Is there anything more portable than a TLR?

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  1. mctb

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    I am looking to start shooting medium format. I shoot digital and 35mm and would like to venture into the larger frame stuff. I have been looking around and am about 90% certain that it will be a TLR. Portability is key. I am not interested in something that requires a tripod 100% of the time. If I am doing landscapes, tripod is no big deal. If I am walking around, I would not mind being able to just shoot. The other advantage of the TLR is the ease at which I can take a waist level photo (less obvious than shoving a camera in my face and pointing it at someone).

    Am I unfairly missing anything before I shell out my money?


     
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    Lots of folding medium format cameras are more portable than a TLR. For portability I like my 6x4.5 Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515 - it literally fits in my trouser pocket.
     
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    You could look into folders: Medium Format In Your Pocket - Article at CleanImages.com
     
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    The TLR worn on a short neckstrap offers pretty good stability when you push downward on the strap, and hold the camera firmly on the lower chest to upper belly area. The strap makes a great steadying device. The TLR is also a huuuuuuge conversation-starter these days. The last time I took my TLR to the beach, I was approached by numerous, numerous people over a whole day, asking questions about my "antique camera", etc; depending on how one looks at it, that could be a good thing, or a not so good thing.

    The Fuji rangefinder and the Mamiya 6 and Mamiya 7 are new, modern, nifty cameras. TLR prices range from Made in CHina, used Seagull level pricing, Yashica-Mat prices, Rolleicord, Mamiyaflex 220 and 330 price points, to exotic Rolleiflex models with gold plate and lizard skin coverings.
     
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    I've just bought a wonderful Fuji GW690lll which gives you a 6x9 negative

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    My TLR balances perfectly on my big belly. The only thing it's good for.

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    The TLR or your belly?
     
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    Depends on how you'd use it (a camera, not JC's belly!). I like a waist level finder sometimes, but a folder can be more handy to carry around.

    The only thing you might be missing is that it could be inevitable that eventually you'll end up with both. Or more than one of each. And some plastic too while you're at it because those midcentury cameras are cheap and too cool to pass up... that's how it is for me anyway! lol
     
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    I thought about the Fuji rangefinders but I am just not a rangefinder kind of person. I like to see what my lens sees.

    Folders? What price bracket am I looking at with those? I would ask about the bellows but since I am looking at something compared with a Mamiya, I already kind of know the details.
     
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    Just read through this. Great information!
     
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    With a rangefinder you see more than the lens which I find better, I only shoot rangefinders

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