Introduction camera for medium format?

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  1. aaronseymour

    aaronseymour TPF Noob!

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    Hey. I am interested in getting in to medium format photography but know only a little about how the various brands and makes compare in terms of price and quality. I am mostly interested in portraiture and landscape. What would people suggest for a second hand purchase? I don't need all the bells and whistles (AF etc) but would like something that I could expand on over time (rather than buying a TLR and then upgrading to a SLR later).

    Thanks.
     
  2. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm in the same boat. Been shooting 35mm for years with digital just entering into the picture recently. I collect older pentax's and just could not pass up a chance to get my hands on a Pentax 645 with 72mm f2.8 lens when it was offered to me to sweeten a deal on several cameras. Total cost of body, 72mm lens and a 120 back came to about $275. Its simple very similar feel to Pentax's ME line of 35mm bodies. For $135 I got a 150mm f3.5 to play arond with it.

    Simply put... the medium format produces some really nice images.....
     
  3. westman

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    i would suggest Bronica, Mamiya
    they are good and not too expensive
     
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    Mumfandc TPF Noob!

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    On the medium format megasite (http://medfmt.8k.com) there is an interesting example of "progression" into medium format...

    In my case, my first medium format camera was the plastic Holga toy camera :)

    My second was a Russian Kiev 88 (w/inaccurate shutter speeds, plus shutter curtain ripped later on!). Paid about $90 for this thing. Basically a Hasselblad imitation. Gave it away to my friend as a paperweight.

    My third was the Pentacon Six TL. Not very expensive (under $200 in very good condition) Nice optics (Carl Zeiss Jena) but it's very big and heavy, the viewfinder is VERY dim (plus cutoff) and much vibration from mirror-slap. Sold this one later on Ebay.

    My fourth was the Mamiya RB67 Pro-S. 6x7 format. Very large camera that's attached to a tripod almost all the time. K/L lenses are very sharp.

    My fifth (and favorite) after saving up, is the Hasselblad 500cm. I like it best because it's more portable than my Mamiya, and the Zeiss lenses are terrific.
     
  5. paul rond

    paul rond TPF Noob!

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    MF is at an altime low in price right now. You can get RB67s for $400 in great shape or Bronica ETRS for under $400. These cameras are amazing machines adn easy to use. Check out the forum classified sections such as this deal on PhotoNet, a great buy... http://www.photo.net/gc/view-one?classified_ad_id=615606

    Oh don't be fooled into thinking digital is cheaper, it's not. Paper is as expensive as by B&W double weight fiber paper and ink is about $100/set and you'll never be happy with the printer you have and the camera you buy today is obsolete in a year, or as someone put it, just been outdated. It seems film is timeless and consistant, with the exceptions of the gagets bells n whistles that aren't needed to make an image. A camera is only a box to hold your film in place while you open the lens, not a computer to interpret your images.

    Now the real question is do you want a good quality lens and a quality box, or as many gagets in a camera as you can get for your money?
     

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