Steve Rosenblum

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On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (817 comments in total)

I would certainly nominate the 70's era fixed lens rangefinder cameras such as the Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, the Olympus 35 RC, RD, and SP and several others. They are compact and have approximately 40 mm fixed lenses, some of them quite excellent optically. I have a whole collection of these, they produce lovely photographs and are fun to use. They have a very clever flash system that mechanically couples to the aperture and distance to produce well exposed shots. They are widely available generally for < $100 though they benefit from a CLA and new seals. The only disadvantage is that most use the banned PX 625 mercury battery, but you can easily substitute a zinc oxide battery. The Canonet was often called the "poor man's Leica". You can read about them here: https://cameraquest.com/com35s.htm

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