'Coolest' Medium Format Camera?
I'm looking to do a fun blog piece on 'cool' cameras but I don't want just new, digital suggestions, I'm open to any type of camera. Since I know next to nothing about medium format cameras I'm interested in polling you experts on what the 'coolest' medium format camera is. It has to be able to perform but this is really about design and desirability. A camera you can pull out in front of friends or other medium format enthusiasts, making them drool! Old, new, digital, analogue, any suggestions?
any Hasselblad 500 series will do the trick. I have four or five people a day at least comment on mine when I'm shooting on the street.
They're beautifully designed too, same guy who designed the first Saab concept car did the 500 series. There are similarities between the two if you compare them.
Rolleiflexen of all sorts...
There's loads more, but that gets rid of the easiest ones.
Also, the Rollei Hy6 would've been a sweet, sweet thing to use, if it had ever hit the big time.
Plaubel Makina 67.
There's probably a whole bunch more, as far design goes, they are my pick.
Besides what have not been named...
Older Chrome faced Plaubel
Linhof Super Technika 6x9s
Lunar Orbiter Payload Camera
Kodak Super Six 20
Fuji 6x9's Texas Leicas
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In my experience people find TLR's (Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, Yashicamat etc) cute, disarming, interesting.
You may need to expand on your definition of 'cool'.
What makes members drool on APUG and what makes your friends drool, may not be the same thing for the same reasons ;-)
I'll add "Corfield 66" to the list, because they are very rare and very desirable...
Pentax 67 because they are so big, beautiful and useable...
But in it's own way, the Kiev 60 can be pretty cool, especially if someone tried to mug you. I would certainly rather be carrying a Kiev than a Hassleblad in this situation. Less likely to get you mugged in the first place, no great loss if it gets nicked or broken in the ensuing fight - and a pretty handy weapon.
Fuji GX680 series, because of its bulk, and the sheer amount of stuff on it.
Actually, any Fuji G-series.
And the Bronica RF645.
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
Hasselblad 500 series for sure, nothing beats them for pure cool factor and sexiness. Rolleiflex f/2.8 coming in a close second.