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    My third camera was a brand spanking new Mamiya m645 with one lens, the 80mm and a bunch of accessories, the bellows hood, filters of all kinds, many inserts, focusing screens, handheld handle thing etc.. I did a whole lot of photography with it both inside and out. They, 645's, are an all around camera. Since then I got the 55mm, 150mm, 105-210 zoom and a Mamiya 2X tele-extender. I've got the black Mamiya case to boot.

    Answer: The 645 class of cameras are capable of studio and outdoor photography.

    Last year or so I bought an RB67 ProS and have the 90mm, 180mm and the 2X tele, several backs and stuff for it including a sheet film holder. I took it to a National Park and carried it on my Berlebach tripod for short walks from the truck. Any further I'd need some more back surgery but with the 645 I could take it with me all day long as I did in Paris. I took a tripod too but there were many restrictions so I did a lot of braced contemplated photography. It doesn't take much tripod for a 645, a carbon fiber would travel right in the carry on for air. Some thoughts of mine, good luck.
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    What I found is that the AFDIII had a HUGE shutter lag and slow AF so I could not use it in the field with any good vibes.

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    Tom, have you installed the newest firmware? It's supposed to be much better than the afd2.
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    Yes I did, back in March. I believe it was 1.4
    Better but not nearly as I feel it should be.

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    You might try the next upgrade, but... even so, I am sure it's a pain, and I doubt the lag will ever get to the level of the 35mms.

    Anyway there is a new body from phaseone (?), I wonder if it's any better.

    Another solution would be leaf shutter lenses....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    Hell I take my RB 67 out on the field with no problem!

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    I second that, I use my RB 67 outdoors all the time, and I've also used a Mamiya 645 super hand-held with no problem.

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    I used my RZ67 in the field yesterday for family photographs. It's becoming a bear as it's a bit heavy around my neck but the results are so dang neat. Sometimes the viewfinder is a bit hard to see for focus in bright light.

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