Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by jdm_von_weinberg, Sep 22, 2007.
Leicaflex Standard, many feel this camera is ugly, but to me it is a very pretty camera.
The most beautiful SLR with the cleanest, uncluttered lines is a Leicaflex SL.
The toughest, most rugged, best built...Nikon F (although I had a friend who defended himself
against a mugger in Central Park by using his Leicaflex as a mace, camera undamaged).
Hasselblad 500 C, 'chrome' C 80 mm Planar, folding viewfinder with struts.
Not saying Mamiya c33 are particularly beautiful but this is mine
My main camera for 30 years.
From the Great Chrome Age
Not a SLR (title of this thread) but an absolutely gorgeous TLR
I know NOT SLR only realised late last night OOOOOOOOPS
I don’t have a picture handy but hands down the Nikon F2 with an MD-2. By the way Robert I had to use mine to defend against a mugger in New Orleans once. It didn’t break either and I was able to photograph him bleeding and unconscious with the same camera.
I always thought this was rather pretty
Nikon F3, hands down.
My nominations purely based on looks:
1) Miranda Sensorex for SLR
Miranda Sensorex with 50/1.4 by Zheng, on Flickr
Here's my recovered Exakta in red goat
When I replied back in 2007.. I noted the RTS as a contender..but likely too modern for the post!! I see that'S changed Thanks Stuart Pratt
Yikes! That hurt my eyes, JDMvW.
Another entry: Sinar Norma. With Bino reflex finder attached, it is a SLR.
I think that my Retina Reflex is a beautiful camera. Unfortunately it is non-operational.
My favourites are the Nikon F and F2 with the prism head or the F with that big block-headed F light meter, either black or chrome. Real brutalist beauty. I have none of these so unfortunately no photos to post. Also like the Leicaflex Standard, as posted above.
People either love the design or hate it...in any case one Hell of a camera.
As SCL said regarding the Leica R8:
Personally, I think it's a magnificent design, and it's one camera I still lust after. On a more humble note, the Praktica BC-series were handsome cameras, and I particularly like the BC-1 with it's soft-touch body panels.
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