I currently have a Krasnogorsk K3 (converted to S16) and a Canon Scoopic 16M.
I've used both several times over the last couple of years and have learned a lot with them.
I've managed to get some good results, however, although there are things about both that I like, they each have things about them that I dislike.
+ Rugged, cheap, large choice of M42 lenses available, Super 16, stable speed control, compact, reflex
- Wind up, tricky to load, light leaks, Standard Meteor lens 'soft' (i.e slightly out of focus) at widest settings, unstable registration, reliability issues
+ Easy to load and use, electric, affordable (but not cheap), reliable, good registration, reflex (but dim in low light), good macro, not too bulky,
- Fixed lens - soft at widest setting, speed noticeably unstable (probably fault with my camera), dim reflex at higher f stop
The common problem with getting sharp images with wide angle views is the biggest problem I have with these.
So, I'm still looking for my 'perfect' camera. I'd like a hand held, reflex, electric camera with changeable lenses. Hopefully easy/quick to load. Super 16 preferred, but not essential. I'm also on a limited budget, maximum £1500 I guess.
Two possibilities I can think of are:
Beaulieu R16 and Bolex EBM (£££?)
I nearly got a R16 with an (Angineux?) motorised lens, but I was put off the motorised lens due to reliability and dislike of controlling lenses with motors rather than manually.
I don't know much about either of those, would they be better choices or do they have their own issues that cause user's problems?
Have I missed other possible options that may be suitable?
Thanks for any help you can give.