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08-30-2009, 08:40 AM   #16
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I don't think Praktica is around anymore.

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is Yashica still around too?
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This is gonna be a long thread!

It would be far easier to list the ones that survive.

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Argus C4. Even though the name is still around, it was really just a label purchased and ran down in the 70s and 80s.

Contessa-Nettel Piccolette (~1919) pre-Zeiss merger vest pocket 127. After the merger, it was just a name used by Zeiss.

Praktica- I have a German made Praktiflex. The name is used on some current stuff but isn't the same.

Other Names that I don't specifically have:

Voightlander: name owned by Cosina

Minolta- Minolta closed the camera division and plant which was bought by Sony, but Sony can't use the Minolta name on cameras because Minolta still exists but don't make cameras.

Univex (Universal)- an American company whose most impressive camera may have been the Mercury II that ushered in the half frame 35mm.

Miranda- although someone owns the name.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pingflood Quote
That approach worked out pretty well for the new "Voigtlander". (Though I have to say they're making an effort there to actually produce gear that deserves a good name...)
Can't say I ever expected to be looking to *Cosina* for the preservation of the old school.

Contax still makes cameras, btw, if I remember, just no SLRs.

(In my teen years, while others may have wished for Leicas, I would have been looking at those Contaxes, though. )

Had a Miranda Sensorex kit when I was very young, too. Wonderful build and style... terribly dim finder.
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Allied Impex Corp: They brought us Miranda and Soligor.

Ponder & Best: They brought us Vivitar.

While the Soligor and Vivtar survive as brands, A.I.C. and P & B have faded away.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ratmagiclady Quote
Can't say I ever expected to be looking to *Cosina* for the preservation of the old school.

Contax still makes cameras, btw, if I remember, just no SLRs.

(In my teen years, while others may have wished for Leicas, I would have been looking at those Contaxes, though. )

Had a Miranda Sensorex kit when I was very young, too. Wonderful build and style... terribly dim finder.
thanks to Cosina's CEO Mr. Kobayashi. a very smart or very foolish man. either way he is a true enthusiast. a rare breed in today's Japanese Camera market.

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QuoteOriginally posted by séamuis Quote
thanks to Cosina's CEO Mr. Kobayashi. a very smart or very foolish man. either way he is a true enthusiast. a rare breed in today's Japanese Camera market.
I can't lay claim to be an expert on it, but it does seem Japan has a very vital and active film camera user base. I guess Cosina figured they could carve out a nice little niche catering to those guys as well as the (not many, but often VERY hardcore) rangefinder users around the world. I had a Bessa-L with 25/4 Skopar for a while, and it was a pretty nice little camera. But I find myself more drawn towards the 'classics' so ended up with a pair of Leicas later on. (And the Cosina lenses while great performers aren't as fun as older RF glass IMO...)
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Are you listening, Kobayashi-san?

I'd love to see a K-mount manual focus 35mm SLR from Cosina built to the standard of their Voigtlander rangefinder line...

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I'd love to see a K-mount manual focus 35mm SLR from Cosina built to the standard of their Voigtlander rangefinder line...

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Cosina had an all manual camera called the C1S but quit making it. It was K-mount and had a 4 sec to 1/2000 shutter speeds and 25-3200 manually shut film speeds, center weighted metering, and split image screen with microprism.


Edit: I realize that the the 1 qualification as per the quality of the rangefinder line was in question. However, the clearly had the ability by sticking the C1S in a magnesium chassis.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I'd love to see a K-mount manual focus 35mm SLR from Cosina built to the standard of their Voigtlander rangefinder line...

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I'm assuming you mean the Voigtlander rangefinder line excluding the R...
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Too bad Mamiya stopped making 35mm cameras. They were excellent and ahead of there time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by graphicgr8s Quote
Too bad Mamiya stopped making 35mm cameras. They were excellent and ahead of there time.
The NC100s was impressive.
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The NC100s was impressive.
I've got the DTL 1000 and the ZE2 quartz. Awesome cameras. And the DTL was a M42 so I can use Pentax lenses.
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