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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post

    Using a GS-1 on a tripod is no problem as long as you use the prism finder. The waist level finder is useless if you want to take shots in portrait mode.
    The trick is to stand to the side and look down at a small mirror held at an angle so you can see the focusing screen. The image will be right side up and unreversed.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post
    I owned a GS-1 for years, and tried a RB67 before.

    Using an RB67 handheld means in the first line, you have to carry it to the place where you want to use it. If you are always in a studio or if you live in your car and never walk, or if you have an assistant, it's a great camera, especially for macro shots I myself hated it because it is simply too big and too heavy.
    Oh come on, it isn't that heavy! I hand hold mine all the time, often with a 35mm SLR around my neck and a backpack full of bodies and lenses on my back. No pack animal or entourage of assistants is required, it weighs like 6-7 lbs. You guys act like it weighs 50 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnArs View Post
    I only know a 110 mm Macro lens for the GS 1 did I miss something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpulley View Post
    Oh come on, it isn't that heavy! I hand hold mine all the time, often with a 35mm SLR around my neck and a backpack full of bodies and lenses on my back. No pack animal or entourage of assistants is required, it weighs like 6-7 lbs. You guys act like it weighs 50 lbs.
    Depends on how much one can carry. I like to travel lightweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post
    Depends on how much one can carry. I like to travel lightweight.
    I sometimes like to travel with a camera that is small and lightweight too but in that case I'll take a 126 Instamatic which fits in my pocket. If I'm going to carry a medium format SLR then a 4lb GS-1 or 6lb RB67 doesn't really make much of a difference.

    Anyways, I didn't want to derail the thread, just dispell the myth that the RB67 weights that much more than a GS-1.
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    Mirror usage

    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    The trick is to stand to the side and look down at a small mirror held at an angle so you can see the focusing screen. The image will be right side up and unreversed.
    This is a cool idea: I love using the WLF, except on high shots where I cannot reach it and get the shot. I've held the cam upside down but very unweildy. I'll be putting a mirror in my bag and see if I can get high shots that way without going to a prism. Thanks!
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    Too bad none of the makers ever thought to make a WLF that could take a mirror for this purpose. I figured it out after I got my ETR-Si but never heard anyone else talk about it. I found a small makeup mirror in the cosmetics section of a drug store. It has its own vinyl pouch and is just the right size-a little bigger than the screen.
    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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    Another usable trick is to raise the camera to eye height (using a tripod) and stand to the side. The image is upside-down, but if you are used to a view camera, that shouldn't bother you a bit!
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    The prism on my RB67 weighs 880g, yes nearly 2lbs. What does the GS-1 prism weigh? I really need to find a WLF for mine, some days I 'view naked' using just the focus screen when I need to take a low shot...
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