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    Any of those should be fine. Pick the one which you find in good condition, at a good price.

    http://www.cameraquest.com/com35s.htm

    Another option would be one of the mentioned Voigtländer, I have a Vito CLR. They are not as compact, and the lens is normally not faster than f/2.8, but the viewfinder is much larger and if there is a range-finder that's easier to use.

    I would look for a camera in good condition around €40, and then have a cleaning-lubrication-adjustement (CLA) performed which should cost around €40 (depending on the conditions of the camera). With €80 you'll have a dependable camera with a clean and bright viewfinder.

    Most of those have automatic exposure if you need it. Some of those used a mercury battery. You can use a normal battery instead and accept a small exposure mistake (no problem if you use negative film) or you can buy an adapter for around €15 which brings the light-meter behaviour very near what it would be with a mercury battery. Or you can restrict the choice to the cameras which were not made for a mercury battery.

    Or you can just use an external lightmeter which is always the best option if you are not in a hurry.

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    Any of the Voightlander Vitomatic cameras, look for the color skoper lens, and you will get a great rangefinder camera, with one of the best viewfinders of the period,
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    woah! a lot of candidates to choose from... thanks!

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    i would go for a yashica electro 35 gsn. i have one and love it.

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    I second the Olympus 35 RC. Or start with a Trip.

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    You may also give it a try to the whole family of Yashica Electro 35 (GS/GT/GSN/GTN). You may do a PhD on it at a wonderful website: http://www.yashica-guy.com/index.html
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    The Yashica G series are the goods - but every second one on Evilbay will be faulty, so make sure you have return privileges if you buy online.

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    Saw this blog article about shooting Yashica, worth a read if you are thinking of going Yashica.

    http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/0...icky-opaterny/

    I am a Yashica RF user and love my camera. I shoot the Lynx 14E and have no complaints, just praise, it doesnt even need a battery to operate! It takes a battery but only for the lightmeter, so you can shoot w/o and perfect your internal meter, should you accept the challenge...although a clean Lynx looks to be going for $50-$100 on the bay. And often need a CLA. So there are pros/cons to a cheap, real cheep camera, but maybe a mint one that your send in for a CLA will be better in the long run, that is the route I took, but going the other way, works for others, I dont judge. If you expect your camera to work, see about only bidding or buying one with a return policy, then run some film and see if it is gonna work for you. Best of luck!

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    Olympus made some really super fixed-lens RFs, I would strongly recommend you go with one of them. They have really good optics and are fairly robust mechanically. Check them out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jojje View Post
    As good as a Contessa but with a clear life-size rangefinder.
    http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Vitomatic_IIa
    I own a mint condition sample of this exact camera. Even the light meter works. I can confirm it's a heavyweight beauty. Built in an era when men were men, and cameras were too...



    One very oddball tip for the Vitomatic IIa with the Color-Skopar 50mm f/2.8 lens is that the standard plastic Fujifilm 35m film canister lid from makes for a gawd-awfully perfect lens cap. Snugly slips inside the lens mount opening as if it were designed precisely for that purpose and that purpose alone.

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