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    Wich cameras you think is necessary on a collection and why?

    Hi again,

    I discover the analog cameras world 2 years ago and I am going to have my little collection of cameras growing....
    So, a simple question, which is/are camera/s suggestable to have on a collection and why?
    35mm MF LF.... what you want....
    We're going to make an ideal perfect collection.....
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    Well, it's a good question and inevitably depends how much money you want to throw at it and how much space is available for it to occupy.
    I'm sure you'll have plenty of suggestions. I could come up with about twenty off the top of my head but I'll limit myself to one. You MUST have an example of a Pentax Spotmatic!
    Forget the arguments about who brought out the first SLR with TTL metering - the Spotty brought it to the masses - definitely the Ford Cortina of the camera world and, as such, deserving of a place in your collection!

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    My advice would be to leave the cameras to those of us who want to take photographs, rather than have them collect dust in a collection!

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    box cameras ...
    because they are plentiful
    and because they are fun to use
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    Leica. They are mechanical jewels.

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    If you're trying to build what coin collectors call a "type collection," I would at least have these three 35mm SLRs: Canon AE-1 (a very successful mass-market auto-exposure 35mm), Pentax Spotmatic (any model), Nikon F (it's a Nikon F, it's a first on so many levels; google it). If you want to include auto focus, I'm not sure what model to suggest there, maybe one of the first Minolta Maxxum cameras (first successful mass-market AF 35mm)? Also these three 35mm rangefinders: Yashica Electro 35 GSN (it's pretty), Argus C3 (many people learned on this camera), and if you can budget it, a Leica M3 (first modern Leica).

    There are other 35mm cameras that are worth including. I don't know enough about medium or large format to have a real opinion, but I would have a Speed Graphic and a twin-lens reflex. "Amateur" cameras are so numerous... maybe a 620 folder, a box brownie, a 110 camera? And a Polaroid Colorpack - there are so many models, pick one.

    This would be a wide variety covering a large range of 20th century cameras. Many of these can be had for small amounts of money, especially if they don't work anymore.
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    The perfect collection should include cameras that you shoot, if you aren't using it it isn't worth having. The only exceptions might be cameras that have been in the family for years and they no longer make film for.
    "Would you like it if someone that painted in oils told you that you were not making portraits because you were using a camera?"
    "Shouldn't it be more about the joy of producing and viewing the photo than what you paid for the camera?"

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