I have the Mamiya 7ii and a Hasselblad 500cm. I have the 80mm lenses for both. Both are completely different cameras (as everyone keeps saying). The eye level, the waist level aspects automatically command different pictures. Focusing is certainly easier on the Mamiya. For me, 6x7 also commands a completely different frame from 6x6, for me at least. In terms if balance, composition, I tend to use a completely different center and object-eye flow on the two formats.
I find them both very easy to walk around with. After having lugged an RZ67 around by hand, I nearly laughed from joy when I first held my Hasselblad. It's comparatively dainty and light. It's a pleasure to hold. It has the mirror up feature so slap is not an issue, however you do lose sight of your image once the mirror is raised.
I still have a special affinity for my Mamiya although I am beginning to learn which souls the Hasselblad prefers to see. Tight portraits and objects for the Hasselblad, scapes and scenes for my Mamiya with the 43mm lens...
The size of the frames makes a difference for me. I can work with a strip of 3 6x6 frames for scanning and storing and I can only work with strips of 2 6x7 frames for scanning and storing. For printing, I prefer a 6x7 negative.
If I had to choose one, I'd take my Mamiya. It also has a light meter that comes in handy.
I have found I have been taking a more out-of-focus photos with my Hasselblad than I should. Started wondering if a dead-eye rangefinder (read Mamiya 7) might be better for my situation.
Well no wonder the 7 is so light. f4 lenses have a lot less glass. And at f4 that makes the rangefinder focusing more dead on.
All things aside, sticking with the Hasselblad, going shopping for different screens and diopters.
The reason I post is even if the Mamiya had a f2.8 lens, would it's rangefinder focus it reliably?
for medium format, I use a 501c and a Mamiya 6.The Mamiya is much more portable and the lenses are excellentand so ae the Zeiss lenses for the Hasselblad of course.I prefer the Hasselblad in the studio;it seems to br build for itand therefore,I( rarely use the Hasselblad without a tripod.Being part of a large professional system,the Hsselblad is more flexibleand can do any type of photographybut theMamiya is a better travel camerawith excellent optics, hile he Hasselblad can handle anything from studio to landscapewithout problems;I'm very glad to have bothand would not be ableto decide which to keep and which to give up if I hd to;luckely I don't
One more old thread revived! :))
+1 to Flavio
Also the RB KLs has buttery smooth bokeh too!