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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?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    It used to be quite important when I shot weddings!
    You got me there. I shot a few weddings on medium format film and I just had 2 backs going and just made sure they did not run out together. Any down time i would be reloading the empty.

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    I also thought that the pentax 6x7 was fast and easy to reload.

    My rolleicord sometimes gives me problems getting the take up spool seated correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpurdy View Post
    The good thing about the Pentax 67 is that you don't have to take it off the tripod to load it.
    When I first got mine, I had to put it on the tripod just to load it. I didn't have enough hands otherwise. What a pain!

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    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.
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    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!

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    > if you are standing and have no place to temporarily set down camera parts

    It is at least possible with the Rolleiflexes and Rolleicords. I own cameras fro whcih that requires artistic skills.
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    I will carry one back for color and one for b/w, but not 2 of each. Sure, if I run out of color I can switch quickly to the b/w back, but it's not how I like to work because if I've chosen color for a particular shot it's for a reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    I carry both black & white film backs and color film backs. Sometimes I will take a composition with both backs. I spent a week at Yosemite at the beginning of December one year. I was only planning of shooting color, but it had just snowed and after shooting a few scenes in color, I ended up shooting only black & white the rest of the time. I have some fantastic photographs from that trip. Be prepared for anything and wonderful opportunities arise.

    Also when I am using the Hasselblad I already have the 50mm, 80mm, 150mm, 250mm lenses, the filters, close-up rings, 2X adapter and a 903 SWC available. How much more trouble does it take to have an extra film back too?

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    Rangefinders and the P67 have the distinct advantage of working like a 35mm SLR. You just swing open the back and do your thing; thus no removable parts that require another hand or pocket while reloading.
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    +1 for hasselblad and film backs
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