Here's my thinking, and the route I took. I love vintage cameras because they ARE vintage. I have a couple of Nikon DSLR cameras and pro f2.8 zooms when I want something tack sharp and highly saturated. Sometimes all of that is overated though. I love the look I get from classic gear, and like the sense of connection I get to history and the people of long ago when I use really old lenses etc. For whatever format I'm shooting, I think in terms of the SYSTEM, not the pieces. I have a Leica IIIc, which is about the most modern film equipment I own. (My true loves are from the 1930s or pre-Civil War.) I went with a Leica IIIc from 1942 as the thought of owning something made during such a chaotic time fascinates me. For lenses, I went with ones correct to the period. I have a very early Elmar 5cm f3.5 vintage ~1932, Summaron 3.5cm f3.5, and Elmar 90mm f4, the last two being from 1946 and 1948. I really like the images these lenses create, and I like using them. They all take the same A36 filters and I use the A35 FIKUS hood. Add a Leica style cable release, a couple of A36 filters, VIOOH viewfinder, and a ArcaSwiss QR plate and I'm set! It all fits in a very nice compact LowePro bag, the Streamline 100. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ulder_Bag.html I love this little compact system! For a meter I use the Sekonic L-208, which is very compact as well. I don't get hung up on the lenses as I am specifically after a vintage look anyway. I just want a system that works well together. It's my "Leica team!"
The A36 filters are the clamp on type (with a screw,) and they are plentiful and cheap. I usually snag them off ebay or KEH. To reduce space in my bag, I also just went with the FIKUS adjustable hood. Even though most aren't marked, you can use them with the 3.5cm lens if you shorten them all the way. Downside is you can't use filters with the hood on (vignettes.) I have two filers: yellow 1 and orange. I don't use so-called "protection" filters as they increase flare and can scratch up your lens if they break into shards. Never used "protection" filters and all of my lenses are perfect despite 25+ years of hard outdoor use. I do use lens caps though
Kent in SD
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