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    Pre 67 Period Correct Medium Format SLR?

    Greetings all,

    Not sure if I have mentioned it before, but I am a bit of a closet Hotrod show person, especially vintage type rods.

    When I go to some of these shows, I like to break out my Koni-Omega Rapid. It certainly has been known to get tongues wagging and is appreciated when I talk to some of the people at these shows, but I have a bit of a love hate relationship with that camera (sharp as a tack when nailed, but the RF is a PITA).

    I have toyed with getting a Graphic, but I have decided that I don't want to take that move (range finder again)...so I am going to be on the lookout for a Medium Format SLR that is period correct.

    So, I know the 'Blad 500C was produced in the right era. Can anyone else give me a rundown on other MF SLR's that might also fit the pre '67 bill?

    Cheers

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    Bronica S2a and earlier incarnations. Pentacon Six... Kowa Six, plus a few others I'm sure.

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    I think the Rolleiflex SL66 is in that era.

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    Kiev 6 (1967)

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    Yes Rolleiflex SL66, but it as already very 60s in its style. The Hasselblad has a more vintage look compared to it.

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    A Rolleiflex TLR is easy to use and takes great photos, but has a fixed lens.


    Kent in SD

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    The best if you don't want to go the Hasselblad route would be the Bronica S2A, really nice lenses and great to use. I have a Pentacon Six as well, but these are not as reliable as the Bronica.
    I have also been known to frequent car shows and I will often take a Rollei, don't go all that close but very portable...and people like 'em!

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I had thought of a TLR, but I would be happier with a SLR. When was the S2a released?
    Last edited by hoffy; 03-09-2013 at 08:03 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: damn predictive text.

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    The Mamiya Press and Mamiya 23 cameras are period specific, but of course they are also rangefinders.

    The original Pentax 67 came out in 1969 - is that close enough?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    I had thought of a TLR, but I would be happier with a SLR. When was the S2a released?
    I knew generally the S2 and S2a were late 1960s. This guy (link) says specifically S2 in '66 and S2a in '69, so if that's correct, you'd need an S2 (or a plain S, even older) to achieve pre-'67. I can confirm that all that chrome gets tongues wagging as well, even if it's not quite as big as a Rapid. Hotrodders should appreciate its look. The only other people (dog-walkers, not hotrodders) on an otherwise empty street early this Sunday had to come and have a look when I was shooting with my S2.
    --Dave

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