Dipping toe in medium format water...help.

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  1. domromer

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    I'm seriously considering trying my hand at medium format photography. I've talk to a few friends who do it and they all recommend getting a Mamiya 645. Can some other medium format shooters chime in with some advice on what is a good beginner/under 500$ set up for someone new to the format.

    I'm currently watching this one on ebay. Do you think it's a good deal?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Mamiya-645-PRO-...oryZ3352QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I've heard good things about Mamiya, but have never used one. My MF is a Bronica ETRS, which I like a lot. The reason I went with Bronica is that they seem even less expensive than the Mamiya.

    I ended up paying about $125 for mine with speed grip, lens, prism finder, waist-level finder, and 120 back. Money well spent.
     
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    I am also a photographer who shoots with a Bronica. I got mine off of a wedding photographer who no longer shoots on film. There are plenty of great deals out there for someone like you who's interested in shooting MF. Check Ebay, B&H Photo Used Dept(they might be a little more expensive) or even photo stores. But do your homework and when you do decide to make a purchase you wont be disappointed. MF blows 35mm out of the water in terms of quality because of the image size. Thats what got me hooked about it.
     
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    That auction on Ebay does look like a good deal thou. For $300 thats a steal.
     
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    BUY IT. You'll need to buy a grip, though.
     
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    Max, you know as well as I that none of us on this forum really has a grip! :lol:
     
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    I have used the Pentax 645 for many years, and I still own and use one. The optics are great, and it shoots like a 35 mm, sort of. No inerchangeable backs, though. They are dirt cheap now.
     
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    Is there a certain size of medium format that is more popular for landscape photography?
     
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    The wider the better for landscape. Widest you'll see without going into the panoramic range would be 6x9 (2.25x3.25). At that size, you're looking at a press camera like a Graflex XL or a Mamiya Press. Something like a Fuji 690 would be superb but expensive. Otherwise, 6x7 would be your best bet. 645 is not an ideal format for landscape.
     
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    Are there any 6x7's that you could recommend looking at? I'm looking to spend less than 300$ on ebay.
     
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    Yes.

    6x17 panoramic.

    You'll only get four frames per roll I hear though.
     

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