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07-22-2008, 07:27 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by filmamigo Quote
Yeah, having 120 processed and scanned in Toronto is no harder than 135. At my favourite lab (Downtown Camera) processing of either is $5.50, scanning the whole roll at 6 megapixels is $5.00. Plus, I'm looking to put in my own B&W darkroom.
Is this just colour at Downtown, or B&W as well.??Do they do any B&W prints at all. I need to find a new place to do B&W in 35mm and 120, develop and prints.

I looked at 645 equipment in 2001, i think, and decided on the 6x7 with ML instead.
It just felt better.

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07-22-2008, 07:59 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Compared to 35mm, all 645 SLR cameras and lenses are large and heavy.
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Not compared to a pro Nikon or Canon. It is not even that large compared to a K10D!! The 645NII is only a few mm wider than the K10D; they have the same height. The 645D is deeper though...
The lenses are about the same size as Canon L EF mount lenses...
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The 645 is significantly deeper than any 35mm body. Take two EOS 1D or Nikon D3 bodies, put them together, and you'll get an idea for the size of the 645N
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QuoteOriginally posted by clawhammer Quote
The 645 is significantly deeper than any 35mm body. Take two EOS 1D or Nikon D3 bodies, put them together, and you'll get an idea for the size of the 645N
I'm more familiar with the Mamiya M645 which doesn't take up much more volume than a large 35mm. In practice, I use my 35mm bags for the M645 kit with minor re-arraging of the the dividers. Since I use a waist level finder, I find the boxy shape easier to hold than using a side-mounted grip.

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I would strongly suggest taking a look at a 67 body. I got one about a year ago, and I love it. I know everyone will tell you what a tank it is... but it's really not as bad as people make it sound. It's more portable than any other 6x7 SLR (thus not counting the Mamiya 7). I carry it around to take pictures quite frequently... and hopefully I'm in better shape for it.
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Not the 645 but I did take the 6x7 plunge. A couple days ago I secured a MLU 6x7 body and yesterday ordered a TTL prism + wooden handle from Adorama, both in demo condition. The stuff should arrive next week. Still looking for an affordable wide angle for it (45 or 55 mm). Also a sturdy tripod and a cable shutter release wil be needed.

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I used different versions of the Pentax 645 over the years and found it to be a classy and sturdy camera with good lenses. Nevertheless, I never bought one. I decided, I prefered a camera with waist level finder to concentrate better on composition. So I bought into the Mamiya 645. Today, seeing the prices tumbling for medium format, I would go for a Hasselblad 503 - shooting in portrait orientation with a waist level finder is pain and the Hasselblad wouldn't force me to that. Also it quite lightweight and the mechanics are wonderful.

The Pentax 645's handling is very similar to a 35mm camera – and I find, I have enough of those... I f I need a larger format, than 35mm or APS-C digital, I prefer the slower and more concentrated work with the waits level finder or go for large format...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ben_Edict Quote
shooting in portrait orientation with a waist level finder is pain
That's why my other medium format is an RB67.

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That's why my other medium format is an RB67.

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That sure is another good option - though for me that beast would be too big... The Bronica SQA/SQB would be my preferred choices after the Hasselblad...

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I have the 645N very happy with it ! It's chick ice breaker



Got a few rolls yet to scan . Will come back and post them for you guys later

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Quick question, is €150 for a 67 body a good deal?
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Is this just colour at Downtown, or B&W as well.??Do they do any B&W prints at all. I need to find a new place to do B&W in 35mm and 120, develop and prints.
Downtown does C41 and E6 colour, as well as traditional B&W. I have had great luck with their B&W, I actually prefer their prints and scans to what I got from Toronto Image Works.

If I recall, B&W us $7 for 135 and $8 for 120. Scans are the same price as colour.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ryno Quote
I've had a twin lens for many years, lots of fun. Just bought a mamiya 645 setup from a coworker. It's big and heavy, and with a digital kit, and a 35mm film kit, I don't know how much I'll ever use it. You really have to commit to a system like that. I've never seen large format slides, but 120 slides are wonderful.
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I know this particular post is a month old. But I have some large format 8X10 slides and they are amazing. I used the old over head projectors to display them. I made these in 1992. One of my colleagues one said "over head" presentations could never compete with regular slides much less PowerPoint. I whipped out my 8x10 slides and his jaw bone hit the floor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by erasmo Quote
quick question, is €150 for a 67 body a good deal?
"absolutely"
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I came damned near taking the plunge last night. A 645 with 75/2.8 and 120 back auction was finishing just minutes after a Super Takumar 85/1.9 auction that I was bidding on. The prices weren't that much different and I had pretty much decided that if I lost on the Takumar I would jump on the 645.

I won the Takumar.
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