Mamiya RZ67 vs Bronica SQ-Ai

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Jarvman, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Jarvman

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    Ok, I've got an opportunity to buy an RB67 later. However, I enjoy using the 6x6 square format. I'm still unsure whether it's possible to shoot 6x6 on the Mamiya RB. ideally it'd be nice to have one camera that can shoot 645, 66 and 67. Also, how do Mamiyas lenses compare to Bronica's. I've been using a C330S TLR and so far I've been unimpressed. It's a tricky decision.
     
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    Sorry, the title should say RB
     
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    RB backs are available in 6X4.5, 6X7 & 6X8. I believe I've read on the forum that 6X6 were made also, never seen one though.
     
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    Jarvman,

    I have owned two Bronica ETRS cameras which I sold and currently have two RB67s. As far as the lens quality goes I cannot say there is much difference from my experience although the ETRS was in the 645 format and the RB is 67. The big difference I found is in the weight of the cameras. I handheld the ETRS and only tripod mount the RB. I used the ETRS as a walk-around camera on outings and the RB for studio portraiture and still life. I prefer the RB because they seem to be better quality. I remember the Bronica being primarily plastic, but it did have TTL metering which the RB does not. Two different cameras really.
     
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    I was so stunningly unimpressed with the C330 TLR I was given with a full set of lenses (65mm, 80mm, and 250mm) and almost every accessory that you could buy for it, that I traded it all in for a Hasselblad and never looked back.

    Perhaps you will have a better experience with a RB or Bronica SQ-Ai

    Steve