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  1. duncanp

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    A lot has changed since i last posted god knows how long ago. i have rarely used my DSLR, processed around 20 rolls of my own film ^^ and printed some 16x12s at college. I am really enjoying film + darkroom and its pretty affordable as all my chemicals are free at college and i get discount film through work :D

    So, i am looking at jumping up a format and have started to look at MF cameras, then i realised i had no idea where to start... so i guess ive come crawling back :oops:. I'm looking for a complete set really and i'm not too bothered about picture dimensions either as i found myself cropping a lot of my digital photos square and i have good access to 120 film. I don't need some super high performance camera with rediculously fast shutter speeds or overly complex metering systems as im doing fine with my manual Canon.

    Overall, can anyone suggest a durable MF camera to start?

    Thanks,

    Duncan :)
     
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    Yashica TLRs with tessar style lenses are great cameras, and the price is usually right.
     
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    At the low end of the cost spectrum are the 120-burning twin-lens rigs. These were the standard until the Hassies and other modern rigs took over the field. The Rollei was king of the hill [and still commands premium prices,] but you can get a Minolta Autocord or YashicaMat and not bust the budget. While you're more or less limited to a standard [75mm/f3.5] lens, the negatives are a joy to work with. And you'll find the world is subtly different when viewed from your bellybutton.

    The next step up pricewise gets you into the single-lens reflex rigs. These are great to work with but the cost is way above the older twin-lens boxes.
     
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    duncanp TPF Noob!

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    thanks, any thoughts on the mamiya TLRs? the C330 etc
     
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    Wonderful cameras, but too big and heavy IMO. If I'm gonna haul that much camera I might as well be using a SLR. The simpler models (220? or something like that) have lighter, stripped down bodies, and use the same lenses (which is the important part).

    What are you shooting (subject matter)?
     
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    street, cityscapes, landscapes, portaits. well pretty much anything that takes my fancy. my main subject is mountainbiking, but MF will never be practical for that.

    as long as its not as heavy as a 30d + 70-200 2.8 i dont mind.

    another camera that catches my eye is the Bronica ERTSi which ive seen a few complete models for around £250, any advice on this?
     
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    I bought a Yashica D 2 weeks ago for $85 in near mint condition with leather case. I've only had a chance to shoot one roll, but it's fun to use. You'll need an external light meter for an older camera. I was using my D200 as an expensive meter when I shot the pics below.

    Yashica D TLR - a set on Flickr
     
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    speaking to a local MF user, he recommended the Bronica MF cameras, and more specifically the SQB as i like the square format. I was happy with the weight of his ERTSi so im probably goign to look more round the square format SLR area.
     
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    only issue is im having difficulty finding any SQ As or Bs from sources i am happy purchasing from, are there any alternatives to the SQ?
     
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    yea, bronica-wise im looking for the SQs mainly. its just that i cant find any locally


    edit: turns out LP has one over at his LCE store :p
     
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