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Your Choice for Portraits: Cameras

More often than not, we tend to lean towards a certain camera for a certain shooting purpose or style. Since it's all about portraits this month, why don't you share with us which one/s do you prefer when taking portraits?

Photo by plasticpopsicle

My trusty Nikon FE2, definitely is my top choice when it comes to snapping portrait photos. Since it gives me full control of everything—aperture, shutter speed, focusing—I feel free to explore all sorts of styles and techniques possible. Ken, as I had decided to call my analogue partner, has been a constant companion that I take everywhere and use to take all sorts of photos. However, I believe that portraits, whether of my friends, strangers, or even my pet cat, are what he takes best.

Of course, I’ve taken several satisfactory portraits with my other analogue cameras, but when it comes to portraiture, I tend to lean towards the Nikon FE2.

What about you? Which is/are your choice/s when taking portraits? Why don’t you share it with us with a comment below, and maybe even tag your friends if you’re curious about their own picks!

written by plasticpopsicle

39 comments

  1. michell

    michell

    My Rolleiflex, is definitely my all-time favorite for portraits. Closely followed by my FED 3! :)

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  2. emilios

    emilios

    Pentax 67 and Mamiya RB 67

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  3. coca

    coca

    i use my Pentax MV1 for portraits, love that camera :)

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  4. iloveyousummer

    iloveyousummer

    I use pantene for my hair and pentax k1000 for the shoot.

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  5. dzulfazly

    dzulfazly

    i use my trusty Canon AV-1!
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  6. stephen73

    My Voigtlander Bessaflex TM and a Soviet Jupiter-9 85/2 portrait lens...
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  7. paappraiser

    paappraiser

    Pentacon 6. Cannon ql17

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  8. gegana06

    gegana06

    Rolleiflex SL35, Praktica: MTL 5 and BC1...and the ultimate weapon... Nikon FM2N...

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  9. smu

    smu

    My Zenza Bronica S2A. It was used by many Wedding Photographers, so it is supposed to be good for Portraits :).
    Furthermore my Praktica Super TL 1000 combined with the Helios 44-2

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  10. sin-titulo

    sin-titulo

    Canon AE-1!

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  11. joshhaygood

    My Nikon F5 or N70 are my favorites.
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  12. wyrdchoice

    wyrdchoice

    I like my Canon AE-1, it takes great portraits.
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  13. jourdanlynch

    jourdanlynch

    Mamiya RB67 for portraits :)

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  14. stephenjameskerr

    stephenjameskerr

    I love my Rolleiflex 3.5f...
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  15. gatorchick

    gatorchick

    Yashica FX-2!

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  16. superlighter

    superlighter

    I believe that it's more a matter of lenses than a matter of camera, so anything that can support a good lens like my beloved Tair -11 2,8/133mm or the good Olympus Zuiko Auto-T 3,5/135mm. In the lomo field cameras I think that nothing is better than the Diana+ and his 75mm standard lens.

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  17. andyresag

    andyresag

    I agree with superlighter. My choice of lens is Carl Zeiss Jena P. 2.8 / 135 mm "bokeh monster" mounted on a Praktica B series camera.

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  18. rychie

    rychie

    Canon AE-1 !
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  19. johnccc

    johnccc

    T4 , loaded with Neopan 400 b/w film .

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  20. mefias

    mefias

    My Great Exa 1 a

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  21. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    My favorite portrait combo would be my Minolta SR505 with Tamron 90mm F/2.4... perfect! Use ortho film for perfect complexions!

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  22. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    Doing portaits is more about choosing what lens combo to use with your vintage SLR than the actual camera. For me a choose my Canon A-1 with either 50mm f1.4 or 70-200 f4. Been looking for an 85mm f1.8 but i havent managed to find one cheap yet.

    Would love to try a medium format vintage Mamiya for portaits sometime.

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  23. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    Pentax MX or Cosina CT-1with Ektar 100.

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  24. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    interesting... nobody picked any of the plastic LOMO cameras!

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  25. maduz

    maduz

    i would use my beloved LC-A of course. hehe. other than that, haven't decided yet.

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  26. danbarry

    danbarry

    Yashica 635 (with c-up+1) in the studio, or Lubi if I'm out and about.

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  27. sirio174

    sirio174

    Praktica MTL 5 and Takumar 105/2,8

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  28. butterwithbutter

    butterwithbutter

    My old pentax k1000, which is left from my father. And its 50mm lens.

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  29. Minolta Maxxum 600si with my 80-300mm f4 lens wide open with T-Max 400!

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  30. lomonesia

    lomonesia

    Smena 8m!

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  31. phazu

    phazu

    Canon AE-1
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  32. chetsellars

    My Pentax P30T.

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  33. lomodesbro

    lomodesbro

    My trusty Pentax K1000 with Helios 44-2 lens. Medium format Mamiya C330

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  34. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    LC-Wide :D

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  35. vettievette

    vettievette

    I love using my Canon AE-1 equipped with the Canon FD 50mm/1.4 or 24mm/2.8 and my Yashica Electro 35 GS
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  36. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    Agreed, it's all in the lens !!! I mostly shoot portraits with most of my cameras, but if I'd have to choose a few it'd be: Hasselblad 500C/M, Pentax 6x7, Nikon FM and in the lomo range: Diana and Lubitel

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  37. lomonesia

    lomonesia

    Diana F+,Diana+,Diana Multi Pinhole Operator,Diana Mini,Holga 120 CFN,Colorsplash,Fisheye 2,Sprocket Rocket,Spinner 360,Horizon Kompakt,Pop 9,Oktomat,ActionSampler,SuperSampler,La Sardina,Lomolitos.LC-A+,LC-W,Lubitel 166+,Lomokino,Smena 8m,Polaroid 635 CL OMG I WANT IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. skyphos

    skyphos

    momo's nose is huge :P

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  39. berndtotto

    berndtotto

    Large Format or at least a TLR

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