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    Mamiya 645 for street photography?

    I'm contemplating using my Mamiya 645 super for some street photo, trying to keep light and quick so would probably go with 1 lens and 1roll of 400. I have always used my 645 kit with a tripod and mirror lockup so just curious how it might perform on the street hand held..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean
    I'm contemplating using my Mamiya 645 super for some street photo, trying to keep light and quick so would probably go with 1 lens and 1roll of 400. I have always used my 645 kit with a tripod and mirror lockup so just curious how it might perform on the street hand held..

    Yes, it's possible. I have used the M645 pro with AE prisma for street photography. It's nice to have an extra 120 back for quick change. 45mm or 55mm (W.A.) Sekor is the best choice. But I prefer my Leica M7 now for this kind of photography.

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    take a few extra rolls in a pocket! Although I've never purposely gone out 'on the street' with my M645 I do use it as a general walk-around camera and have have pretty much dispensed with the tripod (I used to use a monopod mostly) when using the camera like this.
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    I say try it; spend a roll. What could it hurt? For the small amount of weight tho I carry a Slik Sprint Pro pod with quick release, cause there's always going to be something somewhere that makes me wish I had one with me. As concerns just people shooting, or shooting at outside events, I usually opt for my 35mm Nikon over my Super without a metering prism. I also like to hold the camera at my side sometimes and shoot blind.

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    All my street photography is done with a M645. I use Ilford 3200 shot at 1600. Developed with ID11. The grain is clean up to a 11x14. Of course this is on a bright day. I also put a orange filter on for a little better contrast. It allows me a shutter speed of 500th at F8 or F11.

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    Sean, I'm glad you posted this question as I've been playing with the very same idea.

    Thanks for the tips everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean
    I'm contemplating using my Mamiya 645 super for some street photo, trying to keep light and quick so would probably go with 1 lens and 1roll of 400. I have always used my 645 kit with a tripod and mirror lockup so just curious how it might perform on the street hand held..
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    Why not? I have used my Hasselblad and it works fine. The plus is the bigger neg.

    Michael

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    Sean, do you have the motor grip? It adds a small amount of weight, but the camera handles a bunch better with it. It also adds some noise that might be a concern depending on what/how you are shooting. I use mine hand held a great deal and have been very happy with the quality of the shots. I don't do street photography and have a couple of other cameras I would probably try first for that (Yashicamat and a Yashica Electro 35G) but I really can't see why you shouldn't give it a try.

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    GO for it! The waist level finder will render you nearly invisible to people used to seeing an SLR or P&S held up to (near?0 the face.

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    I've used my RB67 for street photography, now I use a Bronica ETRS which is much more portable and people don't duck anymore when I point it at em. Use fast film so you can keep the shutter speeds up there for sharper shots.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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