Opinions Please: Mamiya M645 Pro-TL

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by honeydo, May 25, 2008.

  1. honeydo

    honeydo Member

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    Thinking of the Mamiya M645 Pro-TL. But, as I've not gotten to try cameras or hold them and there is no where to do that around here, you guys are the next best thing! So let me have it! I do a lot of photo of kids/people as well as nature.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Greg_E

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    It's a decent camera especially with the motor drive mounted so that you can hang onto it. There is also left hand grip that can hold a flash unit. Several different viewfinders including at least one that is metered and has diopter correction.

    After that all I can tell you is that the motor drive that takes the 2cr battery is lighter and quieter (belt drive).

    Not really sure what info you are after so I don't really know what to give you.
     
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    I have accumulated an extensive 645 Pro (not TL) kit. It is fantastic. The 645 negative is great for 11 X 14 fine art prints and can go to 16 X 20 with care. It is a very affordable way to do the Zone. I bought everything used either from the big auction or KEH. I have no remorse. I shoot with a fellow that has extensive Hasselblad equipment. I cannot see a difference in negative quality comparing the same film and situation. There are so many lens and accessories available for the 645. The weight and size with a motor drive is perfect. Mine with batteries and a F80 macro lens weighs less than five pounds. It is a great street shooter or tripod camera.
     
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    I'm thinking there is a good reason I can't find many of these for sale.......
     
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    The TL is the newest manual focus and has ttl-otf flash control. if you don't need the ttl-otf then the Pro body is just as good. Even the first generation of the AF body is starting to come down to almost reasonable prices, and they will take the manual focus lenses, just that metering is not coupled.
     
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    645 Pro TL, 3 lenses, prism viewfinder, case for $900. Excellent condition. Good price?
     
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    That seems high but it depends on the three lenses and prism finder. Is a motor drive included? If not then its is high. Check KEH for to compare apples.
     
  8. honeydo

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    No drive, but I have an email to see about which finder it is.

    KEH's highest package is $751 and has:
    645 Pro TL Body
    AE Reflex Finder
    80mm f/2.8 Lens with Lens Hood
    Pro 120 Film Magazine
    Power Winder Grip
     
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    The non AE finder is a lot less expensive, so it might do if you prefer a handheld meter. I have had a 645 Pro and a Super in the past, really nice, didn't fit what I needed them for as well as an RB67, so I went that direction, but there are times I miss the easy handholding abilities of the 645. For Landscapes, and more formal portraiture, I absolutely love the RB67. For candid and hand held shots, the 645 is awesome.

    I have been out of the market for a while so I am not sure about the prices. However, if the prices don't beat KEH pretty handily, I would want to buy from them to get the guarantee and return privilege, unless you know the seller and really trust them.
     
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    I'm in the process of making the switch, but because I'm tired of dealing with 35mm setups. Getting everything from KEH, a name I've trusted for years. All I've got left to buy is a back or 2, and wide-angle plus portrait lenses. The 80mm N is due here tomorrow. This is just to keep me in MF with a more 35mm feel.

    I've used the Mamiya 7 about 8 years ago, but the lenses were too soft, so dumped it and stayed with Rollei and Contax G for Zeiss. My Rollei TLRs with the outstanding Zeiss glass, lightweight, fast use features will remain my main cameras.

    Rolleijoe
     
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    It's a camera I will buy at some stage to replace my ageing M645J and 1000S. The newer Mamiya 645's are great camera's and people tend to hang on to them, because they are such nice cameras to use. The lenses are superb, even the earliest, and they aren't too expensive second-hand.

    I've used Mamiya's Rollei's and Bronica's and the Mamiya lenses can hold their own.

    Ian
     
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    The 1000s should work for a long, long time. I have one of those too, no plans to replace it at any time.