First MF camera!!!

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by schwefel, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. schwefel

    schwefel Member

    Messages:
    79
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Location:
    Caledonia, W
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Well, I just bought my first MF camera, an RB67 Pro-S. Yeh, I would have like a Pro-SD, but could not justify the price difference. Maybe upgrade the body one day in the future.

    I am excited, cannot wait for it to arrive. The even gave me next day shipping at the 2 day price so I will get it before the holiday.

    (And, yes, I made sure to order film too. :tongue:)

    Jason
     
  2. paul ron

    paul ron Member

    Messages:
    1,864
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Location:
    NYC
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    The camera is a tank but you'll love it once you get use to it. Shooting is a bit weird in the begining with double cocking for every frame. But that gives you time to think about the next shot.

    Get a real sturdy strap for it. Sling it over your head n over a shoulder, adjusted for the right eye height when you swing it up to shoot. That way you won't walk around like a hunchback with an anchor around his neck.

    What I especially enjoy is the revolving back. It really makes a difference you worn't notice till you sling a Bronica or Pentax and have to do portraits instead of landscape frames.

    I can never use a WLF with so much stray light coming in, I use a chimney finder instead with the adjustable diopter. It blocks all the stray light, is leight weight compared to a 4LB prism adn is very handy for critical focusing.

    Enjoy your new toy.
     
  3. David Brown

    David Brown Subscriber

    Messages:
    3,595
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2004
    Location:
    DFW, Texas
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Tripod ... :wink:
     
  4. schwefel

    schwefel Member

    Messages:
    79
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Location:
    Caledonia, W
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Tripods? I don't need no stinking tripod. As the shirt my wife got me for Father's Day says: Strong Like Bull

    :D


    Jason
     
  5. Moopheus

    Moopheus Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,083
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2006
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Smart like Tractor?
     
  6. schwefel

    schwefel Member

    Messages:
    79
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Location:
    Caledonia, W
    Shooter:
    Medium Format

    No, smart like chickin. Tractors have no brains. Sheesh, a tractor.


    Oh well, one piece at a time.

    Jason
     
  7. Curt

    Curt Subscriber

    Messages:
    4,561
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2005
    Location:
    Pacific Nort
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    What no lenses? Add one of those long ones on and you will really feel like a boat. When I got my Pro S just recently and put on a tele then placed it on a tripod I started to wonder why they don't make helium bags for tripods. I need to weigh the thing and see if it's as heavy as the Calumet C1!


    I have never laughed so much in my life, BTW I had a tractor once that I swore had a brain of its own.
     
  8. schwefel

    schwefel Member

    Messages:
    79
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Location:
    Caledonia, W
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Helium balloons are so 20th century. My anti-grav camera plate is almost ready. It will screw on to the tripod mount. That is why I got the RB, it is built like a tank. During testing, if it fails, I am not worried about the camera dropping. It was either that or use the kids to test. For some reason the wife took umbridge at using the kids. Women, never figure them out. This will revolutionize the photo industry, I tell you.
     
  9. panastasia

    panastasia Member

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2007
    Location:
    Dedham, Ma,
    Shooter:
    Med. Format Pan
    Good choice - the best bang for the buck. The Pro-SD was designed to take the 75mm shift lens and the 500mm APO. Unless you plan to buy these (very heavy) lenses, the upgrade isn't necessary. Have fun!

    P.S. I made a short hand strap that extends over in front of the WLF (approx. 6-7" long) which makes it easy to move it around. I hate shoulder straps, they get in my way and the camera swings around too much with much momentum because of the weight. Good luck!

    Paul
     
  10. Curt

    Curt Subscriber

    Messages:
    4,561
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2005
    Location:
    Pacific Nort
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Where is it attached to the camera, at the factory mount locations? Is it like a standard strap but shorter, the six to seven inches you state? Sound like a good way to the pick it up.

    Curt
     
  11. photogolf

    photogolf Member

    Messages:
    121
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2006
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Enjoy the camera..these RB's are fun and will result in some great pictures.
     
  12. panastasia

    panastasia Member

    Messages:
    625
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2007
    Location:
    Dedham, Ma,
    Shooter:
    Med. Format Pan
    Yes Curt, I used the metal clips that come with the shoulder straps (KEH sells the metal clips separately) and made my own nylon short strap - long enough to fit my hand through - attached to the factory mounts. It stays clear of the WLF when open or closed.

    It gives me a way to pick the camera up with one hand, especially when it's tucked in a backpack. It also makes it easy to set it on a tripod, or just walking around with it in one hand.

    Paul
     
  13. Curt

    Curt Subscriber

    Messages:
    4,561
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2005
    Location:
    Pacific Nort
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    .

    Thanks Paul I'll have to make one.

    Curt
     
  14. Ralph Javins

    Ralph Javins Member

    Messages:
    832
    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2008
    Location:
    Latte Land,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Nice. A group with a sense of humor. And in good physical condition, too.

    Lets's see, now. The camera weighs 4.5 pounds, so the tripod should weigh at least 9.0 pounds. Yup, got that covered with the old Davis & Sanford.

    Enjoy; Ralph Javins
     
  15. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Subscriber

    Messages:
    9,082
    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Location:
    Ryde, Isle o
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    There's plenty of that. And plenty of good advice too. Wecome to APUG.

    I'm not going to offer any advice as I have just about all medium format formats covered and all of the cameras are good for their individual reasons such as a lightweight 6x6 folder for taking on walks, an RB67 for appearing eccentric with (actually, that last reason covers me with any of my cameras!).


    Steve.
     
  16. schwefel

    schwefel Member

    Messages:
    79
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Location:
    Caledonia, W
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    I prefer the "because I can" argument. :smile: If I did not need to purchase holders, dev holders, a dev tank, etc, I would have a 4x5. (I eventually will, but that is for another day.)

    I can, I like it, you can keep your little P&S cameras (digi, APS or 35mm).

    Ok, I just workup from a nap and will stop rambling.