The Konica Hexar has already been mentioned above. It's not really compact at all: it's the size of a small SLR with pancake lens, or a Leica M-series. They are fantastic cameras, though. Good lens, clever electronics.
It's not a lot faster than f2.8, but the Fuji Klasse (or Rollei AFM35) is pretty good. It's a 38mm f2.6. I have the Rollei version, and have been very happy with it.
It's considerably smaller than the Hexar, but not as compact as an Olympus Mju-II [Stylus Epic].
There's also the Fuji Natura-S, but I've never seen one and the lens might be a bit wide.
My Konica S3 is very good.
Fuji Klasse seems promising...... and probably cheaper than its Rollei sibling.....
I already have a Fuji RF, small compact and very convincing, in my book Fuji cameras was some of the great secrets of japanese film cameras, I have a M42 SLR as well which is a dandy....
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Actually, I got my Rollei AFM35 for less than I've seen the Fuji go for. That may just be chance, or a reflection of the relative scarcity of the Fuji branded models in the UK. I took mine on a trip to Paris a few years back and that was the only camera I took with me:
What about the Canon AF35ML Super Sure Shot?
Not a very sexy camera, but I suspect it's just as reliable and useful a P&S as the Olympus XA's, Nikon L35AF, etc.
It's got a 40mm, f/1.9. I think that might be your best bet for fast point & shoot, no?
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if you are using a fixed-lens rangefinder, point-and-shoot, or scale focus camera, you really dont need a big fast lens since you will not be looking through it to focus.
If you want a big fast lens just cause you think its better than a compact almost-as-fast lens, you are wrong.
Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.
I want a big fast lens simply because I can get a big fast lens, as big as possible in as small a package as possible, read the first post.
Amen. I gave up on teensy rangefinders in favor of a Nikon FG--Nikon's smallest-ever SLR with a nice range of features and a bright viewfinder. The pin-sharp little 50/1.8E and the sleeper 100/2.8E make a killer compact kit that fits in a coat pocket. All very affordable. Works for me.
Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings
The Contax G1 or 2 with a 45/2 is relatively compact, smaller than the Yashica Lynx anyway(?)
It's certainly pocketable in a coat or jacket.
Heavily sedated for your protection.
Yashica Half 14, 32mm 1.4 lens in a half-frame camera. Is that big, fast and compact enough?
YASHICA HALF14 by ????, on Flickr
pretty hard to find, though.