I purchased an ETRSi kit piece by piece through KEH, all bargain grade for about $420. Body, AE-II metered finder, Speed grip, 120 back, 75/2.8 PE lens with hood, 150/3.5 PE lens. I think it would be a good first medium format camera. My first camera was a TLR, a pretty cheap one (not a Lubitel) and it still takes great pictures.
After that, I had purchased a Pentax 645 which is pretty much like a big 35mm camera. In my opinion that is a great camera. It is affordable used, the lenses are affordable. The metering is great, the motor winder is great. Downside was that the viewfinder was strained my eyes. I had the original 645 but have handled the 645N, I prefer the original (oddly) just because the interface is more intuitive to me.
I had a hasselblad, fit and finish were mind-blowing. It feels right in your hand, it's easy to load. The C lenses are getting old, CLA's are almost a necessity. I liked the EV numbers and the linking of the aperture/shutter dial. With all that being said, I couldn't afford a metered finder, let alone a makro planar.
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