oooooo so ncie!
oooooo so ncie!
Wait until you run across the 19mm, there's a chunk of glass.
Yeah I have to look for a 19mm now.....:whistling: wife GAS...
But as a pro, I also took very good care of my investment bread n butter camera equpiment.. it was very expensive to replace and I earned my rent with em.. so why abuse when you can gently use? Also maintenance was on a regular basis.. unlike hobbiests, they'll CLA when it is dead.. way too late for that in the real money earning world.
My RBs function today as well as they did when I bought em new.
Some harsh criticism of the Kowas here. I've had two different Kowa sets: currently a standard black 6 and previously a 6MM. The 6MM had been heavily used and was a bit of a beater. My only complaint was the loud and firm mirror slap, and the weak film advance. Mine never broke, but you need to treat them with care. My current 6 is quieter and newer, and I very much enjoy using it. The lenses I have used are very sharp -- the "standard" 85/2.8 is sharper than the 80/2.8 on my Mamiya.
The 150/3.5 is an excellent portrait lens and can really blow out the background. The 40/4 is a fantastic lens -- well worth it's usual price $300-400. Note that Kowa is highly regarded optically in the cine industry.
Being able to swap-out a viewing screen is nice and handy. I prefer the WLF as the prism is too heavy for my tastes. Overall, I think they are a great deal, and like most older film cameras, the condition of the camera matters a lot. My current 6 is much nicer than my first one. I got a black 6 with both (black) the 85/2.8 and 150/3.5 from Columbus Camera for $200. I'm sure I could sell my set for what I paid for it easily. I recommend the Kowas, but again, stay away from those that look to be heavily worn.