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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbecker View Post
    Am I going to be the only one that's going to say reload speed should be lower on the list then other things when looking for a camera.
    It used to be quite important when I shot weddings!
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    Another vote for the Mamiya 645's with film inserts. whether you have the Super/TL or the earlier 645 versions without interchangeable backs, the reloadable inserts are the fastest going. If you had 3 or 4 preloaded inserts, you could reload very, very quickly. They are also fairly inexpensive; the going price seems to be about $40. The Hasselblad (and I've been using one for a while now) are a pain, even if you pre-loaded the film inserts. They're just not as quick as the Mamiya 645's.

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    Hands down Rollei 6000 series. Interchangeable backs, faster darkslide (no dropping them like Hassie), pre-loadable inserts, auto sensing *with MotorDrive*, heck even the inserts are reversible so you don't have to swap around the spool, spring loaded spool release. No question. I've used all the others and if you never actually loaded and shot with a Rollei 6000 your jaw will drop when you see how fast it can load (maybe I should do a small video on youtube?). Faster than many 35mm from empty roll to ready roll.
    Really fast. Did I mention Fast?

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    Fastest MF camera to load?

    Classic Bronica backs were selling for $60 a piece when I was using them a few years ago with my S2A. Probably less now. I had five. Pre-load at leisure, swap at will.
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    It takes less than 20 seconds to load a Hasselblad magazine. Seriously, are you thinking that is too long?

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    If you don't mind switching backs, then just about any of those cameras will be very fast. Otherwise, I think Mamiya 7, or Bessa III (Fujifilm GF670) would be be very fast, as you're used to load a Bessa range finder.

    Rolleiflex is not too bad, but I'm a lot faster loading my Zeiss Ikonta III than my Rolleiflex.

    For ultimate speed, get a camera with swappable back, does not really get any faster. Hasselblad is good for that as it won't let you remove the back without putting in a dark slide first, I'm not sure about other cameras, but my Fotoman with Graflock back does not have such niceties, and you can easily take of the back and ruin the film.

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    Good reload speed with any MF camera I've seen is mostly about being well practiced.
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    How fast medium format cameras are to load depends on how many hours you are prepared to spend practising until you can do it with your eyes closed.
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    Fastest MF camera to load?

    For me, the mamiya 7 is the fastest non-interchangeable-back loading. Compared to other cameras I've used, the spools pop in and out very easily. If I'm out with the hasselblad and shoot multiple rolls of a couple of film types, I'm not going to carry multiple backs for each film, so eventually I'll have to reload a back, and it may not occur at the most opportune moment... So loading speed is still a factor for me.

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    How about the SLOWEST? :)

    My vote for the SLOWEST is the Pentax 6x7/67. I love it dearly, but.

    As for fastest, carrying a whole bunch of sheet film holders for a baby Graflex (Century Graphic) can be pretty fast, especially if you have an assistant or really huge coat pockets. At least in comparison with the roll film back which takes a lot of winding to advance the frame.

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