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    Help me buy a rangefinder

    So I'm selling my new digital rangefinder, a Canon G12, and am looking to buy a small rangefinder or similar film camera.

    Right now I have no idea what I am doing. I've been traveling with a Nikon F4 and a 50mm ƒ/1.4 lens, but thats big a bulky. I want something smaller and lighter, and above all quieter. My only requirements are that it have...

    1. Manual focus
    2. a 35 or 50mm with ƒ/2.8 or larger
    3. be able to accept a filter
    5. Aperture priority or at least in camera metering.
    6. Be less than $400
    7. 35mm

    I don't want to spend much since it will travel with me and get banged around, beat up and probably lost eventually. I'll be shooting Delta 400 full time. I'm not really shooing anything in particular, its a travel camera, so it will shoot whatever I feel is interesting at the time.

    Thanks
    Jim

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    Get a Canon QL17 III. I got one for a steal. They have a 40mm f1.7 lens and are good performers. You can pick them up for less than a $100 often on here . They also have a cds meter, but its not necessary to use that as they are full manual cameras.
    Please check out my website www.amoxomphotography.com and APUG Portfolio .....

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    Konica S-2 is a good choice.

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    One of my dream RFs is a Oly 35 SP....built in center weighted meter AND a spot meter!! But never having owned one I can't recommend.....but wd love one based on what I have read...
    Andy

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    Bessa R3A or R2A. They take any m mount or LTM mount lens with adapter and offer AE shooting. VERY light and quiet!

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    +1 for konica auto s2. Not fancy. Not sexy. Not very small. But it feels right, works right, and is fun to use. Has a great lens, nice finder, awesome parallax adjust and an easy to use meter. Plus they're so underpriced it's ridiculous. Sounds great for what you've described.

    Enjoy,
    Leo
    "There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri

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    Get an Olympus XA

    I'm not sure about using filters, but if you want a GREAT, small camera check out the Olympus XA. There is a thread in this forum about XAs.

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    How about an Olympus 35RC?
    - Derek
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    Ricoh 35 ZF

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    I just got an XA a few days ago, and love it! One could do a lot worse!
    Nikon 35mm, Mamiya 645 & RB67, Leica IIIb, other bits and pieces

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