Google Mike Johnston http://photo.net/mjohnston/column3/index.html
He gives a great review. I am now using my RF645 in place of a Leica for 90% of my photography. I don't miss having a f/2.8 aperture. #1. One can hand hold the camera to one stop less shutter speed than a SLR design. #2, The lens gives quality images wide open. #3. Nearly all MF rangefinders are limited to f/4, one exception the 6x7 Plaubel reported to have more reliability issues than the RF645. You can work around the lack of a f/2.8 with higher rated film and lower usable shutter speeds. What a great camera.
I almost sold my RF645. Then I realized I was not ready to let the kit go. I could never find a replacement kit of the same condition. The RF645 is unique in it's simple modern features, image quality, and size. I encourage anyone who can live with inherent RF medium format shortcomings to buy the RF645. It makes the most sense as it is the last full up design for a non fixed lens MF rangefinder. Additionally, the camera build quality and ergonomics are top notch.
The RF645 65mm lens is equivalent to a 40mm in small format. I love the 65mm wide normal on the RF. When using a Leica I also shoot with a 40mm Minolta optic vs a 35mm. Here is an interesting discussion on the 40mm perspective. http://photo.net/mjohnston/column70/index.html
I do have a like new hard to find 100mm not in use. In my opinion Bronica made the right move to offer the 100mm. The rangefinder patch would be difficult to use with a 135mm and the 100mm gives adequate closeups with image blur. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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