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    USED RB67, what to look out for

    I have been shooting 6x7 with an old Calumet 4x5 view camera with a roll film back. I love the format but the equipment is too old, fragile and heavy to do any serious back packing. So I am considering the purchase of a used RB67. Yeah I know an RB67 is not exactly light and small but they seem more rugged than a 4x5 view camera.

    Is there any known problems I should look out for before I invest? Is an old work horse likely to have shutter, bellows or other common problems?

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    Look out for aged light seals. They can be replaced if they leak though.

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    I have an RB 67 pro SD, I would go for that version if you can. There are a few differences between them.

    As you know the RBs have no movements, so if you want that you might consider a 2x3"/6x9cm camera. I have a horseman VH that weighs about a third of the RB. And the VH takes all the RB backs, from 645 to 6x8. Maybe worth considering if you have been using a view camera.

    I love my RB though! I just wouldn't take it backpacking.

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    The pro-SD can take the 75mm tilt-shift, wheras the Pro-S and Pro can't.

    Of course, I kinda wonder if it's a more economical option to just get any of the 2x3/6x9 view cameras with a graflex back...

    The usual things with any old camera apply -- shutter accuracy, pinholes in the bellows, aged light seals, etc. but not necessarily anything specific to the camera, from what I can tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wirehead View Post
    Of course, I kinda wonder if it's a more economical option to just get any of the 2x3/6x9 view cameras with a graflex back...
    I would get a mini graphic with the 6x7 roll film holder. You could probably use whatever lenses you're using now.

    Don't get me wrong, I have an RB and I really like it, but would not go hiking with the thing strapped to me! :o
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    Watch for deteriorated foam seals on the film backs and the body. As for the weight, I don't find the RB with waistlevel finder terribly heavy. I have an RB with the CDS prism, and yes, it weighs a ton. I actually have carried it around on outdoor shoots with the CDS prism attatched. It is like a workout!

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    The RZ has a lens-extension tube combination with movements. It is limited compared to 4x5 but is available if you need that feature.

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    I have had a couple of "car batteries" and I can say it is all that much lighter than some of the field cameras and I know for a fact it ain't lighter than a mini speed, I would look at a couple of the mini speed models and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brown View Post
    I would get a mini graphic with the 6x7 roll film holder. You could probably use whatever lenses you're using now.

    Don't get me wrong, I have an RB and I really like it, but would not go hiking with the thing strapped to me! :o
    Can you give more details on how I could use an RB lens on a mini graphic? Is it a commonly available lens board that doesn't require you to cock the shutter from the back, or would one need to hack it?

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    I'm thinking David meant your 4x5 lenses on the mini graphic.
    Graphics are rugged cameras. Like, wash it off with the hose and take it apart with a flathead screwdriver rugged. Well, not really but pretty close.

    I use a 4x5 crown graphic with a 6x7 back. It's as light as my hasselblad w/80mm lens with waistlevel. I use it handheld. For hiking, this would work great as it packs up real nice and sturdy. Not too much movement but it's more than the RB.

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