I've had a lot of cameras. At one point I decided to get rid of redundant stuff.
For a portable, versatile, small camera capable of everyting from point-n-shoot to high quality macro work, I kept a Nikon F and six lenses.
For a portable reasonably fast working camera giving a larger negative than 35mm, I kept one Rollei.
For an easily portable, versatile, very high quality largeformat camera I kept the Linhof STIV, which uses 6x7 and 4x5 film and can be used handheld with a Grafmatic/rollfilm holder or on a tripod.
For the ultimate in quality and reasonably sized contact prints with the option of enlarging, I kept the Deardorff V8 with 8x10 and 4x5 backs.
For about 15 years I stuck with this set of equipment.
About 6-7 years ago I found a working Pentaz IQZoom at a thrift shop for $3. Snagged it for a PHD camera, it's pretty good.
About 5-6 years ago I found a Miranda with a 350mm Soligor in a dumpster and pulled it out.
5 years ago my father died, leaving me a pristine OM-3, OM-4, and five lenses including a 35mm shift Zuiko.
About 4 years ago a fellow saw me using my Nikon, he gave me a Nikkormat which he had not used in a couple decades.
Last winter I decided I wanted a screwmount camera so I could play with some of the different M42 lenses available, I bought a Pentax H1a.
Last week I was given a 2x Vivitar teleconverter on Monday, and a Yashica TL Super on Wed..
See the trend here? Like any addict, you're either active or in retirement, there's no middle ground. It all started with one small harmless little P&S camera, next thing you know I'll be looking for 11x14 filmholders. Sad...
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