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    Alps, Technorama and similar -- Hand Held

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    I am thinking of retiring my Mamiya 6. It has developed a disturbing tendency with the 50mm attached the shutter begins to fail and the batteries drain after about 5 or six exposures. Although, this is probably an electrical issue with the lens, I am on my 3rd body and I suspect repairs will become harder and more costly as time goes on. I love the square, the quality of the lenses, the weight and feel of the 6, but have always wanted something wider. The Mamiya 7 would be the heir apparent, by virtue of the 43mm and similar ergonomics. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of 6x7 -- it lacks all the drama of 6x8/6x9(2x3) or even 6x12 rectangle and none of the formality of a square.

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    I shoot 60 to 70% of my MF work handheld, 10 to 15% in studio and the remainder on tripod in the field (or in my case the streets) and in studio.

    If I am to spend the money required to replace the Mamiya 6 (body and 3 lenses) and I already own some LF lenses (SA f/5,6 58XL, Nikor 75mm SW) are there MF kits out there that are handholdable, that as a bonus might take my LF lenses.

    Are there any APUGers out there shooting an Alps, Technorama or similar hand held? Are there options that I am missing -- isn't there a camera called a Sylvestia(sp?) that is similar but cheaper than an Alps?

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    Can't comment about the other cameras you mentioned,but here's link to the Silvestri site:-

    http://www.silvestricamera.it/

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    Martin

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    You might also look at the Cambo Wide DS. If I were looking for a camera of this sort, that would be the one. It's available from Calumet.
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    Any Technika can be shot handheld - a 6x9 one far more easily than my 13x18.
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