Cost of Medium Format Film

Discussion in 'Medium Format & Large Format' started by Horace, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. gsgary

    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The Mamiya 7 will be my next camera to shoot along side my Leicas


     
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    If I invested a few hundred dollars in a camera system, I would rather treat it more carefully. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't store anything I cared about in my car. Moisture, temperature changes that can affect lubrication, bumps that could knock the mechanics out of whack, valuable item that can be stolen...
     
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    Even in a Pelican case ?
     
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    Like I said, maybe it's just me, but it seems silly to spend so much money on a camera kit, even more money on a fancy case, just to leave it in the car. If I want to leave a camera in a car for a "just in case" moment, I wouldn't be leaving anything expensive. I'd rather keep my important gear safe and sound at home and bring it out when I know I'm going to use it.

    And maybe I am also not bothered about having a "just in case" camera at every moment of my life. If I see a gorgeous sunset and don't have a camera with me, you know what I'm going to do? Say "Oh well, no camera" and then enjoy the damn sunset and not worry about it anymore.
     
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    I would never leave my Leicas in the car but I do have a Rollei XF in the car
     
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    Much of the year the weather is mild enough where I live that I wouldn't keep a camera with film in it in the car (sun turns it into a greenhouse even in cool weather!).

    The thought crossed my mind that a rangefinder might be an option then realized the OP was looking at 120 rather than 35mm; but that could be a way to get something used with a decent lens.

    If I leave a camera in the car it would be some old beater that looks like I've dragged it around hockey rinks for years (which I have). That nobody in their right mind would want to break into the car to get!

    A TLR seems like a good option to get into medium format.
     
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    All good advice and information here, can't add anything new. As an example to illustrate the posts about image quality of mid quality older MF cameras, this was on TriX, flat light overcast day, Welta Garrant.

    Lots of film with the 6x9 frame size, all the fun of shooting a nicely made vintage folder, but not the sharpness that a better designed and better quality lens is capable of.

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    I used to leave my water proof compact camera in the car (out of sight in the glove box) when the fantastic sunset scene came along the batteries were dead!
    My wife used her phone to record it...

    A bigger sensor than either would have been an improvement, but at least we got to enjoy the sunset (the kids were with a baby sitter!) and we still have a snap to remind us.
     
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    What's wrong with leaving an RB67 in a car, in an air-tight box?

    NOTHING! That's a GREAT place for an RB67! :048::1398::801::aiwebs_016::angel::apathy::calm::butterfly::chargrined::cheerful::clap::Clown::cocksure::cokespit::cold::concern::confused-55::confused-new::band::beaten::barbershop_quartet_member::BangHead:
     
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    From the way this post is going, I think I will probably end up getting a "Something" 67, probably the RB or RZ or something with a safe name that isn't too expensive on eBay. I would like to build something like this but with my Sony A6000 on top instead.

    Stunning Video of Paris Captured Through the Viewfinder of an Old Pentax 67
     
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    Does anyone know about the quality of the images coming out of a Mamiya M645? It seems to be from the 70's and the prices on eBay for this one seems to be the best so far now that I have eliminated many cheaper choices due to image quality concerns.
     
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    The Mamiya lenses I have for my Mamiya C330 are top notch so the ones for the 645 should be good
     

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