Your favorite medium format camera?

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A few years ago, I sold off all my medium format cameras, mostly Mamiya 645, RB67, and C330. They'd sat gathering dust since I converted to digital. A few months ago, I got the urge to start taking M/F transparencies again, and started looking for more equipment. After searching eBay, I found a Mamiya 645 Pro TL in Japan. It had nearly everything I needed to restart; $500, + $35 shipping. The Japanese are very conservative in their condition ratings. These items appeared nearly mint condition, but rated good by the seller. Everything works perfectly.
  • Body and A/E finder
  • 3 backs
  • 50-110mm zoom
  • 45mm f2.8
  • 4 extension tubes
  • 2x Mamiya T/C
Since then, I've picked up the following lenses for nearly "fire sale" prices:
  • 80mm f1.9
  • 500mm f5.6
  • 300mm f5.6
  • 210mm f4
  • 120mm f4 Macro
I just finished my first roll of Fuji Velvia ISO 50. It's being processed and scanned now.

The only glitches for many would-be film shooters are lab access(esp. E-6) and available repair resources.
 

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I sold my Hasselblad 500C/M three years ago and I'm very sorry about that...:BangHead:
Yup, I did that too. Ditched my 500C/M for the H1. I should never have ditched the 500C/M and just bought the H1 in addition to the 500C/M.

My poor H2 is dying to have a lens put on it. I forgot the amazing sound these massive mirrors make when they slap up.
 

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The only glitches for many would-be film shooters are lab access(esp. E-6) and available repair resources.

E-6 processing, even medium format, isn't difficult to find in the Detroit Metro area. The problem has been finding film. I'm buying from B&H right now. Both developers I've contacted also do hi-res scans, so I'm good to go on that. However, I have several hundreds of 6x4.5, 6x6, and 6x7 transparencies to be scanned, along with a few thousand 35mm slides. I think I'll probably buy a good scanner and start doing the job myself. Winter time up here is ideal for that kind of work.

I do worry a bit about potential repair. However, there's a great local repair shop here, and I've found a couple on line. I'm definitely going to get a second body, though.
 

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A few years ago, I sold off all my medium format cameras, mostly Mamiya 645, RB67, and C330. They'd sat gathering dust since I converted to digital. A few months ago, I got the urge to start taking M/F transparencies again, and started looking for more equipment. After searching eBay, I found a Mamiya 645 Pro TL in Japan. It had nearly everything I needed to restart; $500, + $35 shipping. The Japanese are very conservative in their condition ratings. These items appeared nearly mint condition, but rated good by the seller. Everything works perfectly.
  • Body and A/E finder
  • 3 backs
  • 50-110mm zoom
  • 45mm f2.8
  • 4 extension tubes
  • 2x Mamiya T/C
Since then, I've picked up the following lenses for nearly "fire sale" prices:
  • 80mm f1.9
  • 500mm f5.6
  • 300mm f5.6
  • 210mm f4
  • 120mm f4 Macro
I just finished my first roll of Fuji Velvia ISO 50. It's being processed and scanned now.

The only glitches for many would-be film shooters are lab access(esp. E-6) and available repair resources.

Not over here in the UK :bouncingsmileys:
 

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Well, I'm thinking my favorite is likely to be the Hasselblad H3D in the very near future, assuming it's still around.
 

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The Mamiya RZ67 by default since it is my only one.
 

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I miss my old black bodied Hasselblad 501cm. I also had a 500cm that was my first Hasselblad and served as a backup, but the 501 was just a wonderful work tool. Some days I'd go through a hundred rolls of film with alternating backs and it was just a joy to use, especially with the prism finder.

I'm seriously considering a move back to medium format, but it will have to be digital.
 
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Had one of those (graflex xl) when I was in the army but that was almost 50 years ago.


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Favorite is hard for me, I regularly shoot several that I love.

Pentax 645N, Fuji GW670III 90mm, Fujifilm GW690II 60mm, Debonaire FPP camera 645, and ye ole Holga 120 are regular shooters for me.
 

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