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Monday, 06 October 2008

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Also fun is visiting a site that looks like it hasn't been redesigned in 10 years. It's the electronic equivalent of visiting your old dusty photo store from long ago.

I love the contents of it a lot, but I "love" the design of Stephen's website so much, I once offered to help him create a new version of the site, without the popup windows and "unique" navigation structure. Maybe that is just the charm of it.

Cameraquest is an excellent resource. When I was trying to decide whether I wanted to buy a rangefinder, that was the source of much good information for me. For a site that exists essentially to sell cameras, it offers a lot of information to help you make an educated and informed decision about whether x camera is really the one you want.

"For a site that exist essentially to sell cameras..."

Adam,
Wrong-O. The "Classic Camera Profiles" came first, and were far along before Stephen ever began selling cameras. The Voigtlaender dealing came about because of Stephen's love of rangefinders, not the other way around.

Mike J.

*poof*

There went an hour of productive work time. Oh well, I'll just add it on to the hundreds that I have already spent on that site...

Best,
Adam

Stephen's camera lens adapters and service is also top notch!

I sent Stephen an email just three days ago begging him to carry the Bessa III. I'd love to buy it from him since he's (unknowingly) been a huge asset to me over the years.

I have bought from Stephen many times, and found him to be a responsive, honest and reliable vendor. I would order from his site for any amount, without reservation or worry.

I hate the guy: Just when 70´s metal cameras were completely out of fashion (AND CHEAP!) the man makes a web to vindicate them and give those marvellous pieces of mass market engineering the reputation they deserve...Should be ashamed of himself! Then everytime somebody puts up a Canonet or Petri on Ebay checks his web and discovered they were valuable... Thank God digital came up and resetted the values!

I'll add that Stephen is a pleasure to do business with. I had some questions about what I was ordering, and he was very helpful. (Not that I'm encouraging people to call him up just to chat: he's got to make a living, too. But he did take the time to tell me what I needed to know, and didn't try to rush me, which is a far cry from the reputation some well known camera businesses have for rude phone service).

@ Chad: Stephen is compiling a list of folks who are interested in purchasing the Fuji 667 / Bessa III. There's a thread about it here:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64253

"Wrong-O. The 'Classic Camera Profiles' came first"

Huh. I suppose I came to the game late with CameraQuest. Still, along with some few other sites like this one and PhotoEthnography.com's equipment pages, I find it an invaluable resource.

Excellent resource. I rather like the ancient page design - it doesn't get in the way of finding the things you really want.

Love the content of the site, but hate the design. There's a difference between a design that gets in the way and no design or poor design. The site looks like a ransom note and the navigation is very confusing.

I am a big fan of Stephen Gandy and his CameraQuest site. I have made multiple purchases of cameras, lenses, and accessories from him through the years and the level of service and responsiveness has been impressive. He also has arranged for service on several old rangefinder cameras for me, that would have been nearly impossible to service locally. First class guy and business.

I know some think his site is kitschy, but you can be simple and look a little more up to date. Don't get me wrong, I love the content of the site, but he should follow his own article saying sometimes you have to look the part...

http://www.cameraquest.com/NuProPhog.htm

Years ago (1999?) I bought an Olympus 35 SPn rangefinder on the basis of Stephen's review on cameraquest, man oh man was that a great purchase... I LOVED that camera. I could never afford a Leica (still can't), but the Olympus had a wonderful lens and wonderful ergonomics. The metering was odd, but it worked. Why don't I shoot film anymore, what's wrong with me? I guess I don't have the time to deal with processing film these days. Not to mention that I love that I'm not paying 15 cents every time I push the shutter button on my dSLR.

In all my dealings with him Stephen has been great. His site is one of my first recommendations to anyone wanting a first impression of the world of rangefinders. I have bought quite a bit of gear from him over the years and am glad an independent dealer like him can make it in the world of big box stores. You go boy.

Ben Marks

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