I actually think that the Olympus bodies were overrated. Cute, small, but not as robust.
And von Hoegh, don't count on the Yashica TL Super being as well made as that H1a. I might be wrong in your specific case, but, overall, I think not. - David Lyga
My first real camera was a Yashica TL electro-X. The Yashinon 50mm f/1.4 crumbled. It was my first and last f/1.4 lens. Still miss it.
Question is Favorite not Best or Most Robust
Another favorite of mine in any Mamiya/Sekor
I've been inside both of them. No real difference. Neither of them are a patch on a Nikon F, which I have also serviced.
Originally Posted by David Lyga
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I'm really in love with my Spotmatic SP. It has a great weight and balance and is just a fun camera to shoot with. Also like the lenses...currently using a SMC Takumar F/1.8 55mm which does the job.
Thanks for resurrecting this thread. I don't know how I missed it two years ago.
Originally Posted by leicarfcam
My favorite M42 mount cameras:
Fujica ST705 with 50mm f/1.4 Fujinon lens
Asahi Pentax Spotmatic with 50mm f/1.4 eight-element Takumar lens
Batteries needed only for light meter
Accepts large variety of lenses
High quality optics
Focus ring rotates in same direction as Nikon F lenses
Aperture ring rotates in same direction as Nikon F lenses
Black M42 by Narsuitus, on Flickr
My favourite M42 camera is my Pentax SV. I rather like my SP1000 as well but do not use the meter - I much prefer a hand-held meter.
I have just purchased a Pentacon F (to be tested with film today) which could well take over as my favourite s it feels excellent in the hand.
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I have both cameras, my favourite are the Spotmatic F with SMC tak 50mm f1.4 and the ST705W (705 with few improvements) with the Fujinon 50m f1.4.
Originally Posted by narsuitus
To be honest I prefer the Fujinon 55mm f1.8 to the f1.4 because it doesn't vignette, but it's minimal...the Fujica has few advantages in comparison to the Spotmatic: a centre weighted lightmeter with gallium cells is the most important one.
Chinon CE 3 and CM 3, the CE has aperture auto exposure with standard one pin lens, has a rather feeble winder, about 1.5 to 2 FPS. The Chinon 1.9 Marco, was told at the time that it is based on the Kern Swiss.
My other favorite M42 is a Pentax SF1 with adapter, meters in aperture preferred and manual modes in stopped down metering, I cut down a Miranda split image screen to fit.