- Sep 2, 2003
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Yeah, I have a Mamiya Super 23, with both the 6x7 and 6x9 film backs. It's a fuuuuuun camera to shoot, but for me, the film backs are heavy and awkward. Definitely not even a consideration for this go-around. Plus, I don't want to fool around with the dark slide when I'm off hiking around.MaxBloom said:I've been looking at the Mamiya 645 system for a while now, and am probably going to purchase one in the next couple months. I looked at all of the 645 models, and after some long deliberation decided to go with a 645 Super or a 645 Pro for a couple reasons. The biggest reason I'm looking at a 645, as opposed to something like an RB67 or a GX680 is weight. The bodies of the newer models are quite a bit lighter, and the metering prism on the 1000s is extremely heavy compared to the AE prism for the Super and Pro models. The other thing that really hooked me are the film backs. I had originally been tempted to spring for the Pentax 645, but the inserts just killed me. I definitely wanted interchangeable backs, something that the 1000s lacks as well.
Eventually I'll end with a lighter, more modern (read: plastic) body, either Pentax or another Mamiya, because I still want an AF system. That will be the ultimate. But for now, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the 1000S with the 2 accompanying lenses doesn't weigh any more than, say, my Pentax MZ-S with my 85mm lens attached.
If I get it, I will probably only add the portrait lens and the super wide angle (35mm lens I think) and be pretty happy for the next few years. And let the prices continue to fall on the now-newer models. :thumbup:
Charlie: did you have a 645, or an RB/RZ? Those babies are cannonballs! We shot a lot of weddings with each, and while the pictures were the final argument for the systems, I came to regard them as studio-only cameras. The larger size and weight don't lend themselves well to a hike!
Till now, my only MF forays have been the Agfa Super Isolette and the Holga. What I've wanted to step up to MF that mimics 35mm - something portable, with interchangable lenses, etc. I'm not a big fan of square format, either. Personal preference. 645 answers the call.