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    I'm rather jealous... I always liked that camera.
    “For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    ... As a bonus, I can get one of those Leitax lens mount adapters so when the mood and the need strikes, I can pop it on my Canon 5D if I need a fast medium length prime...
    I researched various mount adapters last month. Leitax offers mount converters, not adapters. No popping anything there, you have to remove some screws from the back of your lens to put the converter on, set them aside, and put the Leitax screws in their place. Nothing wrong with that, I may do it myself someday if I manage to squirrel away some spare C/Y lenses, but not something you're going to do in the field.

    Otherwise, congrats on the RTSIII. I got mine only last year, after a lust affair going back 20-25 years. What a camera!
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    That is a heck of a deal. The RTS III has always been my dream camera but I have never been able to buy one. I limp along with a Contax ST instead as my main body which I don't use much (mostly Leicas these days). I love the cool blue viewfinder info of the RTS III. It is a joy to look through.

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    The ST was a close second for me - had this deal not come along I probably would have "settled" for an ST (or another RX) - which is far from settling. They're also beautiful machines - the one major flaw to me in the ST is the red viewfinder readout. But the RTS III is just so... I feel sexier when using it. It's a camera that proclaims, "I AM a professional camera, bow before me".

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    I was being a bit facetious about the ST. Where is that facetious emoticon? I lucked into the ST at KEH with the vertical grip a couple of years ago for a measly $160. Too cheap to pass up. While it is a beautiful camera that does everything I ask of it, the RTS III is just sooo perfect. I agree about the red readout with the ST. It looks like the old calculator displays from my youth which makes it nostalgic and annoying at the same time.

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    That's a deal on the ST!

    One other nice perk of the RTS III - it gets respect from non-film users. I had it out with me at lunch yesterday to test some film and several people all said, "Wow that's a great camera", and not just the guys at the camera store where I dropped off the film. Not that you buy a camera for an ego boost, but it was nice to hear instead of "Can you still get film for that?" or "is that a film camera? Why are you still using THAT?".

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    I'm slowly building up my contax / yashica collection... I have 167MT, and I hanker after an RX. By extensions, I guess once I get the RX, I could easily start dreaming about adding the RTS3, even if I've told myself that the RX will be the top of the line for me and other purchases will just be to ensure I have enough bodies to continue shooting with the Zeiss and Yashica ML lenses for years to come. Does anyone really use their RTS3 in anger? Or is it mainly a 'quality time' camera?
    Contax / Yashica / Nikon / Konica / Fuji / Samsung / Bronica

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    "Can you still get film for that?" or "is that a film camera? Why are you still using THAT?".
    The other day I had a Nikon F3 (with MD4) and a 135mm lens at a party. One of my buddy's asked those same questions, but in reverse order. Then he ponedered and asked... "so how big is the display?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viggi View Post
    I'm slowly building up my contax / yashica collection... I have 167MT, and I hanker after an RX. By extensions, I guess once I get the RX, I could easily start dreaming about adding the RTS3, even if I've told myself that the RX will be the top of the line for me and other purchases will just be to ensure I have enough bodies to continue shooting with the Zeiss and Yashica ML lenses for years to come. Does anyone really use their RTS3 in anger? Or is it mainly a 'quality time' camera?
    It'll be a "quality time" camera for me, for the most part. But I have used the 167MTs and RX "in anger" - I shot my entire Cambodia/Singapore trip with them, and the Belize trip as well... Cambodia was I think about 20 rolls in 5 days, Belize was about 15 rolls. My G2 outfit has been definitely used professionally and paid for itself with a single print order. At some point I may indulge and get the 60 macro to start doing copy work and other close-up stuff. It would be good for photographing my carte-de-visite and other photographs collection.

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    When I walked into Greys of Westminster, London Nikon specialists, with the Hexar AF hanging around my neck, one gentleman working there spotted it among all the Nikon artillery and remarked it was a very nice camera. And I agree. But in a small town in Scotland, I was shooting with a Yashica body and the local lads rained stones on me. When I confronted them and asked why they were pummelling me, it wasn't because I was shooting film (!), but because they thought I was a journo pig. With a Yashica FX70!!! What would they have done if I had an RTS3....
    Contax / Yashica / Nikon / Konica / Fuji / Samsung / Bronica

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