Best film-era standard zoom?

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cptrios Senior Member • Posts: 1,525
Best film-era standard zoom?

Hi all,

I've been going through fixed-lens rangefinders and film SLRs with primes, and while that's where I figure I'll do 95% of my shooting, it occurs to me that I might like to have at least one zoom available. So, I'm thinking of picking up another film SLR of whatever brand matches a nice standard zoom. Literally whatever brand! My extremely broad question: what do you suppose are the best standard zooms ever? Criteria:

- Relatively compact

- Any FL  within the "standard" range. 22-50? 35-80? All fine!

- Any brand/mount

- MF or AF, doesn't matter.

- Preferably less than $300

My own input: I'm slightly tempted to pick up a Yashica and the Zeiss 35-70/3.4. I used to own one when I had a FF DSLR, and it was by far my favorite zoom in terms of IQ. A bit too bulky and expensive for the moment, though!

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