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    If I remember correctly, 645 will make 8x10's with no cropping. What do the 645 enthusiast's suggest.

    Craig

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    6x7 doesn't need cropping for 8x10. 6x4.5 is 4:3. 10x8 are 5x4

    Are you looking for a 645?

    Bronica ETRSI cheap but it seems many have been sold off. KEH pickings are much slimmer then last year.

    Pentax 645 comes with motor drive and meter in the body. Added cost for the bronica.

    Mamiya wide range of ages and bodies.

    Bronica RF 645. Seems rare and expensive. Portrait format when held normally. I think.

    Various Fujis

    If you are looking for something in particular I'm sure somebody could suggest more.

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    I was looking at Mamiya 645 Pro TL cameras last night. Wow are they cheap.

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    Sorry, then it's 6x7 I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH View Post
    If I remember correctly, 645 will make 8x10's with no cropping. What do the 645 enthusiast's suggest.

    Craig
    Dear Craig,

    Remember that the formats are all nominal, and vary from maker to maker. For example, I love Linhof's 56x72mm format which at a 3x enlargement is 168x216mm i.e. almost exactly whole plate. Other '6x7' formats go as low as 56x68mm in my experience, and lower for all I know. '645' is typically 56x41-43mm, but can be more or less.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH View Post
    Sorry, then it's 6x7 I'm looking for.

    Craig

    Then it's Mamiya RZ/RB
    Bronica GS Isn't one for sale here?
    Fuji Rangefinders

    But what else are you looking for? Between cameras and rollfilm backs you've got plenty of different choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH View Post
    Sorry, then it's 6x7 I'm looking for.

    Craig
    Dear Craig,

    'Baby' Linhof. Graflex XL. Koni-Omega. Do not be deceived by big, heavy reflexes...

    Cheers,

    R.

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    My Mamiya M645 Pro and M645 Super offer a negative area of 56mm x 41.5 mm.

    This enlarges to approximately 10 3/4" x 8".

    That's not a heck of a lot of cropping.

    It requires even less cropping if you print to 5 x 7 or 11 x 14.

    IMHO, it would be a mistake to make your decision on formats based on this issue alone.

    Matt

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    I use 6x4.5 as my primary format, although I have been moving toward more and more 4x5, and 8x10 recently, and I have to agree completely with Matt. Don't make the choice based on something like that - choose the system that does what you need for the price that you can afford.

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    I have both a Mamiya 645 and a Mamiya RB67 (I love 'em both). You're going to need to do some cropping regardless of which format you choose if you want an exact 8x10 print.
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