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    major difference between 6x7 and 645

    I know the obvious, that the 6x7 is a larger negative that a 645 but when it comes to prints is there an obvious difference in the results? I really love RB67 but ther are time I wish I had something like a 645 with a speed winder so I could use it like a large 35mm.
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    At smaller enlargements, I doubt you'd see a difference. Anyone who uses a Hasselblad and has a rectangular picture has essentially shot 645. I think the bigger difference will be the difference between handheld and tripod.
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    It's not a huge jump, I like the 645 format and used it extensively. In terms of print quality you'd need to look closely to see the difference and the portability and easy of use makes the smaller 645 camera greatb to use.

    Back in 1986 I looked at moving up to an RB76 from my Mamiya 645s and in the end decided as I nearly always used a tripod I'd shoot 5x4 instead - similar weight etc.

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    I've had a Bronica GS-1 for several years now, and I really like it. I don't shoot 645, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. One of the first things I did was remove the speed grip and swap the bulky prism for a WLF. Shooting at waist level, this is a great camera hand-held. Nonetheless, I do do most of my shooting with a tripod. The GS-1 is not meant for portrait orientation, but for me that is not a problem. For me, the biggest drawback of 6x7 is negative storage. One roll of 120 will not fit on a single page; pretty minor, I admit, but it is irksome.

    One other thing... the shutter kicks like a shotgun (and is nearly as loud... don't use it at political rallies) so you'll want to use the mirror lock-up - but not shooting hand-held. Someone, er... told me about that. Wasn't me. Never happened.

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    Good Morning, Barry,

    To me, the big jump is from 35mm to MF. As Mark notes above, prints using standard paper sizes typically have similar enlargment whether from 4.5 x 6(full frame) or 6 x 6, but 6 x 7 negatives do have a bit of an edge over the smaller formats, especially those from my Fuji 6 x 7 RF with its absolutely terrific lens. Right now, I keep being tempted in the opposite direction from you. The Bronica 4.5 x 6 camera has a definite appeal; someday the GAS syndrome will become too strong, and I will probably yield to it.

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    Thanks for the responses. What I would really like to have is a Fuji folding 6x7. It shoots 6x6 or 6x7 and folding up would really be nice!
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    If you are planning to stick with Mamiya for 645, the Pro TL is a sweet system I enjoy a lot; the lenses are plentiful and cheap; and with the speed winder and metered prism finder it is a very user friendly system. Just don't forget to make sure the lens switch is on "A"!
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    With 6x7 B&W you can have a sloppy negative (slightly out of focus, grainy, slightly underexposed, etc.) and still pull a very nice looking 8x10.
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    Good Morning, Barry,

    "What I would really like to have is a Fuji folding 6x7."

    Amen! If only it didn't cost as much as about half of my annual property tax bill.

    Konical

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    I see a difference between 645 and 67 at small enlargements, the smoothness is the major factor for me. But saying that I shoot a hasselblad.

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