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5 frames with a Yashica Minister II – by Malcolm

While on a family holiday in Cornwall in the 1970s, I saw a Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder in a camera shop window. Needless to say, my parents were not persuaded to buy it for me at that time. Since then I have always had a hankering for a Yashica rangefinder but several less than reliable Electro 35’s later, I started looking for an alternative. The alternative turned out to be the Yashica Minister II rangefinder, a predecessor of the Electro 35.

5 Frames with a Canon F1 with a 55mm f/1.2 – James Greenoff

My Canon F1 came to me just after I’d committed to no more cameras. I have about six or seven good cameras working in a rotation and for the most part I’m an SLR shooter, (I have a a Leica M4-P which I’ve yet to fully engage with, it is a very nice ‘thing’ though). It all happened after I’d been chuntering away about wanting a super simple, super sexy, 35mm SLR, that gave me the things that I love about the Leica without without having to compromise on the stuff I like about SLRs in general. 

5 frames with a Ferrania Condor II – Francesco Melis

The 1952 Ferrania Condor II rangefinder camera, alongside with some famous and well sought-after postwar productions, is normally considered a Leica copy, although it shows many original features, like the rangefinder patch inside the viewfinder or the rewind lever, that Leica would adopt with the M series only starting from 1954, and other solutions, like the central plane shutter, the loading spool with opening back or a curious but useful articulated rewind lever, that would never be adopted by contemporary or following Leicas.

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