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    Mamiya 645afd only good for studio work?

    I am new to medium format and i am currently researching Mamiya 645 afd.
    In your opinion, is this camera more for studio work? is it ok to use it for everyday shooting. I hope my question make sense to you.

    Thank You.

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    I think many people by the 6x4.5 cameras for portability. So none of them are "studio-only" cameras. Heck, I even haul my Bronica GS-1 into the great outdoors and it's a 6x7.

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    My F4 is just as big and weighs as much as my Mamiya. I take them both in the field without any problems.

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    I don't think the AF is fast enough for pictures of certain types of racing, otherwise it should work for just about anything.

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    Whatever you're comfortable carrying is okay for field work.

    I don't have an AF Mamiya, but do have a manual focus Mamiya 645 Super and all of its shooting has been out and about.

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    I had a 645afd and a 645 pro, and I use them both in many different ways, they are very versatile. I'd definitely not call the afd a studio-only camera, it has many features that are very nice for the field. There are many super-fast lenses and high shutter speeds, and also a few leaf-shutter lenses.

    The rb/rz are better suited for studio work IMHO than the 645s. 645 was probably invented for covering events e.g. weddings and such, that'd be my guess. But you can use all of these cameras any way you see fit!

    In my opinion, the 645 pro is quite possibly the best deal on the market right now. Since I have the pro and the afd, I can tell you that I actually prefer the pro in many ways. Actually, I almost never use the AF on the afd, and anyway it only has one AF point and metering segment, so it's way behind what many 35mm slrs can do. The newest camera from mamiya has much more sophisticated metering and AF but it is very pricey.
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    I carry my mamiya 645af everywhere. I have some shots I printed tonight that I shot handheld in waste high brush on Saturday. It is definitely not a "studio only" camera.

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    great cameras, for studio AND field use. Very lightweight, and IIRC, they take AA batteries, another + in my book.

    great lenses too

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    Hell I take my RB 67 out on the field with no problem!

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    No such thing as an "only for X" camera. If it works for you, it works.

    People complain about the RZ's bulkiness and assert that it is "only for studio" - yet I use it 90% of the time outdoors.

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