I'm not sure about "all time favourite" but I always carry my Fujifilm F30 with me as it fits nicely into my handbag so it's the one I use most. I do love my Canon 5D but it's big so only gets taken out on special occasions.
I've enjoyed my FinePix S5200 for years. It's given me great photos. I have to admit, however, That's it's been replaced by a GE X500 ( yep, GE ;D). The more I use it, the more I like it. I just got tired of chasing down xD cards, they're getting to be as rare as hens teeth.
I'm a lot like you. I don't think I would get rid of my Nikon D300 because it's such a well-built camera that produces quality images. Plus I don't think I could ever afford to spend that much on a camera again. But like your 5D it is becoming a "special occasions." camera. For every day my Fuji F600EXR is a lot easier to haul around.
I don't think XD cards are not available over here but in my town very few if any stores carry them as stock items. In the case of my old Olympus C5050 the newer XD won't work as I don't think the firmware in the camera was updated for them. I think I will check that just to make sure on second thought.
I feel much the same about my digital cameras as barbarian does. From my excellent little but maddening Fuji Finepix 3800 to the Pentax K100d and now my K-5 I like them but am not head over heels in love with them.
On the other hand my Exakta VX IIa, Canon Ftbn, and that marvelous Canon T90 are cameras for which I feel some affection. I used the first two for 10 years each and the T90 for 20 years. They became an extension of my mind and hands, a part of me.
My first two digital cameras I sold or gave away without a pang as I acquired a new one. My film cameras I still have and operate, without film, regularly. They are sooo good to handle.
I basically enjoy trying every new camera in my collection ( maybe the main reason, why I collect cameras ), but I noticed, that I always return to my Airesflex, which is most likely my all-time favorite then.
However, different purposes require different needs and tools. So depending on a certain goal or kind of pictures, I need or want to take, a different camera might be my favorite at that time.
But basically ... yes ... my Airesflex ( or any other TLR, because they are quite similar ).
If it needs to be a digital camera, it's getting harder for me to choose an "all-time favorite" among cameras, I don't like ... but if it comes to taking movies or I need to use a digital camera for a paid job, I like my Lumix GH1 ( especially in combination with my Canon FL lens collection ).
Post by torontodon on Feb 29, 2012 12:24:52 GMT -5
Maybe it's because I got to handle so many different kinds of cameras for my job as a photo industry journalist . . . I have never had a favourite. I'm willing to suggest the one I just bought, a Panasonic Lumix GF2, may be close. It's small, lightweight, and you can change lenses. What's really great about it is the optional electronic viewfinder. It turns the camera into an electronic Leica M3 -- whoa, I mean that in terms of the way it operates, not in its build or quality. I guess I could say the same for the Olympus E-PL2 that's now gathering dust in my cupboard. I love the Nikon D700, but my shoulder still remembers the ache after carrying it and lenses around New York one weekend. I think if I had the money, I'd consider a D7000. Nikon's Expeed image processing system is incredible. What camera's in my bag now? An Olympus E-30. A good camera, but it's not may all-time fave.
Post by originaluser on Dec 25, 2012 11:18:10 GMT -5
I guess my tastes run a little (?) more to the bourgeois in that I record the best possible images, within MY limits, for my own satisfaction. Example: Sixty years ago I always carried a Minolta 16 (and then a 16II) with either Kodachrome or Tri-X, sometimes one of each, just to be able to capture something I'd happened upon that I wished to record. With due respect to the Minox, the Minolta 16 is the original (economical) pocket-able camera. I've gotten some terrific and valued pix from mine.
Today I carry a P&S digital, preferably my Konica-Minolta Dimage Xg which, unfortunately, has started getting goofy color shifts in gradated shading. Also have a Nikon Coolpix S50 which is the most maddening, pokey POS ever made from that storied maker. My Sony Cybershot DSC W110 is better but still overly complicated. It has complications without flexibility which to me, as a retired industrial designer, is simply eyewash without validity. Example: None of the above give me the option of a slow shutter for blurring as in a babbling brook or waterfall. Everything's got to be "stop action!"
When traveling, I prefer to travel light. My all-time favorite is still the Minolta 110 SLR Zoom, a versatile and flexible little machine which can easily be carried unobtrusively on my belt with a belt clip I fashioned out of aluminum and attach to the tripod mount on one end. This is most handy when abroad and a camera bag or SLR hung 'round the neck says "Ugly American Tourist." Oh, and this camera can be set for really nice "mercurial" water shots, too.
To wrap up, my favorite is plural, both Minolta- the 16II and the 110 SLR Zoom.