What camera or lens do you wish you still had?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by TheDave©, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. TheDave©

    TheDave© Guest

    My first "serious" camera was a Minolta XG-9 with a 28-85 Vivitar
    zoom... back when Vivitar was good... that I purchased used in 1983.
    It served me well for over 15 years before the camera body went
    belly-up.

    I certainly enjoy what I have now, but sometimes I miss that old camera
    and lens. Got some great pictures with it.
     
    TheDave©, Mar 28, 2007
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    Scott W Guest

    My Nikomat with its 50mm f/1.4 lens. It might not have been a high
    end camera but it took pretty sharp photos.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Mar 28, 2007
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  3. Olympus Pen FT Outfit. In the original outfit case with three lenses.
    Set it down at my feet while at a ticket counter and.... gone. I
    couldn't face hunting down all the components again (in the 80's).

    Technically, it probably wasn't the best camera in the world, but it
    worked like I do (including the vertical 1/2 frame format) My most
    satisfying images were made with it.
     
    Scott Schuckert, Mar 28, 2007
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  4. Rollei SL66
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Mar 28, 2007
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    Paul Guest

    My Pentax ME Super, Pentax 50/1.7, and Tokina 300/5.6, all stolen (along
    with many other things) several years ago. I was able to buy the Tokina for
    $10 because it had a broken automatic diaphragm coupling. I took out the
    remains of the coupling and used the lens in stop-down mode for sunny-day
    sports photography. Really nice, especially for what I paid. I liked the ME
    Super and the 50/1.7 too.
     
    Paul, Mar 28, 2007
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    Joe Makowiec Guest

    Canon FD 100 f2.8. I still have it; it's just that it sits in the closet
    collecting dust because I never shoot film any more.
     
    Joe Makowiec, Mar 28, 2007
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    Joe Makowiec Guest

    Where did I say I have an EOS body?
     
    Joe Makowiec, Mar 28, 2007
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  8. That's no excuse! Pick up an adapter ring on eBay and you can still use
    that baby on you EOS body. Sadly I found out about the adapter rings after
    I sold all my FD lenses. There's still high demand for FD lenses should you
    want to sell it.







    Rita
     
    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Mar 29, 2007
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  9. Yeah, I miss two cameras. I had a Nikonos III that was absolutely great
    all around. I'm left handed and left eyed, and it was the best left
    handed camera I've ever had.

    My other was a Nikon rangefinder; I don't know what model, but it was
    stamped "Made in Occupied Japan," so it was probably 20 years old when
    I bought it at a drugstore cum photo-finishing/used camera store.

    Eventually, they both wore out from long years of use (mine and whoever
    owned them before me), but they were jewels while they lasted.
    Rangefinder/ viewfinder cameras don't get the PR they deserve. C'est la
    vie.
     
    Phil Stripling, Mar 29, 2007
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    Annika1980 Guest

    I wish I still had the Canon 85mm f/1.2L. Sadly, I had to return it
    when the rental period expired. Hopefully, I'll stop pining for it in
    a few days when my new 85 f/1.8 arrives.

    As for lenses I own, I usually keep them. The only one I sent back
    was a no-name 500mm mirror lens that I got from KEH for like 100
    bucks. I kinda wish I still had that one even though the bokeh was
    godawful and it wasn't very sharp.
     
    Annika1980, Mar 29, 2007
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    Noons Guest


    are you folks still talking about cameras?
     
    Noons, Mar 29, 2007
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  12. Doesn't everybody have one?





    Rita
     
    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Mar 29, 2007
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    ForrestPhoto Guest

    I really wish I had a 400/4 IS. I've got a 300/4, and ideally would
    like something more like 500 mm, but I'd also like to be able to carry
    it on hikes. I have the 300/4 and a great deal of luck to thank for
    this photo:

    http://forrestcroce.com/Photos/LesliWithHummingbirdMoth.html

    But I'd like to do more with birds and other wildlife.

    If I could have two, I'd also love a 24/1.4! But that's more of a
    luxury; a bright viewfinder for night landscapes and cityscapes.
     
    ForrestPhoto, Mar 29, 2007
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    Yoshi Guest

    My first "serious" camera was a Nikon F3 with MD-4 motor drive and a set of
    primes (20,24,28,35, 50, 105, 200). I sold the outfit when I went Nikon
    autofocus, While I've been happy with my newer equipment, I often think
    that if I had stayed with the MF Nikon outfit I would have saved thousands
    of dollars and my photos would have been equal or better to anything I've
    taken since.

    Yoshi
     
    Yoshi, Mar 29, 2007
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  15. "Equal or better"

    I'm interested in what makes you think that. Do you think the optical quality
    of the AF cameras is possibly inferior, or is it the handling and process of
    the more automated devices?
     
    Richard Polhill, Mar 29, 2007
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  16. Great, now you reminded me of mine (Sobbing...) 50, 80, and
    leaf-shutter 150mm; Polaroid back, meter prism, grip, filters
    (softars!) etc. All went to KEH when I needed a bigger house and was no
    longer shooting professionally. THAT was an elegant lady.
     
    Scott Schuckert, Mar 29, 2007
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    jeremy Guest

    My sentiments exactly.

    I never did dump my classic MF equipment from the 70s, and I still think
    that my photos are none the worse off for having remained with my reliable
    stuff. It took great photos 30 years ago and it continues to do so today.

    The addition of a film scanner has brought the benefits of digital editing
    (Yes, I believe that the digital darkroom affords me much more precise
    control over my prints than a wet darkroom ever did).

    Old cameras may be useful for amateurs like me, but the unfortunate fact is
    that they are difficult or impossible to repair and are unfit for use
    professionally. One can't depend for his living on equipment that has seen
    3 decades' of use.

    But, for those of us with less-stringent requirements, there is a lot of
    classic equipment available on the used market that was financially out of
    reach when it was originally introduced as new. Too bad that the next
    couple of generations of photographers won't know the sense of gratification
    from handling and working with those classic, mostly-metal, cameras.
     
    jeremy, Mar 29, 2007
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    Desdinova Guest

    I miss my nikon fe quite a bit these days. My ft2 is dead on the
    shelf and my n90s is pretty loud. I sold the fe, a 50 f/2 and a
    vivitar s1 28-105 the last time I got out of photography "for good."
    Of course, I had kept some things and then got back into it. Shoulda
    quit cold turkey.

    Take care,
    des
     
    Desdinova, Mar 29, 2007
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  19. primes (20,24,28,35, 50, 105, 200). I sold the outfit when I went Nikon
    autofocus, While I've been happy with my newer equipment, I often think that
    if I had stayed with the MF Nikon outfit I would have saved thousands of
    dollars and my photos would have been equal or better to anything I've taken
    since.
    "Equal or better"

    I'm interested in what makes you think that. Do you think the optical quality
    of the AF cameras is possibly inferior, or is it the handling and process of
    the more automated devices?
     
    Richard Polhill, Mar 29, 2007
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  20. Ah, now that I had (and have) the wisdom not to sell.
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Mar 29, 2007
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