Nicest camera to use

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Swordman Contributing Member • Posts: 692
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Hey guys,

What, in your opinion, is your all time favourite camera in terms of how nice it is to use? No concessions to image quality, doesn't matter if it's film or digital, just nice to use.

For me, it's got to be the Pentax K1000 or Bronica SQ-A. The Pentax just feels so good and efficient to use, the Bronica is just an experience with a big waist level finder and thunderclap mirror slap.

So, what's yours?

Overrank Contributing Member • Posts: 938
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Digital - Nikon D200, everything just in the right place

Film - Nikon F3 (apart from flash, which is a bit limited)

JohnnyLuddite Senior Member • Posts: 1,252
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Swordman wrote:

Hey guys,

What, in your opinion, is your all time favourite camera in terms of how nice it is to use? No concessions to image quality, doesn't matter if it's film or digital, just nice to use.

For me, it's got to be the Pentax K1000 or Bronica SQ-A. The Pentax just feels so good and efficient to use, the Bronica is just an experience with a big waist level finder and thunderclap mirror slap.

So, what's yours?

Nice question, I'll join in the mode by voting for three cameras:

Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex 2 TLR with 120 FP4 - just loved the waist-level viewer

Nikon F601, still going strong after 30 years, good with AF and manual and metering excellent. With added bonus kerchunk from the film advance (also loved by my son).

Strangely, the Agfa Optima Flash, which was a little zone-focussing 35mm with good quality 40mm lens. As a street camera with stunningly good battery life which could work without batteries, it was great on holidays in strange places, particularly where I'd have felt way out of place with a more expensive camera.

I'm haven't included my recent D750, in part because it's fantastic but also, in common with most recent technology, has a lot of settings, which work wonderfully to make great results, but need more attention to get the results you want. I'm trying to think how to cleanly transition between the technician mode and really seeing the scene without that distraction. Obviously, some of the older film cameras necessarily have that merit of simplicity.

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Trevor Sowers Senior Member • Posts: 1,158
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EOS 1V  .....I just find it doesn't get in my way and the metering is excellent

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eggyolk Contributing Member • Posts: 609
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Ricoh 35 ZF

Rico Tudor Contributing Member • Posts: 775
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Analog: Contax RTS III

Digital: Nikon D3X

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Aoi Usagi Senior Member • Posts: 2,098
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Film: Olympus OM-1

Digital: Fujifilm XT-1

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The original Canon F-1. A very robust build, smooth operating and minimalistic designed camera, and I always enjoy the solid sound of the mechanical shutter.

tassienick Senior Member • Posts: 1,337
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Swordman wrote:

So, what's yours?

1. Pentax SV

2. Leica M2

3. Minolta Autocord

jjcha Regular Member • Posts: 192
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Great thread idea.

My humble suggestion - the Epson R-D1.

https://www.reidreviews.com/examples/r-d1.html

It really is a film like experience, without the hassle of film.

It's a digital rangefinder that requires you to wind the shutter every time you shoot.

It also has a limited buffer, so you can only rapid shoot 3 shots before you have to wait a few seconds for it to clear. So you slow down a little bit, not entirely unlike only having 36 shots a roll. I might shoot a film camera two or three shots in rapid succession, but then stop so as to not "waste film" (it's all wasted anyway....)

It's also got a good but old sensor, which just reminds me of shooting with film -- e.g., ISO800 is pretty clean for color, you can push past that for nice but grainy black and whites. 6 megapixels is enough to give you more clean detail than 35mm film, though obviously doesn't have those special film characteristics.

Full classic manual controls, dials, no need to use the LCD.  I started with this camera, and it was so easy to transition to other manual cameras, such as a Leica M, Nikon FE, etc.

I truly regret selling it. It's hard to justify from a performance standpoint. But the experience, for digital, was superlative.

Overrank Contributing Member • Posts: 938
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jjcha wrote:

Great thread idea.

My humble suggestion - the Epson R-D1.

https://www.reidreviews.com/examples/r-d1.html

It really is a film like experience, without the hassle of film.

It's a digital rangefinder that requires you to wind the shutter every time you shoot.

It also has a limited buffer, so you can only rapid shoot 3 shots before you have to wait a few seconds for it to clear. So you slow down a little bit, not entirely unlike only having 36 shots a roll. I might shoot a film camera two or three shots in rapid succession, but then stop so as to not "waste film" (it's all wasted anyway....)

It's also got a good but old sensor, which just reminds me of shooting with film -- e.g., ISO800 is pretty clean for color, you can push past that for nice but grainy black and whites. 6 megapixels is enough to give you more clean detail than 35mm film, though obviously doesn't have those special film characteristics.

Full classic manual controls, dials, no need to use the LCD. I started with this camera, and it was so easy to transition to other manual cameras, such as a Leica M, Nikon FE, etc.

I truly regret selling it. It's hard to justify from a performance standpoint. But the experience, for digital, was superlative.

A new R-D1 was what some people were expecting with the Yashica Y35, hence the disappointment

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Sometimes the easiest to use is the nicest to use so a Olympus Infinity Stylus?

Almost all of the best selling SLR's are nice enough to use, probably why they sold well.

D Cox Forum Pro • Posts: 26,945
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Petri Racer.

A standard fixed-lens rangefinder like dozens of others, but with a well placed and smooth-acting shutter release which made it very comfortable to use. The lever for focus is good too.

(The prize for worst shutter release goes to the Zenith SLR.)

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arthur01 Regular Member • Posts: 135
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arthur01 wrote:

The pentax Mzs is right up there and a few other pentaxes.I used to love using my Yashica Minister D rangefinder a beautiful camera with a unique learning dial built into it where you can see the various combination of shutter speed and aperture at a glance. It can show you the correct exposure for the different combinations with the ISO being constant.The meter was a useful thing also. A great camera for a beginner which I was when I bought it.It was the first 35mm camera I bought before then graduating to slr's.

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For me it's some of the late model Canon autofocus cameras like the Elan 7 or EOS 3. Everything is laid out just like modern DSLRs.

For old school metal SLRs the Canon A-1 is the best to nicest to use. I also like the Pentax ME Super. So small and huge viewfinder. Stop down metering.

Really the nicest to use is my holgas. Nothing to worry about (except light leaks). Just load it with film and start shooting. Metering? forget it. Focusing? Who needs it!

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Love the soft think of the shutter.  Love how the ergonomics just become an extension of my hand.

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davesurrey Senior Member • Posts: 1,454
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It may not be the "easiest" camera to use but I love using my Bronica ETRSi system.

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I doubt that many here will agree with me, but hey, it is a personal opinion, and it all depends on the interpretation of "nice".

A recent acquisition has impressed me far more than I ever expected when I decided, out of the blue, to purchase one. The reason that I nominate it for this category is that it is the most fun to use of all the SLR cameras I have owned.

My candidate is the original Konica Auto-Reflex.

First off, this camera is built like a tank, literally. If you shoot with it frequently and carry it along for a full day you will end up feeling like a Heavy Equipment Transporter yourself.

This was the first of the Konica SLR bodies to have automatic metering (the first AR mount camera able to use the EE and AE Hexanon lenses) and the meter is on the front of the camera, it is not TTL. It is, however, reliable and accurate.

It has the unique ability to switch from full-frame to half-frame and back, anywhere on the roll, at any time.

The viewfinder is quite bright and easy to use.

Taking this monster out for a hike and just shooting photos is, really, fun.

Hexanon 1.7/50, Astrum Foto 100, full-frame.

Hexanon 1.8/40, Astrum Foto 100, half-frame.

Vivitar 2.8/135, Astrum Foto 100, full-frame.

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alex_virt Senior Member • Posts: 1,928
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Canon Powershot G10 that I bought again recently. It's a beautifully made little camera with all the controls in right places. The image quality, if processed with new raw converters, is much better than it was 12 years ago.

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