A Rollei for $100 was unlikely to be fantastic.
If you like the Rolleis, invest just a little more and get a nice one from a store with a decent reputation. If you don't bother with a built in meter, then you can get a good one for not huge amounts of money.
I like the Zeiss Ikonta III, it's a tiny 6x6 camera, it's only failing is that to get good frame spacing, you need to apply some tape to the film backing for every roll. They are good value, and excellent cameras. However, get a good Rolleiflex, and you're unlikely to be disappointed.
Hasselblads are nice too of course, but if you only need one standard lens, then I think Rolleiflex is the way to go.
If weight is your primary issue then I would suggest a Mamiya 7 with one lens. I use a Mamiya 7 with 65mm lens (widest lens that does not need a separate viewfinder) and am happy to carry it throughout a photographic 'session'. For my way of working, a 'session' comprises 4 - 7 hours tramping the streets (depends upon time of year). At the end of a 'session' my legs might ache, I can be pretty ravenous, my eyes can be tired but my shoulder and back do not suffer from carrying the equipment for so long. If you want medium format negatives, want something portable and are happy shooting rangefinders then that is the way to go.
When size matters.........
I carry a folder. In fact I find I am carrying this more and more. 1953 Zeiss Nettar. Only a triplet lens, not a Tessar, all mechanical, no rangefinder no meter. OK, not quite up there with my Mamiya, but other than wide open, its good enough and the pocketability is a huge advantage.
presuming you mean the space it takes up and not the weight? Why not try a folder or two then? No personal experience with them but they do *seem* fit in nicely into a pocket.
Originally Posted by dodphotography
If weight's an issue, going to hassies or other mamiya/645s might not help much - relatively lighter but not all that much overall. Plus RB/RZ/Hassie you hold at the waist/chest level than say the Mamiya 645 or equivalents - you'd probably find them equally heavy after a while.
How about plastic ones - the Rfs in comments above or even *gasp* holgas? (assuming they suit your style - which we have no idea of, at this point)
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Fujifilm GA645. Light as a feather, and a "folder" in that the lens collapses. I carry it all over the world with ease.
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Instead of smashing your RB, just send it to me?... I'll pay the postage.
Originally Posted by illumiquest
PS... The RB did very well under a 20lb hammer... I wonder how a Blad would fare in the same amt of punishment? Tough cameras to beat even with a monster abusing it.
Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.
Well, I must say, I'v been searching for a lightweight, compact MF for a while now. I do a fair amount of long-distance backpacking, and have been wanting something I could easily carry along for when I have time to be more deliberate with my photography on a trip.
I first got a Pentax 645 and have a 645n. These beauties sold me on MF, but are too bulky and heavy for long distance backpacking - at least for me. I also went through a series of TLRs. Yashica A, Yashica D, and now a Yashica 124 and 124G. Again, kinda bulky for a small backpack. I do love using them, though and the results are great. They are keepers, just won't make it into my backpack too often.
Recently I got a Zeis Mess Ikonta 524/16. Now we're talking on compact, still pretty heavy. Haven't had a lot of opportunity to use it yet, but it will probably be a keeper as it's ticking off most of my boxes.
That said, I'm still looking. Yesterday I received an Agfa Isolette. One of the earlier models with the Agnar 85 lens in a Vario shutter. I know, pretty much bottom of the line combination, but it was reasonably priced and is in EXCELLENT condition. Focus is very smooth and easy, shutter sounds good in all 4 settings. Bellows looks good to my eye, but from what I've read they almost always need replacing. This camera is very compact and VERY light compared to the others mentioned. I will shoot it and see how the photos turn out. It is probably also a keeper, but there are several more folder versions I'd like to check out.
My point is, if the criteria are good MF photos and compact, reasonably light weight, the folders seem to be winning... for me anyway.
Plaubel Makina would be my absolute first choice if price was no object, but it is ... so I have an Ikoflex and I'm very happy with it.
It's the size of a Rolliecord but better build quality and more character.
I knew going into it a repair was needed, just from experience searching through various auctions and such. I'm just not sure if the camera is worth sinking 500-600 dollars into to bring to top shape from "the" Rollei repairman at Ocean Side Camera in CA.
Originally Posted by thegman
If size matters, check out a quality folder, like a Zeiss Ikon..