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    I've had problems with the meter needle sticking in my XA, but smacking it hard on my palm usually dislodges it. Keep the Rollei in a case, or the battery will drain.
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    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
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    Canon MC10. I purchased mine for $10 and it came with all of the original accessories. Its film advance is loudish, but it produces good images. I'll go scan one in for you.

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    I always liked the Contax 139 with 50mm f/1.7 lens.

    It's small for an SLR but it's not a "pocket" camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    I always liked the Contax 139 with 50mm f/1.7 lens.

    It's small for an SLR but it's not a "pocket" camera.
    If we're going that route then a Pentax MX and 40mm "pancake" lens would be ideal. It will fit in a coat pocket, which is handy if the weather isn't behaving.
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    Just about of the mid-1970s smaller rangefinders would do. There are models from Canon, Olympus, Minolta, Konica, Vivitar and Ricoh -- to name just a few.

    All of them, bar none, will need to have new foam. Just don't let any of it get into the shutter mechanism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PentaxBronica View Post
    If we're going that route then a Pentax MX and 40mm "pancake" lens would be ideal. It will fit in a coat pocket, which is handy if the weather isn't behaving.
    Zeiss made a 45mm f/2.8 pancake lens for the Contax also. I guess it all depends on how small the OP wants to go.

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    It's not just about size, but image. An SLR says serious, maybe intrusive. A compact is just a snapper. In some circumstances it's an important difference.

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    TBH I think it depends on the SLR and the lens.

    The Pentax M series bodies in black with a small lens just look quietly competent. People equate "serious" with a big chunky camera with battery grip and a lens the size of a drainpipe. While I can fit a winder and big lenses to my black MX I can also clip a small prime on and take unobtrusive shots in a city centre.

    Check how loud the winder is if you're buying a compact with auto wind. I have an old Olympus Trip AF Super here which belonged to my grandfather and is painfully noisy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blockend View Post
    It's not just about size, but image. An SLR says serious, maybe intrusive. A compact is just a snapper. In some circumstances it's an important difference.
    Back in 1983 I was 20 years old and in Pensacola, Florida. I was on the beach near the Naval base with my first 35mm camera, an amateur, aperture priority only Canon AV1 with a cheap Vivitar zoom lens. There were signs posted on the beach that no professional photographers were allowed. I wasn't worried since there were tourists there with much nicer SLR's than mine and with larger zooms and after all, I was still trying to learn how to use mine. I was approached anyway and asked if I had not read the signs. I replied that I was merely an amateur. The guard smiled and told me that I sure looked like I knew my way around a camera and would I please just put it away.

    Boy, I sure had him fooled!

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    Olympus 35RC, with full manual control plus shutter preferred auto, rangefinder focusing and a really good lens.

    The 35RC used a mercury battery but I have no problem using a #675 hearing aid battery in mine, I don't even use a 'O' ring spacer.
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