Mamiya RB67 questions!

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  1. Jarvman

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    Hi all, a few questions regarding the Mamiya RB67. I've been using a mamiya C330s and have been extremely happy with it. I'd like the option of being able to swap films mid-roll though. So now I would like a 6x6cm rollfilm camera with interchangeable backs to replace it. Does the RB67 allow 6x6cm backs? If so, how do people find using it for square format? The other option was a bronica. It might be nice to have a camera that allows two formats. However, maybe I should just limit myself to a less bulky 6x6 camera which doesn't give me the option of shooting anything other than square. Already juggling too many format view cameras at the moment really. Almost ruling out a hassy because of the cost. Cheers
     
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    The RB67 is 6x7 cm. There are several backs, the standard 6x7, the 6x4.5, and an automated back allowing 6x8 cm. You could just crop the 6x7 in the darkroom if you really wanted. I do occasionally, but like the option. It has rotating back, thus eliminating the need to rotate the camera. It is a very versatile camera. It is big, and requires muscles to use off tripod. I used it both in the studio, and the field. I love it.
     
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    If you want 6x6 with swappable backs, look at the Bronica SQ system. I have a minimalist Bronica SQ-B and love it. Never saw the point of getting a Mamiya RB/RZ and shooting anything smaller than 6x7.
     
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    oh ok thanks... but definitely no 6x6 back?
     
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    Take a look at www.araxfoto.com - very inexpensive 2.8 Zeiss glass available for these cameras (search Pentacon six)
     
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    With the Bronica SQ line of cameras, you can also get a 4.5x6 back, a 35mm back and a 35mmW (wide) back in addition to the 6x6 back. So you do have an option of formats.
     
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    You could always get another 330. Not that big of a difference $ wise.

    What kind of shooting do you do? The RB is a brick with glass strapped to one end and film on the other. I was shooting some water shots this week, gets me to thinking about a lighter camera...
     
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    JJB, that was an option. However, adding another couple of C330s to the arsenal would be like dragging round a sack of bricks! Ideally I'd like to have 3-4 interchangeable backs to allow for push+pull processing and infrared film.
     
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    Last time I saw a 6x6 back on ebay, it was for the rz. It's been a long time since I saw an rb 6x6 back, they simply weren't popular.
     
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    I think there is an option for a 6x6 back on an RB. I've been thinking about the same idea and I believe that with the P-adapter coupled with an M-adapter (vertical or horizontal) you could then attach one of those S-shaped multi-format film backs (6x4.5, 6x6 & 6x7) (6x4.5, 6x6 & 6x9) originally intended for the Mamiya Press cameras. With these backs, make sure they have the thin metal masks for 6x4.5 and 6x6. I'm at the point where I have everything but one of these multi-format backs. I even have the 6x4.5 & 6x6 masks, although, I doubt I'll use the 6x4.5 format. I'll keep you updated with my findings.

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    Cheers Marc, that'd be much appreciated.

    Gareth
     
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    By the way, some of this information is on the inside of the back cover page (essentially page 61) of the Mamiya RB67 Pro S instruction manual under "M-lock system accessories (for Mamiya Press)". That title may be a little misleading but what they mean is Mamiya Press accessories that will fit onto an RB body.

    Marc
     
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    You know the really nice thing about 6X7? It will crop to 6X6 really easy! A lot easier than a 6X4.5! I shoot both the RB-67 and C330 and like them both. If I have a scene I envision looking good square I just crop it when printing. Yea I know you lose a few shots per roll but when I shoot my 6X7 I only shoot 9 because 10 don't fit in my negative holders.
     
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    The only reason to shoot Medium Format is the size of the negative. Composition is something I like better in 6X7; so, I like the Mamiya RB