This forum has been a bit quiet recently. To liven it up, I propose that folks list the cameras they have owned sorted by perceived quality, with brief explanation. If for no other reason, it might be entertaining to see how our opinions differed from those of review sites and "common wisdom". Here is my list, grades are from A-F ("A" being "Excellent"), relative to the time the cameras were in use. Group A: ------- * Praktica PLC3 http://www.praktica-users.com/cams/l/plc3.html East German equivalent of Pentax K1000. Simple, reliable, consistent. Good viewfinder. Split prism surrounded by microprism and nice ground glass made it easy to focus manually. * Canon AE-1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_ae-1 The best consumer-grade Canon film camera ever made. Never malfunctioned in all the years I owned it. Smooth cycle and operation. Simple but accurate light measurement. * Olympus 3040Z http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusc3040z/ So early in the digital camera age and so far ahead of its time. Beatiful construction, features still not present on compacts today, even remote control was standard. Bright lens helped produce silky smooth pictures at low ISO. The only thing Olympus 3040Z lacked was articulated LCD. Group B: ------- * Korelle K http://corsopolaris.net/supercameras/half/korellek.jpg Half-frame film camera from the 1930s. Nice lens (Zeiss Tessar f/2.8), chronometer-grade mechanism. With minimal maintenance never malfunctioned in 40+ years. * Start 66 http://mradamczyk.one.pl/polskie/start-ang.htm Simple and reliable twin-lens reflex. Decent lens. Good image quality for such an inexpensive camera. Built to withstand serious abuse. * Canon FTb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_FTb Consumer-grade version of Canon F1. A little rougher in execution than AE-1, but very reliable. Cloth shutter. All mechanical, all manual. * Canon A610 http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/A610/A610A.HTM Member of the best line of Canon compacts (A95-A610), unfortunately now abandoned. With 5 Mp, less bulk, and articulated LCD still matched the image quality of my Canon G10. Group C: ------- * Hitachi MPEG1 http://images.digitalkamera.de/News/MN-HitachiMPEG.jpg Revolutionary in its day - and also ridiculously overpriced ($2500). Could store thousands of pictures on a microdrive. Image quality was mediocre due to overly aggressive compression that could not be changed. * Nikon D200 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond200/ I know I will be shot for this, but D200 never spoke to me. For all its bulk and weight, it seemed like noise above ISO 400 was excessive, and the anti-aliasing filter was way too heavy-handed. * Canon G10 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canong10/ Cut the number of megapixels in half, build a decent hood for the LCD (how come Hitachi MPEG could have it but Canon can't figure it out years later?) or make it articulated, and cut down a little on the bulk (make it wider but shave some thickness), and it could be a great camera. G10 has lots of good info displayed on the LCD, too bad you can't see it in bright light. Group D: ------- * Praktica MTL3 http://www.praktica-users.com/cams/l/mtl3.html Sub-par execution. Electronic display in the viewfinder had insufficient granularity and poor reliability. * Nikon FG http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_FG Small, consumer-grade Nikon. Took nice pictures, but horrible ergonomics (top wheel protruded just enough to be constantly changed by mistake when carrying the camera) doomed it for me. * Canon SD1000 http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_sd1000-review/ Great form factor, good ergonomics, good controls for such a tiny camera. Too bad the focus tends to wander around. It should default to hyperfocal infinity, but who knows where it goes when it can't obtain a lock, and it happens a lot. Unfortunately, it then obliterates all details in out-of-focus areas with heavy-handed noise reduction, even at the base ISO. Great for shooting from relatively close distance in good ambient light. Otherwise, set focus to infinity manually. Too bad you can't make it a default. Group F: ------- * Zenith E http://www.rus-camera.com/camera.php?page=zenit&camera=zenite Rust bucket. Nice idea with lousy execution. Some of the interior metals belonged on gardening tools, not in precision instruments. Right spool was angled from birth causing uneven film tension during winding.