most compact 120 camera" is the camera that got left on the driveway and was driven over!
    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Alastair, you're mad. Completely mad.
    420 fits in a jacket pocket no bother.. certainly far more pocketable than my RB67

    There's smaller folders will give you a 6x6.. but why compromise on the acreage of a 6x9 negative?

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