Your opinions on which film camera to sell?
I currently own two Nikon DSLRs, two Nikon film (F100, FM2) and a Mamiya 645. 90% plus of my shooting is digital, and I use the film cameras when I want to take a more deliberate approach. I really don't need to keep three film cameras. My dilemma is which camera to sell. I am leaning toward selling the Mamiya for the following reasons:
- I very rarely have very large prints made
- Lab processing of MF film is more expensive than 35mm
- 35mm film is easier to find than 120 or 220 (although I have about 30 rolls still in my fridge)
- I can use the same Nikon lenses, except G, on all my Nikon cameras
- The Nikon film cameras are lighter to carry than the Mamiya
About the only real advantage to keeping the Mamiya seems to me is the greater image detail afforded by the larger negative.
Do these arguments make sense? I would be interested in hearing differing opinions.
Graham from St. Augustine, FL
Probably make sense for you. For me it might depend on what my lens collection was like. I have a Mamiya 645 Pro and thought it might supplant much of 35mm but so far it hasn't, mainly because I have only the one normal prime lens for the Mamiya. I find I still use my Yashicamat more than the 645.
OTOH, your reason for shooting film is to take a more deliberate approach and MF gives you that more than 35mm which is much closer to digital in shooting speed. (My 645 with its winder and 15 shots per roll or 30 on 220 isn't all that "deliberate" though - when I want deliberate the 4x5 comes out.)
Depending on which Mamiya you have it may or may not take interchangeable backs. I find that, or multiple 35mm bodies, invaluable for having different film available. I normally care three 35mm bodies when I'm shooting 35mm. I could do fine with one if I didn't want to have different kinds of film loaded and ready. So if yours is the earlier 645 system without interchangeable backs, that's another reason to sell it and keep the Nikons - you can have a couple of kinds of film loaded in the two bodies and switch at need with the same lenses. That matters a lot to me but might not to you.
I wouldn't sell any.
I use 4x5 and 120 more these days, I have my desire for high resolution to blame for that.
So I would keep the medium format for sure.
I would sell 35mm first, but not if I only had two bodies and a variety of lenses that fit. One body goes out and you are stuck.
If I were forced to sell one of my three remaining film cameras, I would sell the extra 35mm body. That way, I would still have one small format body and one medium format body.
In your case, you would sell the medium format camera because you are already leaning in that direction, plus, in your user profile, even though you belong to three medium format groups and one 35mm group, you identify yourself as a 35mm shooter.
Nikon G-lenses can be used with the F100 (FX at least but I know people who use DX lenses too) so I'd leave this one. FM2 is also a nice addition for foul weather situations.
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If you only use film for more "deliberate" shots, then I'd definitely stick with MF. In terms of print size, if you never go beyond 10x8, then may as well just stick with 35mm. In that case, I'd keep the FM2, just because I prefer older cameras generally.
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If it were my camera bag and I had to lighten the load so to speak, I would part company with the F100. If you're running with two DSLRs I'm speculating one of them is full frame and the other is a cropped sensor, you have the whole autofocus, high speed side of things covered. If you truly want to slow down then the FM2 and the 645 will do that for you. Contrary to popular opinion medium format film is still readily available from the usual suspects. Granted if this was really my kit I would get rid of the 645 too and go 6x6 square.
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Unless you're desperate for the money I wouldn't sell any of them.
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