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    Best 35mm camera design - or rather - which is your favorite?

    I have come to realize that it matters little to me what camera I'm using. Out of the three 35mm cameras I own, I like the one I have with me the best.
    They all make virtually equal negatives, are reliable, and are nice to use.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

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    What Thomas said. That said, if someone forced me at gunpoint to say, I'd have to either go with the F or the F2AS. F3 looks cool, but it's just as loud as an F2, and it has that annoying meter readout in manual mode where you're either overexposing, properly exposing, or underexposing. No idea as to how far off you are. The F4 with the stock DP-20 finder is a BIG improvement over the F3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    I have come to realize that it matters little to me what camera I'm using. Out of the three 35mm cameras I own, I like the one I have with me the best.
    They all make virtually equal negatives, are reliable, and are nice to use.
    Amen, I love them one and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    I have come to realize that it matters little to me what camera I'm using. Out of the three 35mm cameras I own, I like the one I have with me the best.
    my thoughts exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    it has that annoying meter readout in manual mode
    And it's so damn tiny!
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    And it's so damn tiny!
    That too!

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    And you can't see it in the dark!

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    Yep, even when the neon bulb works, it still is pretty pathetic. Not like the bright green LED of the F4 or the LED readouts of the F2S, F2SB, and F2AS.

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    Leica R6 or 6.2 or current Leica MP. I do not use them much. Also have a Nikon F2 that is very nice and stable and heavy and smooth as silk operationally. It has a companion early Nikormat that is as well made and equally nice to use and cost me the princely sum of $60.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    I have come to realize that it matters little to me what camera I'm using. Out of the three 35mm cameras I own, I like the one I have with me the best.
    They all make virtually equal negatives, are reliable, and are nice to use.
    +1. But, like John F, if forced to choose (gun or knife not necessary), it would be a roll of the dice to decide between my F5s/F6 or my beloved F2as. The former because of their superb ergonomics, the latter because it feels so solid in my hands (and maybe because it was my first serious camera).
    An assortment of F-series Nikons with quite a few Nikkors, a pair of M6s with some Leitz glass, a pair of 500c/ms with a wide range of Zeiss optics and, just to help keep Duracell solvent, a D800.

    Favourite films: (1). KE ("Kodachrome Era"): 35mm: PKM25 and PKR64, HP5/Tri-X; 120: PKR64, PanF, FP4. (2). PKE ("Post-Kodachrome Era"): (a) 35mm: E100G, HP5 Plus/Tri-X and Delta 3200; (b) 120: E100G, PanF Plus, FP4 Plus, TMax 100.



 

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