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    Hi,

    It helps if you enter your location in your user profile. This is an international forum, so we have no idea where you are.... Often, it is necessary to know your approximate location when responding to your post or making suggestions. Anyway, enjoy your RB. I wish I used mine more often.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Sorry about that. I had just signed up on the forum and didn't get my info entered before I posted my message. I will take care of that tout suite!
    Canon EOS 20D; Canon EF-S 18-55/4-5.6, Tamron Aspherical 28-200/3.8-5.6, Helios 44M 58/2.0 w/EOS chipped adapter

    Konica T3, T3N, T4, FT-1 Motor; Konica Hexanon AR 21/4, 24/2.8, 50/1.4, 50/1.7, 57/1.2 (5!), 85/1.8, 100/2.8, 135/3.5, 200/4, Zoom Hexanon 28-135/4-4.6, 80-200/4, Macro Hexanon 55/3.5, Teleconverter AR 2X, Super Lentar 35/2.8, Pheonix 500/8 Mirror

    Mamiya RB67 Pro SD; Mamiya Sekor 90mm f/3.5 KL, 127mm f/3.5 KL; Waist Level Finder; Prism Finder

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    I started MF with a Yashica-D as well, as you can see from my icon there. I love my grey bodied version. Got it in absolutely perfect condition for only about 100 USD. Had the original leather case for it too. I'm hoping soon enough that I can afford a Mamiya SLR kit though. I want to get into that world as quickly as I can.
    Check out my website!

    Yashica T4, Yashica Electro 35 GTN, Yashica-D.

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    I bought my Yashica D new from K-Mart around 1967-1968. Don't recall what I paid for it, probably $20 or so, as a college student that's about all I could afford at that time in my life. I don't remember what I did with it but I sure wish I still had it now. I might just have to buy a used Rollei to replace it in a few months when my budget has recovered from the RB67 experience!
    Canon EOS 20D; Canon EF-S 18-55/4-5.6, Tamron Aspherical 28-200/3.8-5.6, Helios 44M 58/2.0 w/EOS chipped adapter

    Konica T3, T3N, T4, FT-1 Motor; Konica Hexanon AR 21/4, 24/2.8, 50/1.4, 50/1.7, 57/1.2 (5!), 85/1.8, 100/2.8, 135/3.5, 200/4, Zoom Hexanon 28-135/4-4.6, 80-200/4, Macro Hexanon 55/3.5, Teleconverter AR 2X, Super Lentar 35/2.8, Pheonix 500/8 Mirror

    Mamiya RB67 Pro SD; Mamiya Sekor 90mm f/3.5 KL, 127mm f/3.5 KL; Waist Level Finder; Prism Finder

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    Congrats, Houdel! I just recently purchased my first MF body in an RZ and LOVE that thing! I took instant film of folks at 4th of July and they were a hit! Might wanna get a polaroid back if only just for fun. They're not pricey.

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    I fell into the RB67 by accident. When I started looking for a MF camera, my first thought was Hassleblad. We had one at work on a job I had many years ago and I used it a few times, so that was the first thing to pop into my mind. It popped out real quick when I found out what Hassy gear was going for. So I hiked on over to the Manual Focus Forum and read up on what they had to say about MF there. Most of the posts recommended Bronica or the RB67. Bronica didn't do much for me so I started looking for a RB67.

    I quickly settled on the Pro SD and found one I liked on Ebay. Interestingly the seller was in South Korea, but even including the shipping it was as cheap as ones from US sellers and from the photos it looked pretty mint. It took one day to get from Seoul to Chicago, sat in customs for three days, and I got it the day after it was released from customs. It was as nice as it looked in the photos and I am very happy with it.

    The forum I was on didn't mention the RZ67, but then again it is the MANUAL Focus Forum! RZ lenses and backs seem to be less expensive than RB gear but I think the RZ might be too modern for me! My biggest problem now is focusing but I plan on getting a split image focusing screen next month so that problem should be solved.

    The focusing screen and a heavier tripod should fill out my kit. I'm thinking of a Slik 700DX, has anyone had any experience with this tripod? I'm pretty sure I want a pan head; ball heads may be ok on a lighter camera but I think a pan head is a wiser choice for the RB.
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    Mamiya RB67 Pro SD; Mamiya Sekor 90mm f/3.5 KL, 127mm f/3.5 KL; Waist Level Finder; Prism Finder

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    Quote Originally Posted by houdel View Post
    I'm in Chase, MI (aka East Overshoe) a tiny place that doesn't show up on the maps much. Northwest lower Michigan, not too far from Michigan's western shore of Lake Michigan, about 35 miles east of Ludington (which is a large city right on Lake Michigan).
    Livin' the life on US-10! And when life is boring, one can always wander over to Irons or Peacock.

    I was in your neck of the woods earlier this week. Pretty as ever, but pretty hot this week.

    One should use caution however, when describing Ludington as a "large city" so as to avoid setting visitors up for disappointment or confusion!
    If you call it a "prime lens" because it's a fixed-focal length (i.e. not a zoom lens), then as Inigo Montoya said so eloquently, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

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    Yes it has been very hot here this week. I haven't been out of the house all week except to go to the mailbox. As for Ludington being a "large city", at least they have traffic lights there. That's more than you can say for ALL of Lake County. Not a single traffic light in the entire county that I am aware of!
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    Konica T3, T3N, T4, FT-1 Motor; Konica Hexanon AR 21/4, 24/2.8, 50/1.4, 50/1.7, 57/1.2 (5!), 85/1.8, 100/2.8, 135/3.5, 200/4, Zoom Hexanon 28-135/4-4.6, 80-200/4, Macro Hexanon 55/3.5, Teleconverter AR 2X, Super Lentar 35/2.8, Pheonix 500/8 Mirror

    Mamiya RB67 Pro SD; Mamiya Sekor 90mm f/3.5 KL, 127mm f/3.5 KL; Waist Level Finder; Prism Finder

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    A hearty welcome Houdel, from another retired former professional engineer (British Institute of Mechanical Engineers), I hope you enjoy your Mamiya Gear as much as I have mine over the last 25 years.
    Ben

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    Welcome to APUG houdel
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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