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    Hi. Like NT, I also have far more fixed lens RF's than I need. 12 in fact. In terms of lens quality and enjoyment, my favourites are:
    Minolta Hi-Matic E f.17 but unfortunately a fully automatic camera, does credible available light half-body portraits, great for indooor documentary photography if used with ISO 400 or faster film;
    Olympus 35RC f2.8 Shutter priority, very sharp Zuiko lens, great as a compact "in case" camera that gives very decent results outdoors;
    Minolta AL-F f2.7 Shutter priority, decent but not outstanding Rokkor lens, does very well at landscapes and buildings,feels wonderfully solid and mechanical, really a delight to use. Lens is not that well coated though, use a hood when in doubt. I pretend its a Leica
    Contax G2, without a doubt the best camera I own but not really compact. 28, 45 and 90mm lens are an unbeatable combination. Can be had at a fraction of the cost of an M6. You could probably pick up a G2 body with 35mm lens for $700. 28mm and 45mm lenses are more expensive ($200-400) and the oustanding 21mm landscape lens doesn't go for less than $700. I have all the lenses but use the 45mm and 28mm most often.

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    Nobody has spoken of Yashica GS/GT family yet? Oustanding Yashinon 45/1.7, aperture priority with stepless time (COPAL - central shutter) between 1/500-30sec. with under- & overexposure. What else? Yeah, it's a big girl..in considering RF family.
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    I also have a Yashica GS, I like it! Just hard to find batteries for it.

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    I'm a big fan of the Retina IIIc. Wonderful fixed lens camera. Lots of great ones actually but the Retina is a bit unique in regards to its size.

    I went with fixed lens rangefinders for a while... until a Leica IIIc came along locally for a good price. I still use the fixed lens rangefinder a fair amount, as I like the 40mm focal length, enjoy the built in meter, like the optional use of aperture/shutter priority, etc. The lenses on some of these fixed lens rangerfinders are very good - on par with glass I use on the Leica at 50mm, better than what I'm using at 35mm.

    The Leica is great if I want the choice between 35mm and 50mm. The lenses I use have a different look than the more modern fixed lens camera.

    If I had to go with only one camera, I frankly would be fine with any of these options.

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    Minolta Hi-Matic are great little cameras. Tough, all-metal, fast lenses, cheap, and great optical quality.

    Oh wait! What did I see? I just have one for sale!

    My, what a coincidence: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum379/...matic-7-a.html
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    geez, fanboys, relax! has anyone noticed that the OP wants to shoot weddings with this junk?

    dugrant, each one i touched (auto S2, QL-17, even the fabled 35GT) literally fell apart in my hands, shutter failing mid-roll on all of them, after very few rolls. what this means in practice? it means you won't know until you soup the film and discover a few yards of somebody's completely unusable "lifetime memories"

    still awesome?

    not one of these cameras was designed or built to be operational in 2011. if you like seventies' chrome (like i do, no digital here) get yourself an F2 with, depending on your aesthetics and budget: 28/2, 35/2, 35/1.4, 50/1.8. bridesmaids will still swoon and you'll have something to show the couple the following day
    Last edited by Vilk; 05-18-2011 at 11:52 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Yeah, if you plan on doing weddings, you need to take it seriously.
    I mean you need a reliable camera. if soemthing goes wrong and you miss that shot, you will not have another chance. It's fine if you want to take a few shots with your toy. But keep the real work for the real pros.
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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    still awesome?
    uhh... not really. lol
    Thanks for sharing that. It's got me thinking.

    Yeah, if you plan on doing weddings, you need to take it seriously.
    I do, which is why I'm posting this question And I appreciate the feedback!

    So, this has me thinking... if I want to go RF seriously for wedding work.... Voigtlander Bessa R series? (and more so Leica)

    I have two MF cameras that are built like tanks (Pentax 645, Bronica ETRS), so just looking at the RF direction in a similar vein.

    I'll keep the Konica Auto S2 for fun street photography, I guess.

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    I just bought a Konica Auto S2 myself, from eBay. This is my first rangefinder... looking forward to using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    I also have a Yashica GS, I like it! Just hard to find batteries for it.

    Jeff
    You can get a 6V replacement. I guess the 6V battery is smaller than the 5.6V mercury and you may want to get a spring that will hold the battery from rattling inside. The circuit inside the camera is designed to handle a bit higher voltage (confirmed by a professional electronics engineer) so that the lightmeter won't lie.

    I hope that helps.
    cheers
    Dominik
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