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    The Olympus Pens are getting on a bit now but Yashica made a series of half frame autofocus 35mm SLR's with a fixed zoom lens in the late 1980's called Samurai. They give good results. There was also one which took APS film.

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    Some other points in support of the Tessina (I'm the head cheerleader):

    1) When sold they came with a lifetime warranty. This affected every aspect of the design and assembly of the camera, and it shows.

    2) It uses standard 35mm film, re-spooled onto the Tessina spools, yielding about 24 half-frame exposures.

    3) All standard settings: shutter 1/2 to 1/500 & B; aperture f/2.5 to f/22; focus from 1 ft to infinity with DoF scale.

    4) Flash X sync with PC connector.

    5) Waist-level and eye-level finders with optional pentaprism.

    6) Spring-powered film advance gives about six exposures per wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brac View Post
    The Olympus Pens are getting on a bit now
    Hmmm, not sure what that means. One would pretty much expect that any camera getting close to 50 years old would need a good CLA before use. The F series are wonderful little cameras with razor sharp lenses. You can't go wrong there if you are looking for half frame.

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    I don't suppose mentioning a half frame M4 would be trolling, would it?
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    I have some great pictures taken while rock climbing with a Tessina carried in a (buttoned) shirt pocket. 125 PX comes out very sharp in this camera.

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    I would recommend a Pen F, too. The Pen D has a nice lens, as well.

    A few unofficial, informal tests this week have shown lower resolution with the EE series in comparison. Still nice cameras, though.
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Sorry, still have bunches in the fridge and at 1/2 frame it's a lot of shots. 100 Tmax should be good. You need cassettes and a daylight loader which are sometimes harder to find than the camera.

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    The Tessina does not produce a half-frame size image. Its image size is 14X21mm. Half-frame is 18X24mm. When you are using a format this small, every mm counts. At 16.7X25.1mm, the film size APS-C format is very close to half-frame. There were many very small cameras made for APS film but I don't know whether any of them offered full manual control. If you found one the availability of film and processing would be the next issue. Konica made a series of "eye" half frame rangefinder cameras. Some were sold under the Wards name. These are somewhat rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thuggins View Post
    Hmmm, not sure what that means. One would pretty much expect that any camera getting close to 50 years old would need a good CLA before use. The F series are wonderful little cameras with razor sharp lenses. You can't go wrong there if you are looking for half frame.
    I don't disagree but what I was pointing out is that the Yashica's are 25 years or so younger, so don't need a CLA unless you're very unlucky. Mine didn't, it worked perfectly.

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    I was having a gas-infused ebay scrolling spree, and discovered the Zenit "Suprise" MT-1. It's pretty big and fugly, but it is a half frame camera that can take any m42 lens...
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