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05-29-2008, 04:56 PM   #1
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Bronica RF645

The Bronica RF645 is a wonderful medium format rangefinder camera.

Do any of you forum members have one of these, or am I the only one?

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05-29-2008, 11:49 PM   #2
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I have the Bronica ETRSi 645 system. Too bad the choice of Digital Backs are almost NULL. Otherwise, great system.

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The Bronica RF645 is a wonderful medium format rangefinder camera

I couldn't agree more. I have most of the system - body, 45, 65 and 100mm lenses and flash - absolute joy to use. Pity I could only afford it because Bronica went bust and the remaining stock was available at more or less half price in the UK.

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I have only the 65mm lens, and it is wonderful.
The dedicated flash is great, too.

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I'm buying one in the next week or so!!! Kit with the 65mm to start. First MF, can't wait!
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
The Bronica RF645 is a wonderful medium format rangefinder camera.

Do any of you forum members have one of these, or am I the only one?

Chris
Chris, I had that camera for review, when it was released, years back. At that time I found it a joy to use, producing excellent results. But in my eyes it has one major design flaw: When you hold it as intended it shoots in portrait format, instead of the usual landscape format. For me that meant, going for Mamiya instead with the small MF system.

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But in my eyes it has one major design flaw: When you hold it as intended it shoots in portrait format, instead of the usual landscape format. .

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I've never looked on that as a flaw - its just the way it is. They could have come up with some wierd and wonderful body design to give it a 'native' landscape format but it cost enough as it was. I'm normally in contemplative mode when I'm using rangefinders so I don't mind adding another step to the process for most of the shots...
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I've never looked on that as a flaw - its just the way it is. They could have come up with some wierd and wonderful body design to give it a 'native' landscape format but it cost enough as it was. I'm normally in contemplative mode when I'm using rangefinders so I don't mind adding another step to the process for most of the shots...

Neil, I can fully understand. It is really a personal thing. As I take most shots in landscape orientation, I found the RF645 just inconvenient to use. Perhaps it would have been better, if they had provided a shutter release on the right side (like those on battery grips for vertical shooting on 35mm cameras...)

I likes the camera very much, it really felt good - apart from the orientation, which was my decisive point.

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It's the nature of the beast. Only SLRs have native landscape orientation in 645, and all 645 SLRS are big, heavy, and noisy.
The RF design allows for a compact, slick-handling package. In use it is very much like a medium to large 35mm SLR.

I too had my doubts but was soon won over by the RF645's charms. I now find the portrait orientation an asset.
Most of us don't take near enough verticals. And I soon got used to using the Bronica for horizontal shots.
It's really no harder than shooting a vertical with the average 35mm SLR.

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I received mine about a week and a half ago. Took it to Chicago for the weekend and shot 6 rolls(2 slides, 2 color print, 2 B&W). All I can say is WOW! what an awesome little camera. So Light and easy to handle. The meter was as close to perfect as I could expect, only blowing highlights on a few frames. I brought my K10D as well, but never took it out of the bag.

At first I wasn't sure about it, mainly because it was my first time using a rangefinder, but after that first roll, I was in love. I actually like the portrait orientation and find that holding it in landscape is easier than holding most cameras in portrait... if that makes sense. As a matter of fact I bought this camera almost exclusively for landscapes, which I think it will do an amazing job at. I was surprised to find that it makes a great walk around camera too. So yeah... It rocks!

You can see some reduced size scans here. More to come when I get more time to scan them.
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