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Old 01-22-2004, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am considering buying my first medium format camera in next month or so. I am really asking for advice on what medium format would be best to start with but yet has capability to grow.

I really dont know if will need the 6X7 format or if I will just shoot 6X4.5. one criteria for sure is that it needs good capabilities within studio setting using strobes. And this is being done on an entry level budget.

Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Medium Format questions
Old 01-22-2004, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lots of choices here: you might want to purchase used Hassy equipment. Given everyone's (or so it seems) switch to digital, there's lots of used equip for sale. I've had lots of success building my medium format equip needs on Ebay. If you're looking for rangefinders instead, Mamiya and Fuji are also good choices. Happy hunting.
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switched from mamiya to contax
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Last summer I switched to Contax 645 system. Same Zeiss lenses as the Hassy, more reasonable body prices, 645 format which I love, and the best one button focus system in the business. Its an auto focus system that is independent of the shutter, which really works awesome and sold me on the camera.

Only drawback is 1/125th flash synch, which is tough after 2 years of D1X and high shutter synch speeds. But you will love every other feature, including a dead-on meter and built-in flash meter.

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Re: Medium Format questions
Old 01-22-2004, 11:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mamiya 7 rangefinder is small, light and no limitation of sync speeds in the studio. I have been a medium format user for 20 years and love the 6 X 7 negative. The prints seem to pop when printed properly. 90% of my printing is 11 X 14 and it tests the quality of the camera. I bought it with the 200mm lens for portraits.

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Re: Medium Format questions
Old 01-22-2004, 11:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've used Bronica for the past five years. Never really had a problem. I use the SQ-Ai (6x6). The only drawback I've found is when the batteries die there's no shutter operation. The Hassleblad will keep operating at a certain shutter speed.

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Re: Medium Format questions
Old 01-23-2004, 01:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well that narrows down your choices drastically. I have been using a Hassy H1 and can not recomend it more. Quick focus....sharp lenses..good weight and heft..... loverly camera all in all...


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grief about this...but just like everything else there are porsche, lexus, and BMWs (personally i prefer the later)....anyway take your time and get what feels good to you, moving from 35mm to medium is not a small step investment wise, everything becomes more expensive..some very expensive compared to what you were paying for items....

add the pentax 645N to your list to look at...just to broaden your choice...and take your time in choosing....

Finally, GO RENT ONE.. no 2 diff ones at least and use them....then decide.

Good luck
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$20 -- no brainer.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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Re: Medium Format questions
Old 01-24-2004, 03:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you all for you comments and suggestions.
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Old 01-24-2004, 03:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I love my Bronica SQAM (motorized) system. Years ago Camera & Darkroom said the SQA was the best all around MF camera out there. Maybe not #1 in a particular catagory but performed exceptionally in every catagory so overall the author rated it best of the bunch.

I worked and managed a couple different camera stores and talked to 1,000's of photographers and it's always been Hasse and Bronica getting the best comments.

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