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The most beautiful camera?

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Itinerant is a group administrator Itinerant says:

I would say, the Nikon F4.

To me, that thing is GORGEOUS. The epitome of functionality, purpose and beauty.

In a pawn shop window

Naturally, it was designed by an Italian. :)

I would get one simply as a work of art, to put on a shelf. I wouldnt use it as a film camera (Id prefer a F90 for that). Unfortunately, these bad boys are still commanding prices in the 400 - 1000 dollar range... :(
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BillyWarhol says:

i find a lot of the new digital point on shoots to have super lame design - nothing fresh or exciting*

i kinda like the Kodak V550 in Black*

;))
109 months ago (permalink)

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Clopin clopant says:

Leica III, definitely, especially IIIf red dial:
Leica IIIf, elmar 3,5/50
... and I am not the only one (look here: www.cameraquest.com/3frdst.htm )
107 months ago (permalink)

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devilinsidela says:

I can't say I prefer one model of camera over all, but here's a fave:






104 months ago (permalink)

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finistere says:

I love the minimalistic design of this classic Nikon FM:

Nikon FM without lenshood
101 months ago (permalink)

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*Rog* says:

Has to be the Linhof TECHNORAMA 617 SIII for me

www.linhof.com/english/kameras/technorama/technorama617.html

drool, drool
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pearmax says:

Simple beuty...

Kodak Nº2

.....but retired
101 months ago (permalink)

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head.zoo.keeper says:

Yeah, these are all beautiful cameras but I'd have to vote for a chrome Hasselblad 500C. Just think it's a jewel of a camera, a work of art in itself.
99 months ago (permalink)

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Latente 囧 www.latente.it says:



99 months ago (permalink)

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stttijn says:

I thought it wouldn't be inapropriate to post this one here:

Ready to roll

hasselblad 500 C/M
98 months ago (permalink)

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R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. says:

i can't believe no one has posted a vote for one of these :

Lolo Eloy's M3

Leica M3 with 50mm Summicron (collapsible)
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Itinerant is a group administrator Itinerant says:

Im liking the Hasselblad
98 months ago (permalink)

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LucisPictor says:

Well, as far as aesthetics are concerned, it has to be a rangefinder cam!
Leica M3, M6 or M7, but the Bessa or Contax are not bad either...
98 months ago (permalink)

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clicks_1000 says:

For me it has to be the Nikon F2 Photomic. Nothing else quite like it and so good to use.....

Nikon F2 Photomic
98 months ago (permalink)

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Arkku says:

The old Leicas are quite nice. Personally I don't prefer any one make or model of camera, but in general I think really old folding cameras with bellows and lots of knobs and levers and dials are the most beautiful, for example I adore the look of my Contessa Nettel Cocarette:

Contessa Nettel Cocarette with Carl Zeiss Tessar 105mm f/4.5

Especially the little details in old cameras tend to be far superior to modern ones, which usually tend to emphasize the outline and general shape, usually with such modern concerns as ergonomics. Here's the shutter plate of a 1910's Vest Pocket Kodak (otherwise quite a plain camera):

Kodak Anastigmat f/8
98 months ago (permalink)

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Amp © says:

This looks like batman but I think this is beatiful.


97 months ago (permalink)

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Dr Karanka says:

Henri Cartier-Bresson's first Leica :-D

Henri Cartier-Bresson's first Leica
97 months ago (permalink)

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LucisPictor says:

Amp: "This looks like batman..."

ROFL!!!!!!
97 months ago (permalink)

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ArcticCorsair - Pentax Shooter says:

I don't own one (yet) but I would have to say the LEICA M3.
They are things of dreams.

Or even the Leica IIIf Red Dial with Delayed-Action. I do think that this may be even better looking than the M3.
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time for a new beginning [deleted] says:

For me, an early Rollieflex. Though I'm slightly bias as this is my latest addition...

On an objective note, probably an early Lecia. They look so pretty...
92 months ago (permalink)

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Daire Quinlan says:

I'd have to agree with those people who obviously have impeccable taste, and go with my F4 and my Yashica Mat :-) Although I also quite like me FE-2. The F4 though, not only -looks- fantastic, it also fits delicately and precisely into my hand, and all the controls are placed in exactly the right place ... AF lock ... exposure lock ... DOF preview and mirror lockup ... I've never held a camera as perfectly designed.

The two nikon bodies (and miscellaneous stuff):
Nikon

My beloved 124g:
Yashica
92 months ago (permalink)

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.:Axle:. says:

K1000.2
92 months ago (permalink)

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mikeasaurus says:

Its a cliche, but there can only be one: Leica IIIc

Leica III collection - camera, lenses, viewfinder, sunshade, self-timer and filters galore..
92 months ago (permalink)

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brnpttmn says:

Really hard to beat an F3hp with 50mm 1.2 AIS:
D3Minus27years (by cosmic_jesus)
91 months ago (permalink)

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R Landry says:

www.gilghitelman.com/images/0006/50yrblue.jpg

www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/htmls/model...

www.spacewalker.jp/mt/spacewalker/archives/20051029_hasse...
91 months ago (permalink)

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Haiku Garry says:

its a russian fake, but i still looove the brass. true leica fans please look away = )

zorki c
91 months ago (permalink)

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Latente 囧 www.latente.it says:

K1000

91 months ago (permalink)

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Rhett Redelings says:

Leica III would have to be my pick for the most beautiful. Maybe not the camera I'd want most to own but for pure aesthetic pleasingness.
91 months ago (permalink)

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Walala Pancho says:

alpa 12tc

but its too expensive :(
91 months ago (permalink)

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Just Plain Curt says:

I've always believed the most beautiful camera to be the one your friend just found for next to nothing, that's much better than the ones you're used to seeing on the shelves. In my case, my friend just found a Zeiss Ikon Folding Contina for $15 and a Nikon F3HP for $50. Collecting can be cruel.
91 months ago (permalink)

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Timmy Toucan says:

What are you guys smokin'?

The answer is obvious:
SXy
90 months ago (permalink)

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Daire Quinlan says:

SX-70 FTW ! Transformer camera magic !
SX-70
90 months ago (permalink)

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Nathan Allworth says:

Any of the Exas.

Exa, Ihagee Dresden
90 months ago (permalink)

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Adam Carnwell says:

Ansco #2

It was by Grandfathers.
I was so happy when my dad gave it to me.
90 months ago (permalink)

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mar_nyc says:

Generations

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Canons old and new and neo retro Digilux 1.


Leica Digilux porno shots #1 vava-voom! A naughty macro shot
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LucisPictor says:

An Asahi Pentax Spotmatic is also pretty nice.
90 months ago (permalink)

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Adam Carnwell says:

I just stumbled across the nikon fm 10 and OMG I am in love with that camera.
I can't wait to get mine.
90 months ago (permalink)

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transiently permanent says:

Olympus OM-1

(Well, possibly...)
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skagman says:

Who can argue against the Rolleiflex? An elegant, beautiful engineering masterpiece. Incredible image quality and all without a battery!
Rollei 3.5F
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Itinerant is a group administrator Itinerant says:

I like Leicas fine, but I never really got the slavish praise for them, I think its because it was Cartier-Bresson's camera, and became deified since then.
88 months ago (permalink)

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tiredandweary says:

This does it for me.
exakta varex
88 months ago (permalink)

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Elmo Alves says:

Zeiss Ikon Box Tengor


88 months ago (permalink)

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miss mippy says:

Hi, bit of a newbie here... but what about the Agfa Silette Vario? It's a beauty (sorry got no pics) : )
87 months ago (permalink)

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Timmy Toucan says:

One of these you mean?

Agfa Sillette

Sure, it's nice. But there's 'nice' and there's NICE :)
87 months ago (permalink)

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miss mippy says:

Yeah, it's cute - know where I can get one?
Or one of those cute green one's from the 60's.
87 months ago (permalink)

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Timmy Toucan says:

...Green ones?
87 months ago (permalink)

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miss mippy says:

Lol!
87 months ago (permalink)

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D'Arne, Ming & Jack says:

I am quite fond of the Fed 2


Even though I really love the Nikon F2A
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ZADRO says:

I'm partial of course, but I think the "3-D World" medium format stereo camera is quite the beauty.

The “3-D World” Medium Format Stereo CameraThe “3-D World” Medium Format Stereo Camera
87 months ago (permalink)

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dcophoto says:

Titanium M6 w/35mm f2 ashperical

Titanium M6 w/35mm f2 ashperical

titanium m6 w/black ostrich skin

titanium m6 w/black ostrich skin
87 months ago (permalink)

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Timmy Toucan says:

I know it's probably camera junkie sacrilege to say so, but personally I think the Panasonic L1 looks better than any Leica ever did... :/ Sorry!
87 months ago (permalink)

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@fotodudenz says:

Voigtlander Rangefinders
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LucisPictor says:

Oh yes! This Hassi looks really nice!!! Wow!
87 months ago (permalink)

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ArcticCorsair - Pentax Shooter says:

I already posted on this months ago but I gotta say that the original Leica III in any guise is a timeless classic.

I have a 1939 model Leica III. Not the A or anything like that, just the III and whilst its seen some use over its lifetime it's still a great camera.
87 months ago (permalink)

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Zac Henderson says:

Definitely going for the Rolleiflex. A work of art in itself.
86 months ago (permalink)

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Gary Hubbs | The Scale Gallery says:

This is the best-looking camera I own. But I really like the look of the Hasselblad 500C, and I love the old field cameras with brass and red bellows. Camera porn.

Kodak Vigilant 616
Kodak Vigilant 616
Kodak Vigilant 616
86 months ago (permalink)

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~ Nando ~ says:

For me it is a tie:

Leica IIIf red-dial with self-timer.
Leica M3

2nd would go to the Exakta VX IIa. Very beautiful SLR.
86 months ago (permalink)

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Greg Williamson says:

rolleiflex has classic good looks -

Rolleiflex 3.5b



the fuji 6x9 has that "leica on steroids" look -

Fuji GW690 III



but i think you can't beat a good wooden field camera -

Shen Hao HZX45-IIA
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Michael Nika Photography says:

I'd say maybe the Pentax Spotmatic in terms of aesthetics.

But I also really love the look and feel of my Nikon FM2.

Nikon FM2n
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LucisPictor says:

So many gorgeous cams here!

The Fuji 6x9 is amazing! And yes, your field cam really has some style!
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mlambdin says:

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86 months ago (permalink)

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R. Borges says:

While I've certainaly not seen every camera known to man, I'd have to say the Robot Royal 36 is pretty high on the list of beautiful cameras...

Robot Royal 36
86 months ago (permalink)

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matchat says:

The first SLR I bought instead of borrowing my dads Yashica FR1 - the luxurious Minolta XD7.

Minolta XD-7
85 months ago (permalink)

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LucisPictor says:

This also is a pretty cam:
MR0408_15
85 months ago (permalink)

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Gerald Gonzales says:

I had to look long and hard between my bronica ETR-C and this one ...

Mamiya C3

A Mamiya C3
85 months ago (permalink)

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Marvolio says:

The rolleiflex tlr is exquisitely styled and crafted like nothing I have ever seen or touched. It put all modern consumer goods into a new perspective for me:

Rolleiflex
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Shelly Tee says:

*nods* i ♥ my sx-70, too. (and my onestep/1000).

sx-70 model 2

onestep + q-light
85 months ago (permalink)

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sigbin1 says:

I really like my Contax 1Contax 1
85 months ago (permalink)

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norm_p says:

There can be only one...

Yashica Electro 35 GT
84 months ago (permalink)

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norm_p says:

Or is it two?

Available darkness
84 months ago (permalink)

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canon7dude says:

I am partial to the Nikon F2 SB w/ 50mm 1.4

f2sb
84 months ago (permalink)

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kuronakko says:

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder...Leica M3 DS with a 50mm f1.4 Summilux Pre-Asph an all time classic
Leica M3
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kuronakko says:

an old time classic, even though this series has been extinct for a very long time...
Hasselblad 1000F
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Patrick_OBrien says:

(Nikon F Photomic FTN) This is the most beautiful camera ever made!!!. Nothing compares close and you know it!! :)


Nikon F Photomic FTN
84 months ago (permalink)

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tazman61 says:

I have always had a special place in my Heart for the Canon F-1 New Style, Just a great looking camera.
F1 New
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fab_rice2 says:

my favorite:
F100 50/1.8 grip MB15
84 months ago (permalink)

f3poweruser [deleted] says:

The original Contax RTS looks pretty hot.........
84 months ago (permalink)

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F4ronnie says:

My F4s with non-AI 85mm f/1.8. :)

Nikon F4s with Nikkor-H 85mm f/1.8
84 months ago (permalink)

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monsieur be says:

The Minolta Autocord
Minolta autocord
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Cory.Lum says:

my vote for a classic black Leica M4

Canon TV LENS 50mm f/0.95
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bassmike42 says:

That's nice Cory! Is that really an f0.95 lens on it?????
84 months ago (permalink)

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Rahul Dutta says:

The Kodak No.2 folding Autographic Brownie (c1916 -1926). The most beautiful pin-hole camera I have seen.

I don't own this camera. Just happened to come across it so took a few pictutres.

Kodak Brownie

My Son Neel inspecting the Brownie:

Through the Brownie's lens
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sigbin1 says:

That black M4,yummy! Here's another black beauty,a Leica ll.Leica ll
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fab_rice2 says:

Who can resist to a F ?

It fits well my F
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Билл says:

All of the Olympus XA family share similar good looks, but the XA2 won the Grand Prix Design Award (sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Association) in 1981.

XA XA XA1 XA2
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Hovork, wherefore and why. says:

can't make up my mind between these two.


FM3a & F3
83 months ago (permalink)

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mrhollygolightly [ Joel Aron ] says:

Can't believe nobody posted one of these! My favorite TLR. My New Ride
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spiky247 says:

to me beauty comes from utility.
horsieblad2
Horseman SWD with 35mm f4.5 Rodenstock APO Grandagon and 6x6 Hasselblad back

allows for 17mm shift in all directions.
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Shelly Tee says:

between the two, i'd go with the hasselblad.
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mustanir says:

Clearly the most beautiful camera is one of these:
www.flickr.com/photos/kratz/890884408/
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gdiazdeleon says:

I like this... very very much.

The Beauty and...

My toy camera

Her fate on edge...

Larger than life (pt. 2)
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Dave Ferrie says:

Cant decide between the early rectangular, minimalist Werra's or the Exakta Varex IIa.

werra 1 with lens hood

Exakta varex IIa + Tessar
83 months ago (permalink)

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Scartist says:

It definitely has to be a folding camera:

Zeca camera close-up
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Nicholas Gray says:

Poolaroid PDC 3035
This camera is a work of art with a futuristic design :-p Just kidding, I can't see the early compact digitals being appriecated as much as classic cameras.
Halina 35x
This is the most beutiful camera I own however if I owned a hasselblad 501 cm I'd post that
82 months ago (permalink)

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Blanahi says:

For me, my actually "hibrid"...this:


selfportrait

Modern tecnology mixed with the best legacy. It´s amazing!
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Paul T. Marsh/PositivePaul says:

Nikon F4

To bring it full circle...

And to me, beauty also has to include the way it feels in the hand...
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Jones_Industries says:

Olympus OM series, single digit of course!

Some of my special babies...

OM lineup 1
81 months ago (permalink)

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Itinerant is a group administrator Itinerant says:

PositivePaul : I absolutely agree. Thats why I bought my first digital - Fuji MX2700, because it just felt RIGHT in my hand.
81 months ago (permalink)

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MortonPhotography says:

Nikon EM film camera with 50 1.8 E

You always remember your first love.
81 months ago (permalink)

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Grendl says:

Photax Blindé
I think she's a beauty.
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jonathan ponce says:

Just recently got this Contax IIa with a 50/1.5 Sonnar and it's a beauty.

1952 Zeiss Ikon Contax IIa
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