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    Some years ago when I was interested in owning a Hassy, the late Jack Naylor, who owned the worlds largest camera collection, gave me this advise: "don't be foolish, buy a Bronica and save your money." He could afford any camera - he didn't own a Hassy.
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    If I was in your situation, and wanted to keep the cost within reason and your budget, bearing in mind your requirements of a between the lens shutter lenses and 6x6 format, I would go for a Bronica SQA. I don't have any axe to grind, my own M/F gear is Mamiya C330, but if I was buying at present it would be the SQA.
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    I'd say Bronica is best bang for buck. Nice tack sharp glass and entire outfit can be had from KEH for under $400. Mamiya is also a good choice for the money, new lens selection and good film backs too.
    NOTE: "IF" you do select a "Hassy" give it a serious once over because many have more miles on them than a '72 Pinto.
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    If you want to find a used Hassy outfit in your price range, go to KEH. At least you'll have some degree of warranty/protection if the stuff goes bad on you. If you aren't totally opposed to the idea, a Rollei TLR will easily fall within your budget. No MLU to worry about- no mirror to get in the way of the taking lens. I got my 2.8 C on Ebay for about $500. The shutter needs a CLA, but other than that, it's terrific.

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