I absolutely love my RB67 but at the end of the day I end up leaving it at home because of it's overall size. The negs coming off this camera are just beautiful, but again my only complaint is the size.
I looked at Rolleiflexes, recently bought one off Craigslist and got burned. I only put in 100 dollars but the camera had a dead shutter, I took a chance and now am finding out a repair will be big money. I love the size of the Rollei but am lost with the infinite models they made.
If you loved MF and size were an issue, as well as maintaining a purely mechanical system...
what would your suggestions be?
PS, I am looking to combine an M6 and a MF rig to fit in a Billingham bag and be something that is always by my side.
Folding cameras are still a great way to get medium format negatives.
I love folders for what they are, but the image quality will likely be a significant step down from an RB67. The best lenses usually found are Tessar types, most have front-cell focusing, and film flatness is a challenge for most of them. Everyone ought to have a decent folder or two for when those issues aren't a problem, but coming from a modern system camera there will be tradeoffs.
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If, like me, you don't print square a 6 X 4.5 folder is tiny and has a negative that's functionally the same as 6 X 6. My Zeiss Super Ikonta A (531) is as small as they come. Mine, with a Tessar, produces images that seem every bit as good as those made with my beloved Rolleiflex (which I use for most of my work, EXCEPT when I want a camera that fits in my pocket).
The Fuji RF cameras especially the AF 6x45 cameras are small they might not have the fastest lens but they are light and the lenses are quiet sharp another option though not small are the Texas Leicas again from Fuji the GL670 or GL690 are great cameras and lighter than the RB. A recent Rolleiflex (FX or GX) with a Planar is a better choice than a Hassy it's lighter and the Rollei lenses are just as sharp if not sharper. But for shear portability nothing beats the 531 Super Ikonta it's tiny.
I'll second David Goldfarb opinion get a 8x10 and built some muscles and all your problems will be solved.
Mamiya 6. I cannot believe no one has mentioned this system yet. The most lightweight and portable MF system with multiple lens options, slightly smaller than the Mamiya 7, which is a great lightweight system too. It also has the sharpest lenses in MF.
Neither the Mamiya 6 or 7 are purely mechanical however, both have electronically controlled shutters. If that is what you are after, I'd go Hassy, which isn't much lighter than your RB though.