Now I've done it. ANOTHER Camera! Been half hankering after a 645. I love the image quality of my old Yashica 635 but want to try using a prism finder equipped 645 out in the field.
Just landed a Mamiya 645J with both 55m and 80mm lenses and metered prism (CDS so uncoupled) for £150. I think it's an OK deal (and I get to collect so OT doesn't see it arrive and I can avoid the awkward questions, hee hee). Haven't got it yet, so hope its OK. I know its the "bare" model with only 500 shutter and no interchangeable back, but don't think that's going to be a problem for me. Anybody any tips?
Good price n a nice camera kit that wil make you very happy.
Now what should I get next?
I've had a Mamiya 645 model (the first one, not the "J") for over 30 years--never had a problem. More robust than my M3. Get the 45m 2.8 wideangle. It's a winner.
I have an older plain 645 it's similar to the J, also have a 1000S, but I doubt I've used a shutter speed faster than 1/250 in 30 years. My cameras both need servicing unfortunately the 1000S went to Johnsons Photopia twice but came back with more issues than it went with plus damage.
These are real work-horse cameras I used mine day in day out professionally for many years and I bought them second-hand. I prefer two cameras over inter-changeable backs.
"(and I get to collect so OT doesn't see it arrive and I can avoid the awkward questions, hee hee)"
My partner takes no interest in my cameras so I am always shocked when she sees a "new" camera in my hands and knows I have just bought it.
Pssst... Wanna buy a Linhof Technical cheap ??
There might even be a DeVere 504 coming up for sale next week...
My GAS isn't killing me, just ruining my bank account. I've managed to acquire no less than NINE working cameras this year, plus at least one that is headed for the bin.
I have a pair of 645 Pros. While I enjoy having the interchangeable backs, I'm pretty sure I could make do without if I had to. Not sure I'd want to carry both of those things around with me though.
Bloody GAS? man I'd get to the emergency roon post haste!:blink::sick: