I klnow some of you will say you can never have too many cameras but, I have a Mamiya M645 1000s, M645 and three great lenses for these bodies.
I also have an RB67, 4 lenses , 3 back, left hand grip and the Mamiya hard aluminum case.
I am trying to decide do I need both of these kits and wondered how some of you might think this through.
You do not have too many cameras. I have too many cameras.
P.S. I do use most of them, though some of them very rarely. There are a few "projects" that I don't use (old cheap Polaroids that I intend to convert to pinhole some day, some Brownies that I haven't shot with yet, and a Rollei Wide that needs a shutter service.)
As for your particular case, whether or not you should keep the M645 depends on what you use it for. If you never use it for things for which you cannot also use the RB just as easily, I guess there is no need to keep it.
Me personally? I have an M645 kit (two bodies, three lenses) and an RZ kit (one body, one lens, and six backs, plus I usually have a borrowed kit from a friend that has another body, two lenses, prism, and four backs). I use them both for different things, and usually bring both on a trip. It would be hard for me to pick one or the other...though if I had to, it would be the RZ.
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"Truth and love are my law and worship. Form and conscience are my manifestation and guide. Nature and peace are my shelter and companions. Order is my attitude. Beauty and perfection are my attack."
I've almost always regretted selling gear. I've replaced stuff that I once had. This isn't a particularly smart way to go. I'd suggest putting away the stuff not in use so it doesn't weigh on the mind and wait until some project comes up that calls for it. Always seems to happen eventually.
This is not the place to ask how many cameras one should have .
(He pauses, and then a smile slowly appears on his face).
Unless, of course, one intends to share the result of the "poll" with someone else, like a spouse.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Falkland Islands: not any more now I'm in Lincolnshire UK
I have got too many MF cameras. 2!. I only want one but the RB67 is not all that portable in my hand and the Fuji GW690 does not produce pictures of the same quality as the Mamiya but is easier to carry,. There is no simple solution so I will just have to keep both and enjoy an occasional fondle.