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?

Credits: 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.

Credits: plasticpopsicle

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 on 2012-03-15 #gear #review #camera #lomography #portraits #portraiture #choice #camera-choice


  1. michell
    michell ·

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

  2. emilios
    emilios ·

    Pentax 67 and Mamiya RB 67

  3. coca
    coca ·

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

  4. iloveyousummer
    iloveyousummer ·

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

  5. dzulfazly
    dzulfazly ·

    i use my trusty Canon AV-1!

  6. paappraiser
    paappraiser ·

    Pentacon 6. Cannon ql17

  7. gegana06
    gegana06 ·

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

  8. 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

  9. sin-titulo
    sin-titulo ·

    Canon AE-1!

  10. joshhaygood
    joshhaygood ·

    My Nikon F5 or N70 are my favorites.

  11. wyrdchoice
    wyrdchoice ·

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

  12. jourdanlynch
    jourdanlynch ·

    Mamiya RB67 for portraits :)

  13. stephenjameskerr
    stephenjameskerr ·

    I love my Rolleiflex 3.5f...

  14. gatorchick
    gatorchick ·

    Yashica FX-2!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. rychie
    rychie ·

    Canon AE-1 !

  18. johnccc
    johnccc ·

    T4 , loaded with Neopan 400 b/w film .

  19. mefias
    mefias ·

    My Great Exa 1 a

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    Pentax MX or Cosina CT-1with Ektar 100.

  23. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

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

  24. maduz
    maduz ·

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

  25. danbarry
    danbarry ·

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

  26. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    Praktica MTL 5 and Takumar 105/2,8

  27. butterwithbutter
    butterwithbutter ·

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

  28. lomonesia
    lomonesia ·

    Smena 8m!

  29. phazu
    phazu ·

    Canon AE-1

  30. chetsellars
    chetsellars ·

    My Pentax P30T.

  31. lomodesbro
    lomodesbro ·

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

  32. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    LC-Wide :D

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. skyphos
    skyphos ·

    momo's nose is huge :P

  37. berndtotto
    berndtotto ·

    Large Format or at least a TLR

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