I know you nor anyone on this forum can do anything about my displeasures. I'm glad you guys are telling like it is, though, because then I won't have any big surprises upon receiving a camera. Why won't I be pleased? It seems as though I now know what I'll be getting into. It seems frustrating, but I know that once I get into it and play around with it for a month, it will be natural to me. It was the same thing with SLRs...a lot of stuff that was over my head but as I slowly learned the things and tested it out, now SLRs are very easy.
Originally Posted by tkamiya
My name isn't Virginia. Well, I didn't know that these cameras weren't built to last. I mean, they have superior construction to a modern dSLR, so I would have thought TLRs and other older MF would be in it for the long haul, much like manual 35mm SLRs. I mean, I guess they are, they just need maintenance. Now that I think about it, it's actually good to know that there is a person who specifically knows what they are doing when fixing up old TLRs, as that ensures that I can keep using it for a long time. I'm sure if there was a hiccup on my 35mm SLR, the repairs would not be considered "worth it" and I'd just have to buy a new one.
Originally Posted by BrianShaw
And excuse me, unless we have different ideas on what the "basics of photography" are, I think I have a good hold on the basics. Nothing in medium format, in my opinion, minus aperture, ISO, shutter speed, etc. would be considered the basics. If you mean the basics of medium format photography, then I agree. I haven't come across any books, but I'm far from done searching.
Also, I just opened those links, they look very helpful and shall be bookmarked. Thanks very much!