Cost of Medium Format Film

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  1. pixmedic

    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    not even in a pelican case?


     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I dunno about you guys, but I wouldn't be afraid of keeping my camera and digital back (once acquired) in the car with me.

    If you're going the 645 route instead of the 67, I would HIGHLY recommend going with at least a Super, Pro, or step up to the AF/AFD series. The Super and Pro offer interchangeable backs, and seem to be of much higher quality overall than the original M645s. I've had all 3 now, and I would say the 645AFD is the best BY FAR.
     
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    Horace TPF Noob!

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    Need some quick advice.

    Is this too good of a deal to pass up? Will this take photos comparable to a Mamiya 645 or RB67?

    Rolleicord
     
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    Horace TPF Noob!

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    I ended up going for it. $74 USD with shipping. Hope it was a good decision
     
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    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    i had a rolleiflex 3.5e with the built in light meter.
    good lenses and a reasonably inexpensive way to get into medium format.
    I imagine the rolleicord will be similarly decent.
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'll have to dig them out, but I had a Rolleicord I repaired some time ago and tested with film. Great cameras, but not for everyone. There's no THUMP of a mirror moving, so to some that's a little disconcerting.
     
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    The Rolleicord is a very good camera and I think that was a good deal, assuming everything works. The Rolleicord was a simpler, less expensive version of the Rolleiflex.

    When you get it, look up the serial number and you should get an idea of when it was made and what model it is (I can't see from the pictures) which will give you information about what kind of lens it's got and what the qualities of that lens are. The lenses are excellent, but they'll just have different qualities to them (especially with color rendering) depending on type and coatings.
     
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    Do you guys buy film locally or ebay it?
     
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    I buy locally when I can as I prefer to support my brick & mortar store.
     
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    I buy locally or on Amazon if the local shop is out. Which they frequently are...
     
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    I'll sometimes buy locally, but the selection for 120 is poor, so most of my stock comes from B&H or Adorama, sometimes Amazon, sometimes Freestyle.
     
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    Dave Colangelo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I buy 100% from BH at this point as their prices are far bellow my local shops. If I need something specific in a pinch I will buy local if I can but stocks are limited, generally I go BH and when ever Im in NYC I always make sure to stop in. To give a bit of a price idea B&H charges $4.69 for a roll of Delta 100 (at the time of writing this) that my local shop charges close to $8 for. While I generally support local (I always get my stuff processed locally) I really cant bite the bullet on those kind of local film prices. BH (for me in philly) is basically free next day shipping which never hurts.

    I would forego ebay film FWIW (unless you are looking for something out of production). You dont know how its been stored and you never know the quality. You can get more than enough options from whats still in production.

    As for the Rolleichords, I have a very early one (Model II I think) and its a great little camera. The only real difference from the flex's of the same era is that it does not have the combined film advance/cock lever. So the film is advanced separate from the shutter being cocked. Many like this as it allows for double exposures. The compur lens units in these cameras are pretty simple and easily cleaned if there are any issues. 50/50 chance your low speeds are going to stick a bit as that is pretty much par for the course with these cameras. A light application of napthal to thin the oil usually fixes this. I did a focus plane adjustment on mine with some ground glass as well as the lens had moved a bit over the years.

    It wont be long before you are going after a system camera....

    Regards
    Dave
     

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