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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite 6x6 brand?

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  • Bronica

    16 11.43%
  • Hasselblad

    51 36.43%
  • Rollei

    39 27.86%
  • Holga

    8 5.71%
  • Mamiya [6 rangefinder (?)]

    24 17.14%
  • Exacta

    1 0.71%
  • Seagull

    1 0.71%
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwmullet
    Flexaret? Never heard of it. Tell me more...

    off to google!

    -KwM-
    You could also try Meopta web site - the makeres of Flexarets (not produced anymore, BTW). Check the "History" link and choose "Cameras". You'll see all the different models they made.

    I think they can be had from eBay for $50-$60, usually from Czech Republic or Slovakia (Meopta is a Czech company).
    The one I have (Flexaret V) takes slip-on filters and close-up lenses (I think 30mm in size). I also have a set of close-up lenses in various strenghts and a full set of filters for B&W.

    As I said, it handles better than a Rolleicord: focusing is by a lever beneath the taking lens (like the Autocord, I think). I've never seen any lens resolution and quality comparisons, though.

    But, IMHO, the lens quality should be just fine - at least from my experience.

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    My 6x6 camera is a Kiev 88 with a Vega 2.8/90 lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre R. de Avillez
    How do you like it? I'm thinking of getting a bronica (either a "C", "S", "S2" or SQ model)
    Keeping in mind that this is the only med. format camera I have used for any length of time, other than YashicaMat 124G, I really like it. The only thing that I would have wanted different is that the shutter speed dial is on the left side of the camera body and I would have liked it to be in the front like a hasselblad - and hence a leaf shutter.

    The older bronicas tend to have a lot of mechanical parts and hence the potential for malfunction exists. This is especially true of the "filminder" backs. The one I have was not working properly (the brass in the winding mechanism was worn out, a common problem) and the cost of repairing it was more than 2 times the cost of buying a 12-24 frame switchable back, so I went that route.

    Other than this, I like it both mechanically and optically.

    As far as SLRs go, S and S2 are dirt cheap and accessories for them are easy to find on the net. Just check if the backs are working right.
    Last edited by Shesh; 06-25-2004 at 02:16 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    I have had my Hassy for about 10 years now. It has been a great camera and I will have it forever. I also use a Holga, and a Zeiss Ikonta folder as my small (snapshot) 6x6 cameras.
    Scott Stadler

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaHL
    The thread about why y'all chose MF in the first place took off a little bit on a discussion about whether Hasselblad is worth the money, etc. I've heard numerous conflicting opinions about this, so I'd love to hear some more. Which 6x6 MF do you use and why?

    As always, I am grateful for your willingness to take the time to respond.
    I also started with a Bronica ETRS it was a good camera. I loved the 645 format.
    However I went Hasselblad for the durability and the fact that it is all mechanical. I also was assisting a Wedding photographer who required square format, so the hasselblad was the natural choice. Besides the Mamiya 67 is to bulky more of a studio camera, the pentax 67 is heavy, the mamiya 645 is to plastic for my taste. Yep Hasselblad all the way.
    Last edited by hitcher; 06-25-2004 at 10:36 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    As I said before, first Rollei TLR (still have it and love it), Bronica S2A, then finally Blad. For the same reasons that most high volume pros went to them.
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    Pamela,

    I use two Voigtlander Perkeo IIs. Even though they are old, they deliver fantastic images.

    Greg

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    I'm a big fan of Mamiya TLRs...
    Bob Fowler
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    My 6x6 camera is a Rolleiflex SL 66. Actually it's really my daughter's camera. It was given to her by me father-in-law. My daughter just turned 3 years old, so before she realizes what great ( in more sense then one) camera she ownes, I borough it from her. Lovely camera, weird possibilities, nice lenses, but very sluggish. Just what I like

    JJ

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    I have a Mamiya C220 but it currently is out of action with something broken.

    I do use a Holga quite a bit for fun and find that you can get some wonderful images with it. Best to have a couple, one with the shutter mechanism intact, the other with the shutter mechanism removed for longer exposures at night or with slow film.

    If I have to replace the 220 I will probably just get another 220 or 330 off of Ebay or at a camera show. I like working with the waist level finder and it is a nice change of pace from an eye level camera or LF.
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