Voigtlander Prominent with 50mm f2 Ultron
The Voigtlander Prominent is an interchangeable-lens 35mm rangefinder camera with a coupled rangefinder and a leaf shutter system. Voigtlander pitched this camera as a rival to the Leica, and priced it accordingly: it's a solidly built camera that takes some pretty impressive lenses. That said, Leica is still making cameras, and Voigtlander closed up shop in 1972, so I guess we know how that went. Fact is, the Prominent isn't as versatile as a Leica, with slightly finicky body-mounted focusing and a shutter system that limited the types of lenses that could be produced. On top of that, it's notably larger and heavier. But if you're willing to indulge it, the Prominent can take a darn fine picture- and it really does feel like a precision instrument. This Prominent is in good cosmetic condition, with an "aftermarket" accessory shoe attached to the top plate, as well as minor cosmetic surface wear. Shutter speeds are good from 1/2s and up (1s is a touch slow) and the included Voigtlander Ultron 50mm f2 lens is free of haze or fungus, with minor dust. Not a perfect collectible- the accessory shoe makes sure of that- but a great "user" Prominent in good working order.