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    Cheap MF photography

    If you want to get into Med Format real cheap, Holga's can be bought new for around $ 50 or so to try it out without having a lot of money tied up. There may even be one like this with a better lens and body. Seagull used to make a 6x6 that was very reasonable, but for about the same price you could probably bet a used Yashica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James-EG View Post

    So my question is, what camera should I be looking to trying to buy? I would love to get a camera in the style of the Hasselblad cameras but obviously they are far too expensive, so I have been looking at ones like the Bronica ETRS and S2a, also the Kiev 88, these have had mixed reviews from what I have read so I would like to hear your opinions and suggestions on other cameras. I don't really want to get something like a Pentacon Six, as they work basically the same as a 35mm camera and I would like something new, but I would consider a TLR if that's the best way to go for MF. I would like to get the best possible image quality too.

    Thanks, James
    Hi James! I know this is considerably after the fact but I went through the same thing just recently and got incredibly advice. Went with an RZ67. Thread here: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum51/1...preciated.html

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    Basically a medium format camera is not all that different than a 35mm camera. Don't be intimidated. It's easy!

    Shooting 645 is definitely a step up from 35mm. If you like square then 6x6 is the way to go. If you don't like square and are going to crop then you would be better off shooting 645 in my opinion.

    If you like rectangles and want the best quality then 6x7 is what you want. The disadvantage to 6x7 is the bulk and weight. Another disadvantage to 6x7 is that some 645 cameras have autofocus, matrix metering, and auto film advance etc. if you like that kind of stuff.

    Buy what you like and can afford and don't worry about the critics. After all it's all about the image, right?

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    Wow! I just answered this thread again without realizing it. I sure hope the OP has found a camera by now.

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    One significant, and often overlooked advantage, of the Mamiya TLRs is that they use a bellows focus. This is both an incredible blessing and a curse in that it allows ridiculous levels of close focus but the "curse" is that one needs to remember bellows factor. That being said I believe they made the right choice.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Maybe I missed a post: WHY you want to change from 35mm to MF ?

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    I guess because we ALL like large negatives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k.hendrik View Post
    Maybe I missed a post: WHY you want to change from 35mm to MF ?


    Size of format and quality of imaging inherent in that size. A 400% increase in size over 35mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    Size of format and quality of imaging inherent in that size. A 400% increase in size over 35mm.
    Nearly, with 6x7.

    35mm is 864 square millimeters in area. Add 3000 to that to get the area of 6x7. (24x36mm vs. 56x69mm)

    Even 645 is about 2.7 times the area of 35mm.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    Nearly, with 6x7.

    35mm is 864 square millimeters in area. Add 3000 to that to get the area of 6x7. (24x36mm vs. 56x69mm)

    Even 645 is about 2.7 times the area of 35mm.
    I too was going to respond with this but figured "nah, too pedantic" when the gist is yep, medium format has much more film area for the same image.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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