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05-21-2016, 09:20 PM   #1
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35mm manual compact

Hi all,

My partner has decided she wants to get back into photography and wants to use film this time, so she's set me to finding something appropriate. She has a background in art/design, and has a wonderful eye for light and composition, but has almost zero interest in the technical side of things. This is the general selection criteria:

- Good build quality
- Reasonably fast lens with sound IQ
- Simple - shutter/aperture/focus is really all we're after. She doesn't need or want interchangeable lenses.
- Compact - if it doesn't fit in her bag it's not going to get taken places.
- Minimal electronics - something that can operate sans-battery would be great.
- Affordable - doesn't have to be $5, but a Contax T3 is probably off the cards...

A couple that I've had be eye on are the Rollei 35SE and Olympus 35 RD. Any other suggestions would be appreciated!

Cheers, Nick

05-21-2016, 09:26 PM   #2
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I have a couple of new old stock Pentax point and shoot cameras. I'd be happy to post info about them. The super nice one I already sold, but these may fit her needs. I will look tomorrow.
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In this case I will go with Konica Auto S3... If you can find it.
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In this case I will go with Konica Auto S3... If you can find it.
Agreed, it's on the list!

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
I have a couple of new old stock Pentax point and shoot cameras. I'd be happy to post info about them. The super nice one I already sold, but these may fit her needs. I will look tomorrow.
I'm curious, I don't know much about Pentax p&s'?

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I had a Canon Canonet QL19 and to my regret I've sold it. Light, simple and very sharp. A pleasure to play with.

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QuoteOriginally posted by nickthetasmaniac Quote
I'm curious, I don't know much about Pentax p&s'?
If you would consider a pentax P&S then a Pentax MX + 40mm f2.8 pancake should fill the bill.

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If you would consider a pentax P&S then a Pentax MX + 40mm f2.8 pancake should fill the bill.
I actually already have an MX
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Film compacts with good build quality and a good, fast lens are not that common, at least if you want everything automated. They tend to be the highly sought after models like the Contaxes etc. One option might be an old compact rangefinder of some kind, but I'm not sure how good the IQ will be on the small ones.



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The Pentax MX + 40mm f2.8 is an excellent combination. Compacts will not compete with it. Light, metal and excellent optical quality.
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QuoteOriginally posted by HYS Quote
I had a Canon Canonet QL19 and to my regret I've sold it. Light, simple and very sharp. A pleasure to play with.

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The Pentax MX + 40mm f2.8 is an excellent combination. Compacts will not compete with it. Light, metal and excellent optical quality.
How so? There's plenty of 35mm compacts that have faster, sharper lenses than the M 40mm pancake...
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Yashica electro 35. May not be exactly what your after but it might do the job. They are popular in the Lomography world at the moment.
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Film compacts with good build quality and a good, fast lens are not that common, at least if you want everything automated. They tend to be the highly sought after models like the Contaxes etc. One option might be an old compact rangefinder of some kind, but I'm not sure how good the IQ will be on the small ones.
Just to clarify, I don't want everything automated. One of the old fixed-lens rangefinders is precisely what I was thinking...
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QuoteOriginally posted by nickthetasmaniac Quote
Just to clarify, I don't want everything automated. One of the old fixed-lens rangefinders is precisely what I was thinking...
As an SLR probably the best choice would be a Super A in the Pentax field, or even better a Fujica AX5 if you can find one which works properly.

These cameras are small, have a program functions so your girlfriend at the beginning can shoot in full program and later "discover" how to shoot in manual.

If she wants to start manual and she wants to learn everything with a rangefinder my recommendation is a Zorki 6.
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One of my favorite small (but heavy-ish) 35's is the scale focus Petri Color 35.
It's got match-needle exposure and distance scale in the terrific viewfinder.
If you can find a working copy at a reasonable price I recommend buying it.



Link to Stephen Gandy's Cameraquest page for the Petri Color 35.

Chris

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