Being able to focus with either the left or right focus knob probably works well for you, too.
On the C330 and RB67, it certainly does!
For the 645 Pro, I like the focus assist lever on those lenses it fits on, because I can use that with my right hand.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
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.
The Fujifilm GA645 would be even faster. The rolls pop out almost instantly and once the film is threaded, the autowinder does the rest of the job. VERY fast.
I am going to say Mamiya 7, but that's because it's the only non-interchangeble back camera I own in Medium Format. I can load it faster than I can load my Leica and can do it with minimum fuss, standing, on the go, etc...
About swapping out the backs. First, I would rather not have to buy extra backs. They're quite cheap, yes, but, many of one adds up. Seems like there are a few people on here who have ten lenses, five bodies, and all the trimmings--but that aint me.
Second, it certainly is fast to swap out the backs, but they have to be loaded sooner or later. And yes, 20 seconds IS a long time for me--as I suspect it is for many. It's not that I'm impatient, per se (I'll wait hours to get a shot), it's just that this is one area where I would rather be doing something else.
Third, those Hassy backs are bulky as all hell. I like to roll with just one camera, one lens.
You can't have everything, life is about compromise and you want the impossible, medium format photography is about a more leisurely and considered approach, you have a cannon not a machine gun, if 20 seconds is too long for you to reload and you need to reload M/F cameras far more times than 35mm ones and you don't want interchangeable backs then roll film isn't for you, I suggest you stay with 35 mm if you want to shoot film.
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A variation on the subject. What MF camera is easiest to load if you are standing and have no place to temporarily set down camera parts?
The Kodak Medalist.
You can simply hold the camera vertically, flip open the back so it hangs down, pop in the new roll, insert the tongue into the spool and turn the knob. If you try this with Rolleis and many other cameras you run the risk of dropping the camera.
I confess I haven't read every post in this 4 page thread, but with regard to all the questions about needing to set the camera down while reloading while shooting handheld, all you need is a neck strap. I think every MF camera takes a little getting used to, but that's part of the fun. Certainly cameras with removable film backs take a little more work, but then you have the advantage of being able to use multiple backs and preload them at home. I was glad to see cjbecker's favorable comments about the P67. It has a reputation for being hard to load, but I've never found that to be true. You just have to spin the spool a bit until it is properly seated.
I have 4 MF cameras of different makes and, believe it or not, my pre-WW2 Baby Bessa is the easiest and fastest to load. Voigtlaender's design used swinging half-cylinder holders for the film spools that line up the feeding roll perfectly with the film-advance sprocket. Works like a dream.
Otherwise not up to Hasselblad or Mamiya standards, however!