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    I went back to using TLRs 25 years after my Mamiya C3 & C33 were stolen. Initially I was using a Yashicamat 124 and found it great fun to use and I like the square format, it's my pick up and go camera in Turkey.

    I'd had a Rolleiflex in a drawer for some years which was faulty and unusable, ironically just through lack of use as the lubricants had dried out so I had it serviced, a great camera but still mint after 52 years so I'm reluctant to use it

    More recently I've bought an MPP Microord, essentially a British made Rolleicord III with an excellent Ross Xpres lens, they aren't too expensive £80-£110 ($130-$170) I'd planned to use it as my main TLR in the UK however aI stumbled on a good Rolleiflex Automat for £75 ($115) at a Flea market in May and it's now my main user TLR in the UK.

    TLR's aren't that expensive if you're patient, I saw an excellent Autocord for £80 ($125) on Sunday and there were plenty of reasonbly priced Yashica and Rolleiflex cameras.

    As for weight/bulk I use mine alongside my LF cameras and I don't find them a problem at all.

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    I Priviledged to own two Rollei's , a 3.5F and a T model. They are not over sized and not heavy at all to take out and do street photography. And talk about razor sharp images. The first roll I shot when I got them, I was completly blown away. But like other chimed in and said.. the Yashica mat 635 and the original 124 do a wonderful job too. I have a bad habit on going with something less expensive and not being completly satisfied with it. So when it came to searching for a TLR camera, I went with best brand. That's my two cents.

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    Yet another vote for the Rollei. I am beyond in love with my twin twins (I have a pair of 2.8E Planar Rolleiflexes). They're not cheap, and if they need servicing, the service is not cheap either. But when you consider that the cost can be amortized over the next 50 years of ownership, they only cost a couple dollars a year to own. If you are both patient and lucky, you can get a 2.8 Rolleiflex for under $600, although it will almost certainly need something in the service department. For slightly less, you can get a Rolleiflex T or a 3.5 that needs nothing, although the 3.5 models have been rising in price lately. There's just something about a Rolleiflex though, the way it handles, and the way the lens renders images.

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    There's a nice looking Rolleicord on sale here for $280.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaha View Post
    Ok, so I'm rocking on my RB67 these days. Really loving being back in film and loving the 120 format.
    But...the thing is such a brick its no good for carrying around/casual shooting/informal family shots.
    CASUAL ! Watch those pics of Mr. Mark Meijer Disfarmer! Stick to your RB and shoot informally your family

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    It does NOT get any easier than the Fuji GA645. That must be the lightest fully automated 120 format camera around. Holds and handles like a point and shoot. Beyond easy to carry and work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaha View Post
    Ok, so I'm rocking on my RB67 these days. Really loving being back in film and loving the 120 format.

    But...the thing is such a brick its no good for carrying around/casual shooting/informal family shots. Makes me think I might want to add something else that is more suitable.

    So, whatcha recommend?

    I like the mojo of the TLR. I'm curious though, the Rollei cameras are going for a hefty premium to the others. Is there a functional reason for that, or is that just "collector value"?
    Just checked ebay and it seems that they are selling for more than new price. I meant the Plaubel Makina 67. Compact and shoot 6x7. Fixed lens though.

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    My vote for a Rolleiflex also.

    Jeff

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    On holiday recently my carry-around camera was a Hasselblad 500C/M with Planar 80mm and PME finder. It weighs less than 4lbs (just). My wife's handbag weighs about 4lbs so I figure if she can carry 4lbs on her shoulder, so can I. Of course, it has nothing to do with the neck trouble I'm having at the moment...

    I think one of the Fuji GA series might be my next purchase.

    (The Hasselblad would be a lot lighter without the prism finder, of course, but I find the prism makes it easier to use hand-held.)

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    I'll put in a vote for a camera that hasn't been mentioned yet..

    Fuji GF670.

    I bought one just under a year ago and have been absolutely in love with it.
    It's extremely light (1Kg or so) and ultra compact (when collapsed, though it's no bigger than a hassleblad or rollei when open either. Just a different form factor). Allows for 6x6 and 6x7 shooting with the flick of a switch (I've set it for 6x7 and left it there). Beautifully sharp lens (some complain about the bokeh, I have yet to be bothered by it). The internal meter has been perfectly accurate ALWAYS, no matter how tricky conditions prove to be. I'm still trying to understand how this can be..
    Wisper silent and delicate shutter. I frequently shoot handheld at speeds as low 1/30 with no problem. With a bit more care and technique 1/15 and 1/8 can still yields sharp results.
    And if you're looking for a wow factor as a conversation starter, look no further than a folder... Nothing screams old camera like a bellows. The hardest thing about it, is when you try explain how it's actually a somewhat new camera, and have people look at you like you're a lier.
    Though it's not the cheapest skiff in the marina.. It's no exotic 50 foot yacht either.

    ONLY DEFECT is it has a fixed lens.. but thats why I'm saving up to buy the wide angle version!
    Last edited by Ambar; 07-16-2013 at 06:22 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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