Hello to all. Complete newbie here (in regards to medium format and also on APUG) ready to take the plunge into MF shooting. I apologize in advance since I know this topic has been discussed again but I have specific questions so please bear with me and if possible pls advise accordingly. After some research I am thinking to invest on a Mamiya 645 Pro kit (with back, prism, lens, grip) since it is both within budget and also seems to have all specs needed which are: Mirror lock-up (big fan of razor sharp landscapes) Full manual control Metering (definitely not willing to buy a meter) To be 100% honest I am not sure if I could even find a different version in the local used market and buying online is not something I would be really comfortable with, but anyway. So, to cut a long story short and in order to avoid becoming boring, the questions: The Mamiya 645 pro does indeed have all the 3 specs needed, correct? Are there any other important specs that a MF camera should have that the 645 Pro lacks and I don't know about? Would you consider the 645 Pro a "camera for life" ? (wife will kill me if I say in a couple of years I want another one..) Are there any other cheaper models that would be just as good? Is the grip really necessary/handy/helpful? If you had to choose between a 55mm lens and a 85mm which one would you go for? Any hot tips when inspecting a used one before buying, something to check thoroughly? If it does have metering, what kind does it have (center weighter, spot)? Just to know, does it have aperture and shutter priority? Many many thanks in advance for all the help!