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    IMHO, none of the medium format autofocus options are up to the standards of small format AF, and I even find the latter to have limited use and to require some fiddling of its own to make it work best. I am not sure why AF would be a deal maker, unless it really was at least as good as the AF on a small format SLR such as the EOS 1V, 3, etc.
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    I concur. I would consider size weight, handling, cost, etc. to be more important. I certainly would not lug around an RB/RZ to take pictures on 35mm! Not when a Pentax, Mamiya or Bronica SLR, or a medium format rangefinder or folder could do the same job.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    You can probably put 35mm through many of the 127-film cameras e.g. the yashica 44. That will give you exposure through the sprockets without too much weight.

    The nice thing about using an rb is the long panos that you generate. I did this once and only once though, you can see the result here. Yeah it was a waste of film but it amused me for hours.
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    True that, regarding panos. The RB/RZ, Bronica GS-1, Pentax 6X7, etc., will give a substantially wider pano. For example, the Bronica SQ series gives IIRC, 55mm wide images, while the GS-1 gives 69mm wide images.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    If you want sprocketed panos without all the added gear weight, perhaps an xpan could be modified to expose the sprockets. I am not endorsing this idea, just thinking aloud.
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    My father used a Rolleiflex for years to take the family 35mm slides (late 50's to the early 70's -- many camping trips, family events, occasional trips to Disneyland, etc)). It was what he had (a present from his sister, bought in a PX in Spain), and he had no interest in 6x6 negs or transparencies. The slides are great -- the portion of the lens' image circle that is used is the sharpest center section. No fall off, and all that. Most of the slides are verticals -- must of been a hassle trying to take horizontal images!

    We began backpacking and to save weight, so he up-graded to an Kodak Instamatic 804 (glass lens, focusing and all! The top of the line Instamatic!)

    So eventually,
    the Rollei came to me,
    and the rest
    is history....

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