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    Quote Originally Posted by slnce-z-gsi View Post
    (I tend to consider lenses for under €200 as cheap )
    Yep, you're perception of "affordable" and "Value for money" can change quickly in this game :P

    Quote Originally Posted by slnce-z-gsi View Post
    I keep my eye on the KEH and FFORDES. Is there any trustable seller of used gear out there to check?
    Personally, I look to KEH as a price guide, then hunt around, but the 55mm I just ended up getting from them as the auction prices were considerably higher (this is going back a few years). The few lenses I've found locally (in shopfronts) have been priced outrageously!
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    So - the tough decision was taken and I have a nice 645N + FA 45-85/4.5 on its way from ffordes to me (!!).

    It should arrive in a day or two and then I take it to business trip to Paris where I hope to find some time for a few evening shots. I will definitely let you know then!

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    To keep you updated:

    the camera arrived - what a beast! My Rolleiflex feels so small in comparison. The weight of the 645N + FA 45-85/4.5 + 6xAA is about 2.3 kg.

    The camera is NOT light (hey, I was shooting R3A with Jupiter3 over the weekend), but has a very good ergonomics and I got accustomed to it rather fast.

    The viewfinder was acceptably bright (the lens is only f/4.5!).

    The AF is better than expected. Manual focus was no problem either even though the camera does not have a split screen (just a normal matt screen).

    However - the camera turned to have one hidden issue the seller was not aware of and goes back for a replacement.

    The 45-85 lens while offering a practical range is bigger than I like. While packing the camera I have spotted an FA 35/3.5 on webpage of ffordes and immediately decided to swap the zoom for it and add later the A 55/2.8 (or the 75/2.8). Still - I did shoot 2 films with the zoom and will share my impressions.

    So - keep tuned - the show goes on

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    The 35 & 55 are two of my favourites, would love to hear (see) how you go with them. What was the issue you mentioned?
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    When I tried to make first test shots in vertical orientation - I mounted and arca-style quick release plate - and the tripod mounting came off the camera (I was lucky - in nearly fell off my tripod). As this feature (mounting point for vertical orientation) was one of the reason I decided to go with the Pentax 645N the camera went back. Also the battery insert had a slight rattle in the handle of the camera. Also the lens seemed to have quite some rattle (to be honest I do not know how much rattle is OK with this lens).

    But the camera worked fine. Actually - I expected large viewfinder (my wife has Minolta Dynax 7 which has great viewfinder - the Pentax is comparable) as people say how great it is. Still - it was easy to focus the slow zoom manually. The AF seemd precise two more AF sensors would be great though.

    So if I will negotiate with the ffordes (the contact is actually very good - I feel confident that we will work this out) and have the 645N plus FA 35/3.5 in my hands I will get the 55/2.8 (and probably also the 75/2.8 for half body portraits - the 150/2.8 can be too long at times)

    I will let you know how it works.

    Actually - did shoot one Delta 100 and one Provia 100 with the 45-85/4.5 to get the idea about the performance. I will post samples once I have it scanned and developed.

    I am in Paris right now and feel pity that I could not take the camera with me ...

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    The tripod mount came OFF?!! I'm imagining the thread being pulled out, but surely that can't be the case?! Wow... really interesting to hear.
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    Yes - it really did. The way it is attached to the steel shell ( a steel sheet underneath the plastic shell, according to what one can see when the mount is removed) - like a clench is probably not the most safe one ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slnce-z-gsi View Post
    To keep you updated:

    the camera arrived - what a beast! My Rolleiflex feels so small in comparison. The weight of the 645N + FA 45-85/4.5 + 6xAA is about 2.3 kg.

    The camera is NOT light (hey, I was shooting R3A with Jupiter3 over the weekend), but has a very good ergonomics and I got accustomed to it rather fast.
    My experience exactly, too big for its size, heck if bulk isn't a problem, why stop there get the RZ. Get the Mamiya 6 or 7, Mamiya or Contax 645 systems are too bulky for what they offer.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum51/7...tml#post970306

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    Just to let you know - nothing is decided - the camera went back and will be refunded. So I can reconsider it again. And it is not easy at all.

    Contax 645, Pentax 645N , Mamiya 6 , Mamiya 7 -lenses, Bronica RF645 and not to forget the fixed lens MF RF. Advantages and disadvantages are more-less obvious, but it does not make it any easier ...

    I need to think it over again.

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    I guess that it is my duty to disclose the rest of the story. I after long additional considerations I came across an interesting deal - Mamiya 6 with 50 & 150 lenses. What got me to pull the trigger was that the camera had the entire film transport gear exchanged less than 2 years ago.

    I sold R3A and Rolleiflex T to get this camera. I do miss the Rollei, but the Mamiya really does for me what I needed - a MF travel system with great optics, built in AE. It covers about 95% of what ideal camera could do and that is pretty good.

    I got the camera by end of July and by now have also the 75 lens, quick release plate from RRS. As I wanted (and I did) to drag the camera with me to vacation in Spain I got a customized bag from Courierware.

    Long story short - the camera is really nice to use and delivers great results. Of course I am in the process of scanning about 30 rolls of film and will be putting up some images on he web soon.

    thanks to everybody who shared here advice and opinions.

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