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    Give 2 35mm away for a medium format?

    I have already a Pentax 6x7 for landscape and Bronoca ETRs-I for portraits.
    My Nikon F3 and FM are my backups.

    I like both specially for street photographs, but I think I have too many cameras and lenses and I would like to have something to replace them which I still could continuous with my street shots and travel. So I was wondering about change them for a twin lens camera (6x6). It is doesn't need to much space to store and carry in the streets and travels, nicer size negatives and I can use as my main camera for portraits and studio shots while I have my bronica as backup.


    Whay Am I saying it here???
    Because I want to hear from others if they think I could miss some possible benefices from 35mm I could be forgetting now. A part from the fact that I will shoot less since I will have less frames per negatives. But is there anything else I could regret?

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    I like and hate 35mm.

    I like:
    Long rolls
    Small bodies (compared to MF)


    I hate:
    Long rolls
    Bag tends to get filled with multiple lenses on outings
    Scanning is a chore due to long rolls

    Given the above, I shoot way more MF (645, 6x6, and 6x7) than I do any 35mm. Of course, that doesn't keep me from selling all my 35mm. =/


    So, my advice to you (but I don't take my own advice), if you don't use it much and don't see yourself using it a lot in the future, go ahead and trade it in for something you'll use.

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    TLR

    TLR Rolleiflexes and some Yashicamats have 35mm adapters so you can shoot 120 or 35mm. The 35mm adapters utilize a vertical (portrait) format. They work great. A TLR with a 35mm adapter and a 70 or 80mm lens is great for portraits and you can sync at 1/500 sec., too.

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    Forgot to add that if you keep to one film format, you only have to buy / keep one film format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciofs View Post
    I think I have too many cameras
    You listed only 4 cameras and you say too many ? Don't get me started ...

    Anyhow I think you will not get that much money for the nikons - and they are terrific cameras. And people change - maybe in a year or two you will need 35mm cameras, and then buying again...Just left them at home.

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    Well, if you need something that requires you to shoot more frames than a roll of 120 in a short period of time.

    Also 35mm permits the use of larger aperture lenses.
    Last edited by dehk; 05-15-2014 at 05:03 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    I'll tell you what I did. At some point I had a Hasselblad, RB67, FM2n and OM1. I shoot mostly 120 so thought I'll get rid of my FM2n (which I used with a 50/1.4 and a 35/2, both Zeiss) as it was a lot of money sitting around (the Zeiss, not the FM2n...) and have the OM1 for the rare occasion when I want 35mm. Turns out I really disliked my OM1 which is why I never used it when I had the FM2n. So I sold that thinking that I don't need 35mm at all. A month later I got myself a EOS 3 with an Ultron 40/2. It just has its place.

    In the end, it really depends what you shoot and how. I use the MF for most stuff but use 35mm most for a bit more faster portrait stuff (eg kids). To be honest I really wish I kept the FM2+Zeiss 50, that was a sweet combo. But the EOS 3 with the 40 is really nice too, it is a fast camera and the lens is great too. I also really like sometimes just walking around and thinking "oh I still have another 32 shots left...cool".

    So basically what I'm saying...well noone knows except you. I know, much help that is...
    Hasselblad, Mamiya RB, Nikonos, Canon EOS

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    An other question: how much Nikon lenses do you have?
    I would personally keep the Nikon F3 with one good lens - if money isn't a problem.
    A TLR camera is very nice to use - but in some / many instances a F3 will work much quicker/better in street photography.

    But before you do anything, try to shoot a few roles with a TLR first, before you buy one. I personally like it, but a lot of folks don't like shooting this way. It is very, very different from shooting a SLR camera. Even from the Pentax or Bronica.

    And will you get a TLR with or without a build-in light meter? Als an important factor for spontaneous or fast street photography.
    Bert from Holland
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    * I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
    * My favorite cameras: Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T2, Nikon F4s, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras

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    I sold my 35mm cameras and lenses to concentrate on 6x6. I mostly use my Bronica SQ-A, but when I need to travel light or inconspicuously, I use my Minolta Autocord TLR. No one seems to notice the TLR when I'm taking pictures out on the street and it's deadly silent.

    I don't miss 135 format at all.

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    The only 35mm camera I shoot any more is my Stereo Realist. For me, my DSLR has replaced my 35mm camera. Digital is great for sports, family snap shots and Ebay pics.

    Since I have an 8x10 camera with both 8x10 and 4x5 backs, I rarely shoot my medium format Hasselblad anymore.

    To answer your question, I think it depends on you and what you like to shoot. We are all different.

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