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Old 09-07-2012, 18:40   #1 (permalink)
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Mamiya RB67 Medium Format

I've decided (probably unwisely) that I'd like to go back to film an have a play with medium format rather than 35mm. So I've been on the hunt for a Mamiya RB67 or RZ67. Now, I've never used one of these cameras but have held one, so I know how big it is....if you've never held one...they're BIG!

Has anyone used one? Can anyone offer any tips?? Which lens would be better? I've looked at conversion charts for the focal lengths - converting the medium format lens to it's 35mm equivalent so I'm guessing a 90mm would be the best option..or would it?

I haven't bought the camera yet but I've seen a few on ebay. I know it's going to be very different to digital and I'd be looking to get the films processed and put onto CD.
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Re: Mamiya RB67 Medium Format

I have both. There are pros and cons to each.

In favour of the RZ67: you can add a metering prism and get automatic operation; winding on the film and cocking the shutter is one lever press. With the RB67, the operations are separate, so lever on the body to cock the shutter, and lever on the film back to advance the film. I don't recommend a metering prism - well, I looked and didn't buy; you may have a different take on it.

The big disadvantage to me with the RZ67 is that it relies on batteries; and worse than that, it makes decisions for you to save power. Specifically, if you use mirror lock up, you can't wait for the best moment to release the shutter. To save power, you must release within 60 seconds of lock up. I find this infuriating.

As to lens: either 90mm or 110mm is standard for the format. I do have more than one lens, but only use the standard one as it suits the way that I work. I photograph landscapes, so I do lug around the camera and a tripod, although as I normally use large format film, the RZ67 is my idea of a compact camera.

If funds allow, go for the RZ67, add in the Tilt/Shift adaptor and use a short barrel (SB prefix) lens. That will give you limited movements, and once you've used movements you won't want to go back to primitive cameras that lack them. This option wasn't available when I got my RZ67, so I have the simple shift lens, which isn't as useful.

Let me know if you want more info.
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Re: Mamiya RB67 Medium Format

Thanks for the input Stephen. I think it'll probably be the RB I go for. I don't mind the separate operations of cocking the shutter and winding the film on. I want to use it for landscape and urban shots where there's no rush in taking the photo.

How easy is removing the film when its been exposed? I've seen the film being loaded.
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Re: Mamiya RB67 Medium Format

Simple. Just make sure it's fully wound off, press down the release and remove. All you have to remember is that it's only the backing paper that stops the film from getting fogged, so make sure that it's kept tight on the spool.

That said, you may find that you want a third hand when doing it if you can't rest the camera down. It's far easier to swap a film back if you have a spare than change the film in one; so if you ever feel that that might be an advantage, go for a second back. It's useful for having more than one type of film to hand.

If you go for the RB route, just remember that the earlier and later RB models have a different size of lens mount; go for the later (larger) one for modern lens compatibility.

I find the waist level finder the best option for tripod use, and have no prblems with the lateral reversal of the image.
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Re: Mamiya RB67 Medium Format

Just adding; for landscape work, I would advise that you consider seriously the tilt/shift option. I think that that requires the RZ67.
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Re: Mamiya RB67 Medium Format

Went for the 645 Stephen (which I managed to pick up for 90 inc the 80mm lens and a spare film insert). Funds at the time wouldn't allow the RB or RZ as I've just moved house!!

Anyway, had a play....god knows what the results will look like!!!!
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Re: Mamiya RB67 Medium Format

Have fun. At 15 on (or does the windon allow 16?) it will be cheaper to run. Who knows, you might decide to go to a larger size later. I recommend 5x4...
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