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    Quote Originally Posted by max_ebb View Post
    Is your PD prism reading too fast or too slow? Are you using a brighter screen than a regular RB screen? Are you setting the finder for the lens you're using (3.8, 4.5, 6.3, 8)? With all the RB metered finders, you have to set them for the lens that you're using. If nothing else, you can compensate when you set the film speed if it's consistently off a set number of stops.
    Thanks! I will try, on the PD, the process you suggest on the weekend. To your question, it was reading too slow in virtually all instances. I tried the battery replacement route first with no effect. And, as I had my trusty Sekonic 558 around my neck, I just gave up on it (plus I had the FE701 on the RZ anyway). However, I will give it a whirl, and as you suggest, I can always compensate for the film speed (which I planned to do when using a brightscreen anyway). But, because it was always off, again, I just gave up on it and reverted to the Sekonic.

    To your earlier comments about the 6x8 motor film backs - I purchased one recently and have not had a chance to use it. However, I am looking forward to trying it out.


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    I would take that a step farther and say hold out for the K/L lenses. Lately they've been going for about the same price, or just a little more than the C lenses on ebay. There aren't as many of them though, so you have to keep an eye out for them to come up.[/QUOTE]


    This is true!

    The KL lenses in the longer focal lengths beyond the 180mm (telephoto) are not as readily available as they were a year ago. I base this on checking KEH listings for the past year.
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    Get the RB, look for 90mm, 127mm and 180mm for starter lenses, later you might want the 140mm, 150mm 65mm and 250mm. look for a cheap spot meter or just go with a reflected meter like a gossen pilot ($30ish on eBay). A good thing to have on the RB is a handle, (pro or dotline --less than 20 bux). Also look for a hefty tripod, you are nearing 10 lbs of camera here. and another good item is a second film back ---guaranteed to come in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Searust View Post
    Get the RB,....Also look for a hefty tripod, you are nearing 10 lbs of camera here.....
    Some people, me included, follow this rule:

    heavy camera/light tripod; light camera/heavy tripod.

    It's the combined weight that counts the most if the tripod is well built. Obviously heavy everything is better if weight is no issue. It is for me when I backpack into remote locations, especially at high altitudes. Light tripods are also more compact, a real benefit when packing it in. I'm not talking ultralight here, there are limits to this rule.
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    Thanks a lot for the help guys.. Has made the decision making tons easier!

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