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« on: August 10, 2014, 04:41:14 PM »
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hi,
im looking to get into medium format film, and looking at the Mamiya camera range.
Would be used for portraits and general stuff.. im not two worried about speed of setting up. Please note i dont know much about theses cameras just what i have read on the web so if you guys can advise from you experience would be greatly appreciated.

would really like to mount the fastest lens, is that the 110mm f2.8 or Mamiya SEKOR C 80mm f1.9?


mamiya RB67
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i like the fact the no batteries,
Con:
But would like to mount a 110 mm f/2.8 lens, from what i understand you cant? is that correct?

mamiya RZ67
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can mount 110 mm f/2.8 lens lens
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shutter @ 400 max?

mamiya 645 Pro Tl
i dont know much about this camera so please can you help

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can mount 110 mm f/2.8 lens
shutter 1/1000
con:
Batteries
smaller film back not 6x7 (is that correct?)

i think im leaning towards mamiya RZ67, because bigger 6x7 film, can mount 110 mm f/2.8 fast lens.
Can the mamiya 645 Pro Tl mount the 110 mm f/2.8 fast lens? and can do 6x7?
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 11:45:07 PM »
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Of the options you have listed, I'd go with the RZ mainly because it's the most recent model from this line.  I've used Fujichrome Provia 100f since it was introduced and have always been pleased with it.  I've used the Pentax 67ii for more than ten years (the model 67, before that).  If you're considering a true medium format film camera the Pentax system is very reliable and durable.  There's a great complement of excellent lenses available for it through re-sellers (KEH, B&H, etc.) to cover a wide range of focal lengths in progressive increments.  Whatever you choose, I wish you a satisfying and productive experience.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2014, 04:12:26 AM »
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Thank you Codger,
This is going to be more of a hobby exercise, so budget is not too high for this.
I havent shot much film be for

As for Pentax 67ii what the lowest f stop lens can i get for it equivalent as 50mm on a 35mm slr? (i dont know much the lens range for pentax)

How does the mamiya RZ67 compare with the mamiya 645 Pro Tl? any advice?
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2014, 04:48:31 AM »
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These are two completely different beasts. The RZ is a 6x7cm format camera while the 645 is 4,5x6cm. The RZ has a leaf shutter that is controlled by the electronics of the camera, the 1/400 is a fast as they could go at that time but this has never been a limit for us. RB is full mechanic, the RZ will accept the RB lenses (minus the electronic) In the RZ line there are lot of characterful lenses, so you´ll already guess it, I´d suggest to take the RZ route. One thing to consider though, a 120 film has 10 exposures…

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2014, 07:00:02 AM »
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These are two completely different beasts. The RZ is a 6x7cm format camera while the 645 is 4,5x6cm. The RZ has a leaf shutter that is controlled by the electronics of the camera, the 1/400 is a fast as they could go at that time but this has never been a limit for us. RB is full mechanic, the RZ will accept the RB lenses (minus the electronic) In the RZ line there are lot of characterful lenses, so you´ll already guess it, I´d suggest to take the RZ route. One thing to consider though, a 120 film has 10 exposures…

Cheers, Ulf

Thanks Ulf,
Great for clearing up that, yes im after 6x7 format, 10 shots thats on 120flim. So can you shoot 6x7 and 6x6 on 120 film?

i was looking at Bronica SQ-Ai, its a 6x6 hows the lenses with Bronica? compare with RZ67?
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2014, 07:28:16 AM »
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Have you considered going for a 6x9 LF type camera with a 6x9 film back?

In my view that it much more fun! But it depends on what you want to do with it obviously.

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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2014, 08:05:24 AM »
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Have you considered going for a 6x9 LF type camera with a 6x9 film back?

In my view that it much more fun! But it depends on what you want to do with it obviously.

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Bernard


Thats sounds interesting, im guess LF lenses and cameras is expensive?
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2014, 09:28:57 AM »
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I´m not familiar with Bronica, sorry for that. Regarding the film, yes 120 was the standard medium format film. Based on the camera or film back used you could have various sizes from 4,5x6 up to 6x12, I think even 6x18 was an option for large format. The 220 film size is "double length" so you´d have more exposures here. Not sure what or if it is available any more, we switched to digital many years ago.

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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2014, 09:51:35 AM »
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thank you Ulf,
Im leaning towards RZ67,
Any lenses you recommend for the camera? or lenses to start with.

Going to be taking portraits, street photography and small amount of landscapes.

whats your favourite film stock?
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2014, 11:42:38 AM »
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I'll second the recommendation for a Mamiya RZ67. I had one for a while and it's a great camera, albeit fairly heavy. Maybe not exactly ideal for street photography but would be great for portraiture.  Plan on using a tripod whenever possible, it just makes the camera that much easier to use.

For lenses, I would start with the 110mm f/2.8. Fastest aperture, smallest and lightest, is a "normal" focal length and is very sharp (well, all of the lenses are sharp).

For wides I'd look at the 50mm ULD or the 65mm L-A depending on how wide you need and your budget. For a portrait lens I really liked the 150mm f/3.5. The 140mm L-A macro is also very well regarded, if perhaps a bit short for tighter headshots. The 180mm was good too, but a bit longer physically and bulky. Don't forget to look at the W vs W-N versions when buying lenses. The W-N is newer and generally preferable.
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2014, 11:51:30 AM »
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If you are doing portraits I would actually recommend the Mamiya RB with a 6x8 back (which gives full 6x8 in portrait orientation). At least for me the 6x7 format can sometimes too "square" (other people love 6x6, so your milage may vary). The lenses are cheap too. While you loose about 2/3 stops of light compared to the RZ lenses, for DOF it hardly matters - it is very, very thin anyways. For "street photography" I would say only the 645 Pro TL is an option - both the RZ and RB are heavy to carry around, and will gain a lot of attention.
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2014, 01:54:44 PM »
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Not sure a RZ is what you what for street shots, big, heavy, sticks out like a 400/2.8.  Might look more to the Mamiya or something like the Fuji GW690 or the like, as it's more traditional looking while still medium format.  The RB is much heavier than the RZ, and while fully mechanical, the battery situation on the RZ isn't huge - if dead the shutter is set to 1/400th.  Realize that the 1/400th is a lens/leaf shutter, so your strobes will sync at that speed, while the focal plane shutter in the 645 can't sync all that fast, and you may need to rely on a LS lens if using studio lights.

Keep in mind the 35mm equivalent of the RB/RZ lenses is 1/2 the focal length, so the 110mm is really like a 55mm.

The questions I have for you are:
 -Are you going to carry multiple speeds of film that you'd switch between mid-roll
 -Do you have any interest in shooting the Fuji Polaroid pack film

The RB/RZ are fully manual cameras, while the Mamiya 645's can be had with metering and AF.  f2.8 in the MF world is REALLY shallow, where even the act of pressing the shutter button can mess up your focus.  Have fun shooting what ever you end up with.
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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2014, 04:04:39 PM »
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Not sure a RZ is what you what for street shots, big, heavy, sticks out like a 400/2.8.  Might look more to the Mamiya or something like the Fuji GW690 or the like, as it's more traditional looking while still medium format.  The RB is much heavier than the RZ, and while fully mechanical, the battery situation on the RZ isn't huge - if dead the shutter is set to 1/400th.  Realize that the 1/400th is a lens/leaf shutter, so your strobes will sync at that speed, while the focal plane shutter in the 645 can't sync all that fast, and you may need to rely on a LS lens if using studio lights.

Keep in mind the 35mm equivalent of the RB/RZ lenses is 1/2 the focal length, so the 110mm is really like a 55mm.

The questions I have for you are:
 -Are you going to carry multiple speeds of film that you'd switch between mid-roll
 -Do you have any interest in shooting the Fuji Polaroid pack film

The RB/RZ are fully manual cameras, while the Mamiya 645's can be had with metering and AF.  f2.8 in the MF world is REALLY shallow, where even the act of pressing the shutter button can mess up your focus.  Have fun shooting what ever you end up with.

Thank you Joe,
I havent shot medium format film before, this is a personal voyage. This will be used for personal work. so my priority is

Image quality mainly, im not concerned about weight or how compact the camera is. As would like quality in the images, and happy to taking my time taking the shot (fun part for me) than ease of use/ quick.

This would not be used as a main camera just for personal,general to light use.

I decided to move to medium format as im kind of bored of digital 35mm and hate the bitty feel and look/ the way digital handles highlights. Not too sure what film im going to shoot with at the moment, im thinking ilford b&w and KodakPortra.

As this is a personal hobby of mine im/ and not my job, im  on and bit of a budget Sad
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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2014, 04:59:24 PM »
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Thank you Joe,
I havent shot medium format film before, this is a personal voyage. This will be used for personal work. so my priority is

Image quality mainly, im not concerned about weight or how compact the camera is. As would like quality in the images, and happy to taking my time taking the shot (fun part for me) than ease of use/ quick.

This would not be used as a main camera just for personal,general to light use.

I decided to move to medium format as im kind of bored of digital 35mm and hate the bitty feel and look/ the way digital handles highlights. Not too sure what film im going to shoot with at the moment, im thinking ilford b&w and KodakPortra.

As this is a personal hobby of mine im/ and not my job, im  on and bit of a budget Sad

Perfect!  Then we have a lot in common with the fun with film.  I rented a RZ setup and shot 100iso neg and 400iso slide in addition to 100pack film.  I ended up getting a Fuji GX680 III off of ebay pretty cheap, partly because if I'm going to take the time to shoot film, I want to compose it and have a lot more options with the movements possible.  That and I'm an adapter plate away from putting my Hasselblad 50MP back onto it if I really want to get crazy.  I almost got a RZ, but carrying one around along with my Hasselblad H4D was quite a chore, so I decided to go larger so I can't be tempted to pack it along as well.

Going with a 6x7 or 6x8 frame size means I won't fit as many frames per roll, but that means I get film processed more frequently.  Going a 645 route would allow for more straight forward 'add a digital back' to an existing setup - but there are specific pairing requirements with what model body with what model back.

If I was just shooting film, sticking to a single speed, looking for the easiest method, I'd look at the Fuji GA645Zi/GA645W.  Yes, they're not interchangeable lenses, but it's something I would put in a bag with my digital kit and always have with me - the most important thing.

-Joe
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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2014, 05:22:22 PM »
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Thank you Joe,
I havent shot medium format film before, this is a personal voyage. This will be used for personal work. so my priority is

Image quality mainly, im not concerned about weight or how compact the camera is. As would like quality in the images, and happy to taking my time taking the shot (fun part for me) than ease of use/ quick.

This would not be used as a main camera just for personal,general to light use.

I decided to move to medium format as im kind of bored of digital 35mm and hate the bitty feel and look/ the way digital handles highlights. Not too sure what film im going to shoot with at the moment, im thinking ilford b&w and KodakPortra.

As this is a personal hobby of mine im/ and not my job, im  on and bit of a budget Sad

I would recommend a Pentax 6x7. It is a very easy and fun camera to use and take along. It is just like a 35mm SLR but larger and heavier. The lenses are pretty good and a full kit can be had for very little money. Loading film is pretty simple. No need to mess about with removable film backs. With the prism finder you compose and focus just like any manual film 35mm slr but a Waist level finder is available.
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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2014, 09:59:02 PM »
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I have the RZII - and its a fun camera - with quite decent lenses too.  The big advantage of the the RZ is the low price and a big viewfinder.  The large viewfinder is one of the best things about the MF experience, besides the large negative/file.   Leaf shutters maybe the 2nd best thing about MF.  Back to Mamiya -  I'd take the RZ over the RB and the 645 any day with maybe the exception of the 7ii rangefinder (but its downfall is that you can't focus very close). 

But if I didn't have to stick with a mamiya, then I'd suggest you look at a TLR instead.  Loads of people still shoot with the Rolleiflex TLR's.  It's a great film camera. Actually there is a Mamiya TLR - the 330 if I'm not mistaken?   



 
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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2014, 10:21:57 PM »
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But if I didn't have to stick with a mamiya, then I'd suggest you look at a TLR instead.  Loads of people still shoot with the Rolleiflex TLR's.  It's a great film camera. Actually there is a Mamiya TLR - the 330 if I'm not mistaken?   

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I have a Fuji GX680 III and a Mamiya TLR, the 220. Whenever I feel like gorgeous, sharp images with excellent out of focus qualities and don't mind the relatively slow speed, I use the Fuji. Whenever I feel like a fun camera with lenses that are not as sharp, but which have a very nice look, I grab the Mamiya TLR. The 105mm 3.5 is a lovely lens. I chose the 220 over the 330 as it is less "automatic" and therefore (I hope) more sturdy.

If you are not stuck with Mamiya I would also give the Fuji serious consideration. The image quality is outstanding, and the movement comes in handy more often than I had thought.
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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2014, 10:50:43 PM »
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Hi,

What are you going to do with your analog images? Scanning film is not really fun, and you may need drum scanning to make your images justice.

Best regards
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Thank you Joe,
I havent shot medium format film before, this is a personal voyage. This will be used for personal work. so my priority is

Image quality mainly, im not concerned about weight or how compact the camera is. As would like quality in the images, and happy to taking my time taking the shot (fun part for me) than ease of use/ quick.

This would not be used as a main camera just for personal,general to light use.

I decided to move to medium format as im kind of bored of digital 35mm and hate the bitty feel and look/ the way digital handles highlights. Not too sure what film im going to shoot with at the moment, im thinking ilford b&w and KodakPortra.

As this is a personal hobby of mine im/ and not my job, im  on and bit of a budget Sad
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2014, 01:07:25 AM »
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I have a Fuji GX 680 III also and a very nice camera indeed, but if the RZ is big and heavy then the Fuji is a monster.  Very nice quality to the lenses on that camera though, I'd agree.   But if you open the door to big heavy cameras, why not consider a Linhof Tech 70 or Technika 4x5 with the roll film back?  I have pretty much all the technika's - 70, 220, 4x5, and 13x18  and they are quite reasonable in price now.   The lenses are quite lovely in their rendering as well.  Sometimes i use my digital backs with the technika's for their character and also the movements (and not resolution).   

I have a lot of cameras but my favorites are still the Rolleiflex's obviously. 

And shooting film is great fun! A lot depends on one's attitude probably.   I like the look of film a lot, but also enjoy the process.  You don't need drum scanning - that's silly. For the few that you need to print really big, either have analog prints made or get a drum scan.
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2014, 08:36:29 AM »
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Thank you guys for sharing your wonderful experience guys,

The Fuji GX 680 III is a beast Smiley, maybe too big for what im looking for Smiley
i never really knew you could get cameras this big for medium format

After reading your posts, and having a think.
I think it makes sense for me to go for either:

Mamiya 645 Pro TL
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Mamiya RZ67, this the biggest size i can go for a camera


What im looking for is great bokeh so a 2.8 would be good eough?, Are the Mamiya RZ67 lenes bigger so can achieve more bokeh?
what i like about these cameras is the film back so i can have two film stock e.g colour and b&W swap them out.

As for the pentax 6x7, i like the waist level view finder, and the pentax 6x7 doest have that?
Also not sure how the lenses compare with the Mamiya, im looking for big bokeh.

i dont know much about lens for both of these cameras looking forward to your feedback Smiley

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