I took the advice of another photographer and decided to try out the square format a bit more before I decide on which MF I'll include in my life. So, I bought a Yashicamat 124 that is really clean from a local used camera store. I was tempted to really check out the format difference by also purchasing the Zeiss Ikonta C that they had there in excellent shape. Or maybe the Kiev88, except that the 1/4 sec. doesn't always work!
Thanks so much for sharing all of your thoughts and ideas. You've opened up this world for me in so many ways, and I am so freaking excited to get started! It's already given me an idea for a series that I want to start shooting. And the bulb setting and ultrasharp lens on my new Yashicamat will be of help in that effort. Thanks!
[A gentleman at the camera store -- a patron -- said that the Japanese lenses were created for military use, so they're extremely sharp, whereas the European lenses were created for commercial use, so they have that softness for portraiture. True?]