I agree to keep the 124G. I have a 124 (non-G - the differences are mostly cosmetic) and love it. I also have a Mamiya 645 Pro system. Interchangeable backs and lenses ARE very nice to have, no doubt about that, and with the AE prism finder and winder grip it's much faster to shoot than the Yashica and doesn't need an external meter. My Yashica meter actually works surprisingly well but I don't rely on it carrying my Luna Pro SBC when using it. In 645 systems the 645 Pro does use interchangeable backs but costs more. The Pentax does not. Bronica ETR series does, and is also small and compact and seems well liked.
Originally Posted by mr rusty
On the whole, if I had to give up one or the other - it would probably be the Mamiya system! Don't get me wrong, it's a great camera, very versatile, but compared to the Yaschica it feels like an albatross around the neck, and having the backs and lenses just means I CARRY most of that stuff too. When I'm just strolling around and think I might want a camera I take the Yashica (or 35mm depending on mood and potential subject.) The Yashica always gets admiring looks and compliments too, while non-photographers usually think the Mamiya is some kind of big digital camera.
There are other, more reliable, systems around that have interchangeable backs. I'd look around at those and wait until you could afford both.
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