Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
I was under the impression that any medium format SLR, regardless of brand, was the territory of Professional photographers before the mass exodus. The only reason mere mortals like myself can afford them now is that in reality they are dirt cheap.
Prior to the "mass exodus" there was reasonable availability of older, used 645 equipment (Mamiya and to a lesser extent, Bronica) for the serious hobbyist. It wasn't cheap, but it was certainly worth considering.

And Mamiya TLRs as well.