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    How about a Retina IIa. I picked one up not so long ago for about £35. It has a Retina-Xenon F2/50mm and is a folder. The only 35mm camera I have that even in it's case fits in my coat pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    How about a Retina IIa. I picked one up not so long ago for about £35. It has a Retina-Xenon F2/50mm and is a folder. The only 35mm camera I have that even in it's case fits in my coat pocket.
    ^^^ OP titled thread "Affordable Rangefinder". To me that means under $200, perhaps $60. USD. Those Retinas are almost in Leica territory over at e-bay. Not that they are selling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vpwphoto View Post
    ^^^ OP titled thread "Affordable Rangefinder". To me that means under $200, perhaps $60. USD. Those Retinas are almost in Leica territory over at e-bay. Not that they are selling.
    Well as mentioned I bought mine for £35, which equates to about $59 and I thought cameras were a lot cheaper in USA.

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    Sorry ... I wasn't familiar with the Retina you mentioned... found several on ebay with asking prices well north of what you mention. Sorry... and thanks for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip j View Post
    Google Contax G @ Ken Rockwell. He says the G2 has it all over any Leica.
    Another gratuitous overstatement from Ken. Sure it's a fine camera with top notch lenses, but all over is a bit unfair, I'd say in pair.
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    The Konica Hexar RF is unloved, but very capable.

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    Surely if low cost is of prime importance and in despite of this, high quality is desired too, then is it not best to concentrate of medium format rangefinder cameras?

    AGFA Record III, Mamiya - 6 folding, Zeiss IKONTA 524/2, MOCKBA-5 and so on are not expensive even now and all have very good lenses to deliver high quality results that will compare well with those from more expensive 35mm rangefinder cameras.

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    Voigtlander Vitessa L?

    Excellent f2 Ultron, coupled rangefinder with parallax correction, excellent ergonomics - left hand advances film with plunger, right hand focus and shutter, coupled depth of field scale on top panel, flash MXV connector on left hand barn door. Incredible "cool" factor, engendered with plunger, "barn door" lens closure, superlative build/finish quality.

    Minuses - (and ALL cameras have them, even the sainted Leicas! Think cloth focal plane shutters and the sun!) Age. Mid to late '50s. My understanding is that any rangefinder work is hideously expensive. That &^%$*I)(*(*& LVS EVS interlock system, although it could be disabled. And who though that a fully removeable back was a good thing? Grrrrrr..... Filters use a sort of bayonet system, which makes them rare and consequently expensive, when available. Same for the "proper" lens hood. Many have a built in selenium cell meter, which may or may not work; in any case rely on your hand held Weston or Norwood Director, to be in "style."

    But there are a lot of them out there. Figure about $200 for a decent example. Not a bad price for a true icon.

    Still. If a Vitessa L needs shutter work it should be "cheap," comparatively. It is a delightful user. All you need is a '55 Chevy Bel Air convertible to really rock in style.

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    FED-2, Zorki-6 with 50mm prime on it from seller who does CLA before sale. Well under $100 priced are available.
    Oly XA as 35mm prime lens camera. Also available under $100.
    Under $200 in total with lenses.

    Barnacks are cute and under $200 now, but CLA isn't cheap for them at all.
    And 50mm, 35mm lens with VF will add another $200.
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    My wallet is flexible, so taking in account both quality an money.

    what would be the best price/value investment for a SYSTEM rangefinder ?

    Note that I am not asking about the best camera, nor about the cheapest, but that SYSTEM rangefinder camera in which I can get the best for less.
    Last edited by RubenBitt; 06-03-2014 at 06:52 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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