My thoughts exactly.
Originally Posted by 2F/2F
Great cameras! I've owned one for years; they're hand-holdable, the bellows focusing is easier and more precise than helical focusing, at least for me. Some of the wider lenses, most notably the 50mm, were criticized for not producing optimum sharpness - which they wouldn't be (sharp) if the user wasn't aware of the floating element function to control full frame (flat field) sharpness at close distances - in most cases, if not all, that was the problem (user error).
I never had a malfunction with the RB Pro SD and the KL lenses still amaze me for image quality.
"Pictures are not incidental frills to a text; they are essences of our distinctive way of knowing." Stephen J. Gould
I'm very happy with my RB67 Pro-S, and find it perfectly hand-holdable with the 'L' grip. As for lenses, again no problems with sharpness. All mine are 'C' or later and produce really sharp and detailed negs. My 127mm is, if anything, too sharp for portraits of anyone with less than perfect skin!
To be fair to the OP, I bet you can not find one thread where the RB67 is discussed that one or more posts don't say you have to use a tripod and that it is a heavy sucker.
If you've never used one, or even seen one, I can understand those statements being construed as negative.
I had one years ago and discount those concerns. BUT, it is a heavy sucker.
I'm tempted get one again but with a Hassy and Zone VI 4x5, that format doesn't make much sense for me.
For the lens, my only mistake was not getting the 127mm lens. But that is a personal choice. Whatever the format, I like a little longer than normal lens, if I'm only going to have one lens.
I think the RB67 is an excellent camera.
But my extensive kit is for sale. If you want it email me off list.
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Originally Posted by David Brown
Dunno, some nobody.
Seriously, here is a bit from Steve Anchell's interview with Brett Weston:
SA: You began your career in 1925, at the age of 13, with a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 Graflex your father gave you. What other cameras have you used or do you prefer?
BW: My mother gave me an 8x10 view camera in 1930. It cost $25.00 back then. I must have been 20 or so. Over the years, most of my work has been done with either 8x10 or 11x14. In recent years I've suffered a series of accidents and setbacks which have prevented me from physically handling the big cameras. I've come to rely almost entirely on 2 1/4. The Rollei SL66 and the Pentax 6x7, I call it my giant 35. For abstractions and close-in things, I prefer the big Mamiya 6x7.
Here's the link. Bloody wonderful:
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Originally Posted by David Brown
I doubt that thing is going to sell. Most people just want a working camera, and are not willing to pay this kind of price for this sort of thing. And with SO many of these selling for around a third the starting bid on this one, who would actually go for it?
In my commercial days, the photographers had a saying "645 glorified 35. 6x7 made in heaven"
I have had my RB since 1982 and its been my best camera for most of that time. It and I once fell of a little cliff. I made it but the camera hit a stone. I thought it was toast but the damn thing kept going. I just had it clean and checked and the camera tech gave my old RB a clean bill of health. What a glorious camera!
With the letters RB like in my name, It's got to be a great camera!
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit"
I used an RB Pro-S for years. Great camera, great glass. I bought it because I had a 6x7 neg holder for my LPL 700 enlarger. The RB, RZ etc are an extremely flexible camera system. I only sold mine to get into 4x5 and now have a number of roll film backs to go with the 4x5. The bargains are certainly out there; you don't have to pay very much for a top shelf outfit. Beware the floating lens elements on wide lenses! Cheers Michael.
Well, that sounds like a good reason to me! "I had to buy the convertible, dear. How else was I supposed to make use of the scarf and gloves your mother gave me?!"
Originally Posted by Michael Finder
Funny that you have gone to 4x5 as an RB alternative, because I just picked up an RZ in order to move away from 4x5 for certain things. The universe sure has a way of achieving balance, doesn't it?
"Truth and love are my law and worship. Form and conscience are my manifestation and guide. Nature and peace are my shelter and companions. Order is my attitude. Beauty and perfection are my attack."
- Rob Tyner (1944 - 1991)