One camera?

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  1. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The "What camera do you regret selling the most" thread was interesting although I never sold anything (yet) so I don' have any regrets. It had me wondering... If you were forced to sell everything and keep just one camera from your collection, what would it be? Lets assume that this will be the one and only camera/lens that you will have for quite a number of years.

    For me, it would be a toss up between my Pentax 645 w/ 75mm lens or my Leica M3 w/ 50mm. Probably my M3 since it should still be in good working condition even after I'm well into my senior years.
     
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    It'll be helpful if there's going to be film and processing around then too of course.
    Somehow I doubt that.
     
  3. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Same here, the Leica M3 and the 3 lenses I have with it.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The same line was used when the Polaroid came on the market. Somehow the film survived. ;)

    There are places where you can buy odd size film for old cameras, such as J&C. They carry the now obsolete film sizes that were popular at the beginning of last century.
     
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    I would keep the leica m6. No trouble parting with the digital gear, maybe a bit of trouble with the praktica because i've had it for so long, but I'd keep the leica.
     
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    This actually is an interesting question for most... For me it was a real event in my life...A few years ago I was told to go home and get my affairs in order. I made a will then went into my then operating studio. I realized that if my wife had to deal with it, she would just throw up her hands and call the goodwill.

    So I began pearing down and selling. In the end I found there was no camera I couldn't part with. I sold everything of value. Right down to the hot shoe adapters. Then as time went on I decided that I might be around long enough to learn a few things. totally different story. When it gets down to it, there is no camera you cant part with.

    Now I have a cabinet full of retro cameras with even more retro lenses. If I had to sell all of them but one today, I would keep my nephew's speed graphic with both the 127 lens and the 170 or so lens I added from a kodak 3a. I don't shoot a lot of pictures so it would be enough camera for me.

    Since that really isn't mine, I might keep the camera I shot this morning. An old polaroid 250 frame with a high end kodak consumer camera lens from the thirties. It shoots 2x3 cut negs. Again I don't shoot high volume so it would work find for me.
     
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    My Hasselblad 500CM and 80mm lens, without a doubt. And as long as the demand for film is there then they will keep making it.
     
  8. Torus34

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    As I use the cameras I own, I'd keep the one for which I have the most lenses and accessories.
     
  9. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    I haven't sold any yet...

    I have... 9 or 10 of them. hehe
     
  10. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Um, and I only have one, so I guess I'll keep my K1000:lol:
     
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    I went through something like Mystery Scribe did when I closed my studio. I sold the Mamiya RZ system and the Cambo view camera as well as the Tachihara field camera without too much difficulty. The Nikon collection was hard to part with. I had one of almost every body Nikon ever made (rangefinder and SLR) and about 60 Nikkor lenses. I had some dandies - 500mm f4, shift lenses in two focal lengths, you name it. I was particularly fond of my mint Ftn and my F5. I had every model of the F2 ever made - one of the greatest cameras of all time. The S Nikon rangefinders almost made me cry when I sold them. I sold the Leica R6 and the Leica M6's (one black and one silver,) M5, M4 and the Leica lenses for them. I kept a Nikon F100 and a handful of Nikkors just in case I would shoot pictures again. I also kept a perfect, pristine, mint condition Leica IIIc and three lenses for it just to decorate the shelf. And I kept the Olympus OM2 system my uncle gave me for sentimental reasons. Then I quit photography for half a decade.

    I got a Fuji S1 later on to do product photography for my web sites and used the handful of Nikkors I had kept with it. I finally let the F100 go and said goodbye to film (well, I still have the Olympus.) Recently, I replaced the S1 with a Nikon D50 - a whole lot better camera - and got new lenses for it. I sold all but 3 of the handful of Nikkors and added a couple of DX zooms. I started shooting recreationally - something I hadn't done for 20 years.

    Wouldn't you know it. Just last week I found a pristine Mamiya 645 on Ebay and bought it for a song and a cup of coffee. Why not shoot a little more film? What could it hurt? I picked up a mint 45mm wide angle and a mint 150mm telephoto for it and I even found some film developing stuff in an old box. I guess it never stops. It just takes breaks and then comes back to break you.

    If I could only have one it would be the D50 because I need it for my business and because it is so incredibly practical. Why on Earth I amassed all those cameras is beyond me. It must be a sickness?
     
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    Oh, Fred, you had some beauties! :heart: It's almost painful to think of parting with all that. Why couldn't you have been my neighbor when you were unloading all of that?? You'd have all my money and could still borrow the cameras! :lol:

    I don't have much in the way of gear, and only 2 outfits I use regularly - the Pentax MZ-S with several beautiful lenses, and my Mamiya 645 1000S, with 4 lenses. I love my Zeiss Ikon and my Super Isolette, but they don't get as much use, and several retro cams I play with periodically. If I had to choose, I suppose I'd keep my Mamiya - it's such a breeze to use and the glass is superb.

    But....I've only just begun to collect film cameras. I have a severe itch for a 4x5, probably a Tachihara.

    No, no, no. Of course not! It's the natural action of a sound mind. :mrgreen:
     

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