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    MF for hiking trip

    I am going to the UK in the fall to walk St. Cuthbert's Way. Although I am mainly a LF guy, it would be too much to backpack an 8x10 or even a 4x5 for this hike (at my age), so I am thinking of a lightweight MF. My current MF camera is an RB67 and it is a bit of pig to carry on a long hike. I can't afford a Mamiya 7 at this point, which would be my first choice. So what is left? I don't want an older folder and I don't need TTL. Folks keep telling me about the Fujis - 6x7 and 6x9 - which sound quite interesting and affordable. Any thoughts on these and others I don't know about? .

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    I would get a TLR.

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    agree

    I agree. Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapguy View Post
    I agree. Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc W View Post
    I am going to the UK in the fall to walk St. Cuthbert's Way. Although I am mainly a LF guy, it would be too much to backpack an 8x10 or even a 4x5 for this hike (at my age), so I am thinking of a lightweight MF. My current MF camera is an RB67 and it is a bit of pig to carry on a long hike. I can't afford a Mamiya 7 at this point, which would be my first choice. So what is left? I don't want an older folder and I don't need TTL. Folks keep telling me about the Fujis - 6x7 and 6x9 - which sound quite interesting and affordable. Any thoughts on these and others I don't know about? .
    A Fuji GSW690 is an absolutely SPECTACULAR landscape camera. Find one in good shape and it will pretty much deliver the goods. I took a GSW690 to Asia as well as across the US. 24" X 36" prints looked as good as anything I have ever made. I can't recommend this camera enough.

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    what's ur prejudice against an older folder? A Super Ikonta B of post-war vintage would only set you back a few hundred dollars, has prime optics and excellent mechanics and will do as good a job as a mamiya 7 without the metering, which you probably don't need anyway.

    if it were me and i had to pick a fuji, i'd go with the 67 just for film "economy" and a more universally useful negative size. I've not seen anything negative about them.

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    Here's a Rolleiflex 2.8C next to a Fuji GS690 (the 670 is the same body, just different mask and frame spacing). The Fuji lens can't be seen here but it projects forward a good distance-

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    If you've been shooting 4x5 and 8x10, I'd recommend getting the Fuji. Unless you've been cropping your large format to squares all these years. Fuji also made a 680 model.
    Last edited by Dan Daniel; 05-26-2014 at 11:48 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I also will go for an TLR.

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    When I went Egypt, I packed a Zeiss Ikon 6x9 on 120 folding camera. Lightweight and excellent picture quality.

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    When you're hiking weight really is an issue. I would bring a TLR.

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