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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.
Originally Posted by kwmullet
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.
My 6x6 camera is a Kiev 88 with a Vega 2.8/90 lens.
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.
Originally Posted by Andre R. de Avillez
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.
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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.
I also started with a Bronica ETRS it was a good camera. I loved the 645 format.
Originally Posted by PamelaHL
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.
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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.
I use two Voigtlander Perkeo IIs. Even though they are old, they deliver fantastic images.
I'm a big fan of Mamiya TLRs...
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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
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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