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I Would like to have a digital Contax G. Still have the lenses.They were great.
My second wish is Rolleiflex T. I bought both Cameras with the beginning of the digital revolution . Today its a pleasure to take them out.

Christine

I’d like Minolta back. Preferably either the Minolta XK or the Minolta XD.

But this time, make the XK compatible with a detachable motor drive. That was the mistake (no motor drive capability) Minolta made the first time around, which led them to lose out in the pro model camera field, even though the XK was ahead of every other pro model camera brand in terms of features when it first came out.

A man can dream....

I’d like the OM-4 or Canon T90 type spot metering dropped into a Contax 159MM body. Would be quite happy to have a svelte film version and a slightly chunkier digital version, no screen and the only extra control would be a WB dial.

Fujifilm. X70 with better build quality and battery life.

Olympus OM 4Ti

Gear sucks! Photos are made by people not cameras. I've shot with many still and motion picture cameras. The most versatile are smart phones.

When a wildfire threatened (but did not reach) my home on December 30 last year, the camera system I took when I evacuated was built around the Hasselblad 501CM. It was a snap decision, but three months later, one I would repeat. So that's my choice. The 500CM would be fine as the more classic choice.

I like Mr. Scharf's GR50R recommendation. The aspect ratios can be set close to the X-Pan format or the Mamiya 7. The camera world needs more than just another Canikony body with bazillion + features.

OM-1

Nikon 28Ti & 35Ti with 24 MP sensors, simple LCD screens that don't flip/articulate, and are not touch-capacitive.

A modern version of the Minolta Dimage A-2.

I loved the haptics/feel and operation of the camera, although it would benefit from a 1" 20mp CMOS sensor, faster processor and a high res EVF. Had a great lens too.

I only used it at ISO 80, but took some of my best digital photos with it.

The Olympus E-410 is, by a far, the most comfortable camera I’ve ever used.

I’ve always wished Olympus would revisit that design in modern cameras.

It had a “no grip” approach (much like current Em5/Em10) but a lot thicker and with real, large buttons.

I miss it like hell.

Pentax 67 with a digital sensor

Many of the older digicams deserves to be revised again with modern AF and a new sensor. Honestly they sucked but there was no other option than shooting film. Many would have been greate - it they worked. They had long zoom etc. Fuji F30 would be nice made with new tech. They had small sensors and bad ISO but who needs full frame! I guess because the smartphones that is not going to happen. Arrrrhhhh!

Such interesting choices, so far.

Since I already have a nice Pentax SL, I'd like to see a new one with the following improvements:

A small grip like the one that was available on the Pentax Super Program [https://www.pentaxforums.com/camerareviews/showfull.php?product=16&bigimage=Super_Program_071111_16k_wex.jpg] Just for a little more secure grip than the normal flat body.

A brighter viewfinder and a non-split focusing aid (like that in the SV [a.k.a. H3V] I had) are pretty much needed.

A faster flash sync, to be sure. 1/125 should be good.

Keep it manual focus for those silky smooth Super Takumar lenses. An AF lens would ruin that feeling.

Of course, keep it as a film camera. A digital camera would be too large compared to the film body. Just the digital display alone would be too big.

I'd probably faint at the cost of such a camera today.

I want the "Retroflex".

The Retroflex would be a digital reincarnation of the direct and simple manual SLRs of days gone by (Canon FTb, Olympus OM1, Nikkormat, etc.), with sturdy metal construction, modern meter (both center-weighted and spot with low light sensitivity), simple controls and the "right feel". Yes, this essentially what Leica has done for rangefinders, but for classic SLRs.

Just imagine it....

Though the Retroflex *is* a digital camera (available with your choice of color or monochrome sensor) it is refreshingly free of distractions such as a rear LCD, autofocus, multiple shooting modes and a plethora of in-camera adjustments. I'd like great "match needle" manual metering and, since aperture preferred auto exposure is practically free, I guess it does no harm to throw it in. A nice physical depth of field preview lever, please!

Though the Retroflex could have its own line of lenses, the mirror box and lens mount are cleverly constructed with a very short flange to focal plane distance so one can use a simple adapter to customize the Retroflex to the lens mount of your choice. Those classic Canon FD, Minolta Rokkor, Nikkor, Pentax M42, etc. lenses can live again (with auto diaphragm and open aperture metering if the lens supports it).

It would use a 24X36mm sensor to utilize those lenses full image circle. The sensor resolution could be modest - no need to get beyond what you could extract from a well-scanned Kodachrome.

A company like Cosina could do this! Now...whether they would sell more than a handful is another question.

Mamiya 6!

Already mentioned. Olympus OM1 with 35mm sensor. Leave it essentially the same. I have an OM1, OM2 and OM2sp with lenses, so I'm set on lenses.

There was never a camera as beautiful and joy to use as the Nikon F2. Every time I take one of the shelf and expose a roll of Tri-X, I experience how even the sound of the shutter is perfectly designed. And so on: a perfect tool.

An Olympus OM1 with a 24 Megapixel full frame Sensor. Doesn't have to have autofocus but does have to have a built in meter.

Nope. Wandering through memories, there are a few favorites.

I loved my OM-2n, with TTL flash for many years. Not going back to film. Don't want one with digital sensor insert.

I loved my 5D for 5 years, but no way would I go back to DSLR from mirrorless.

I loved my Oly E-PM2, in spite of its limitations. But the Panny GM5 came out; smaller, lighter, EVF built in, OIS better than the old Oly 2 axis IBIS.

I much prefer the RF-ish form factor and handling of the Panny GX9 to the SLR-ish OMD and Panny models. I could fantasize about a GX10 with GH6 guts, but that still falls short for this stills shooter of the sensor and the computational photography features of the new OM-1.*

OM-1 in RF-ish form? Gone from nostalgia to fantasy?

* A little secret; Panny DFD AF is fast, when it works, which is most of the time, but is too easily fooled, often enough to be annoying. OLY PDAF is as fast or faster, and more reliable. PDAF, Bird AF, Pro Mode shooting, anyone?

The Contax G2. It has to be one of the most beautiful cameras of all time and an absolute joy to hold and use and the lenses were beautiful. I've never understood why Yashica never made a digital version.

Fuji GA645. If they made a new version I would immediately purchase it. That is the one camera I really regret selling. If for no other reason than they are now going for over double what I sold it for 6 years ago. That said, virtually every shot I took with that camera turned out exactly like I expected. The meter in that camera was very accurate and the lens is very sharp.. Sure its plastic but it takes great photos. Anyway, I ended up keeping a Rolleiflex 2.8f which I had restored By Oceanside camera and rarely use. If I had the GA645 I would probably still be shooting film more frequently. It looks like a strange toy but it really is the business with the photos.

It's a big chunk of plastic that is the closest thing to my favorite digital cameras the X100 series. To this day, I still cannot fathom what I was thinking when I sold it. I loved that camera.

The original #1 Kodak, with its 100-exposure roll of film. Simply as an object to admire it would be hard to beat

Mirrorless Nikon with the D700 controls and a protective "shutter" that closes over the sensor when changing lenses. D700's MP sensor was plenty large enough for me. Second choice would be a digital Olympus XA-4

Nobody's longing for a Polaroid SX-70? I never had one, but they are coming back in replica form.

This is not a difficult question for me. My favorite camera was the Rolleicord Vb. The Rolleiflex was very elegant in design but the Rolleicord was mechanically simple. Many a photographer using Rolleflex cameras would have a Rolleicord tucked in their camera bag. It was arguably the most reliable TLR. No frills, manually cocking shutter, no advance crank and a very capable 75mm Schneider lens. Combine this with a Westen Master V meter and a brick of film and you have a very capable small foot print combination. Heck, if that brick of film is TriX I might even skip the meter! I should probably add that I was born in 1950.

I'd like to have a Graphic (either Speed or Crown) with a 4x5 digital back in the form of something like the old Polaroid 4x5 film holders so it could be removed when using the ground glass. A downsized Graphic (they came in sizes down to 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 would be OK.

Leica II / FED-1 with strap lugs, that's all.

Honeywell (then Asahi) Pentax Spotmatic SLR, that was my first SLR. Straightforward, with spot meter, good lenses and fit my large hands but not overly heavy. With modern updates I could still love it.

[Actually the Spotmatic never had a spot meter. It was planned to, hence the name, but the implementation never came up to expectations so they never added it. It did have stop-down metering, though. --Mike]

Leica M5 - Film or digital. The best photo tool Leica ever made.

My dream camera, a version of one that I loved but also had frustrations with: a Roundshot 28-220, only take away that 220 bit because I can't find any 220 emulsions that I like. So put in a decent digital sensor, about 10-12k pixels high. And modern, high capacity replaceable lithium ion batteries.

I'd like to see the release of the Contax G2-II, which works with the legacy lenses and updated Zeiss optics with the very quiet built-in, electric motors. The mark II would have five auto focus points – four spread to cover the rule of thirds' intersections and the fifth in the center. I would happy with the film version.

Olympus OM 1

My first digital camera was the 1.3MP Leica Digilux Zoom. The form factor - like a pack of cigarettes - was unique and fun to use. Viewfinder in upper left corner like a rangefinder, and perfectly pocketable. Update the sensor (1"?) and the dinky LCD screen (touch screen so as to eliminate some buttons). This was a re-skinned Fuji product, which to me pointed to the future line of Fujifilm having a slightly Leica sensibility to it (Fujicrons, dials).

It just goes to show that the best camera is in the eye of the beholder, not universally down to great engineering looks or functions. For me, a Leicaflex SL but with aperture priority and a 1/4000 th and 1/8000th of a second shutter speed to help shooting wider in good light. Oh, and show the chosen aperture in the viewfinder.

Everything I want I can buy it 2nd hand and they are good as a user.

After thinking very hard especially after the prompt about battery, may I say epson rd1y. Why? It is after rd1x, oh not that y. Realky why?

You know there is only 1 camera in the world that give you the strange floating windows in the world. You look at the rd1 and open two eyes, the windows is floating and there is a frame where your photo is. But then the whole world is also there for your to choose where to sit the frame. I only got the mechanical Cosina version. But not the digital. I say myself you are not handyman. You cannot adjust the misalignment even with Yt guides. That is why you own it only 1 day. Please not another camera.

But what-if.

And not 6mpx (or go raw and try to pretend you have 10). 24 is enough. Hence just fit a cheap nikon sensor there I will be fine. For the issues with all these dark corner. Just characters.

Of course my plan now is to buy an auto focus version of m lens to nikon z camera for our few cheap m old lens. But that is the not the same.

Floating window in the world! Still 1.5k usd for a 2002 sensor … a bit steep and may not even work. Buy it before death. Or let the dream be dream.

* A modernized Olympus E-1 concept with updated sensor and EVF. It was a camera of the future - too early, like many brilliant things.

* Revival of Samsung NX1 - also brought to market too early.

A Gandolfi 10 x 8.

The Gandolfi brothers made large format, traditional, brass and wood cameras. I have been close to buying one several times, but have just lost out. The Gandolfi 10 x 8 was my 'dream' camera as a teenager and still is.

I thought about film and decided that at this point I don't want to go back. So the easy answer for me would be the Olympus E-1 for all the reasons others have said. And yet.... I think the camera I'd really use more than any other is a high quality compact with a decent lens; that means an upgrade to the excellent Fuji X30 please; it got so much right and was capable of turning in good results in most circumstances whilst also being a really nice camera to use

Rolleiflex 2.8F with a meter. No not a Rolleiflex GX.

But being a bit of an old camera enthusiast, I'd say if it had to be only really old one, probably the Voigtlander Bessa III 6x9 film camera.

And a digital upgrade? Definitely the Pentax MX, with a 24-40 megapixel full frame digital sensor.

Sorry Mike, that's three. But I can't help it, and that's why I have more cameras than I actually need or use.

Panasonic GX8 with better stabilisation. It’s still pretty good as it is.

A digital OM1 that only does what an OM1 did. No screen, no bells and whistles. Just a superb basic camera. An affordable digital Leica.

A Nikon F3 with the same needle display Nikon used in the Nikon FE series (out with the LCD display).

A slight change of the haptic feel of the shutter button travel - there need to be a tiny bit of resistance between meter activation and shutter release mode.

Back with the original DE-2 finder. The HP finder (DE-3) was highly overrated for normal regular use. The original DE-2 had a lower profile, higher magnification and still a comfortable eye-point for most glasses wearers.
See: https://flic.kr/p/2iPjuNL

I also want the film advance arm to be made in black painted brass.

Mr Ostling probably thought he was the only person who would suggest the Nikon 1 system.

Though I personally would go for a V2 with a modern 1" sensor. And in-camera image-stabilisation would be nice.

for me, it would be the Polaroid SLR 680 Special Edition. I simply adore Polaroid film. It is so beautiful and dreamy. This model had a sharp, glass lens, sonar auto-focus, and a built-in flash. The Special Edition came with a five-year picture guarantee. If you had 10 bad pictures, for whatever reason, Polaroid would send you a coupon for a free pack of film. That was an offer that was hard to beat. It allowed me to shoot a lot of Polaroid film. That is what I would want.

I doubt very much that any camera manufacturer even takes note of these passionate wish lists.
On this occasion: who actually determines what the next camera to be built is?
The engineers probably don't, and the owners (who are often capital investors) probably don't either. Hopefully it's not the sales managers!
I know of two cases (large, international camera manufacturers) where these people were responsible for sales and turnover in their previous job at a swimwear manufacturer or technical household goods. They had no inner relation to cameras and lenses. But that would explain many things ... .

I am with Dennis Mook, Mamiya 7, but a rugged version, it is such a fragile camera, the early adversing for the Mamiya 6 had it posed amongst a compass, a bowie knife and a map, such a lie. So not the tough camera they were selling. Aside from that, and the need to recalibrate the rangefinder focusing too often, it is magic. Being greedy, I want a Hasselblad 504. The 501/503 etc are so 60/70/80's in terms of manufacturing. Leatherette! A 504 body made with modern tech to host the host of vintage Hasselblad glass would be outlier cool.

Actually my choice wouldn’t be a camera. It would be the Bell and Howell slide cube projector. It was an excellent concept, the cubes held 40 slides forcing you to actually edit your show to a size the audience would actually pay attention to instead of falling asleep 2/3 thru a carousel full. It also had a preview position so you could see what was coming next and if it was upside down.
Unfortunately the whole thing was let down because the hired a cost accountant instead of an engineer when it came time to build it. All these years later I still feel the frustration

Digilux 2 yeah !!!! 😎 Same lens, newer CCD sensor and upgrades internals and EVF.

Any reasonably portable medium format camera, from the Fuji GA645 series and Bronica RF645 to the Mamiya 6 and 7 and Plaubel Making 67. 6x6 and 6x7 would be preferable. You can get close to the 135 format look with any digital camera, but the look of 6x6, 6x7 and larger formats is much harder to emulate.

I would just like to buy a new Pentax 645N.

Brian

Pen-F

A little late to the party, probably some guests have left already on to the reason im commenting. A brace of Nikons FM , a 2n and 3a, just became available in my camrra club with 3 AI lenses of 28 35 and 50 2.8 2.0 and 1.4 apertures all in near new condition. these were always my lusted after cameras when i was younger and shooting with an EXA 500. later when i could afford them, it was the start of the digital age and I was heavily into Computers and stuff so started with a Nikon D70. I guess now it is a vanity project but i am certainly happy to own them and am enjoying the whole film experience. I think I prefer the 3a right now as it speeds up the making the picture process due to the A mode.

Epson R-D1 updated with a 30 MP monochrom sensor.

Great question!

Hasselblad 501CM, which solved the viewfinder cut off problem of the earlier models. They were discontinued in 2005.

Sure, for best results they require a tripod, but the sound and feel of using one stays with you.

The only problem would be cost, which was always high.

Pentax 67 II I have and still wait for the digital back for it to deliver. Not perfect as basically it is a screen capture on the back of it. But still.

Mike wrote, "I was surprised at how many commenters answered with some version of 'this film camera, only digital.'"

That would be like wishing for a battery-electric 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe.

My camera I’d love to have again would be the Mamyia M6, fitted with their gorgeous 50mm f/4 lens. That square format with the moderate WA lens, loaded with XP-2 film (and processed by the local pro lab!) would be the perfect time machine for me. Those big negs, in my Saunders enlarger, were a delight to work with in my home darkroom (aka a walk in closet), with open shadows and brilliant highlights.

Now, that’s a trip down memory lane I would happily take!

How about a Rolleiflex but the top lens shoots a digital image and the bottom one shoots film? The ground glass replaced by a LCD screen. I bet it would be really popular on social media but nobody would actually buy one.

I’m torn between OM-1 and Rolleiflex with Tessar taking lens.

Leica M4

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