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    At least 4x5 Pacemaker Graphics have front swings, just loosen the clamp for the standard and depress the little flat spring in front of the clamp. Also the drop bed provides down tilt. Kludgy, I admit, but there.

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    Outcome of the Quest: I've been following a number of auctions for 2X3 Graphics and filmbacks, Kodak Medalist IIs and assorted folders. I also contacted Ken Ruth and he kindly gave me some advice on Medalists. Although I was very interested in getting a Medalist II, the limited availability of the versions that I wanted, their price-points and odds of needing servicing finally led me to buy a Fuji GW690 Professional - basically going back to where this whole idea started. However, given the stories that have been told in this thread, I think it is possible that I may yet become acquainted with some of those other 6X9 options....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    The Fuji rangefinders are excellent cameras. I just wish they came with meters.
    I am glad my 690 does not have a meter or I would eat up way more film than I should.

    Pardon any typos, I can't spell and I'm using my phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    The Fuji rangefinders are excellent cameras. I just wish they came with meters.
    They do. Find a GL690 and the AE 100/3.5

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    In a spectacular GAS attack I have also bought a 1949 Medalist II now....So, a shooting competition is in progress, and I will keep the one that I like the best. I have to say that the Medalist is certainly an original design. I am not having trouble with its ergonomics, but if I keep it I can see a day when the fussiness of rerolling 120 onto 620 spools may induce me to have Ken Ruth convert the feed side to take 120 directly.

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    LOL the GAS has started.

    FWIW, the 2x3 graphics are quite flexible cameras. But they do have their limitations and hindrances.

    The fuji 69's are wonderful usable cameras. Their main limitation is just one lens. Their second drawback is only that they are big.. clown-sized big.

    I will be interested to know what you think of the medalist in comparison.
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macrorie View Post
    In a spectacular GAS attack I have also bought a 1949 Medalist II now....So, a shooting competition is in progress, and I will keep the one that I like the best. I have to say that the Medalist is certainly an original design. I am not having trouble with its ergonomics, but if I keep it I can see a day when the fussiness of rerolling 120 onto 620 spools may induce me to have Ken Ruth convert the feed side to take 120 directly.
    My Medalist II (1945-1946) fully converted by Ken Ruth is the only MF that I have kept and that I am using.
    The price of the conversion is noticeable and put the Medalist in the same price points than the Fuji GW690 so you better be sure that you like it.
    Personaly for landscapes on a day when clouds move in and out before or after the rain loaded with HP5, that is my favourite camera (outside of using my 4x5 but that is a different animal altogether).

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    I can't wait for your comparison report. I got a folder a long time ago (can't even remember what it is right now) that stays on the self and was only used once to verify it's operation. Glad to see there are around 4 or 5 of us here who still have/use our Mamiya Press cameras. I need to get it out and run some film through it.

    For the record, I think other than getting a new Fuji camera, you will have to have any camera CLA'ed as a minimum anymore since most of the medium format equipment is 20+ years old.....if not older. Crap, I just figured out my Super 23 is around 45 years old.....wow.

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    Frankly, once you set up a 6x9 on a tripod ... I just use 6x9 Horseman backs on my little 4x5 Ebony folder, and the optical results are probably superior to any conventional rollfilm system, including the M7 6x7. Part of the reason for this is the availability of full movements which allows lenses to be used at optimum f-stops, rather than having stop-way-down as the only option to control depth of field. The other is the sheer number of lightweight lens options, many of superb modern design. The third reason is that the camera itself is modern and very well machined
    in comparison to an old Speed Graphic, for example. But for "quickie" pot shot work, I'd sure like to have one of those Fuji 6x9 rangefinders.

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