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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    Hmmm...if I use an aerial image (clear) screen in my MX, maybe with a split image or microprism dot, I'd have a small, no-parallax, more or less rangefinder camera equivalent...
    That might be really cool...
    You could also shoot on a 28mm or wider with a modest maximum aperture and everything will appear in focus. The advantage of a rangefinder is the view is close to daylight. Pick one with a life size finder and you can shoot with both eyes open and not fall over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vilk View Post

    SACRILEGE!
    Thats better than ebaying it where the great unwashed can get their grubby paws on it.
    Yeah its top heavy, the solution is to put the motor drive on it.But to be honest its still a match needle manual camera that gets its butt kicked by the less expensive more capable F3 at every turn.However the F3 doesn't have the cache the F2 does and will not appreciate as much.

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    Most terrible cameras I have ever used were Nikon , Canon and Olympus.
    I am an Leica user and nobody could not write that how much they are good. I bought my Leicas and lenses with comparing their shots and others starting from 70 years old magazines to newest ones.
    Leica cameras are a school and teach you your next move.
    Nikon , Canon and Olympus cameras had the worst lenses I have ever seen and happily they dont print that stuff at a magazine. They were mechanically working but I prefer a zenit and kiev to them. Lenses were horrible.

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    I believe the absolutly most horrid disappointing experience with a camera was the Zorky 4 I picked up last summer. Even more disappointing was the lens on it(IIRC) a Jupiter 8(I'm not up on Russian gear)Thought it would be a fun shooter, couldn't figure it out.
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    Mustafa, I too love Leica and generally Zeiss glass over glass from Japan but much of the Japanese glass was not bad just a different look resulting for its use. Sort of what you get used to and regional tastes. Chocolate in the US is not the same as in Canada I found nor the same as Switzerland or the U.K. I can not get used to the Canadian flavoring even after 16 years here and crave the US version, right down to M&Ms, Hershey and Mars bars.

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    Miller Lite, tastes great

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    I'd ask my camera who it's most dissapointing owner has been.
    But, I might not like the answer.

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    My first serious camera was a Voigtlander Vitessa (L, I think), bought around 1957 or so. Terrific piece of workmanship/great lens, produced great pictures. A year or two later I read in the photo mags about the then new SLR's and decided that I had to have one. Traded in the Vitessa for a Practica of some kind; wlf, no prism. Where the Vitessa was a beautiful piece of machinery, the Practica was probably stamped out from tin cans and a complete PITA. And no, it wasn't rangefinder vs SLR; the camera was junk. Took it to college and it expired in the middle of a photo course that I then completed using a friend's Miranda (remember those?).

    Bottom line is that the experience pretty much cured me of GAS. The next camera that I bought was a Pentax Spotmatic, purchased in an Air Force PX. Still have it, still works.

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    I must admit that I'm a magnet for crappy cameras. Most cameras explode after only a few seconds in my hands, and small cameras seem to be the worst. As my monthly budget for new gear is only a few dollars, my choices can be limited. Thrift stores, antique stores, estate sales, ebay, and Goodwill are perty much my sources for different equipment. Though I have pulled off some amazing deals this way, sadly I must admit that a good 75% of the cameras I purchase end up being crapola. But, from my own experience the "Worst-of-the-worst" award falls squarely on the PAX M2 cameras. I had purchased a number of these cameras, thinking I would eventually get lucky. Please, if you spot one of these PAX cameras . . . run away. Run as fast as you can.

    Other cameras that left me wanting . . . Aires 35, Practica FX 3, Olympus PEN F, Olympus PEN EE, Olympus XA2, Minolta 16, Pentax Auto 110
    Last edited by X. Phot.; 09-07-2011 at 11:57 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    The only camera I'm disappointing is my 4x5. I am just not spending enough time with it, not getting to know it well enough to do what I would like.
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