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    Looking for a 35mm half-frame camera? Suggestions?

    I'm looking to buy a half-frame affordable camera that has that retro look (metal body), that is compact to carry around.

    I've looked into the Olympus Pen cameras but wondering if there are any others out there?

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    check the classifieds
    there is a pen ft being sold RIGHT NOW
    probably the rolls royce of half frame
    ( i have one and love it ! )

    good luck
    john

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    If you like real cheap Agat 18k
    But no metal !

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    How about the Univex Mercury? I think they're pretty cool looking.

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    I have had an Olympus Pen Ft in the past and they are really nice. The current stable has an Olympus Pen EE residing in it. I will be using an image made with a strip of 11 frames from this camera in a show this spring. The strip is 10 inches by 5 feet and is mounted on a box that size which is 3 1/2 inches deep. Pretty dang sharp images. Bill Barber

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    Years ago I saw some photos that Warhol took back in The Factory days w/ a Pen. They looked very good. They also had a full length portrait of Warhol that was something like 6' tall. It had been taken w/ a 35mm camera, and it looked great! Who knew you could do that w/ 35mm? Yes, it was grainy, but it didn't matter.
    Last edited by momus; 12-19-2013 at 10:12 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I have a Universal Mercury (II?) that I have gotten some great pictures with. Good looking camera too.

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    One of my all-time favorites is the Agfa Optima-Parat. It has a Solinar lens that is very sharp.

    I've shot a lot with this camera. I always use it in the case, because the metal body is very slick. Almost too slick.

    I have a review of the Optima-Parat here, plus a link to some photos. I have other photos from this camera, but I didn't make more slideshows. Got busy with changing jobs, relocation, etc.

    If you like square photos (and have enough money), there is also the Zeiss Ikon Tenax II.

    There is a Tenax I, which is a much simpler camera with a lesser lens. A postwar East German version offered this with a Tessar lens. And following that was the Taxona, which also is a compact camera with either a Novonar or Tessar lens. I don't have a review of the Taxona, although I've shot with it.

    The Tenax II has either a Tessar or a Sonnar lens. The Sonnar lens, which is uncoated, is exceptional. I've shot the heck out of this camera. Love it.

    If you're really looking for compact, there is a Pentacon Pentona with a very average lens, and a Penti, which often can be found in gold metallic. You'll need the Agfa Rapid cassettes, which you will need to load with film yourself, to use the Penti.
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    Pen ft, mercury ii, canon demi s, konica recorder, and yashica samurai (just for weirdness). These are the coolest half frames in my opinion, and were relatively affordable, but prices have gone up a bit. I gave up on shooting half frame. Hard to enlarge, and i never finish the rolls fast enough.

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    Not small but much more versatile than most Halframe cameras is the Konica Autoreflex SLR it can shoot bothe in 35mm FF and HF and it's usually quiet cheap. Portable yes small no. The Yashica Samurai is the newest HF camera and offers AF focussing many HF-camreas don't even have RF. The Pen series from Olympus is probably the best true HF camera but also much more expensive than the rest.

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