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"The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn" - Leon, The Professional
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A rabbit is not just for Easter - they also make great casseroles.
Street photography, Shamshuipo
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I’ve been comparing various options to shoot using the Nikon S system. Here we have: a Nikon S3 2000 Ltd chrome, SP classic chrome, SP 2005 Ltd black paint, and a Bessa R2S.
SP classic - This has the best focus bearings, build quality is very good… better than a Contax RF, similar to a Canon 7. However, the lever advance feels flimsy and sharp. The RF patch is not as bright and hard to focus in low light; in fact it’s the worst viewfinder of the bunch. The same applies to most 60’s Nikon rangefinders as the filvered RF mirror has not aged as well as the Leica or Canon prisms. The rangefinder window only covers a 50mm angle of view and the 35mm viewfinder is inferior to the Nikon 35Ti compact camera.
SP 2005 - Every bit as good as the original (except the focus bearings, which are good, but not slick like a classic Nikon). Better advance lever. Better RF patch. Everything feels newer, cleaner and just like an SP classic would have been like as it left the factory.
S3 2000 - Lovely build like the SP, viewfinder is on a par with a Canon P, same 1:1 magnification and 35mm angle of view, same flare problem.
Bessa R2S - High quality plastic body, but it’s still plastic. Finder reminds me of my Leica M4, but has the smallest effective base length of the assembled cameras, so it’s not for long lenses, fast glass, or close up portraits. It has a built in meter, which is an advantage. It’s not really much louder than a Nikon shutter, but a lot louder than a Leica.
They’re all great cameras. If having a built-in meter that is visible in the finder is a big deal, the R2S is the only choice. However, it’s hard to find and surprisingly expensive, so a classic Nikon might be the most financial sensible choice. If you use 35mm lenses primarily, the S3 2000 is the best. I marginally prefer the SP 2005 for 50mm lenses.
The first one I’d sell is the SP classic and the last would be the SP 2005.
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Cat photo! Relaxing evening
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There is something magical about the way grain renders in out of focus areas. Photo: Palm
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My new mega-article has been published on japancamerahunter. The Unsung Heroes of 35mm Photography – Part II (RFs) by Dan K (link). I cover many of the important second-tier rangefinders and scale focus cameras in detail and list their more famous brethren.
Agfa Optima 1535 SensorCanon Canonet QL17 GIIICanon Canonet 19Canonet Canonet 28Chinon BellamiKonica C35Konica Auto S3/C35 FDLomo LC-A/LC-WideMinolta Hi-Matic 7SMinolta Hi-Matic 7SIIMinolta Hi-Matic EMinolta Hi-Matic FMinolta AF-CMinox GTMinox GT-EMinox MLOlympus 35 RCOlympus 35 RDOlympus 35 SPOlympus 35 SPNOlympus Trip 35Olympus XAOlympus XA2Olympus XA1Olympus XA3Olympus XA4Petri Color 35Ricoh 500 GRicoh 500 GXRicoh 500 GX-1Ricoh 500 MERicoh FF-1Rollei 35Vivitar 35ESYashica Electro 35 CCYashica Electro 35 CCN Wide Yashica Electro 35 GTN/GSNYashica 35 MCYashica 35 MEYashica Lynx 14E
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"Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."
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Fisheye Selfie. Taken with the Lomography Fisheye 2 in Leica M-mount on a Sony A7R. More info: link