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  1. #11

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Yukon, OK
    Medium Format
    If you know you are only going to use one roll at a time and not switch different films out, then don't worry about additional backs.....get some inserts instead. I have loaded up to 5 inserts with the same film and gone out and shot the crap out of locations and subjects. It allowed me to not waste time unloading and loading film all the while missing that potential shot that was going to be the award winner.

    Of course, I do highly suggest getting another back or two.....at least one back and one or two inserts for each type of film will give you maximum flexibility if needed. Leave what you don't need for the day at the house or hotel to keep the load light. I have found it nice to be able to throw a dark side into a back, slip on another type of film and continue shooting at the right location. I mostly have used color film for 99% of what I do on my 645 Pro, but am starting to be drawn to the power of black and white.

    I can't really recommend a wide lens because I haven't got one for my 645, but am considering like you to get one. I am getting away from the long lenses (in 35mm and MF) and getting more into wide (mainly with 35mm).....thankfully options are reasonable for us.

    Bob E.
    Nikon F5, Nikon F4S, Nikon FA, Nikon FE, Nikon N90, Nikon N80, Nikon N75, Mamiya 645 Pro, Mamiya Press Super 23, Yashica Lynx 14e, Yashica Electro GSN, Yashica 124G, Yashica D

  2. #12

    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    New York
    Large Format
    I would say I need two backs, one for color and one for B/W. Depending on the scene or where I'm at I'll choose one of the two. Plus if I know I'll be in and out of building all day like in London it would be good to have Portra 160 in one back and Portra 800 in the other.

    I have the 80/2.8 right now and thinking of the 55/2.8. My bag is small and I only have room for the camera, a 2nd back and a 2nd lens, 4 filters and 8 rolls of film. Looking back at all my 35mm travel shots I'd say 50% are taken with my 50mm, and 30% with my 28mm, and even those seem a little too wide, so the Mamiya 55mm should be perfect.

    Eventually I'll get a bigger bag and add the 150/4, but I'm not dumping a lot of money into this system since its only a travel/vacation kit, and all of my "Serious" work is done with my RZ.

    Thanks to everyone who helped make my decision easier!
    Last edited by Shootar401; 04-12-2012 at 08:14 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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