I have bought dozens of cameras in the last ten years, but here are the camera models I have bought twice:
- Olympus XA – A design classic, a compact gem. I dropped my first one in berlin, and the shutter wouldn’t close until the clamshell was shut. The replacement’s RF patch is quite weak, which is a shame.
- Contax 139 – This was my first serious camera, a birthday gift in 2001, and probably the camera I will hold on to the longest. But it did develop a slight problem with the lever wind, whereby if fails to rest neatly in the ‘ready’ position just away from the body. I bought a second beater body with a view to using it as a parts donor, but after hacking my way under the top plate, I decided I wasn’t brave enough to attempt the same on the valued body.
- Contax Aria – This was my main camera for a couple of years around 2003-2004, but was sold when I moved over to rangefinders. I recently found a beat-up example on the cheap, and couldn’t resist, as I’ve still got a few Zeiss primes that deserve to be aired once in a while, and the Aria is a mighty nice way to use them.
- Leica M8 – Technically these were slightly different cameras. I bought a black ‘fully upgraded’ M8u as a straight swap for my well-travelled silver M8.
- Konica Hexar AF – Technically this was the exact same camera, bought twice! I sold it to a member of rangefinderforum.com, and a couple of years later when selling him a Voigtlander Bessa plus lens, I took the Hexar back as a trade! It is truly unique, with that silent shutter.
And the new leader, if you can call it that, the camera I have now bought three examples of:
- Epson R-D1 – I had two at the same time for a while, my thinking being that I would walk around with a 21 on one, a 35 on the other, but the method was too clumsy. I sold the ‘good’ one, and kept the ‘problem’ one, which went to the states twice for adjustment before being sold. At that time I had the M8, and its image quality at low ISO meant the Epson was under used. But I miss those ergonomics. And that finder. And I miss shooting with the thing. But buying one a third time is very counter-intuitive when I’m thinking of moving to making and selling reasonably large prints. And doubly counter-intuitive when I’ve been coveting an X100 since they were announced! Still…I’ve learned to not attempt to explain my photographic purchase instincts. I’ll enjoy the Epson.