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06-19-2016, 12:22 AM   #1
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If you could only have one?

Hello! I figure this may have already been asked, but it couldn't hurt to ask again....

If you guys had to pick just one film body and lens, what would they be, and perhaps more importantly, why?
Obviously, there's likely to be a preference for Pentax here, but if there's another brand, feel free to say too.

I won't lie, I have a bit of an ulterior motive to ask, as I'll only be able to reasonably bring one body after I leave for school for about the next 6 months until I get back home.

06-19-2016, 12:39 AM   #2
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From the film bodies I have and have used I think the one I like most is the Ricoh X-RM. It's well built, goes to 1/2000s, takes AA batteries, is comfortable to hold due to the large grip to accommodate those batteries, has a very good viewfinder and does double exposures without having to waste an extra shot afterwards.

The lens would have to be a 50/1.4. I don't have much preference between the three K-mount ones I own - the K, the M and the Auto Revuenon, they're all great.

However, if I could only keep one and had to sell the rest off I could use the money to get an LX and an A 50mm f/1.2, and even though I've never used either, I suspect that would be a match made in heaven.

Having written all of the above I realise I've focused entirely on 135 format. The combo which gets me my best images is in fact the 645 with 75mm f/2.8.

So there you have it, you asked for one and I gave you three. It just goes to show my complete inability to choose one option over another, which is why I have so many cameras and lenses.

If you need to choose only one, make sure it's reliable - something strong that has never let you down. For a lens I'd say it needs to be fast and at a normal focal length that suits what you want to photograph - something between 35mm and 55mm and at least f/2. That will depend on your style of shooting.
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We need more parameters!

No, I posed this same question a little while back:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/8-pentax-film-slr-discussion/305603-one-i...nd-camera.html
06-19-2016, 12:48 AM   #4
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I have the LX and A50/1.2
That'll do me.

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... parameters like
"do we keep it for infinity?"
"is film endlessly available in the format of our choice?"
"does weight matter, e.g. will we have a sherpa at our service as well?"
"will Eric H. be reachable in this hypothetical land, or will our chosen camera just continue to work forever?"

You know, stuff like that.

It matter what each person shoots, I'd say.... so you know, "it depends". But then my answer is usually: Pentax MX ... there are other choices I would make based on some of the above conditions, and there are other cameras that are my "favorite", but the MX is usually the one I'd keep.
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Out of the stuff I actually own...

M2, VM 28/f2 and TMax400.

If it were a 'dreamworld' scenario, I'd swap the Voigtlander for a 28mm Summicron and the M2 for a MA (if only for the reliability of a new body).

Why Because my favourite type of photography tells a story, and I think 28mm works very well as a storytelling lens. There's no where to hide with a wide-angle
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With film I prefer medium format: my old Bronica GS1 6x7 with 100 or 65 mm. I like the handling, sound and the large negatives. You know, bigger is better...
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Out of the stuff that I own...

K2 + SMC 50mm/f1.2

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Upon the Pentax cameras I know well and love, that would be one of my black KX. Regarding the lens, the K 28mm 3.5 for sure, it has always been my most consistent lens to deliver outstanding pictures (even though I like the K 50mm 1.4 a lot too).

One of the most recent with this setup and Ektar 100 (Bretagne, France) :

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For film it would be a Hasselblad 501CM with an 80mm F2.8.
If it had to be 35mm film I would say an LX with a 50mm F1.2
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Pentax ZX-5n with Sigma 28-105mm F3.8-5.6 UC-III lens, possibly with the AA battery grip too.

It's the plastic fantastic system with absolutely nothing in the way of nostalgic charm, but it's a hero in terms of actually getting the shots. (In daylight, at least.)
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All I need is the brown leather SE K1000, and most definitely my Takumar 50mm f1.4 with M42 adapter. I could shoot Tri-X for days and days and still be okay. Can't go wrong with a fast fifty and one of the best Pentaxes ever.
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I've never used either of these cameras (or film full stop) but I'd probably choose an LX and A 50/1.2 or an MX with the M40/2.8 pancake.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tony Belding Quote
Pentax ZX-5n with Sigma 28-105mm F3.8-5.6 UC-III lens, possibly with the AA battery grip too.

It's the plastic fantastic system with absolutely nothing in the way of nostalgic charm, but it's a hero in terms of actually getting the shots. (In daylight, at least.)
ME Super with out any doubt!

Had one for years. It was my most used body before I got my first (Pentax) Digital Camera.
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Super A, A50/1.7 and an endless supply of HP5+, please
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