Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 70,919   Posts: 1,556,459   Online: 1245
      
Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 38
  1. #11
    Slixtiesix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    738
    Images
    21
    Or Hasselblad SWC, if you can get along with just one (wide) lens. Very neat. But pricier than the Mamiya.

  2. #12
    TheFlyingCamera's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Washington DC
    Shooter
    Large Format
    Posts
    8,413
    Blog Entries
    51
    Images
    433
    If I were really looking to get in to large format, (which, if that's where you're thinking of going eventually, I'd just go straight there and skip the medium format) I'd get a nice inexpensive 4x5 field camera that can take a bag bellows, like a Shen Hao HZX-AT II (why the alphabet soup I have no idea, but it's a great little camera) and a 90 mm like a Rodenstock Grandagon 90mm f6.8. The f6.8 is a good compromise between the compactness of the f8 lenses and the cost and weight of the f5.6 lenses.

    If you're still looking at medium format because you really want it, go take a look at the Mamiya website to see the range of focal lengths available for the RB/RZ line and the 7. As mentioned previously, the RB/RZ goes down to 50mm, and then has a fisheye 37mm. The 7 has a rectilinear 43, 50, and 65 as well as the normal 80. The KEH website is as good a place as any to see a list of what's available for the Pentax, although at any given moment in time they may not have any of the extreme lenses at the superwide and/or long telephoto ends of the spectrum as they were always specialty lenses and are rare.

  3. #13

    Join Date
    May 2009
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    28
    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    If I were really looking to get in to large format, (which, if that's where you're thinking of going eventually, I'd just go straight there and skip the medium format) I'd get a nice inexpensive 4x5 field camera that can take a bag bellows, like a Shen Hao HZX-AT II (why the alphabet soup I have no idea, but it's a great little camera) and a 90 mm like a Rodenstock Grandagon 90mm f6.8. The f6.8 is a good compromise between the compactness of the f8 lenses and the cost and weight of the f5.6 lenses.
    He said he was originally going to go with the Mamiya 7 until his "friend" suggested he wasn't smart enough to figure out how to frame a landscape with a rangefinder.

  4. #14

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Oz
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    481
    Quote Originally Posted by muaddib View Post
    I am new here - signed up basically to ask the question shown in the subject line.... camera shake caused by the type of shutter in the Pentax; a viewfinder that doesn't show 100% of the scene, etc. ..Bob
    Check out this site:

    http://65.38.186.190/forums/showthread.php?p=1809974

    And this one:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...480532&page=72

    and Google Don Tsiklonaut.

    He uses a Pentax 6x7 with several lenses for recording the sights on his motorcycle tour around the world.

    (You gotta say that anything that can survive what he put this camera through has to be tough)

    Also, check out the threads on the Photo.net Medium Format-Pentax 6x7 forum (dozens of pages) from real users.

    FWIW, I was in your situation, very recently, and I decided on an SLR setup for the same reasons as I prefer 35mm SLR to 35mm RF: more versatile and more adaptible .
    Last edited by Galah; 12-01-2010 at 10:51 PM. Click to view previous post history.

  5. #15
    Pumalite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Here & Now
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,078
    Get a Mamiya with the lenses you want. They are great and dirt cheap.
    " A loving and caring heart is the beginning of all knowledge " ~ Thomas Carlyle ~

  6. #16
    dhosten's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Canada
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    77
    Images
    4

    I defer to those more knowledgeable, but...

    I love the Pentax 6x7, but felt the ground move on occasion when the mirror slapped back down. MLU (mirror lock-up) is a must if you choose this system.
    I've owned and gotten some great images with the RB67, and it never let me down, but (and this is big) it hurts your shoulders after a while trekking over hill and dale, especially if you carry a couple lenses.
    I actually went to a Super Graphic system, with grafmatic backs, which was actually lighter than the RB67 with a couple lenses and backs; the lower sharpness of the LF lenses was made up for by the bigger neg; so that was a good alternative for me.
    Frankly, you should also consider Hasselblad (way cheaper than years ago), Bronica with PS series lenses, perhaps a Rollei SL66/SLX, or even an Arax/Hartblei (Hassy copies) system. Most of those systems have price stabilized, so buying one and re-selling later should not hurt your pocket more than the cost of shipping... and of course, rental is a great idea.
    Any way you slice it though, the big difference will be neg size, not overall sharpness...compared to 35mm.
    If you ever do consider rangefinders, you really can't go wrong with the Mamiya 6/7.
    Last edited by dhosten; 12-01-2010 at 07:01 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: forgot to add the Rollei option, and links

  7. #17

    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Utah, USA
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    123
    Pumalite, which Mamiya are you referring to?
    Certainly the lenses for the 7II are not dirt cheap
    Thanks

  8. #18
    Sirius Glass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Southern California
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    13,190
    Quote Originally Posted by Slixtiesix View Post
    Or Hasselblad SWC, if you can get along with just one (wide) lens. Very neat. But pricier than the Mamiya.
    * 2
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

  9. #19
    TheFlyingCamera's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Washington DC
    Shooter
    Large Format
    Posts
    8,413
    Blog Entries
    51
    Images
    433
    Yes, the Superwide is a dream camera. It's also ungodly expensive even now. For the price of a Mamiya 7 and two or three lenses, you'll end up with a Superwide.

  10. #20

    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Montgomery, Il/USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    5,159
    I think you're going to find that none of the 6X7 cameras will give 100% view in the finder. That's SLR or rangefinder.
    The lenses for the Mamiya 7 are usually considered excellent. Because the lenses are not retrofocus they can be simpler to design
    and make.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin