Great comments! I have used a 330F since 1973. Bought it new and still have it. ( Have contemplated selling several times, but just haven't!) It is a great system.
I am bothered by the comments of square versus rectangle and visualization concerns. You are currently using 35mm, you are already having to crop the short edge to fit the 4x5/8x10 printing aspect ratio. Do you think about this when composing? If, so, is it bothersome?
I found that the quare format really freed my compostional concerns. If my visualization was a square composition, great. If my visualization was rectangular, portrait or landscape, great! Compose within the square to the rectangular apsect desired.
I also have a 6X6 SLR and I had a 6X4.5 back for it. I hated the fact that I had to rotate to compose the rectangular composition P vs. H. I simply stopped using the 6X4.5 back, and finally sold it. I use the same composition strategy that I use with the Mamiya.
The C330 is a TLR, so you have the parallax issues for close ups! But you actually may have to face the problem because the bellows eliminates the need for macro lenses.
There is much to be said for an SLR. It was stated early in thread that the ergonomics of the TLR lend to a contemplative approach, whether you want to or not. The TLR is definitely closer to the large format composing interface than a SLR. Although I am back to that rotating bit on my 4X5!
Both comtemplated cameras are very good. Think about what you want to shoot, the resulting anticipated compositional time pressures, your budget and get the best that you can afford! Don't get caught up in the equipment envy syndrome, " Well I'll go shoot that when I get a XXXX!" Just go shoot!
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