My Current Top Ten Cameras

Someone asked me to make a list of my favourite cameras. That is a tricky question and depends on a number of factors.

  • The camera I am using right now. The one I used last is often high on my list.
  • The cameras I have tried in the past. It can’t be in the top ten if I haven’t tried it.
  • The condition of the example I have tried. Of course, if I have only tried a crap example it will be low on my list no matter what other people might think of it.

So all that aside, here is my current top ten.

  1. Contax 137 MA – I love this camera, my stamp version especially. It looks great, handles well, is quite light, and has great lenses.
  2. Canon A-1 – I decided to put this to the top of the list after some thought. I realised I have used it much more than the others since my return to the UK. I have cured the squeak on the one I have and found the multiple exposure switch. I was about to sell it, then fell in love with it again. Typical.
  3. Pentax ME Super – This camera is small and light, but very reliable. I seem to pick it up more than any other camera. I didn’t want to choose it as my number one, but I really do pick it up more than the others. I also liked the Pentax P30T and have difficulty choosing between the two. Ultimately I chose the ME Super and left the P30T off the list as they were so similar to me.
  4. Leica M3 – This should be number one, but as I don’t actually own it and can’t try it again I was reluctant to place it in the top spot.
  5. Fed 2 – This was one of the first cameras I tried after returning to film. It made me realize that film has a quality and look that digital just can’t capture. Plus, the photos I took using it are very meaningful to me. This choice is due to emotions rather than functionality.
  6. Nikon F2 – I used this camera during my trip to Taiwan and every shot came out. It is sharp and reliable.
  7. Olympus OM4 – None of the other SLRs I have tried has the spot metering function like this camera.
  8. Konica Genba Kantoku DD – I love heavy duty cameras. Out of all the ones I have tried this was the sharpest. I regret giving it away but am happy I gave it to a very good friend.
  9. Canonet QL17 G-III – I chose this because it is small, light and has a clear rangefinder.
  10. Yashicaflex A2– I had previously put the Rolleicord III – K3B on this list as a medium format camera must be on this list. I put a new mirror in the Yashicaflex which made it easier to use, plus brought it back from the brink of a junk death. That made it overtake the Rollei. It won out over the Bronica ETR-C due to the fact it is much lighter and cooler. It won out over the Diana F+, because I just can’t bring myself to put in on the list, though I do actually like it.

I am sure there are cameras I have forgotten but by just looking through my camera list page, these are the cameras that jumped out to me. Of course, as I add more cameras to my collection this top ten list might change. I know I am testing one at the moment which might replace the more emotional choices.

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