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02-03-2019, 10:01 AM   #1
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Buying a 645 (maybe)

I have an opportunity to buy a 645 with 5 lenses today. I've heard there's no easy way to check that everything's working properly without actually using it. Could this be true? I'm new to medium format but well versed in checking all functions in an SLR...

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Well, taking some pictures with it is the ultimate test like any other film camera. But you can certainly get a good feel for what shape it's in by inspecting, handling and test firing it at different shutter speeds.
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Be aware ... test firing doesn't work with an original 645 as the original version needs film loaded to actuate the shutter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrclSchprs Quote
Be aware ... test firing doesn't work with an original 645 as the original version needs film loaded to actuate the shutter.
This is sort of true. There is a rear body cap that can be put in to replace a film back. With that in place, you can fire blanks. The 120 or 220 film backs originally came with a plastic holder, and when the holder is empty, you can store the rear body cap onto the film holder box.

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I have an opportunity to buy a 645 with 5 lenses today. I've heard there's no easy way to check that everything's working properly without actually using it.
Who would be checking it? The seller? A third party? Or you, but you want to check it without film? Ideally, someone familiar with a 645 would be checking it with or for you, but the ultimate test for really any camera is in the developed film.

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Had a look at it, nothing really happens at all without film loaded. No shutter except when I took the back off it seemed to fire at 1000. I'm not sure why. No meter, menu buttons didn't do what they should do.
I'm not sure if the meter should work without film.
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QuoteOriginally posted by conniption Quote
Had a look at it, nothing really happens at all without film loaded. No shutter except when I took the back off it seemed to fire at 1000. I'm not sure why. No meter, menu buttons didn't do what they should do.
I'm not sure if the meter should work without film.
For the most part, nothing works without film loaded. It was sort of a fail safe system that warned the photographer the film wasn't loaded. It does default to 1/1000" as it uses this fast shutter speed (doubt the first curtain opens) when auto-advancing at the beginning of the roll.

So far what you've described is normal.
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Thanks all, I've decided to buy it. Lots of nice glass comes with it, a whole kit.
I think I'll look for a 645n body. I prefer knobs to buttons any day
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