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Contax 645 vs. 35L

 
dcran
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Jan 30, 2010 12:17 |  #1

So i have a bit of money to blow on some new gear and am really thinking about trying my hand at medium format film. I have never had a Medium Format camera, but have been shooting film for years. The reason I feel like going this route is that many of the photographers that I admire are using Medium Format film. Anyone out there have this camera? Or have recommendations for an MF camera?

My other option is to upgrade my 28 1.8 to a 35L. To me I don't know if that upgrade will make all that much difference. I know this topic has been beat to death, but do you think the 28 and the 35 are really $700 different?


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kauffman ­ v36
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Jan 30, 2010 12:31 |  #2

i say go MF, but from looking at my gear list you can see im biased, lol. my 1d3 serves only as a meter the past few months for my film outings. other than that it stays in the bag. can you say the most expesnvie spot meter on earth? lol


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Jan 30, 2010 12:57 |  #3

I know what you mean with expensive spot meters. Lately I have been using my 5DmkII as a spot meter while I shoot with my $50, 15 year old EOS A2.

How do you like the Mamiya? I hear the one you have is a great camera. I saw one a Mamiya 645 Pro TL in some local classifieds a few weeks ago for $200. I should have jumped at that.


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Jan 30, 2010 13:13 |  #4

to be honest, my rz67 is the best camera i have ever used. well maybe a leica m3 was, lol. i shoot only film now a days and process myself, b&w and kodachrome slides only. i held a mamiya 645 the other day and it feels so light to me i almost got one, lol. the only camera i would consider better than the 67 mamiya bodies is the mamiya 7ii. its the size of a 135 slr but shoots 6x7 and has some of the best optics in the world.

regarding the mamiya 645, a good scan of those negatives will yeild slightly more or the same resolution than the 5dii, but as we all know, the tonality, and contrast range is UNBELIEVABLE.
check out fredmiranda.com and apug.org for people selling 645 bodies, i see a good amount go through there. some of the glass for the mamiya 645 bodies is amazingly sharp and contrast and bokeh is wow. i would also suggest a bronica but there is no support for them anymore. im very happy i see a rising amount of film interest on here, lol. it makes me smile knowing kodaks b&w film sales rose 10% and more and more photogs are wanting to try it out.


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Jan 30, 2010 22:25 |  #5

I recommend mamiya 7 for MF camera. 35L is a great lens. It really depends on which one will be more practical and benefit you the most. I have not used my Mamiya 7 as much because shooting digital is much more convenient. If you ask me, yes, it's worth it get the the 35L. If anything, you should rent one out and try it yourself


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Jan 30, 2010 22:32 |  #6

You officially win "most random comparison" thread.


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Jan 30, 2010 23:14 as a reply to  @ TheHoff's post |  #7

Thanks, I have been trying to win an award.

Thanks for the suggestions. The Mamiya 7 looks like a great camera, but I feel drawn towards the Contax, mostly because of the zeiss glass that is available.

I agree I should probably just rent the 35L and try it out to see what kind of difference it makes for me. For some reason I didn't think of that.


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