Leicas, mechanical Contaxes, Linhofs, Gandolfis, Alpas, Nikon Fs -- we can (almost) all agree about which cameras are indisputable 'classics'. But what about cameras that were a long way from the top drawer when they were launched? What about Soviet cameras such as Zorkiis and Fotosnipers? Or fixed-lens Japanese rangefinders like the Konica III series? Or non-rangefinders like the Olympus Pen W? A lot of these cameras are fun to use but hardly real classics. Or are they? What are your candidates for cheapo (if you prefer, 'affordable') classics? And is (for example) the Pentax SV a classic? My two SVs are both very tired now, and their shutters run a stop slow, and the lenses can't hold a candle to my old Leica and Zeiss glass, but the bodies still have that gorgeous feel that prompted the old ad, 'Just hold a Pentax'.
Roger W. Hicks