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    should i get as bronica sqa?

    hi all,

    im looking to move up in my photography and have got my eye set on a medium format slr system. i definitely want to shoot 6x6 not 6x6.45 so im thinking maybe a bronica sqa/sqai/sqam as mamiya and hasselblad cost quite a lot more. does anyone have any suggestions as to other cameras and also where i may be able to pick one up for a decent price?


    thanks

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    That is a great camera, but you might check out the Mamiya RB67. It is a little big and heavy but has big negatives and takes great pictures.

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    There is a reason, or several reasons, Hassys and Mamiyas cost more.
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    the mamiya rb67 is 6x7 isnt it? i could do that i guess, im ont bothered about weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfbiffherb View Post
    hi all,

    im looking to move up in my photography and have got my eye set on a medium format slr system. i definitely want to shoot 6x6 not 6x6.45 so im thinking maybe a bronica sqa/sqai/sqam as mamiya and hasselblad cost quite a lot more. does anyone have any suggestions as to other cameras and also where i may be able to pick one up for a decent price?


    thanks
    You're probably better off trying to find an Bronica SQ-A/Ai/B kit(body+viewfinder+120 back) rather than put together separate parts. Things like WLFs and 120 backs for the SQ series have really jumped in price, so while bodies and lenses(e.g., the 80/2.8 and 150/3.5 or 4)are reasonably priced, you may actually spend less for a kit. I shopped for a long time before I recently found a NOS 120 back at a good price. I'd avoid the SQ-Am--blow the motor drive and the whole camera's dead. Overall, Bronica SQs, because they're really the only 6x6 SLR outside Hasselblad, have actually gone up in price since I bought into the system in early '09.

    For the money, though, you might also look into the Mamiya RB67, preferably the later ProS or ProSD bodies. Hands down, the biggest negative for the $ on offer right now.

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    thanks for that advice. ive been looking at kits to be honest as opposed to buying seperately. ive had a look at a few mamiya rb67's in the past 20 minutes or so and they look good. im still more drawn to the bronica thought for some reason haha!! its looking like £250-£350 for a bronica sqa kit (80mm lens, back, body and prism/wlv) wherever im looking at the mo which is reasonable enough i guess.

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    If you like square and want an SLR type camera, then yes you should find a kit for sale and enjoy yourself.
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    thats the plan, if my guitar sells for enough this weekend on ebay!! currently torn between rb67 and sqa now though. i hate decisions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfbiffherb View Post
    thats the plan, if my guitar sells for enough this weekend on ebay!! currently torn between rb67 and sqa now though. i hate decisions!
    I have both--a guilty pleasure--and tend to shoot the RB67 more despite it not being exactly petite. If you need/want close-up capability, the bellows focusing on the RB67 is killer. The rotating back(the "RB" part)is another of its unique features.

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    argh, the temptation!!

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