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    Sharpest Hand Held MF Camera

    Any views on the sharpest hand held MF set up?
    I have an Xpan which I use for 35mm - very sharp. I also have a Mamiya RZ system that I use for tripod work. What I'm looking for is something to fill the gap as I sometimes need to print 12x16 or above and the 35mm loses a little when enlarged over this size - especially if the frame is cropped.
    I need to be able to take it anywhere and use mostly hand held.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emanded View Post
    Any views on the sharpest hand held MF set up?
    I have an Xpan which I use for 35mm - very sharp. I also have a Mamiya RZ system that I use for tripod work. What I'm looking for is something to fill the gap as I sometimes need to print 12x16 or above and the 35mm loses a little when enlarged over this size - especially if the frame is cropped.
    I need to be able to take it anywhere and use mostly hand held.
    Mamiya 7!
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    The Mamiya 6 system is my preference for resolution per pound. These are all very good suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emanded View Post
    Any views on the sharpest hand held MF set up?
    There is no answer to this.
    Because it depends on what hands are holding the thing how. Not the camera that is being held.

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    I use Mamiya 7 and Fuji 6x9 and don't drink a lot of coffee before using them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emanded View Post
    What I'm looking for is something to fill the gap as I sometimes need to print 12x16 or above and the 35mm loses a little when enlarged over this size - especially if the frame is cropped.
    I need to be able to take it anywhere and use mostly hand held.
    A Hasselblad with a sturdy neck strap, A12 filled with 400-TMY2 and Bob's your uncle down to shutter speeds of 1/focal length.

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    The ideal set up I find is a long nights sleep before, no alcohol for a month, plenty of light for a good shutter speed and aperture, and ofcourse a static subject

    ...oh.... I use a bronica with speed handle.

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    kind of a question with many right answers, but mine is: rolleiflex. leaf shutter. no mirror. stable, anchored, waist-level position. yashicas and mamiyaflexes for the same reason, but i think lenses on rolleiflexes are marginally better.
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