Film If you could only have one (film) camera for the rest of your life?

If you could only have one camera for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

  • Leica M6

    Votes: 3 27.3%
  • Leica M5

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Hasselblad 500 C/M (any one of the 500 series)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Hasselblad Xpan

    Votes: 1 9.1%
  • Widelux (35mm)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Widelux 1500

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Rolleiflex TLR 2.8

    Votes: 2 18.2%
  • Any one large format camera (which one?)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Any one SLR (which one?)

    Votes: 5 45.5%

  • Total voters


Mar 2, 2014
US Midwest
Mark Peterson
I'm completely happy with the black Pentax MX I've had since I was a teen - got it in 1979 (40 years ago, yikes!). Small but robust, easy to use but very capable. Great optics available inexpensively today. I had it CLA'd recently and expect it will last *another* 40 years. I do have another broken one that I keep as a parts camera, but so far I've never needed it.


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Nov 29, 2010
Melbourne, Australia
I'm completely happy with the black Pentax MX I've had since I was a teen - got it in 1979 (40 years ago, yikes!)
You know what I like about this forum - it's that many of you have had these cameras for decades, pre-digital.

I had a conversation with someone last year who said he knew a guy who was a lifelong pro photographer who continues to walk around town with his old film Leica over his shoulder. He described him as being "edgy" because he's sticking with film in spite of all the advantages (and modern technological progression) of going digital.

I didn't say it at the time but I was screaming inside that that guy with his old film Leica isn't being edgy. This guy had shot with film all his life and felt no need to adopt digital. This guy isn't being edgy to be cool, he is just ... being. Being who he wants to be and using the media that he knows like the back of his hand to create his art, full stop. He transcends the concept of 'edgy'.


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Apr 3, 2013

One time one of the other Dad's at the playground told me I was living in the age of the dinosaurs because I was shooting with my Nikon F.
I told him one EMP would take out his digital camera and the computers with his images on it.
His rebuttal- "Oh Yeah! It'll take out your camera too!".
He obviously understood nothing about EMP's, Film, and mechanical devices.


Top Veteran
Dec 31, 2014
Porto, Portugal
That is a nice question, makes us think about our gear.

Assuming OPs question spirit allows me to still keep a digital system like Fujifilm X-Pro that replaces 35mm for convenience, I'd keep a medium format mechanical camera. From what I currently own:
The Pentax 6x7 that I love and use the most would be out, due to electronics;
Bronica S2a, it is just too heavy to have as single camera;
Hasselblad 503cx, that I consider the Pentax 6x7 backup. Much lighter than Bronica S2a, but still a bit bothersome to carry regularly;
Folders, a Seagull 203 or the Super Ikonta 534 (or 531, but don't own one) are contenders but not as sturdy as I'd like;
Minolta Autocord RG3, looks almost perfect choice, but the focus lever is a risky bet for a lifelong choice;
So.... Rolleicord Vb? Light, bright screen, pretty good build quality, great results.

Actually, the perfect answer would probably be a Rolleiflex 3.5F (but I don't own one), since Rolleicord quality is a bit lacking (referring to the mechanical side), comparing for instance with the Autocord (exception for the focus lever) and ergonomically is also not great.

If I'd gone for 35mm, easier choice: Nikon S2 (or SP, but I don't own one).

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