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    2.25 x 3.25 Crown, Century or Speed Graphic with coupled rangefinder and Rollfilm back (6x9, 6x7, 6x6, 645). Lots of different lenses are available. Two of my favorites are the 80mm Schneider Xenotar and the 105mm Fujinon.
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    Koni-Omega

    I am waiting with bated breath for delivery of this lens for my new (to me) Koni-Omega:

    58mm

    Keep your fingers crossed for me!

    Matt

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    I'm waiting on yet another folder, but not a rangefinder this time. I've stepped outside my normal boundries and into the scary world of 'zone focus'. Wish me luck.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    I used to own a Kodak Medalist II. It's a 6x9 RF with a fixed 100mm 3.5 ektar lens. The 100 ektar is one of the absolute best lenses I have ever used. The camera is quite large though, and takes 620 film. They can be modified to take 120 film, but I just rolled my own. I often regret getting rid of mine.

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    [QUOTE=MattKing]I am waiting with bated breath for delivery of this lens for my new (to me) Koni-Omega:

    Good Afternoon, Matt,

    Most likely you will not be disappointed. Like most Koni lenses, the 58mm is capable of excellent results.

    Konical

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    I had a vague memory of contributing to a section of the RFF devoted to camera specs in a standardised format, but the section appears to have been merged with the general forum. I lost interest in the RFF (too specialised for me, even though I use a heap of them) so I'm not sure what happened. Anyway, here is my contribution on the Plaubel 67. The W67 is similar, but with a 55 mm Nikkor instead of the 80 mm Nikkor. If you don't require interchangeable lenses, and like taking risks on a great camera that could become virtually irrepairable the week after you buy it, then go for the 67, 670 or W67. There's nothing quite like them, and probably never will be, though many old folders come close enough. Here's a snap and another with the 67 and one with the W67, one and two with a Mamiya 7ii, and one with an Autorange 820.

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    I have a number of medium format rangefinders, although the 645 I have is one of the Fuji giant point-n-shoots. I've found the Moskva in particular and the older folders in general nearly impossible to handhold steadily, although I have come to the conclusion that actual physical vibration was being magnified by the FX-2 I was developing it in and that the camera isn't quite as bad as it seemed to me.

    The one I'm the most happy with is the big, old, interchangable lens Fujis. I have a GM670 and a GL690 and three lenses for the both of them. They're big and heavy and wonderful, but they're also 30 years old and every single component of that system has required reconditioning.

    The Bronica RFs get a lot of raves, although I have no personal experience with them; one caution, the long lens options are as scarce as hen's teeth these days. Mamiya's 6 and 7 series rangefinders are also well regarded, and I believe it is still possible to buy a 7 in new condition--however, the cost of my entire Fuji system and reconditioning all five components of it is less than you'd have to pay for a single Mamiya 7 body. The 6 may be more reasonable.

    In general, I prefer RFs or TLRs in medium format for walking around; while my SLR is a dream come true once I put it on the tripod, it's awkward for handheld work. My work demands a longer than normal lens from time to time, as well as a medium wide, so the 65/100/180 I have on the Fujis, and the 50/75/135 I have on the SLRs works wonderfully. Because of the prices the long lenses on the Bronica RF are going for, I don't regard it as useful for me.

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    Strangely enough, I have no trouble handholding the old folders. At all. I have more trouble handholding an SLR. Then again, this little Ansco is a very quiet, very small camera. Pocketable.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    I've got some Hasselblad equipment, and as expected it provides me with some excellent work. However I spend quite a bit of time in the backcountry looking for that perfect image. The Hasselblad stuff is heavy. I wanted an alternative.
    I found it with my old Moskva 4, a refugee from Russia via Ebay for $40.00 + shipping to Canada. It required a bit of cleaning, it looks a little ugly, but once some work was done on it I have a simple reliable (cheap!) 6x9 camera. It came with a very rugged case.
    Is the lens perfect - no, but definitely good enough, and when you consider the size of the negative, Wow!
    Is the camera reliable - so far yes. If you are concerned with reliability carry two. These things are light and compact.
    Use a lens hood, (hard to find I'm afraid) and a monopod or tripod. Hand holding is tricky since the shutter speeds are so slow.
    I use black and white and colour film, the results are reasonably comparable to my Hasselblad. Unless you are doing murals.

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    another vote here for Jurgen at www.certo6.com ... I bought a Franka Solida III from him and love it....

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