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Anyone Into Medium Format? Bought a Mamiya

 
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Sep 21, 2013 13:53 |  #16

Great buy! I had one back in the day and loved it. If you find that it fires inconsistently sometimes the back needs to be in near perfect alignment with the body because a pin passes from the body to the back.


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Sep 21, 2013 23:08 |  #17

I tried, but I keep coming back to 35mm. I heart grain.


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Sep 22, 2013 03:30 |  #18

still shooting B&W with my 500cm from time to time.
used to have a P6x7 but had to let it go, also had the pleasure of shooting with my friends 645NII and RB67

I found the mamiya too big to use daily, my favourite would have to be either the P6x7 with prism finder for a SLR feel, the 500cm for a waist level camera that is not overly too big.
the 645NII was also a pleasure to shoot too because it had AF

once I have more disposable income I'm definitely buying another P67 w/ 105 2.4 and also promised my buddy that I would buy his 645NII + 150 2.8 lens


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Sep 22, 2013 10:16 |  #19
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Colorado CJ wrote in post #16314114 (external link)
I received the RB67 Pro S Friday. Yesterday I spent a few hours cleaning all the old light seals off the camera and film back and replaced them. Still can't believe how cheap I got this camera for.

Looking through the waist level finder is incredible! So 3D looking, it is hard to not just walk around looking through the finder.


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Sep 22, 2013 10:24 |  #20

I have been wanting a MF film camera for awhile and my debit card hates me for my visit to B+H this last week! I ended up getting a clean RZ67ProII with a couple of lenses, I hope to get out and shoot a roll of B&W film in the coming days to see how it works! The second I looked down through the waist level finder I was hooked lol.


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Sep 22, 2013 18:25 |  #21

That is one hell of a deal for a Mamiya rb67!


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Sep 22, 2013 19:08 |  #22

Just got back from running two rolls of film through the RB67. I went hiking up into the Snowy's, roughly 11,500 ft. I hiked only 5 miles, but I brought my full digital photography bag (~35 lbs, I can never leave anything behind :rolleyes:) and the RB67 on a tripod.

Since I hike with a lot of gear (a lot of weight) all the time, I really didn't feel the difference lugging the RB67 around. It balanced on my shoulder, mounted to the tripod, just fine, much like my D600 and a heavy lens.

I should have all my chemicals tomorrow, so I'll get to develop the rolls. The only problem right now is, I don't have a negative scanner. I do have a flatbed scanner, but it isn't set up to scan negatives. I am planning on getting a V700 within a week or two.

I am going to have to find some cheaper film, or sell some other gear though. I can tell already that I am going to LOVE shooting medium format, even before developing the first rolls. It is a very different form of photography and feels like it will fit real well with how I go about shooting.


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Sep 23, 2013 09:50 |  #23

damn that's hardcore!
5miles hike with a bag full of camera gear and RB67 on a tripod on your shoulder!

glad that you enjoyed shooting with the RB67 though and can't wait to see the results!

for landscape though, I hope that eventually you're planning on shooting velvia


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Sep 23, 2013 10:43 |  #24

Colorado CJ wrote in post #16317095 (external link)
I am going to have to find some cheaper film, or sell some other gear though. I can tell already that I am going to LOVE shooting medium format, even before developing the first rolls.

Shanghai gp3 100 pan film on ebay. Not so bad film at all.

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Sep 23, 2013 10:52 as a reply to  @ kf095's post |  #25
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Less than $5 per roll.

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Sep 23, 2013 13:02 as a reply to  @ TooManyShots's post |  #26

Haven't tried T-MAX 400 but I use TRI-X all the time, both 120 and 35mm. Is there a significant difference between the two?


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BrianS wrote in post #16318840 (external link)
Haven't tried T-MAX 400 but I use TRI-X all the time, both 120 and 35mm. Is there a significant difference between the two?


I don't know the technical difference between the two but with Tmax, it is generally lower grain and it has certain digital look....using the right developer like the HC110 and a bit of noise reductions in PP.

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Sep 23, 2013 13:11 |  #28

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for landscape though, I hope that eventually you're planning on shooting velvia

He said he was looking for cheaper film, the cost of velvia plus the processing probably makes it the most expensive film to shot by a large margin.

For landscapes, ektar is a great affordable film if you want vivid colors. Portra 160 is great also with a bit more natural colors, I shoot 400 but thats because I mostly shoot handheld. For B&W theres so many options to get the look you want when you consider film/chemical combos and developing procedure.

For B&W I shoot tri-x now because I like 400 speed films but fuji acros is great for 100 speed, you don't have to worry about reciprocity failure unless your exposures are longer then 2 minutes. ilford pan f 50 is great but requires exposure adjustment after only a couple seconds if I remember correctly. If I was shooting only landscapes my B&W film would be acros, the tones are incredibly smooth and rich, develops great in good old rodinal.




  
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Sep 23, 2013 13:54 |  #29

TooManyShots wrote in post #16318862 (external link)
I don't know the technical difference between the two but with Tmax, it is generally lower grain and it has certain digital look....using the right developer like the HC110 and a bit of noise reductions in PP.

Nice shots, do you scan from negative or print and then scan?


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Sep 23, 2013 14:01 |  #30

iamascientist wrote in post #16318866 (external link)
He said he was looking for cheaper film, the cost of velvia plus the processing probably makes it the most expensive film to shot by a large margin.

For landscapes, ektar is a great affordable film if you want vivid colors. Portra 160 is great also with a bit more natural colors, I shoot 400 but thats because I mostly shoot handheld. For B&W theres so many options to get the look you want when you consider film/chemical combos and developing procedure.

For B&W I shoot tri-x now because I like 400 speed films but fuji acros is great for 100 speed, you don't have to worry about reciprocity failure unless your exposures are longer then 2 minutes. ilford pan f 50 is great but requires exposure adjustment after only a couple seconds if I remember correctly. If I was shooting only landscapes my B&W film would be acros, the tones are incredibly smooth and rich, develops great in good old rodinal.

i'm aware that Velvia is expensive which is why I did not tell him to buy it right away right away, he's just burning through inexpensive film right now to explore the camera but eventually I hope he considers slides.


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