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    120 camera that handles like a 35mm

    I have a wonderful Yashica Mat 124G that gets seldom use.I find the twin lens format a bit awkward for my style of photography.
    Can someone recommend a single lens (God,not a Holga)medium format camera that would be cost effective (real inexpensive) and have pretty good optics.

    Thanks

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    Mamiya 645 1000S, very low cost second hand, reliable rou=bust and fast to use, lenses are excellent.

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    Pentax 645 is basically a 35mm camera that uses 120 film. Even has a motor built in.

    But if it's just the TLR part you don't like plenty of other SLR choices.

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    How about the Pentax 67? It even LOOKS like nothing more than an overgrown 35mm SLR.

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    I second the Pentax 645(N).
    They are more inexpensive than the Mamiyas but do not have a changeable back (i.e. like 35mm...).
    The filter diameters are smaller (the 45mm has a 67mm diameter) and the data imprinting of the 645N and NII are very helpful.

    I just went through the same situation wanting a 645 which behaves vitually like my Canons. I ended up with the 645N and a bunch of lenses for the 645 (non-AF).
    Second choice would have been a M645 Pro with motor and AE finder.
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    Bronica ETRS with the hand grip and prism.


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    I have several med format cameras, tlrs, folders, century graphic, and a Pentacon Six. Of all of them, the Pentacon Six is the most like a 35mm slr. It is significantly smaller, lighter and quieter than a Pentax 6X7, and the wonderful Zeiss lenses are relatively cheap on the used market. 13 perfectly spaced shots on 120, and 27 on 220. The Pentacon Six is a little quirky, but once you learn about those quirks (film loading and film advance), the camera is dependable and easy to use.
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    Using a prism finder on a TLR makes it much more 35mm like. Ever since I got one for my C220 (now replaced by a C330) the camera is a real pleasure to use. I'm not sure if there is one made for the Yashica, but if there is it would be a rather inexpensive way to solve your problem.
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    Kodak Medallion.

    Or any folder:
    See www.certo6.com for ideas.
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    Bronica SQ-series with the winder-grip and prism. It doesn't look like a 35mm SLR in the way that a Pentax 67 does, but it feels more like a 35mm SLR than a Pentax 67.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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