Well, I'm probably setting myself up for a pie in the face or something because my rangefinder that I just purchased today is nowhere near the kind of stuff that most of you are using. Nevertheless it is my first serious RF purchase and I'm pretty excited. I bought a silver Fuji Klasse with the 38/2.6 lens. I put a roll of Superia Premium 400 in it and I'll be shooting a Christmas party tonight! Should be fun.
Yeah, that's too automated. I think that this is the Japan-only version of the Rollei AFM 35, which is really a very nice camera. I have the Rollei, and I really like it a lot. It's very compact, and the camera's autoexposure system has been very accurate.
I think it has a nice group of features, including the ability to manually set aperture or distance.
My one wish for the camera would be the ability to set the flash off by default.
Well, I don't know if I am suffering any sort of syndrome or not, but my current collection includes 4 large format lenses, 21 medium format lenses, 31 alpha mount lenses, 8 or 9 M42 lenses, and about 20 bodies... Actually, buying a rangefinder that doesn't have exchangeable lenses actually sort of a new direction for me. There isn't much else I can buy for this kit!
Just today my darling wife picked up a Minolta Hi-Matic E at an estate auction for me. I've wanted one of these (or a 7sII) for some time now. This one has film in it -- kinda curious to see what it's got!
Also a Hi-Matic 11 but I like the E better and will likely flog the 11 shortly.
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming– “Wow! What a Ride!”