Rangefinder suggestions

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  1. darin3200

    darin3200 TPF Noob!

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    I need some suggestions on buying a rangefinder camera. I'm looking to spend under $150 for camera and lens. Preferably small and a fast (f/1.8), nice lens for the price and a light meter isn't necessary at all. The main problem I am having with my yashica now is lack of manual shutter control and the f/stop ring only clicks at 2.8, 5.6 and 11

    I'm totally lost, any suggestions?
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    35 or med format?
     
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    You might want to look into the Russian rangefinders (Leica copies) like Zorkii, Kiev and so on. They're built like a tank, pretty nice optics.
     
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    Why not something like a Pentax (spotmatic or K1000) or Canon A1
     
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    I have a yashica that I picked up in mint condition for $20 plus a bunch of accessories. If I was doing it over again I would probably opt for the canonet, because the rangefinder spot is considerably brighter, or if I wasnt such a tight arse a bessa-r :mrgreen:.
     
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    Hello again,

    Thought I might suggest the Canon QL17 GIII. Fast 1.7 lens and full manual control option (although IIRC the camera doesn't meter in manual mode). A real classic camera, and you should get a decent one for less than your budget.

    If you want interchangable lenses, then the FSU cameras like the Zorkiis and Feds are worth looking at, as has already been mentioned. The only fly in the ointment as far as the FSU gear is concerned is that the lenses tend to be either good, or bl**dy awful, depending on whether the guy who put it together was worried about the length of the queue at the bread shop that day.:er:

    Fuddy
     
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    Thanks for all the help everyone! :)
    Right now I'm looking at the Zorki-4 with 50mm f/2.
     
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    the Zorki 4 is a nice camera but if I were you I would get myself a Zorki 1, IMO they are much better built than the 4 (it's lacking slow shutter speeds - 1/20 is the slowest, just old Leica times and 1/500 is top speed). It would probably come with a collapsable Industar 22 which has f3.5 but you could get a jupiter 8 lens, or even a jupiter 3 f1.5 50. The Zorki 4 is a nice allrounder, the 1 something more like a collectable (note - the Zorki 1 is much smaller and has the look of a Leica II :D). anyways, good lucks on getting on of those.
     
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    According to this guy, the model without shutter speeds is the MIR; the Zorki 4 is mostly identical but has all the slow speeds plus B, in addition to a top speed of 1/1000. Of course since these cameras were made for nearly 20 years it's possible that they made some changes.
     

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