I would LOVE to have a PDF or JPGs of the pages of that 1996 B&H ad for reference! If you can provide that, send me a PM and I will reply with my personal email address. Thanks, in advance!
I was under the impression that any medium format SLR, regardless of brand, was the territory of Professional photographers before the mass exodus. The only reason mere mortals like myself can afford them now is that in reality they are dirt cheap.
Bar Soviet- and GDR-made ones. They might have been even targeted to professionals, but photographers had no enough appreciation of their superiority to products of the rotten capitalists.
Originally Posted by hoffy
Even them I was witness to several pro photoshoots in Cuba that used a Pentacon Six, Bernhard Grzimek a famous german Zoo Director and Documentary Filmmaker used a Pentacon Six on his Safaris.
Originally Posted by MDR
Well, plenty of photographer had no choice...
And nowadays some art photographers use them (when they sell their pictures, they are professionals, aren't they?), but for a serious, commissioned work, you needed reliable tools, while Kievs, famous for 50% dead-on-arrival rate, were rather not.
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When I started seriously with photography in 2001, I bought a Bronica SQ-B with a 80 mm lens new. My first MF camera. Later I bought some extra lenses 2nd hand.
It's a wonderful piece of equipment with excellent glass, in my opinion. Thus, I never went over to Hassy. Later I aslo bought a new Bronica RF645 as a "point & Shoot" camera with 3 lenses. Still love & use them both (among others).
I used the AQ-B at two weddings and one funeral. And on a lot of other occasions.
Here is one of my very first shots, on Fuji NPH400.
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Prior to the "mass exodus" there was reasonable availability of older, used 645 equipment (Mamiya and to a lesser extent, Bronica) for the serious hobbyist. It wasn't cheap, but it was certainly worth considering.
Originally Posted by hoffy
And Mamiya TLRs as well.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Bernhard Grzimek sure did have a choice west german, fairly well off flew across Africa and Europe with his own plane (Dornier Do-27 in Zebra livery) also those Cuban photographers could afford a Hasselblad and there was no Embargo to trade with Cuba at least not from ther German and Swedish side.
Originally Posted by pasiasty
Is the Pentacon on par with a Bronica, Hasselblad or Rollei no way is it a catastrophy no. But I agree with you that most Eastern photographers would have prefered better tools. Incidently Russian Movie cameras seem to have made a comeback in Hollywood ultra low budget productions and they are not bad at all.
Bronica camera's is too much famous and most of the people like to used this in their own profession. I also give a Bronica camera to my brother on his birthday.
This sort of question is about insecurity, and validating ones status, whatever talent a notable photographer has who uses a particular brand or model doesn't rub off on anyone else, and a crap violinist is still crap, even using a Stradivarius. A good photographer can shoot good pictures with the cheapest cameras.
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