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    Great experiences with Yashica and Rolleiflex automat here. Simple and lightweight. Quality images. I've also got a pentax 67, but it doesn't get much use compared to the TLRs.

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    Don't forget the Rolleicord...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggervais View Post
    Don't forget the Rolleicord...
    There is a really nice looking Rolleicord in the for sale section for $320.00 including shipping and Paypal.

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    If you go the Rolleiflex or Rolliecord route these two price guides might be helpful:

    http://www.antiquecameras.net/rolleiflex.html

    http://www.antiquecameras.net/rolleicords.html
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    I know, I've been tempted. But I have the Yashicamat and I'm spoiled by the built in fresnel and bright screen and I'd want to add one and...

    Note that the seller says its a great camera he just never warmed to it. They ARE different and not everyone likes them. Those of us who do tend to become quite ardent fans though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertratt View Post
    I used a Rolleiflex 3.5 professionally in the 1960s and a Yashicamat professionally in the 1970s. Both gave me fine results. This year I decided to enlarge some b&w negs from both cameras to display in art galleries. It was efirst time I spent a lot of time using both types of negs, going back and forth. I noticed that the Rollei negs were richer and deeper in quality. I doubt you would be disappointed in either.
    Can you tell a difference in an 11x14" print?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    Big, clunky and slow???
    Yes, let me exapnd a bit based on using these cameras for 40 years.

    Cons:

    o Less flexible in their use than 35 mm and with a steeper learning curve.
    o No exposure automation.
    o Limited selection of shutter speeds and aperatures.
    o Except for the Mamiya C series lack of interchangeable focal length lenses.
    o Problematical with moving subjects.
    o Clunky in rapidly changing light conditions having to transfer light meter info to camera.
    o Except for the Mamiya C series and some Rolleis the lens resolution is not all that great. Avoid those cameras with 3 element taking lenses.
    o Film loading is slower than 35 mm.
    o Parallax problems.
    o Limited choice of films compared to 35 mm.
    o Square format.
    o More prone to film transport problems.
    o Harder to focus particularly in low light.
    o Reversed image in view finder takes a bit of practice.
    o Leaf shitters need servicing more often.
    o Overall somewhat less robust in design than 35 mm cameras. Too many points where dust can enter.

    Pros:

    o TLRs are fine in the studio and for scenic aand still photography.
    o Larger negative.
    o Less likely to be noticed as a camera in this digital age.
    o Easier to use for those wearing glasses.

    As I recommended to the OP, try one of these cameras first to see it they fit your needs.
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    You can't compare a medium format camera to a 35mm for ease of use. Of course you also can't compare a 35mm camera to a digital camera for ease of use.

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    I use a Yashica Mat 124G and the Rolleiflex K4B. They are both fine cameras with excellent lenses and I seriously doubt you will be disappointed with either camera. In my hand I think that the Rolleiflex is a tad smoother in use, but this could be an expectation based on reputation rather than reality. On the other hand I think that the Yashinon lens in the Yashica Mat is just a tad more contrasty with color film than the Tessar in the Rolleiflex, but again I would have a very hard time quantifying this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    You can't compare a medium format camera to a 35mm for ease of use.
    Why not; this type of information is what the OP needs. I think I have been honest in my appraisal which was specific to TLRs and not to medium format in general.
    Last edited by Gerald C Koch; 05-11-2013 at 11:31 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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