Rolleiflex 3.5F: First and foremost, I love the act of making a photograph with this camera. Looking through the ground glass into that glowing square is a kind of pure magic that enhances the elation I already feel while out photographing the world. On top of that, the Xenotar 75mm f/3.5 lens is special: sharp, but not overly so; it has a kind of dreamy atmospheric quality that’s hard to describe. The Rollei is also surprisingly small and incredibly light, with a near-silent shutter which makes it more stealthy than one might expect. I also find the TLR focusing system forces me to slow down and really concentrate. With this camera, I usually only take one picture of any scene I’m hoping to capture.
Fujica GW690: Otherwise known as the “Texas Leica” or “the brick,” this leaf-shutter fixed-lens rangefinder camera has a certain heft that’s fun to hold and use. I bought it because I read Mark Steinmetz uses it – he’s one of my favorite photographers – and I had never seen anyone capture light as beautifully as he does. The EBC Fujinon 90mm f/3.5 lens is tack sharp, like nothing else I’d experienced previously. When I got my first roll of film developed, I was blown away. I had practiced using the rangefinder focusing system on a peacock, and I had never seen as much detail on them with my naked eye.
Right now, I’m not using this camera as much, because I’m not shooting in 2:3 format. But I will in the future.
Bonus: the 6×9 negatives are, I believe, some of the largest medium format negs around.
Yashica T3: This is my fun camera for parties or casual shooting. It’s auto everything, but it has a beautiful Carl Zeiss T* 35mm f/2.8 lens. My photos turn out well in pretty much every situation, and it takes wonderful portraits.