This is the big one. Nikon's FM2 was billed on its release in 1982 as ‘The Perfectionist's Nikon', designed to appeal to photographers who didn't buy into this new-fangled ‘Auto' business. Its shutter speed of 1/4000sec and flash sync of 1/200sec were unheard of at the time. It was the camera that captured Steve McCurry's ‘Afghan Girl', and who wouldn't love to see a lightning-fast full-frame digital camera with that classic look? If the rumour mill is to be believed, this one - whisper it - might just be happening...
Olympus has already dived headlong into the world of retro with its 1960s-inspired Pen series and the OM-Ds, so surely a remake of the XA2 wouldn't be too much to ask. Released in 1980, the XA2 had a novel clamshell design that protected the f/3.5 lens when it wasn't in use and also functioned as the on-off switch. A durable, point-and-shoot zone-focus camera, it was ideal for the rough-travelling photographer.
Kodak Brownie Hawkeye
It may look like a lunchbox, but the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye was much-loved and popular throughout the 1950s. A version with an enormous megaphone-esque flash on the side was also available, but we'd take it as it comes. You could fit a whacking great sensor in that box, and given that it doesn't exactly resemble a camera, it'd be perfect for unobtrusive street photography.
Even though it wasn't universally popular on its 1995 release, this was truly a camera that changed the world. It was the first camera to feature an LCD screen on its rear, a lean 1.8-inch one, and its lens was mounted with a novel swivel design that allowed it to point up and down independently of the body, which was popular for a time and honestly still sounds kind of cool. It's possible that someone other than Casio might have to take up these reins - Sony? Fuji? Get on it.
People have called this the greatest camera of all time. Beloved by photojournalists throughout the 1950s and 60s for its silent operation, pin-sharp focus and smart semi-automatic exposures that, as the great Ken Rockwell puts it, 'just takes pictures'. While the M-series has continued up to the relatively recent M9, many would say it hasn't quite recaptured the timeless quality of the M3 - Ken, for instance, calls the M9 ‘noisy and clunky compared to the smooth-as-silk LEICA M3'. It'd be fantastic to see that two-stroke shutter-cocking lever repurposed to another function - mode switching, perhaps?
Graflex Super Speed Graphic
We admit that this is silly. But think how big a sensor you could pack in there...