who handholds their RB67???

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  1. stradibarrius

    stradibarrius Member

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    I was just curious how many RB67 shooters handhold the camera?
     
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    I know a guy who does a lot of street portraits with an RB67 hand held.
     
  3. Uhner

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    Not anymore because I sold the beast, but I found it to be well-balanced and easy to use hand held.

    However, photographing people this way may be problematic because several seem to be intimidated by the size and appearance of the camera.
     
  4. Paul Sorensen

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    I usually use a tripod, but have done handheld shots also. I don't think it is ideal for that, but I have done fine.
     
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    I handhold the RZ67 ProII. A beast... :D

    RB6? Why not. I encourage a tripod though but you´ll manage without in some situations. Depends of course of the usage. Macro in dim light is out of the question where mirror release is required.
     
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    I do it with an RZ, not an RB. 400 and 800 films are wonderful for this, but I have also done it with 100 film in bright light. I use '400 whenever possible, '250 sometimes, and '125 every now and then. I have not tried to use anything longer than the 110mm lens for this. Shots come put plenty sharp for me.
     
  7. stradibarrius

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    I generally use my tripod but I was just curious if many folks use it handheld.
     
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    I prefer to use a tripod, but I have no problem using my RB handheld
     
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    I had an RB67 many years ago. I really liked it but I didn't like it enough to hold its hand. Handholding it... nahh. :smile:
     
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    Not me. But that's because I don't own one.

    (Note to self - stop smartar#e comments...!)

    Cheers,
    Gavin
     
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    I use one to photograph the family on days out. I bought the multi-angle grip but actually found it easier to use it without. I tend to use either the 90mm or 65mm. With the WLF it's actually rather nice to hand-hold, chunky but no heavier than one of those new fangled d*git*l thingies with the huge zoomamatic lenses.
     
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    I handhold mine regularly with no problems.

    The bigger problem is the neckache I get from carrying it around for hours at a time. :wink:
     
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    I handhold both with the trigger grip and prism finder, or with WLF and no grip. Also use tripod when I have subject that will hold still long enough.

    Jason
     
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    Me, however with the RZ. In fact, it's all I do with her.
     
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    I did (moved to RZ II now).

    was a joy to use with 400 speed films (TMAX and Portra). Every so often a shot would be blurred ever so slightly, but not noticeable unless in a large (ie 16x20) print.

    I'm working on getting a grip system engineered (by myself :smile:) in order to hand hold the rz even easier.

    -Dan
     
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    I rather use a tripod on my RB, but if push came to shove I can handhold it.

    Jeff
     
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    This nut-job, apparently:

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    he's got a pistol grip though-- does that count?

    Real men handhold their RB-- stick a 360 on the front and heft that puppy.
     
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    Do the sparkles count for nothing these days? I'm so far behind the times...
     
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    I handhold with a left-handed L grip, no problems. Wish the L grip had an MLU detent on the trigger though.
     
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    I hand hold my ProII usually with Pan F+ rated at 25. In the bright LA sun I can still in most cases keep my shutter speed at 1/125 and my F stop on my 110mm around F4 and a half to F5.6 and a half.
     
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    Tripod usually, but certainly handheld while doing studio-flash stuff where camera-shake isn't a factor. Sometimes hand-held outdoors with the 110/2.8.

    An RZ in my case.
     
  24. Jeff Searust

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    I heard an apocryphal story about the RB67 once that the Japanese designers were shocked when after it's initial sales in the US that some US photographers wanted a grip for it. Since it was designed as a studio camera, they let absolutely no weight saving measures be designed into it, and only an American would hold it handheld, this demonstrated to some of the engineers why they had lost the war.

    I always wanted to use it as a Paparazzi camera, thinking if anyone wanted to slug me they would have to get through 13 pounds of glass and metal first...LOL
     
  25. SchwinnParamount

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    I do, but then I have the Mamiya pistol grip that was sold with the camera. It is still a heavy beast but at least I can stablize it for a shot. I used to use it for wedding photography... back when I was a weight lifter.
     
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    Not owning an RB, I'm really not qualified to respond, but I love the feel of shooting with my GS-1, handheld with no grip and just the WLF. Stripped down, it's not that heavy, and I take something of a perverse pleasure in the mule-kick of the mirror. Once or twice I've forgotten myself and flicked the MLU before I remembered that you can't shoot handheld without a mirror. :D

    Cheers,