Does it have to be an SLR? There's a lot to be said for rangefinders, and Koni Omega stuff is available dirt cheap on eBay. Even if you get an SLR later on, the rangefinder would be handy. The Koni Omega lenses are excellent. I understand that the lenses for the Mamiya Universal can also be excellent, if one gets the right ones.
I just picked up a Tele Rolleiflex after owning a number of normal Rolleis. I must say, this Tele Rolleiflex is a fantastic camera. I just uploaded a portrait of Dasha to the Critique gallery that I shot with the camera yesterday. I am looking forward to putting this camera to work.
One of the newer ones? How closely will it focus without resorting to supplemental lenses?
Originally Posted by Sanders McNew
No, this one's a Type one, ca. 1970. The portrait of Dasha over in the Critique gallery is shot as tightly as the Sonnar will allow, handheld, wide-open at f/4. Not bad, considering.
Originally Posted by Chazzy
I'd say go 6X6 and go with the SQA-i. Actually you don't need the prismfinder, the waistlevel is great except if you do some more actionlike shots. The Bronica is a great camera and the lenses I have tried where superp. I still regret... ah never mind that.
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Originally Posted by Soeren
correct orientation is A Big Plus; in the field and in the
darkroom. The camera sits and stays on top of the
tripod. For action shots it's always ready. With
negatives, landscape or portrait, both the
same when viewing the projected image.
There can be a weight advantage as well. The tripod
can be less weighty and one can do with the eye level
finder. Also chimney finders weigh little. Prism finders are
heavy and more bulky. Also a pain in the neck, literally,
as I found out by buying one of the other two
formats mentioned. Dan
They're getting really cheap and I have found that I can hand hold at a 60th and get sharp results whereas with the 500CM I have to be up at 125th or be using a monopod.
I started with a tlr, a $25 one too. Then I bought a Pentax. Since then i've purchased a Hasselblad 503cx. I still go for the Pentax. It's probably the best camera (for me) that i've ever owned. It was also one of the most cost effective. The lenses are _CHEAP_ compared to Hasselblad and I can not tell the difference between the pentax 75 and the zeiss 80.
If speed, ease of use and cost is your thing I'd go with the pentax.
Correction: 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence; should read
Originally Posted by dancqu
waist level. Angled prism finders are likely less of a pain
in the neck though still add weight and bulk. Dan