What is the most beautiful camera ever made?

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Richard
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In reply to wfektar, Jul 11, 2013

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I'm not talking about functionality, just aesthetic beauty.

And I thought the Hasselblad Lunar took the biscuit for ugly.

For me, the best looking would be the Leica III series, original Nikon F, OM1, SL66, early Bronicas (Z, D, S), and any Ebony.

I was hoping someone would reply and say these were ugly. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A camera is a tool. It is like saying which is more beautiful a hammer or a polished gold plated hammer. Who cares.

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I always liked the look of the Nikon F4. great mix of old and new.

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Re: What is the most beautiful camera ever made?
In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

The ball camera.

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Re: What is the most beautiful camera ever made?
In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

Hi,

Not sure of the point of this - beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all - but I'll play......  Yes, I owned these except the M6.

Compact - Contax T

35mm RF - Leica M6

Film SLR - F3

MF RF - tie between Mamiya 7 and Plauble Makina Wide 67

DSLR - K5, of course.....:-) No photo needed.

Digital RF styled AF 24X36 MILC  - not made yet.  Tip - The first small and reasonably affordable model with a decent feature set and good lenses sells like hot cakes........

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In reply to wfektar, Jul 11, 2013

wfektar wrote:

Richard wrote:

Glen Barrington wrote:

I'm not talking about functionality, just aesthetic beauty.

And I thought the Hasselblad Lunar took the biscuit for ugly.

Wow. These look like the offspring of a hair dryer mated with a conference phone.

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In reply to Richard, Jul 11, 2013

Richard wrote:

wfektar wrote:

Richard wrote:

Glen Barrington wrote:

I'm not talking about functionality, just aesthetic beauty.

And I thought the Hasselblad Lunar took the biscuit for ugly.

For me, the best looking would be the Leica III series, original Nikon F, OM1, SL66, early Bronicas (Z, D, S), and any Ebony.

I was hoping someone would reply and say these were ugly. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A camera is a tool. It is like saying which is more beautiful a hammer or a polished gold plated hammer. Who cares.

Well they are ugly, for sure. But some 'tools' are still beautiful, aside from their functionality. Nikon SP rangefinder for instance. Nothing wrong with enjoying that beauty.

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In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

The new digital Pen tries to look like this, but doesn't quite manage it, somehow....

.... and remember, this camera from 1963 is a single lens reflex, and has nice eyelevel viewfinder.

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In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

Glen Barrington wrote:

I'm not talking about functionality, just aesthetic beauty.

I wonder if there should be categories since function controls basic form in many cases.

In the SLR category, I don't think ANY DSLR can stand up in terms of beauty to the old Canon FT-QL or the Olympus OM-1.

Ugliest GOOD camera (for its time)? Argus C3

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In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

For me it's a Leica IIIC. In general I prefer the design of older vintage items over the newer stuff. Not only for camera's, also for cars, airplanes, yachts and interior design ... like a Castiglioni arco flos lamp for example.

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Fuji X100 .....and I'm a Sony fanboy..... 

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In reply to Midwest, Jul 11, 2013

Midwest wrote:

Richard wrote:

wfektar wrote:

Richard wrote:

Glen Barrington wrote:

I'm not talking about functionality, just aesthetic beauty.

And I thought the Hasselblad Lunar took the biscuit for ugly.

For me, the best looking would be the Leica III series, original Nikon F, OM1, SL66, early Bronicas (Z, D, S), and any Ebony.

I was hoping someone would reply and say these were ugly. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A camera is a tool. It is like saying which is more beautiful a hammer or a polished gold plated hammer. Who cares.

Well they are ugly, for sure. But some 'tools' are still beautiful, aside from their functionality. Nikon SP rangefinder for instance. Nothing wrong with enjoying that beauty.

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It's nice to say that nice pictures are nice. (sarcasm)

Absolutely. Even a well-finished hammer can be beautiful; hell, even a well-designed knife or multitool can be beautiful, but a gold-plated hammer would be just, well, kitsch...

In his most enjoyable book Planes, Trains and Automobiles Dan Kieran writes about objects that feel good to hold, without the holder really knowing why. One of the people he interviewed for the book gave him a Walther PPK pistol to hold, and Kieran, a self-confessed pacifist, antigun type of chap, without being able to explain why, enjoyed holding and handling the pistol! He was then handed a similar size, Japanese pistol, and the experience was totally different. I know too few cameras myself, but I think many of the really great ones were like that Walther; you just want to hold it and play with it all the time. In fact, the Germans apparently call something like that a Spielzeug, which can be translated as "plaything" or "toy," but it can also refer to something like this.

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In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

Pentax Spotmatic, my first SLR

Plus

Minox B sub miniature camera.

I have one of the latter, sadly my Spotmatic was stolen years ago.

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Maxxum 9, but my favorite of the ones I have owned was the Minolta X-700.

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In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

Can't beat that history!

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The Nikon SP rangefinder is butt ugly
In reply to Midwest, Jul 11, 2013

Midwest wrote:

Richard wrote:

wfektar wrote:

Richard wrote:

Glen Barrington wrote:

I'm not talking about functionality, just aesthetic beauty.

And I thought the Hasselblad Lunar took the biscuit for ugly.

For me, the best looking would be the Leica III series, original Nikon F, OM1, SL66, early Bronicas (Z, D, S), and any Ebony.

I was hoping someone would reply and say these were ugly. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A camera is a tool. It is like saying which is more beautiful a hammer or a polished gold plated hammer. Who cares.

Well they are ugly, for sure. But some 'tools' are still beautiful, aside from their functionality. Nikon SP rangefinder for instance. Nothing wrong with enjoying that beauty.

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It's nice to say that nice pictures are nice. (sarcasm)

It is a brick with some dials, no smooth lines, nothing pleasing to the eye. It looks like the Japanese were attempting to knock of some other brand poorly. Sharp angles, yes butt ugly. There is nothing beautiful about it and no beauty to enjoy, My examples are much more beautiful, you can tell that someone actually thought about the astetics of the camera unlike the Nikon SP. We will never agree  because beauty is in the eye of the beholder which was my point..

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In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

I appreciate the incredible diversity of responses you've already received. Truly, from Alpa to Zenit, almost anything could be here! My vote would be for the OM-1 with a 50mm f/1.8 Zuiko prime... sublime!

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In reply to Glen Barrington, Jul 11, 2013

As someone else wrote, it's in the eye of the beholder. But to me the Canon A-1 is still a thing of handsome beauty, and is/was a truly great film SLR.

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Probably the "baby blue" K-01...
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My vote is for the Konica AutoReflex T3. I keep a couple sitting around just to look at. I find them beautifully pleasing to the eye.

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