Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?

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jaeae Regular Member • Posts: 153
Re: Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?

ThaQuest wrote:

Ernest M Aquilio wrote:

My choice would be the Konica Hexar AF or my personal favorite the Mamiya 6 w/50mm lens. Those are both hefty so maybe also consider the Olympus XA series

Searching for the "best" is subjective. We all have different requirements. Good luck in your searching!

Expensive! Should have mentioned the $100 price limit. Although I do aspire to the Mamiya 6 or 7 one day...

you can get a usable Oly XA with 100$. the newer Mju-II may cost twice as much but for vacation shots it might be better, actually.. due to full auto operation. it's less fiddly in certain quick situations. and it's rainy day -proof

PhotoTeach2 Senior Member • Posts: 9,860
Pentax 928
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Has 28 to 90mm zoom ...

I recommended it to a customer and "we" took it to Sedona and Yosemite and used only that camera.

I then later got one for myself for a specific traveling job where I didnt want to take my "expensive" gear, or change lenses.

Worked great for every job assigned to it.

absquatulate Forum Pro • Posts: 10,194
Give it a rest....

Jesus wept, the OP never asked for opinions on whether to shoot film or not, that's clearly what he wants to do, for valid reasons, he didn't ask anybody to tell him why you wouldn't, or for digital recommendations. What is the matter with some people?

To the OP, I can recommend the Pentax 280p, its widest aperture is F3.5 but it has a 28-80mm zoom with a very decent flash on it and lots of other bells and whistles that make it a fun camera to use. Ok it's not as svelte as some cameras but it's versatility makes it a very good option. It can do double exposures and has exposure compensation which means you can overcome DX coding if you want to push or pull your film. It can also be had very cheaply, it's great bargain at the moment if you can find one.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pentax-Wide-angle-28-80mm-Lens-Panorama-Multifunction-Zoom-280-P-Remote-Film/202643063682?hash=item2f2e77c382:g:spIAAOSwp-Fco31w

The other option would be to take a small SLR and a fast 50mm prime, which can also be had cheaply. Something like an OM20 and the 50mm F1.8, or a spotmatic, or Pentax MX.

PerL Forum Pro • Posts: 14,048
Interrail with Konica C35

ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

In my youth I as many others went for a month on Interrail - free train travels all over Europe for a whole month for a bargain fee. My buddy took his Minolta SRT 101 with a 50 1.7. I wanted to travel light so I left my Yashica SLR and borrowed my fathers Konica C-35 with a fixed 38 2.8 and program autoexposure. It proved to be good choice. This type of camera is very handy for travel.

There is a more advanced model called Konica S3. Minolta and Canon made some similar models. You can read some here:

https://davidde.com/2018/12/11/konica-auto-s3-review/

If you really want t go hi-end with a compact rangefinder consider Leica CL or Minolta CLE.

Another option (SLR): Pentax ME or MX (manual) with the 40 2.8 pancake. The ME with the 40 2.8 might be the most compact 35 mm SLR/lens combo ever.

tcg550 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,694
Re: Give it a rest....

absquatulate wrote:

Jesus wept, the OP never asked for opinions on whether to shoot film or not, that's clearly what he wants to do, for valid reasons, he didn't ask anybody to tell him why you wouldn't, or for digital recommendations. What is the matter with some people?

I know, I know, the moderators have said film is an ok topic but this is still primarily a digital photography forum.

What would you expect digital camera users to recommend?

absquatulate Forum Pro • Posts: 10,194
Re: Give it a rest....
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tcg550 wrote:

absquatulate wrote:

Jesus wept, the OP never asked for opinions on whether to shoot film or not, that's clearly what he wants to do, for valid reasons, he didn't ask anybody to tell him why you wouldn't, or for digital recommendations. What is the matter with some people?

I know, I know, the moderators have said film is an ok topic but this is still primarily a digital photography forum.

What would you expect digital camera users to recommend?

In a post that's entitled "Best all in one film travel camera"? take a wild guess.... You do realise that there is no law that if you shoot digital you can't shoot film?

mandm Contributing Member • Posts: 891
Olympus XA

The XA, not the XA 2, XA 3, XA 4 or any other XA ?.

The XA is a very compact, Full Frame, 35mm Camera with a 35mm 2.8 lens, Aperture Priority, Manual Focus with a Detachable Flash.

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tcg550 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,694
Re: Give it a rest....

absquatulate wrote:

tcg550 wrote:

absquatulate wrote:

Jesus wept, the OP never asked for opinions on whether to shoot film or not, that's clearly what he wants to do, for valid reasons, he didn't ask anybody to tell him why you wouldn't, or for digital recommendations. What is the matter with some people?

I know, I know, the moderators have said film is an ok topic but this is still primarily a digital photography forum.

What would you expect digital camera users to recommend?

In a post that's entitled "Best all in one film travel camera"? take a wild guess.... You do realise that there is no law that if you shoot digital you can't shoot film?

I never said otherwise, I said this primarily a digital photography forum and you wonder why posters relate their posts to their experiences.

absquatulate Forum Pro • Posts: 10,194
Re: Give it a rest....
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tcg550 wrote:

absquatulate wrote:

tcg550 wrote:

absquatulate wrote:

Jesus wept, the OP never asked for opinions on whether to shoot film or not, that's clearly what he wants to do, for valid reasons, he didn't ask anybody to tell him why you wouldn't, or for digital recommendations. What is the matter with some people?

I know, I know, the moderators have said film is an ok topic but this is still primarily a digital photography forum.

What would you expect digital camera users to recommend?

In a post that's entitled "Best all in one film travel camera"? take a wild guess.... You do realise that there is no law that if you shoot digital you can't shoot film?

I never said otherwise, I said this primarily a digital photography forum and you wonder why posters relate their posts to their experiences.

Of course, I made the fatal mistake of thinking that when the OP asks for a film camera recommendation what he really meant was "Please tell me why you think I shouldn't be using film and obviously give me a digital recommendation that I'm not asking for"...yep, that must be it...

biza43 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,813
Re: Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?

Ricoh GR1V.

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Papa48 Senior Member • Posts: 1,166
Definitely Olympus Stylus or XA Series
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Those were all the rage, before digital took over.

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vallhall Senior Member • Posts: 1,019
Re: Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?

ThaQuest wrote:

The best is no doubt the Huawei P30 Pro and Sony RX100 VI!!!

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Leonard Migliore
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Re: Cheapest all-in-one Film Camera for travel

ThaQuest wrote:

Ernest M Aquilio wrote:

My choice would be the Konica Hexar AF or my personal favorite the Mamiya 6 w/50mm lens. Those are both hefty so maybe also consider the Olympus XA series

Searching for the "best" is subjective. We all have different requirements. Good luck in your searching!

Expensive! Should have mentioned the $100 price limit. Although I do aspire to the Mamiya 6 or 7 one day...

You sure should have.

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Minox 35

ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

I've not looked at the other suggestions, but if you get a sound Minox 35 (any flavour really) it is great.

You don't get focus aids, but you do get something tiny and which gives great image quality.

If you want something that has a rangefinder, Olympus, Konica, Ricoh and Minolta did some lovely tiny cameras, plus some with fast lenses (f/1.8), Also Yashica, and the Canonettes, but those tend to be a little larger.

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Edit - there were also some nice Cosinas and the Lomo LC, but new prices on the LC are ridiculous - £18 in 1981 was a bargain, but current new prices are ridiculous..

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Re: Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?

I love these all-mechanical cameras. I have an Ansco 120 folding "pocket" camera that I use semi-regularly, as well as an all-metal TLR from the 40's. I got pretty lucky as the lens and shutter assembly on both of these are still in good repair.

I'll have to keep an eye out for this one! 

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Re: Minox 35

Seriously, those LCAs are sooo overpriced! Sometimes I think LOMO thinks it's 1985. I still want one, tho.
At one point, I was choosing between a Cosina CX-2 and a Minolta AF-C.. ended up with the minolta.

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Re: Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?

@ThaQuest, first thing you should decide is zoom or not, as that will seriously impact the size and max aperture of your $100 camera.

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Martin JC Senior Member • Posts: 2,685
Re: Best all-in-one Film Camera for travel?
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ThaQuest wrote:

I'm looking for something nice and compact with a built-in lens, f/2.8 at minimum but f/2 would be even better. Not only for travel, but for carrying around day-to-day. I just sold my AE-1 Program which was a little more bulk that I cared for.

So far the Olympus Trip 35 seems like a good option (with a 40mm 2.8 lens), but it only has two shutter speeds: 1/40 and 1/200, and I'd like some more low-light potential than that. The viewfinder is smaller than I'd like. Alternatively, the Olympus Pen half frames seem like a lot of fun.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

look at the contax t2 or -- to make your eyes water -- t3 ....

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