They will be cheaper when 120 film is more difficult, buy a big freezer, stock it and wait...
Do you REALLY think medium format is going to die? I just can't see this happening as long as digital backs stay in the five figure and high four figure price range. Remember that digital did not becomea threat to 35mm until the cameras became relatively cheap.
My "system" has already paid for itself. I've taken it on several trips and have made some fine negatives. If it ended tomorrow I feel that it was worth it and have no regrets. I can't see at least some 120 roll film being available for quite a while. It's not like new medium format cameras are not being produced anymore either. Put some Ilford Pan F 50 or Rollei 25 in one and just look at the negatives you will get.
Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand
Do you REALLY think medium format is going to die? I just can't see this happening as long as digital backs stay in the five figure and high four figure price range.
well ... personally yes I do. With Nikon's rumored MX format and Leicas S-system and I'm sure more to follow I just don't see how long it can remain. People won't want to be scanning 120 film to obtain "similar" results that only hair splitting will resolve when they can get a digital system (to meet pressing deadlines).
I'm sure that these prices will come down.
I'm still using 4x5 (and thinking of getting a 8x10) because I like working with sheet film and because it gives me access to much cheaper scans to move my image into the other process options. I recently spent $200 on a 6x12 roll back to give me more exposures in the field and to save money on the costs / processing of 4x5. Thats one of the things I liked about the 4x5 system when I made that decision, adaptablity. But I wouldn't buy a dedicated roll film camera unless I could cover its costs fully in 3 years.
Its just a matter of how quickly this can happen, and how low prices will get. Currently, there isn't a digital medium format system that is close to affordable for someone who isn't actually making a decent amount of money from their photography. Even full-frame 35mm digital is only starting to become somewhat affordable to the average enthusiast. In other words, prices have a long ways to go.
I got my RB67 just last year - finally had to do it as the price was right. It is heavy, but not when compared to dragging a Calumet 4x5 monorail into the field (something I used to do).
There is a left-hand grip available for the RB, with a shutter release lever (this also fits the TLRs and the 645, as far as I know). I have this grip and it does help me steady the camera hand held, but I generally use it on a tripod anyway. I *had* a prism but it was too much weight and I sold it. I prefer the WL finder.
So far I have been very pleased with this camera and the 65mm and 127mm C lenses. The operation of the camera encourages thinking through the image composition much more than the "8 frames per second" approach, and the images I've scanned so far look great.
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