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09-11-2015, 10:06 PM   #3316
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Well then, just don't get started on the Retinas because they are so addictive.
Hahahaha - I've looked at those a number of times and thus far have held off. I do imagine it's a once-you-start-good-luck-stopping sort of thing!

09-11-2015, 11:59 PM   #3317
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Wonderful! For me these end up being a bit big, but the MD 35-70 3.5 is an awesome lens, Leica sold it as well.

Here our cat checks the 7 and 5 out; he seems to like the Panda 5


for size, here's the 5 and an OM2n in a spy vs spy pose


That said, looking at photos, there's a big proportion of what I think are really good ones made with the Minoltas, these, and the TLR...

Congrats on getting the XE-7 working!
Nice cat photo. Could be a Minolta advertisement.
09-12-2015, 09:20 PM   #3318
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here's my Kiev 4 and Praktica LB.











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Praktica day also for me, I got the last of the breed:



Sold as non working, with a battery it proved otherwise, I already shot a test roll and everything is fine.

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Praktica day also for me, I got the last of the breed:
That look a very tidy example. I am partial to the early IV series (of which I have four). They could be used to stun an ox, they are so solid.
This was its immediate predecessor:
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Here are my Maxxums. The B&W shots were taken with the Spotmatic II.










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QuoteOriginally posted by TheLens Quote
here's my Kiev 4 and Praktica LB.
Excellent! The Russians came for me this week as well!

A new-to-me Fed 2E with Industar61 and a Kiev 4M with Helios103.

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Bah, you're missing half the "fun" of the Kiev with that model: turning the tiny rewind knob* found on some of the earlier models after you've finished off a roll.

* Quite possibly one of the most user-unfriendly rewind knobs I've ever encountered, yet it wasn't replaced for close to two decades.


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QuoteOriginally posted by g026r Quote
Bah, you're missing half the "fun" of the Kiev with that model: turning the tiny rewind knob* found on some of the earlier models after you've finished off a roll.

* Quite possibly one of the most user-unfriendly rewind knobs I've ever encountered, yet it wasn't replaced for close to two decades.
I've a Zorki on the way that should take care of that "fun" for me.

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* Quite possibly one of the most user-unfriendly rewind knobs I've ever encountered, yet it wasn't replaced for close to two decades.
The soviets certainly got the most out of their machining practices
**Not really their fault entirely however - seems the old Contax has the same fun feature:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/EXC-Zeiss-Ikon-Contax-IIIa-35mm-Rangefinder-Film-Cam...item3d033ba4e8

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QuoteOriginally posted by g026r Quote
Bah, you're missing half the "fun" of the Kiev with that model: turning the tiny rewind knob* found on some of the earlier models after you've finished off a roll.

* Quite possibly one of the most user-unfriendly rewind knobs I've ever encountered, yet it wasn't replaced for close to two decades.
Nah, the worst one is still the Leica M3's.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
This was its immediate predecessor:

Praktica FX3?

I've got an FX3 and love it, i;'ve taken some amazing shots on it. Love the waistlevel finder
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QuoteOriginally posted by hks_kansei Quote
Praktica FX3?

I've got an FX3 and love it, i;'ve taken some amazing shots on it. Love the waistlevel finder
The FX3 was the export name of the FX2 in the picture - same camera. They do a fine job if one doesn't mind taking the time needed.
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Nah, the worst one is still the Leica M3's.
And Leica also invented one of the clumsiest film insert sequences with their removable base plate, only marginally improved by the flip-up back of the later M bodies. I think they only cured themselves of it when they introduced the original Leicaflex.
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And Leica also invented one of the clumsiest film insert sequences with their removable base plate, only marginally improved by the flip-up back of the later M bodies. I think they only cured themselves of it when they introduced the original Leicaflex.
Easy to criticize that now but I wonder what the thinking was at the time since even the Nikon F had the removable base plate configuration.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Easy to criticize that now but I wonder what the thinking was at the time since even the Nikon F had the removable base plate configuration.

I suspect Nikon was doing a Leica me-too, and the thinking was probably to keep the pressure plate snug and the entire body "solid."
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