What camera are you lusting after, and why?

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  1. Europan

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    Bell & Howell Filmo Straight Eight, finally had luck and could purchase one, cheaply. What I still miss is a spool for it. But I am a happy owner of a Straight now! Woo!
     
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    I'd like a Minolta Alpha 7, l'm just amazed at how it's really well thought out, and it's not a bank-breaker! I am reluctant to buy one from Japan though, since they are notorious for aperture mechanism failure and autofocus problems, but l suppose the reputable sellers really do thoroughly test a camera before selling it.
     
  3. Need has nothing to do with it. Just buy it. :smile:
     
  4. Good for you! Enjoy!
     
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    Save the XA2 for sunny days. It's the fastest camera I own.
     
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    Not having one, I do not understand the near-cult status of this camera. It seems to be an ordinary point-n-shoot with a somewhat fast lens. What distinguishes it from similar cameras? Does it have demonic powers?
     
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    I don't even have the cult one, that would be the Stylus Epic II. I have the OG Stylus with the 3.5 lens.

    It was designed by the guy who designed the XA line and the OM line. It feels exceptional in the hand, something the MJU II does not do. It's ultra quick to use, while maybe not as quick as the XA2, it is fast. Very simple full auto with options to turn off flash that is intuitive and quick. I don't yet know how good the lens is, I'll know sometime in the next while after my rolls come out of the tank.

    In short the camera is just fun to use. Will it replace my F3, OM-1, and other SLRs? No. But it does do the snapshot job as good as any camera I've used yet. Is it worth $200? No, but if you find one cheap it's well worth picking up.
     
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    A Chamonix 5x8. Because it is beautiful and the format looks cool.
     
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    gave up on the bulls-eye ..
    i'd love a kinora .. so i could make my
    own hand coated flip movies ..
    or an eyemo with 1 lens and a can
    so i can use up ALL my 35mm film in about 3minutes.
     
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    With an RB67 handling 95% of what I need, I think I'm covered.

    I also use XAs for stealth/street, and I just picked up an eos 1n for shooting 35mm with my lighting rig . (and for fun, I love that camera!)
     
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    For sure-I'm very happy with my XA2.
     
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    A early 1950s Ihagee Exakta 66 (horizontal). Since there were maybe only a few hundred made they are pretty expensive and hard to find. I doubt I’ll be adding one to my collection anytime soon. But I’ve always liked those postwar Exakta cameras and 6x6 is my preferred medium format ratio. The very similar 35 mm Exakta VX models are a lot less expensive, but I have a number of 35mm German cameras from that era and for some reason would like to have the Exakta as a medium format SLR.
     
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    There is a steel cupboard here at work where we have two, one with Tessar, one with a Tele-Tessar. Both are defective, though. Mechanical issues.
     
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    Wish there were a cupboard like that at my workplace. :smile:
     
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    The perks of working in an online shop specializing in analog photo gear ;-)
     
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    Phase One back for my Hasselblad 501c so I can use those cameras and their lenses again.
     
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    Ah yes, that would do it. I am an architect; most of our office cupboards just contain paint chips, carpet samples, and old presentation boards. Not quite as much fun.

    For years there was a box in the corner of one closet that contained a bunch of no-longer-used 'analog' drafting tools - parallel rules, triangles, circle templates, rapidiograph pens, etc. the box was jokingly labeled "In case of power outage". For the first 15 years or so of my architectural career I was still dong most drafting and drawing by hand. I miss those days.