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    Most disappointing cameras?

    As a rebuttal to the previous thread "Most Surprising cameras", What cameras really disappointed you and why?

    My nomination: the Chinon CE-3 Memotron.
    Idea: auto-exposure on any M42 auto lens.
    Failure: cheap build quality feels and sounds well cheap.
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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    Contax RTSIII. I bought a used one years ago. after a couple of rolls the shutter "commited suicide".
    Talking with the repairman he told me that such shutters (able to work at 1/8000 second) are built with very tight tolerances and
    risk to stop working very easily. In any case i've never taken a picture faster than 1/1000 sec. The viewfinder (very bright and sharp) used led for F, times, etc. They were unreadable with bright sun. I've never had a real feeling with this camera. I traded it with a Pentax 67 + lenses

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    1) Minox 35: great, superb optics - but bad shutter. It just died without warning in Istanbul in critical situation. That is why now when I am on the road I use Nikon F3 or Leica M's only.
    2) Zorki, Kiev and other ex soviet cameras.

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    Olympus XA. I heard wonderful things about how sharp the lens was and was then consistently disappointed with the results. They weren't bad by any means but cameras slightly larger were significantly better. I ended up landing an XA4 instead; the wider angle lens made it more unique and worth carrying relative to other options.

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    Leica M. Never lived up to the online eulogies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Legge View Post
    They weren't bad by any means but cameras slightly larger were significantly better.
    I have same thing with small Rollei 35 (tessar f3.5) - but at least shutter is reliable.

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    Olympus mju-II or Stylus Epic if you're in the US. So small and neat, sharp lens, showerproof .... yet light leaks are a persistent problem and flash shots are often over exposed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perkeleellinen View Post
    Leica M. Never lived up to the online eulogies.
    I didn't dare say that...but since you've said it first, I have to agree. The whole Leica system is undoubtedly amazing, and justifiably a legend, but I once tried an s/h M3 and a couple of lenses, just couldn't get on with it...sold it on at a small profit!

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    Just curious, what is disappointing with Leica M's? Excepting meter and the price.

    Quote Originally Posted by perkeleellinen View Post
    Leica M. Never lived up to the online eulogies.
    OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
    Rolleicord Va: Humble.
    Holga 120GFN: Amazingly simple yet it produces outstanding negatives to print.

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    Pentax P30n with Kit Zoom. Bought to replace my Yashica GS because 'it's not as good as an SLR'. What a dissapointment. It took me a long time to work out the LENS was crap because every now and then I'd get a promising print (I'm guessing there was a lucky apeture/focal length combo in there somewhere).

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