I'm not going to get into what camera is best, because for so many that is subjective. However, I wish to correct a misstatement of fact in the Aug 2010 column. Jason states that the Pentax was the first with thru the lens metering off the finder screen in 1964. Sorry, but the Alpa 9d was released in Europe in 1963 (America in 1964) and used 3 CdS cells to measure the light (the third cell pointed out the eyepiece and was subtracted from the other 2 cells! So, the Pentax was not the first.
I am new here and wanted to see the list of the top 20 cameras of all time, where would that be located as its obviously not here.
There is no "official" list. It is merely a topic any user of the forum can contribute to, and a lot have, Of course every one has a slightly different list of top cameras, so take your pick if you want to read all the past posts.
Here's the original story, which Jason has and will expand upon:
Sorry but I have many doubts about what he claims. For instance he talks about Speed Graphics with 127mm lenses. Well I used several of the many the US Air Force had and most had 150mm f4.5 Wollensak lenses in Ilex shutters. And my personal 4x5 in 1952 was a Crown Graphic model with a 135mm normal lens with a Compure shutter. He talks about the Exakta, but a contemporary Praktica was also available at the time and tended to be a lot more reliable. The Topcon, Japanese version that used the same lens mount as the Exakta was the 35mm SLR that led with more new features in the same time context with Pentax, and well ahead of Nikon. I wonder if in the time context of the Korean conflict if Nikon did not have its advantageous deal with the military base PX stores if it would even be where it is today.
Sorry, history is also what went on behind the scenes, too.
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