First Medium Format

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by notx, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. notx

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    Well bit the bullet and my first medium format camera is on a ups truck coming to it's new home. I picked up a beast... GX680 Fuji.

    Can't wait for it to get here and to try it out:smile:

    Figured I would shout a hello to
    y'all!
     
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    Hello, notx.

    Congrats on the MF. After a near lifetime of 35mm, I've just acquire a MF too (Hassey 503CXi).

    Guess we're all "inheriting" MF gear from the "gone to digi, Pro crowd".

    Name here is George. What's yours?
     
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    That is a beast for MF. Enjoy it. Look forward to seeing some results.

    Rich
     
  4. notx

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    Thanks! My name is Rob, and some is true... but honestly I have an issue thinking many of these cameras are just being replaced by Digital. But I do use both.

    Thanks Rich, and I will post after I get some shots! Hopefully I will get to take this camera on a trip to Virginia City to give it a workout.
     
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    Holy Crap! When you jump, you Jump with both feet!
    Congratulations & good luck
    John
     
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    Yeah, you got yourself one good challenge from the start! I've seen many of these go for dirt cheap (compared to what they sold for as new). A good camera that will hopefully last you many happy years.
     
  7. notx

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    Is there any other way? Thanks!

    Which was one of the reasons it was possible! These have dropped to inanse prices.
     
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    Congrats Rob on your leap into MF. Those Fuji optics are tack sharp. I have two Fuji MF rangefinders and love the results I get from them.
    Enjoy and welcome to APUG!

    gene
     
  9. notx

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    Thanks Gene!

    I am looking forward to it! And soon I am going to have to pick my second lens... but not for at least a month or two (have to learn the system some).
     
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    Congrats on the "upgrade"..... I have been using my Mamiya TLR and Pentax 645 for about 2 years and ever since I bought them (2 weeks apart) I have not touched a 35mm.......

    I love everything about shooting MF.... From loading the film into reels, archiving is easier, and the quality is just awesome.... It has changed me as a photographer too.... I'm not sure if its havng less shots on a roll or just having an overall feeling that every shot is just so much more valuable, but I am shooting a lot less and getting a lot more.

    I am dusting off the Canon AE1's this weekend..... That will be fun.

    cheers
    jason
     
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    Well done Rob, they are beautiful cameras. Use it for a year and you'll look like Arnie or Sly. Have you got a big tripod ready?
     
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    Excellent choice Rob. I inherited a GX680 II as my first ever camera. I've since used a number of different cameras, but the Fuji is the one I grab first. There are a couple of guys on here - Thomas Sauerwein comes to mind first - that do really great work with the GX680. I'm sure you will love it. I just picked up the 80mm lens for about $250 on Ebay. At those prices, there is no better value in photography today IMO. Take care.

    Peter
     
  13. notx

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    I am hoping my Bogen 3021PRO will work... if not, then I forsee a quick trip to a camera shop.
     
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    Those lenses are achingly sharp. Now you'll need to budget for an APO enlarger lens to wring it all out! Have fun, that's a great, versatile rig.
     
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    My first MF is a holga. 10 rolls through it so far
     
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    It will only get better (or at least sharper).:D
     
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    Not to mention contact sheets are easier to examine! (Old eyes :smile: )
     
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    WERD!!!!! (Even on fairly young eyes)
     
  19. notx

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    Well... five rolls down... only one roll for what the camera was designed for... and yet to do a portrait. I will probubly do a couple today as the day goes on.

    Hopefully I will have all my slides and negaties back by thursday:smile: