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    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    The last analog camera I had was a Yashica-D (the poor man's Rolleiflex).
    I've got one of those. It was my fathers. He bought it in 1957 when we came to Canada. Sadly, I lost the 35mm insert, but the camera is still in good shape. I've got lots of much older cameras too, like brownies and the like. Also a Koday #1 - the first roll film camera. I love old box cameras and consider them useful instruments for serious photography. My first real camera (about 1960?) was a Lordomat 35mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    This is the last analog camera I used. The Kalart split level range finder is really good. I found the Wollensak 135mm/f4.7 to be really versatile and all I needed. Although on the heavy side, it's a good hand held camera. I used it mostly on a tripod though.

    For some history on this, here's a good little article. Weegee (Arthur Fellig) was quite a character, and to me epitomizes New York photography of the 30's. The Sheaffer balance is the perfect fit.



    I bought this camera because of lack of money. I had lost thousands of dollars worth of Nikon equipment to a failed marriage (don't ask ) and knew there was no way I could replace that. Besides I was starting to shoot 4 minute exposures on a tripod with very slow film, so 35mm which is more suited for fast moving action like fashion and sports, wasn't really the way I was going. A creative solution was to buy the B&J for $50. They're everywhere (or were 30 years ago) and are very capable cameras. I'm with Weegee on that one. Because I had previously been into printmaking, I also had a very good darkroom set up for large format. With the addition of a handful of film holders and a fresh batch of D25, which I made from scratch, I was off to the races for under a hundred bucks. Nobody was going to rain on my parade when it came to photography. Or so I thought. Unfortunately I moved to the country 15 years ago and don't have the water and sewerage capabilities to run a proper darkroom. Besides, I got over run by the digital revolution, and now I've got a Nikon digital again. lol
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    Zeiss Ikon Contina-matic III with a Soennecken 118

    My parents went to Europe in 1959, and while touring they bought a Zeiss Ikon Contina-matic III for their trip, taking slides as they traveled. I think Zeiss was very wise in choosing a 45mm lens for this camera, which I prefer over the more ubiquitous 35-38mm lenses found on similar cameras. The viewfinder is sharp and bright. Since it came into my care, I picked up a couple of Pantar 30mm and 75mm lenses that Zeiss built specifically for the Contina and the Contaflex SLR (I have one of those, too), but I've yet to try them. I think Zeiss made the best-looking leather cases with the ivory plastic trim.

    Though it's in excellent shape, the camera can use a cleaning, lube and adjustment, so it's a shelf queen. The best-known Zeiss camera serviceman is elderly, has a queue that is years long and moves at a snail's pace. I need to find someone else who knows these cameras, but I'm in no hurry, myself.

    As for the Soennecken, I've dipped but never filled it. I must do so today!

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    My Leica is this M4-P. Known as the poor PJ's Leica



    I have had multiple Leica from the IIIc, the legendary M3, to the M7 and in the end, I kept only this one.

    The image above, the photo which I took, develop, and darkroom print myself, proven to me that producing a tangible print without a computer involved is very satisfying.

    Having said that, I am not anti-digital. Were I to be afforded the luxury of time and travel in the future, I would pick up a digital M Leica, and continue to create B&W photos.
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    I used to have a Bronica medium format outfitted with with lenses and a couple of viewfinders, but it's long gone.

    Here is my Minox 35ML, the last of their compact 35mm cameras that allows manual control. The Waterman ink bottle gives a sense of scale. The Minox made a very pocketable camera without having to go to half frame or smaller. Parts and service are still readily available from DAG Camera! The pen is a Sheaffer Connaisseur with a factory 14k stub nib. (It has a hard starting issue that has me mystified after thorough flushing, converter swaps and adjusting the feed.)


    Here's the M6 TTL .85 and lenses that I offered for sale in the FPGeeks flea market four years ago. Alas, each piece finally went to a different buyer. At least they keep their value when the lenses are pristine.


    Toys toys toys! See the thread on de-acquisitioning flotsam.

    Amazing love affairs !!! I I thought I was alone . Thank you all...

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    I love shooting film, especially long exposures at night as there's no way to meter for them other than hard earned experience. My first camera was a Leica IIIc and I still enjoy it but I think my favorite cameras are my Leica M6 Classic "Wetzlar" and a Rolleiflex 2.8c Planar. The "Wetzlar" is more reliable than the other M6 Classics and the Planar on the Rolleiflex renders beautifully.

    I develop my own B&W and send color (usually E6) off for development. I scan 35mm with a Nikon CoolScan and medium and large format with an Epson flatbed. The flatbed can't get near as much detail as are on the negatives.

    I think I don't have a problem framing the M6 is because I began with a rangefinder. The framing works so well for me that I don't need to crop anything other than the film edges (they messup white balance in post).

    The Rolleiflex is something that takes getting used to as it is not as much an extension of the body as a Leica M-series. The Rollei Automats are lighter and nearly as good as the Rolleiflex line. Regardless of how initially awkward they are, they are fun to shoot. It feels magical.

    Here are my two favorite cameras and a couple long exposure shots with each.

    Leica M6 Classic "Wetzlar"
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    Rolleiflex 2.8c Planar
    Rolleiflex28c.JPG

    13 minutes on Provia 100f
    Trainspotting.JPG

    30 seconds on Acros
    Elgin.JPG

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    All this begs the question: which fountain pen is most like using a Leica M-series in terms of ergonomics, naturalness, and quality?

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    All this begs the question: which fountain pen is most like using a Leica M-series in terms of ergonomics, naturalness, and quality?
    A heavy solitaire 146.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baisao View Post
    All this begs the question: which fountain pen is most like using a Leica M-series in terms of ergonomics, naturalness, and quality?
    Soennecken 50X series.
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    This is my Rollei 35. It has not been used for a quite long time. I got this camera from my uncle when I was 18. But I still used it when I already had my Nikon FM2 for the most photo jobs. The Rollei was always with me, charged with a B&W film to make some "different" photos from time to time. Now that my uncle has long gone, the Rollei is a sentimental memory and will stay with me as long as I am.
    C.

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    @christof That is a legendary camera and it gave subminiatures a good run for the money: 35mm in a camera that fits in a shirt pocket and has excellent glass.

    If you ever get the chance, HP4+ in Pyrocat-HD is the bee’s knees. It’s my favorite film/developer pairing by far.

    It sounds like your uncle was a man of taste and generosity. What a wonderful momento to have.
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    Christof,

    That looks like an early one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baisao View Post
    ...It sounds like your uncle was a man of taste and generosity...
    Absolutely true, he was.

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Christof,

    That looks like an early one.
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    I'm no specialist. What are the specific signs of an early model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
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    Fred
    I'm no specialist. What are the specific signs of an early model?

    C.
    Tessar lens, no letters follow "35". If it was made in Germany and not Singapore, that would make it earliest. I always liked compact full-frame 35mm cameras.

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    Thank you Fred, yes it is signed with:“made in Germany by Rollei“.
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    The Rollei 35 are neat cameras. I had a few of them, this one is the last one, the XF from the 70's, which has the Sonnar lens:



    Sorry, no pen in the photo, my camera days predate my fountain pen days.
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