I agree with you completely. I used to work in 16mm film (for television) using the likes of B&H Filmos and Arri 16's, rugged powerful cameras in any era (even today), but definitely not made for beginners or the consumer market. These required dealing with all sorts of quirky challenging, non-automated technical issues (finders, film loading, exposure, focus, emulsion selection, etc.), but mastering them could produce cinematic quality results. This prepared me in later life to deal with Barnacks and related vintage quality cameras (e.g. Nikon, Contax). I understood the concept of sacrificing convenience for total control to achieve maximum performance with a camera.
Originally Posted by 2F/2F