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Favorite film body?

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by agentlossing, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    35mm or otherwise, though I'm mostly interested in 35mm classics. What body was your favorite in the old days? SLR, rangefinder, whatever system you like.

    My Mamiya 1000DTL is a very cool body; since I have some good Konica glass I've been looking at the FS-1 on eBay, just for kicks. I was young when film SLRs were most in vogue, and I couldn't afford a cool camera in those days.
     
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  2. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Its a tough call ->

    For pure simplicity and great images every time - Olympus Trip 35

    Compact jewel like loveliness - Olympus Pen FT

    SLR - Olympus OM-4Ti

    Modern all singing all dancing fancy-pants SLR - Nikon F100 (although my Hexar AF is close)
     
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  3. steve16823

    steve16823 Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 26, 2011
    Brookfield, IL
    My favorite film body? The OM-3. All manual, completely mechanical shutter, but with the trademark multi-spot metering system that was a joy to use with film.

    Truth be told though, I didn't get my hands on an OM-3 until shortly before I purchased my first digital camera and wasn't using my SLR equipment as much as my 35mm Stylus (and subsequently the Stylus Epic). My "workhorse" SLR throughout my high-school and college days was an OM-2S.
     
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  4. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    Tough choice; if I had to pick only one I'd go with my first "real" camera, an Olympus Pen FT. However I would gladly accept my Minolta X-700 or my Pentax K-1000 if no Pen were available.

    I learned about shutter speed/aperture/ASA on the Pen, and about shutter priority/aperture priority/program modes on the Minolta, and that you don't really need much gear to make good photographs on the Pentax.

    Oh - and I'll be needed a few bricks of Kodachrome ASA 25 and ASA 64 to go with the camera.

    Regards,

    Jim
     
  5. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    XPan.

    I've owned many, many cameras in many many formats but the XPan was my favourite by far. I had all three lenses too.

    Gordon
     
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  6. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 20, 2011
    I do like the 1000dtl... Also the AE1's, K1000's. All for sentimental reason's. As users, I still use a Speed Graphic, and a toyo monorail. ...I've been in eyeing some 8x10 options, but maybe I've lost my mind, I dunno.
     
  7. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord

    Nov 4, 2010
    Globetrotter
    Andrew
    Nikon F2 and F3HP for SLRs, Hexar RF for RFs, Mamiya RB67 SD Pro for MFs.
     
  8. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    I started on a Mamiya NC1000 and always look for one at pawn shops, but favorite? F100, A-1 is a close second until the squeal starts...
     
  9. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    Just saw that we weren't limited to 35mm. Yes, the RB67 gave me some of my most favorite photos. Mostly food and products, but still loved the work and the results. The Fuji GS645 went a lot of places with me. Only the folder, didn't like the others.
     
  10. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2012
    A Canon AE-1 is what took the photos of my childhood. One of the handsomest cameras ever made.

    Now, if I'm shooting film, it's probably with a Minolta XG-M. History wouldn't look on that camera as anything special, but in terms of a pure Aperture priority shooting experience, it's absolutely fantastic.


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  11. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Leica m3.

    Second place... Pentax k1000 early Japanese built

    Sent from mobile.... excuse my typos
     
  12. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    M2 button rewind always felt better to me, simpler, more Leica-like. double stroke M3 was really cool too, and natural once you'd done it a couple of times.
     
  13. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 27, 2013
    FR
    RF : Leica M4
    SLR : Pentax MX
    If you wanna include MF : Rolleiflex 2.8E
     
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  14. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    You all are killing me! Yup, the MX and ME Supers were sweet! Just felt right. Never had an LX, always lusted after that one...
     
  15. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Mmm . . . I love my Rollei too (just a 3.5 though). I guess with a Rolleikin kit, you could consider it 35mm ;-)
     
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  16. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Dennis
    1st: Kiev 60 MF beast of a SLR
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennisraines/3858847413/" title="Kiev 60 by Dennis Raines, on Flickr"> 3858847413_04c597f762_z. "640" height="601" alt="Kiev 60"></a>

    2nd: Pentax KX SLR
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennisraines/5195220623/" title="Pentax KX by Dennis Raines, on Flickr"> 5195220623_125976144f_z. "640" height="494" alt="Pentax KX"></a>

    3rd: Kiev 4A rangefinder (not a photo of mine, but same model)
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28796087@N02/5252374968/" title="Kiev 4A, ca. 1961 by fotostevia, on Flickr"> 5252374968_6883cf9eef_z. "640" height="429" alt="Kiev 4A, ca. 1961"></a>

    ....if you can't tell, I picked the Silver E-M5 :wink:
     
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  17. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 27, 2013
    FR
    Pentax LX is the best but when I had it, i prefered the micro size and lightweight of the MX relatively.
     
  18. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    How could I forget? LX was a great camera and I still have mine. Loved the removable prism.

    Sent from mobile.... excuse my typos
     
  19. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Can't wait to look these up! No love for Konica, yet, except for the renowned Hexar RF. I think the black FS-1 and FT-1 bodies look exceptionally classy with the white and gold markings on the shutter dial.
     
  20. RedNumber5

    RedNumber5 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 13, 2010
    Antioch, CA
    Even though I started with a Canon AE-1, the Canon EF and T-90 are my favorites of the FD mount. I also like the small size of the Olympus 35RD when I want to use a rangefinder. For a point and shoot,the Yashica T4 Super is my go to camera.