Medium format camera recommendation

Olivermuk

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Hi all

I'm after a recommendation of a medium format camera.

Budget about £300 and ideally something that's easy to focus and that supports easily available/affordable lenses.

I'm a long time 35mm film user and just kinda fancy playing with something else.

Not looking at doing anything with it other than playing and taking cheesy photos.

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Good question. I elected to go with a Mamiya C220, equipped with the 80mm f/2.8 lens. Unless you are experienced with waist-level view finding (flipped perspective), you should also invest in an eye-level viewfinder. Warning, if you take it out in public, you are almost guaranteed to have someone strike up a conversation about your old-school camera.
 

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If you are thinking about medium format ... I suggest go square !!!
I loved that format, since I had been shooting 35mm for the longest time.
I did have the C330 TLR, but I found the lenses cumbersome ... I switched up to the Bronica SQ-A.
Bronica SQA will be cheaper than any Hasselblad.
 

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Do you really WANT interchangeable lenses?

Generally that adds bulk and cost to the camera.
A simple TLR is generally "good enough" to play with for MF, and are more affordable.

You should budget a CLA. Those old leaf shutters can be gummed up after 40+ years of non-use, and the shutter speeds are likely not accurate. If you are lucky, the shutters are close, but how to test? You will need a shutter speed tester $$$, IF you can find one.
If you have an interchangeable lens camera, like the Bronica or Hasselblad, and maybe the Mamiya C220/330, you will have a shutter in every lens. So the total CLA cost will go up, with each lens you get.

I do not think that MF cameras are "easy" to focus, at least in comparison to a 35mm SLR. But I have not had any trouble with most of the ones that I've used. I made good use of the pop up magnifier. You get used to it after a while, and it becomes a non-issue.

The reversed left/right is one of the "problems" when using a WLF. Subject goes left, but in the WLF, the subject goes right :boggled: But like focusing, you get used to it after a while. At least the image isn't upside down, like with a LF camera.
 

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Good quality medium format gear ain't cheap any longer. Japan now seems the place where you'll find an assortment of good quality 645/6x6/6x7 system gear. Not to pour cold water on things but MF is tough to get fixed now. Once pros switched to digital well over a decade+ ago, the MF ecosystem steadily collapsed--pro labs and competent repair techs being the main casualties.

Rather than TLRs, I'd suggest newer 645 SLR system cameras from Mamiya, Pentax and Bronica. Any of these with a "normal" equivalent 70-80mm lens will give you negatives with way more resolution than a 35mm neg can deliver.
 

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I opted for a Mamiya RB67. Built like a tank...and weighs almost as much, body, back, viewfinder and a couple of lenses come in at under $800. I have some 67 backs and a 645. It's fully mechanical, no battery, so it won't suddenly become an expensive paper weight. The 5 element lenses produce stunning bokeh and micro contrast.
 

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