If money was no object we would all be using Alpas, with decent Kern lenses.....it is nice using a camera that you simply know is better engineered than Leica, but built by eccentric Swiss perfectionists. Stephen.
Since this one is of pure fantasy, I'd like to buy one of NASA's Hasselblads. Like the ones they used in the Gemini missions. Or maybe the custom made ones for the moon landings. Now that would be so cool. I don't have ANY Hasselblad cameras in my collection. But if I could have any one, something definitely from NASA. It just adds so much to the "COOL" factor. Just having the little tag on it that says "Property of N.A.S.A." would make it priceless.
Oooops! Was this supposed to be "rangefinders only" for this fantasy? Sorry about that. If I could edit my fantasy choice it would be one of Henri Cartier Bresson's cameras! Or the Leica that just sold at the auction for a bundle. Am I being too far out?
In the final analysis the question becomes something of a moveable feast, at least for most people. There is always another dream camera on the horizon. If that horizon has been reached there is always another out there craving our interest and possibly even our purchase. Several cameras that would have been on my list over the years no longer figure.
... I would have the nicest Zeiss Ikon collection of the world. And I would stop collecting cameras because it spoils the adventure of camera collecting totally. Time to move on to other challenges in life!
Well, i got some... If you want a shooter, go for the postwar III or IV with the 2,8/80 Tessar - not very impressive as the A, B or C's but the handling is so much better. If you want one for display (and/or shoot), go for a pre-war 6x9 or 6x6 - a 532/16? Hans
That is an universal truth... Not that I can afford to buy a Super Ikonta, but I've an agreement with my wife that there is an upper limit to the number of cameras (reached 10 years ago...:-) and it forces one to sell as well as buy gear. From the profit - yessir - I'm able to buy really nice stuff.
Do I sound as a salesman? Even 35+ years at Big Blue isn't enough to get close to my woman in the sales area, she is a natural (and as a nurse, no commercial interest...)