When reading reviews about newly released camera models, I occasionally see the word "venerable" being used to describe its predecessor. One example would be the Nikon D300s (which as we know was replaced by the D500), in which the reviewer used the word "venerable" in his mention of the D300s. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes venerable as ":old and respected :valued and respected because of old age, long use, etc." Would you also agree about the D300s as being deemed venerable? Or, from your experience, what other camera models come to mind that you feel could possibly fall in this exclusive category?
My old Canon A-1 35mm film camera, or my first camera, the Brownie. Now that's venerable.
Any of the OMD cameras.
Yes, the AE-1. I have one. I also have a Brownie. And I just bought an RB67. I think they'd be on the list.
I would like to add my Pentax-K1000 to the list.
Leica M6 and M4
Kodak Retina IIc
Rollei 35, 35s and 35t
All of the above, plus the Mamiya 6, and Mamiya RB67, and Pentax 67.
Speed Graphics 4 X 5
My Olympus OM-1 would fit in the venerable category.
When I think "venerable camera", the first thing that comes to mind is the Busch Pressman camera, the workhorse of many professional photojournalists in the 1950's.
Venerable Cameras you said, here is list of all my working cameras: Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 521/2 / Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 520/15-Set up to use 120mm film / Zeiss Ikon Contessa / Leica IIIb / Retina IIc / Retina Reflex IV / Pentax K-1000 - Going on 30 years with this camera / Honeywell/Pentax Spotmatic / Canon AV-1 / Canon AE-1 / Canon AE-1 Program - Using this camera as I am writing this. / Canon T-50 / Mamiya C330. Not going into lenses I have for these cameras. Quinn 4
When I first saw this thread, my first thoughts were of the Pentax Super Program which I used 1984-95 but I had to honestly admit that if any Pentax camera were mentioned, it would be the Spotmatic or K1000.
If one thinks primarily about impact, two Kodak products should be mentioned - Brownie and Instamatic 100.
Don't forget the best Canon film camera, The F-1