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    Looking for a small camera with manual controls

    Hello all, my first post here on APUG. I'm Hyun. I hail from sunny California.

    Photography is a hobby for me, and I shoot mainly for my own fun and for friends and family. I primarily shoot DSLRs, but still enjoy shooting film from time to time. Mainly Reala 100, Superia 400, and Ilford XP2 Super 400, but lately some real B&W film as well.

    Right now my main film body is Canon Elan 7N. I am looking for a small (smaller the better) camera that has manual control over aperture and shutter speeds. I have the Olympus Stylus Epic, which is a great little camera, but is fully automatic. I'd like something that I can pocket (like the Stylus Epic) and carry around with me.

    One criteria is that I'd really like whichever camera I get to be readily available from some place like KEH, Adorama, or B&H used departments. I don't have enough familiarity nor knowledge of film cameras, especially the older models, to be confident of buying on eBay or Craigslist.

    Thanks for reading so far and any help you can give. I just found a link to APUG from Fred Miranda's website today and am very happy to find such an active group of film shooters.

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    How about a canonet or such.
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    Consider a Rollei 35 in one of its incarnations, such as Rollei 35TE or 35SE.

    Great lenses. Very small size. Quirky ergonomics.

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    Definitely go with a Canonet. The GIII 17 is a great camera!

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    You might want to look at rangefinders. Here is an excellent resource for info:
    http://www.cameraquest.com/classics.htm

    Good luck,

    Bob
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    Hyun,
    Depends upon the size of your pockets--in both the actual sense and in as cash-wize. The Rollei 35 comes to mind; but I never found it to be comfortable in my pocket. Probably the Leica CLs would be about the same. A predecessor of your Stylus is the Oly XA. Automatic, yes, but with shutter speed control via the aperture setting; and definitely pocketable. Other Apugers shall have info on more modern cameras. I am a dinosaur when it comes to camera acquisition. At this juncture I do not own a camera of the type you mention but am always looking to acquire cameras i do not need: aka G.A.S. I thought I had one when I bought a Kodak Signet 35. I love the sharpness of it's 44 mm Ektar lens, but its design is a fine example of what ye oldene engineers could concoct on a drawing board, whilst damning to perdition the concept of ergonomics.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    The aforementioned Rollei 35

    or

    one of the following Kodak Retinas (all meterless compact folders with excellent lenses):
    Retina I (No rangefinder, Schneider Xenar lens)
    Retina I and IIa (especially the Schneider Xenon lens is outstanding).
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Pentax MX.

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    -- The prewar Kodak Retinas are small and manual controls. Downside: Might need to be serviced.

    -- Then there is the Olympus 35 RC -- a smaller rangefinder with manual controls.

    -- The Kodak Signet 35 is small but might not be what you want.

    -- Again, the Rollei 35, 35T or 35S ... all are great cameras.

    -- The Olympus OM-1, OM-2 and the Pentax MX (in SLRs)

    -- A postwar Taxona (although it shoots square 24x24)

    -- The Olympus Pen F/FT (half-frame)

    -- Welti 35mm rangefinder

    -- Braun Paxette rangefinder

    -- Agfa Parat-I (half-frame zone focus)

    -- Agfa Super Solinette (nice little folding rangefinder camera)

    -- Voigtlander Vito, Vito II and Vito IIa (folding zone focus cameras)

    -- Voigtlander Vito B (zone focus), Vitomatic IIb (rangefinder)

    -- Zeiss Ikon folding Ikonta (zone focus), Contina (uncoupled rangefinder) and Contessa (coupled rangefinder and meter)

    ... these are the ones that come to mind

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    Have to second Mike's suggestion a Pentax MX.

    Ian

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