A TLR thread without my two cents, no way. I have three Yashica TLRs and when not shooting with my large format, it is the TLR that get used. Can't beat the quality of the glass and the feels of a real camera in your hands is something else. I do shoot a lot from a tripod, but that has more to do with my style of slow down photography then the camera's hand holding qualities. So for a low cost way into medium format, a good quality TLR is probably the best way to go.