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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanders McNew View Post
    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.

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    One of the newer ones? How closely will it focus without resorting to supplemental lenses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chazzy View Post
    One of the newer ones? How closely will it focus without resorting to supplemental lenses?
    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.

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    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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    Hasselblad, if you like the square format!
    If you can afford, go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soeren View Post
    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.
    Søren
    I Very nearly went SQA-i. The square format's always
    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

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    Bronica GS-7
    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    I Very nearly went SQA-i. The square format's always
    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
    Correction: 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence; should read
    waist level. Angled prism finders are likely less of a pain
    in the neck though still add weight and bulk. Dan

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