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Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by BobbyR, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. BobbyR

    BobbyR Member

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    Having done a search on Ebay, the Mamiya 1000s seems to sell for quite reasonable prices.
    I have not checked to see what other makes are selling for, but in used form are these camera far more affordable now than they once were, or are there problems?
     
  2. Drew B.

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    the 1000S is a good model..but is quite heavy when compared with the super and Pro models.
     
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    I had a 1000s for about 4-5 years and it never failed me. The only reason I sold it was because I wanted a 645 with removable backs. It's a great camera, though.
     
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    I have been shooting an eBay 1000s for 5 years and love the camera. It was my first MF camera moving up from a 35mm. Some people make a big deal about the no removable back issue. To me it never was that big a deal. You can't change mid-roll on a 35mm so no real difference on the 1000s plus with 120 you only get 15 shots per roll. I do have 3 extra inserts and the little black boxes to hold them. Mamiya still has the shutters for them if it does blowup--their a cloth shutter.

    Anyway I would get one if you want to try it. I still love mine. Use it a lot, I also have a RB-67 ProS.
     
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    I don't know about the Mamiya but the Bronicas have seen a creep up in price the last year.

    One thing the latest models aren't much more expensive then the latest. Not much point paying almost the same money for an older camera that has likely seen more use and almost always has less features.
     
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    But I got my Mamiya M645j from eBay about four years ago and the prices are currently about 30% beneath those prices of yore.
     
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    Ther's nothing like the "ka-chunk" sound of the Mamiya shutter :smile:. Not so good for surreptitious shots!
     
  8. Delft

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    They have a robust build. The foam in the light-trap may need replacing. A single body can be cheaper than a separate back for a 645 pro or super. Lenses are affordable too.

    Happy shooting,

    Dirk
     
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    I have the newer versions (Super, and Pro) and prefer them to the older bodies due to handling and weight concerns.

    If I were you, I would consider as well what sorts of accessories you might want. Some of the older versions are quite old, and items like metering finders may be harder to locate in working condition.

    Of course, the big advantage of the Mamiya 645 system is that all manual focus lenses are fully functional with all manual focus bodies, and at least usable on the newer AF bodies.

    Matt
     
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    They are a great camera... simple with little to go wrong on them.

    I have a 1000S that I'm actually thinking about selling... only because I have two ProTLs and the 1000S just ends up sitting around. If interested, e-mail me for the details.

    Mike
     
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    :confused: Where are you shopping?

    From KEH:
    1000s Body EX Condition $179

    Pro/Super 120 Back EX Condition $89-$109
     
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    Heavy can be good as it has a higher inertia. More inertia means a larger force must be used to make it move.

    I have an old 1000s and a newer super and pro. The super and pro get used more because of the film backs and lighter weight, but I haven't ditched my 1000s either.