Generic thread for talking about your favorite cameras of yore. Brag about your collection, pine away about what you used to have, look with envy at other people…
Just keep digitals away from this thread. yeah, I’m into digital now, but not in this thread.
Ah… my Leica M3. Only got the two lenses, 35 summicron and 90 elmarit, but man is this a sweet set up. Quiet, quality, smallish, did I mention how quiet it is? No, I will not ever be a Leica snob. I have taken gorgeous pics with other 35mm cameras, but something about loading up this baby with some B&W film, going out into the street, and just being Henri-like… Yeah, it feels good.
I owned an R-3 set up for a while, too. And then I switched to Canon. The original F-1. can we say sledge hammer ruggedness? I really liked that sports finder, too. And lenses. Just how many lenses did I own with that puppy? I honestly can’t remember. Had an AE-1 with that outfit. Fun! I felt like Stevie Wonder.
can’t mention Leica SLRs without talking about the Minoltas. Not Maxxums. X series. SRT? Didn’t like it. XE-7? Liked it. XD-11? Pure sex, baby. This company also made some of the coolest lenses. How about the 250mm f/5.6 mirror lens? Super small. Great quality. Sold it for about 10 times the price I paid for it to a collector from Japan.
And my Olypus fetish still exists. From the OM-1 I had in high school to the OM-1n I just recently purchased on eBay, this camera is also a work of art. Small, quiet-ish. Extremely high quality. Who needs batteries, anyways? My gut and my Gossen are usually good enough. And nothing beats an OM-1 or OM-2 attached to a telescope. The perfect astrophotography camera.
Did I ever mention that my first camera all of my ownsies was a Baby Rollie? Six years old, buddy! And with my very own TLR. Yeah!
Sure, I used Nikons and Hassys when I was making money in photography, but something about these guys I listed above just brings out the nostalgia and admiration. Still have a Hassy 500CM somewhere… Never much into Pentax or Contax. Is it the AX that puts me off? Hmmm…
So, come on, classic usuers/admirers! Fill up this thread with cameras!