Which 645 do you suggest

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  1. Sw1tchFX

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    The Fujinon lenses are super-duper sharp, no question. What they lack though is character. They're very clinical. Than again, most people shooting an H-series camera are generally looking for clincial.


     
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    Sorry, I must have spaced.

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love to own one though.
     
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    Without reading through all of these... I recently (a month or two ago) got a Fuji GA645zi and am LOVING it for shooting medium format easily :) The KEH Outlet on ebay had another listed today I noticed too!
     
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    I actually thought that the Bronica SQ-AM (built-in motor and handgrip!) and its ability to shoot 645 "talls" was a super-duper advantage of the Bronica SQ-series bodies, so...I bought one!!!! I don't know how much lighter a 645 Bronica like the ETRs series "is", versus an SQ body....it's probably a lot lighter than the massive SQ-AM and its bulky, heavy metering prism added, to get that nifty half-stop shutter control and to get eye-level focusing, viewing, and shooting. Yestersay, I ran ito this fellow, shooting a 50-megapixel Hassy and 50-110mm zoom lens. Talk about a monster outfit--it's about the same size as a Bronica SQ-AM with its built-on grip-and-motor!!

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    Lose the motor, lose the camera. The main reason SQ-AM bodies are cheap.
     
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    That 50-110 sucks donkey balls, the only reason anyone uses it is to look like they've got a big camera. Guy's a complete tool if he's just walking around waterfront park with that.
     
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    So like you shoot with one regularly when it's not attached to the burro?
     
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    More than a few times.
     
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    Really? Then share some shots. Otherwise...
     
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    Maybe I'm an outlier, but the best 645 I've shot was a 500c/m (or EL..) with an A12 back. That eliminates the whole vert/horizontal angst.
     
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    645 Refers to the format, 6x4.5 cm, the 500cm is a 6x6cm camera....
     
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    Somehow the irony gets lost when typing...

    I've been shooting for the better part of 4 decades, having used every major brand of 645, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9 camera over that time.

    My outfit now consists of a Hassy outfit and an RB. While there's nothing inherently "wrong" with 645, many times I find myself thinking "that would look better as a horizontal (or vertical)". The nice thing about 6x6 is that the horizontal/vertical composition can be decided when looking at a contact sheet (or trannies on a light table, at least for a little while longer....).

    If I had to shoot 6x4.5, it would be a Contax, thankfully I don't have to make that choice.

    erie
     

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