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    Recommendations for a medium format folder

    I am thinking of getting a medium format folder and wanted something that is not too bulky when folded; clear reasonably accurate viewfinder, good quality taking lens with a coupled rangefinder. Any suggestions?

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    I love my Zeiss Super Ikonta IV. Very sharp lens and accurate meter.
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    Are you looking for a modern or vintage folder?
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    I've got an Agfa Isolette. Good features: internal hinged mask for 4.5X6 and 6X6, very compact - my wife calls it my point and shoot. Viewfinder is good and adjusts for the two formats. It falls down relative to your requirements in that it has no rangefinder. Also some flare from the uncoated 1936 optics (and some holes in the bellows). Use it a lot though because it is so easy to carry in your pocket and still get interesting images.
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    Voigtlander RF or Bessa II.

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    Agfa Super Isolette

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    The rangefinder is the hard part. The price list at Jurgen Kreckel's site (http://www.certo6.com/purchase) has quick summaries of most of the reasonably common alternatives.

    If you can live without coupling, accessory rangefinders can be had for cheap, and I've found them to be very helpful with the many scale-focus folders. But of course they are one more thing to do before firing the shutter.

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    Voigtlander Bessa. Simple. Prone to flare.
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    I've owned a few classics. Settled on the Voigtlander Perkeo II with Color-Skopar plus accessory uncoupled rangefinder. It's very compact, and I'm dubious of any of the classic 6x9 folders' ability to hold the film flat. Even the best ones are of relaitvely light build, as you might expect of a tourist camera. 6x6 is less of a flatness challenge.
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