I use my ETRS mostly for street shooting, it's my favorite portable. I love using my 150mm lens for general use. Perhaps getting use to street shooting an RB67 may have helped develope good hand held techniques.
In all honesty, both the Mamiya n the Bronica 645s are wonderfull cameras as far as portablility n hand held MF cameras go. It's a nice in between overlooked format that yeilds amazingly sharp images.
Agreed. With modern emulsions, 6cm X 4.5cm is very adequate. You can always increase resolution by going larger, but then for the same framing, focal length increases, and for the same aperture and shutter speed, DOF suffers. Sometimes, that's fine, sometimes you can just tighten up and lengthen exposure. But 645 is still a great format for 90 percent of shots. I've seen landscapes from 645 cameras that I could not tell weren't shot on 4x5.
I use the M645 handheld. This model has two shutter buttons, one on the front and one on top. Maybe the front one can help overcome 'finger impulse'?
Not everyone shooting film is trying to make money.
I'm a Bronica lover,have three different ETR models and I believe for hand holding the speed grip is a welcome addition.The 250mm lens requires some pretty fantastic technique to hand hold at slower speeds however.
I've routinely shot my Mamiya 645 at 1/30 or higher without a tripod with good results. Of course, a tripod is an insurance against camera shake but if you have a choice of either no picture (because you don't have a tripod with you) or the shot without one, I'd definitely not pass up a good photo op. Heck, I've even hand held my RB with the 90mm 3.8 with excellent results. It seems that the heavier camera provides a steadier platform.
As long as it isn't so heavy your muscles start quivering (which is also affected by how and how long you hold it of course) the heavier camera sure is steadier. Mass is proportional to inertia. Newton lives! This is often overlooked by the fans of the tiniest, lightest cameras possible. I like their convenience as much as anyone but for stability a bit of mass does wonders.
Originally Posted by agfarapid