Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Medium format camera for a Leica user?
From: "Ken Iisaka" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 17:24:56 -0700
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I've used a Mamiya 6 for a couple of years.  The lenses are sharp, but how
sharp as they may be, they don't have no where near the flare resistance
therefore colour saturation of Leica glass.  In forgiving lighting
conditions, Mamiya glass is fine and brutally sharp, but whenever you
encounter difficult conditions, such as backlighting, you may be
disappointed, as I was.

Still, Mamiya 6 handled almost as well as my Leicas, and as long as you are
careful about the lighting, and use a separate spotmeter, everything was

However, I've found myself that I really needed a tripod to get better
pictures than my Leicas, so I sold it.

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "henry" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2001 4:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Medium format camera for a Leica user?

> I'll second or third this reply and the other about the Fujis and
> Rolleis. It does depend on what you want to do with the camera. And a
> Rollei or Fuji might be a very inexpensive way to go. I've used Mamiya
> 7's quite a bit and they have great lenses. GREAT! But they are not just
> big Leicas. They do require a more deliberate method of working. They
> don't focus close. The meter is not TTL. The most noticeable difference
> is the lack of DOF compared to 35mm. I find that I have to be very aware
> fo this to use the camera well. But for some kinds of pictures they rock.
> Magnificent big prints of scenics and travel pictures come to mind. (but
> of course there's more)
> Henry
> >It really depends on what you plan to do with it.
> >
> >For travel, I have an old Rollei 2.8F which delivers amazing quality.
> >There are various Twin Lens Reflex cameras which can be purchased new
> >(including the Rolleiflex), but old Rolleis give great value for money.
> >
> >Given that medium format typically encompases any system based around
> >120 or 220 film, you have a large selection of negative formats: 645,
> >6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9, 6x12 and 6x17.
> >
> >You need to do some research on MF, and also figure out what you are
> >expecting to get from it.
> >
> >Byron.
> >

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