Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/02/25

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Subject: [Leica] which medium format?
From: len-1 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Sun Feb 25 12:21:55 2007
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Hi Ric,

I think before I decide on a MF camera, I would think about how I  
would develop, scan, print or project the negatives or slides. Even  
though I have had LF, MF, 35mm enlargers for years, about a year ago  
I invested in the Nikon CS9000 scanner which handles every MF from  
6X9 to 6X4.5. I also have an Epson flatbed scanner with a film  
scanning attachment and film masks from 4X5 on down. I guess It's OK  
but it can't touch the Nikon.

After you get by the processing problem, your choices are wide open.  
If you just want to take normal perspective photos from a fixed lens  
camera, the Rollei or Yashicamat will give very good results. And not  
break the bank. If you want a system camera with different lenses and  
closeup capabilities, you got pretty good picking. I like Hassy. You  
can get into the 500 series bodies and older, superb Zeiss lenses and  
maybe an extension tube pretty reasonably. Bronica, Mamiya, Pentax  
are other good choices. I also like the Mamiya 7 RF camera and the  
Mamiya C330 TLR.

In any case it'll still take a little homework.


On Feb 25, 2007, at 12:51 PM, Ric Carter wrote:

> There's been plenty of talk about how cheap medium format stuff is  
> right now.
> What would you guys suggest as being the camera to get if starting  
> from scratch?
> Mostly, just curious.
> Ric Carter
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