Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

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Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby aim54x on Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:53 pm

I am looking at getting a good 35mm compact camera to load up my precious film into (both locally acquired and imported stuff). I have a love for extremes, I love slow films and simply adore fast films so a I have come up with a few requirements:
-compact, small enough to be carried everyday
-fast aperture lens, the faster the better
-wide-ish lens, focal lengths 35mm and wider would be great
-character, this is the vanity in my that is coming out, I dont want something generic, but something different
-reliable, something that I dont need to baby, something that is rugged enough to survive daily use

My hunt list to date include:
-Fuji Natura S (although a bit generic looking, under the skin it packs a 24mm f/1.9, very hard to find)
-Fuji Klasse W (28mm f/2.8, but very expensive, but available new)
-Nikon 28Ti QD (28mm f/2.8, but very expensive and hard to find)
-Ricoh GR1 (28mm f/2.8, not a reliable)

Does anyone have any other suggestions?
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby gstark on Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:49 am

The original Olympus Pen, or the Olympus Trip.

Or why not a Leica?
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby Matt. K on Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:18 pm

Cameron,
This is exactly what you are after...www.camera quest.com/voigt_250.htm. Be prepared to fall in love.
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby aim54x on Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:45 pm

Why not a Leica? Why not a Olympus PEN or Trip?

I dont know? I guess I am not a Leica person yet.....and I dont really want to get a Minilux (40mm f/2.4). Olympus PEN or Trip? The PEN's will be hard to find and probably not in great shape due to their age, the TRIP is an option but at 40mm f/2.8 it would be a bit narrow and the Selenium Cell Meter would be starting to go on the earlier units.
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby aim54x on Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:51 pm

Matt. K wrote:Cameron,
This is exactly what you are after...www.camera quest.com/voigt_250.htm. Be prepared to fall in love.


Oh the BESSA...*drools*...I would be tempted, except I am more looking at something truely small and very point-n-shoot
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby sosso on Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:30 pm

Olympus XA
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Olympus mju-ii / Stylus Epic
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I have both of these, except my mju-ii is the champagne colour.

Both have sharp f/2.8 35mm lenses. XA is a rangefinder, mju-ii is fully automatic point and shoot. Both are great.
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby Murray Foote on Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:41 pm

Compact, definitely wide-ish, loads of character and very reliable. Lenses not that fast but counteracted by the wid-ish bit. No longer available new, very expensive and probably hard to find - Hasselblad X-Pan!
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby PiroStitch on Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:25 am

Get a rangefinder, you'll love it :)
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby aim54x on Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:40 pm

Murray Foote wrote:No longer available new, very expensive and probably hard to find - Hasselblad X-Pan!


AND not very compact either....
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby radar on Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:09 pm

aim54x wrote:
Murray Foote wrote:No longer available new, very expensive and probably hard to find - Hasselblad X-Pan!


AND not very compact either....


but not that big either. The Fuji TX-1 or TX-2 will also do. Either way, lots of $$$

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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby aim54x on Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:55 pm

radar wrote:but not that big either. The Fuji TX-1 or TX-2 will also do. Either way, lots of $$$


Bigger than a Bessa which is already too big for what I am after......
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Re: Fast aperture compact 35mm camera

Postby Murray Foote on Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:47 am

Minox?
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