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    Recommendations for a medium format travel camera

    I am fortunate to be planning a trip to France for next September. I will take a small digital camera (Fuji x20) for street photography but I also want to take a film camera. Taking my 4x5 is not an option given our itinerary but I think one of the folding medium format cameras such as a Fuji GF670 would work fine. Any suggestions? I was also looking at the Plaubel Makina W67 but the added cost is a factor. Thanks!

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    Hasselblad - you will wonder why you waited so long.
    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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    Fuji GA645Zi Convenient size, fantastic lens.

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    I think the Fuji GF670 is a terrific choice.

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    Hasselblad if you want to use more than one lens or will shoot both B&W and Color. For a one lens camera, Rolleiflex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLP View Post
    For a one lens camera, Rolleiflex.
    And if you're not filthy-rich, a Minolta Autocord, Yashicamat or Mamiya C220. The latter is a bit bigger but has interchangeable lenses. Lots of good 645 SLRs are pretty portable too and might suit your shooting better than a TLR.

    If you really are filthy-rich, the ultimate portable+quality MF travel camera is probably the Mamiya 7.

    Personally I take my RZ67 with me on big trips. I can fit a good 3-lens system in my backpack with a bunch of film and don't need to compromise on quality when I'm in the places where I'm likely to get my best shots.

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    Hasselblad. Changeable film backs and not heavy at all (only about as heavy as a Rollei)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    I think the Fuji GF670 is a terrific choice.
    Agreed, can't go wrong.

    If you prefer a ground glass style camera, then a Rolleiflex is hard to beat. I went from Hasselblad to Rolleiflex, happy I did.

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    I use a Fuji GW680III rangefinder - and it's fast, SHARP, and rugged. There are many in that family and they are not expensive.

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    Always depends on your shooting style. Some people like a TLR as a travel camera. Others like a rangefinder, such as the Bronica 6x4.5 model.

    Others like an SLR-style camera like a Hasselblad, Mamiya 6x4.5 or Bronica SQ.

    And others like the press-style camera.

    So, it really depends. I would say that you should figure out how you like to shoot and also decide how much you want to spend. Both very much are factors.

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