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    Quote Originally Posted by L Gebhardt View Post
    I recommended the Ansco Super Speedex mainly because of it's superb image quality in a nice coat pocketable package. It also generally comes in under the stated budget by $100. So what if it's older than the 1965 Ferrari I don't know if you were referring to this recommendation in particular, but I want to put out there that I think the quality of the images are on par with what I get from my Hasselblad. It's certainly not as flexible as a system camera, but it's also a lot more portable. Because of that I don't feel silly walking around a grocery store or hospital carrying it, whereas I don't usually bring any camera that requires a bag on non photo related trips.

    You may want to pick up one for your trip abroad to supplement the Hasselblad
    Alright, you win, I'll give it a try, mailed out the check to Jurgen for this one today, twas not cheap...
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    You bought the Agfa? Looks very nice. How much was it?

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    Excellent choice. Now, a word to the wise, from time to time experiment with a tripod, small aperture settings and longer exposures (where appropriate), you will be amazed what a Solinar lens is capable of.

    We'll have you on here again soon asking about LF!



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    So I shot all day yesterday with a number of folders, a Rollieflex TLR, and a 500C. I learned the following:

    1. I played around with three different folders. The only one I took to was the Super Isolette. I learned I have no interest in any camera with an uncoupled rangefinder. The coupled rangefinder on the SI made the camera usable for me. I liked the SI and it was totally usable, but not sure I would ever bond with it.

    2. I liked the Rollieflex a lot. Really simple. This was a 2.8C with a 80mm 2.8 lens. I think I could bond with this one...

    3. The 500C was simply glorious. I could learn to love that camera. Seriously. It feels almost as good as a Leica M and it made me want to take pictures. If I start to really enjoy the 6x6 format, I will get one of these with an 80mm and call it done.

    As it stands, I think I'm gonna look for a nice Rollieflex in my budget. Once found, I'll shoot with it for a year. If I find that I really like medium format, I'll jump to a 500C.

    Thank you guys so much for the help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    You bought the Agfa? Looks very nice. How much was it?
    Let's just say it was over Ryan's budget....

    Quote Originally Posted by Regular Rod View Post
    Excellent choice. Now, a word to the wise, from time to time experiment with a tripod, small aperture settings and longer exposures (where appropriate), you will be amazed what a Solinar lens is capable of.

    We'll have you on here again soon asking about LF!
    Nah, not much for experimenting, I use tripods all the time, so they get deployed as tools when needed. I'll run one test roll through it and then it goes to work producing images that count...

    As far as LF, you might want to peruse some of the images I have uploaded, I own a fairly comprehensive Chamonix based 4x5 system...;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by RyanC View Post
    I played around with three different folders. The only one I took to was the Super Isolette. I learned I have no interest in any camera with an uncoupled rangefinder. The coupled rangefinder on the SI made the camera usable for me. I liked the SI and it was totally usable, but not sure I would ever bond with it.
    Since the camera will not fire without film in it, I assume you shot at least a roll? So with that, how did it handle in regards to steps to make the shot, how did both the view finder and RF patch compare to a Leica M? I suspect this camera will be able to live in my small RF bag with my M3 and Xpan, the bag being an Artisian & Artist Oskar One Day, love it for travel...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM-25 View Post
    ...Nah, not much for experimenting, I use tripods all the time, so they get deployed as tools when needed. I'll run one test roll through it and then it goes to work producing images that count...

    As far as LF, you might want to peruse some of the images I have uploaded, I own a fairly comprehensive Chamonix based 4x5 system...;-)
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    Ah! My bad. I mixed your post up with OP!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM-25 View Post
    Let's just say it was over Ryan's budget....



    Nah, not much for experimenting, I use tripods all the time, so they get deployed as tools when needed. I'll run one test roll through it and then it goes to work producing images that count...

    As far as LF, you might want to peruse some of the images I have uploaded, I own a fairly comprehensive Chamonix based 4x5 system...;-)



    Since the camera will not fire without film in it, I assume you shot at least a roll? So with that, how did it handle in regards to steps to make the shot, how did both the view finder and RF patch compare to a Leica M? I suspect this camera will be able to live in my small RF bag with my M3 and Xpan, the bag being an Artisian & Artist Oskar One Day, love it for travel...
    Yes, I shot the last three exposures on my buddy's camera. It's a much slower camera than a Leica M. I don't know how else to express it... The rangefinder is actually really good, but not in the same league as a Leica - obviously. It's smaller and not as bright.

    What I took away from it is how well it's made. That surprised me. Again, no Leica... But REALLY good.

    I think it would be a perfect travel companion for an M actually...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanC View Post
    So, I have been getting deeper and deeper into the world of film in the last 6 months. Starting with just casually shooting my film M as a companion to my M9 to now leaving the M9 at home most of the time and shooting film almost exclusively, developing it myself, and I've even set up a darkroom... Literally all in less than 6 months. Apparently, I'm sick.

    Anyway, for some reason I can't explain or rationalize I now want to play around with an MF camera - more specifically something in the square 6x6 format.

    I've got a budget of around $500. What would you guys suggest? Is there anything out there that I won't grow out of quickly and that can give me something (maybe not necessarily better) over my every day setup of an M7 with a 35mm ASPH Lux? I shoot Kodak Tri-x and Tmax 400 almost exclusively. I've never even so much as held a MF camera.

    Ideas? Thoughts?
    your budget is adequateto get a well-treated used Hasselbladof the 500 series with a standard lens.start with that.You won't regret it and can build it up from there.It is the most flexible systemand the quality is a major step up from 35mm.Also many 35mm enlargers can also do 6x6
    all the best and elcome in the MF ,league.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    your budget is adequateto get a well-treated used Hasselbladof the 500 series with a standard lens.start with that.You won't regret it and can build it up from there.It is the most flexible systemand the quality is a major step up from 35mm.Also many 35mm enlargers can also do 6x6
    all the best and elcome in the MF ,league.
    If you see a clean 500 kit in the $500 range, let me know... I'd be all over that.

    However, most I've seen go for over $1000 for a basic 500, back, and 80mm.
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    $500 budget in 6x6 gives a lot of options but from prices I've seen I agree the H 500 isn't likely to be one of them.


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