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04-15-2007, 11:57 PM   #1
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Talk me out of a 645!

I'm seriously thinking about getting into medium format by picking up an older 645 from KEH. I like manual focus so I can pick one of the older models (non-N) with a 75mm 2.8 lens for just shy of $400 USD.

But I have a K10D with cheap lenses. Am I being crazy? Is medium format worth it? Should I just get a set of pancakes instead?

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Only you can know.

If you like superdetailed landscapes or close ups, shoots mostly on tripod, and generally speaking you thinks a lot before tripping the shutter, I'd say go for the 645. If you are for candid, travel, action, street... maybe would be better to invest in good lenses for the K10...
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All I can say is if you are gonna do it do it now. Once the 645D comes out the lens prices are going to skyrocket like they did when the *istD series and later Pentax DSLRs did.

Well worth it in my opinion... I still have my old Bronica ETR and its almost as agile as a 35mm form factor SLR. Makes for wonderful enlargments! Now I just need to get a scanner that can handle the 645 format slides & negatives.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SuperJared Quote
I'm seriously thinking about getting into medium format by picking up an older 645 from KEH. I like manual focus so I can pick one of the older models (non-N) with a 75mm 2.8 lens for just shy of $400 USD.

But I have a K10D with cheap lenses. Am I being crazy? Is medium format worth it? Should I just get a set of pancakes instead?
There is no way I will ever talk you out of a medium format camera. I think when the new 645D comes out the price will be right and worth every penny spent on the camera and select lenses. I say do what you have to do and have fun doing it.

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I have been thinking the same. Also since my old Yashica Mat is bighting the dust I still like film and want something between 35mm and my 4x5.
Oh and the 645D issue it big for me too
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QuoteOriginally posted by MRRiley Quote
All I can say is if you are gonna do it do it now. Once the 645D comes out the lens prices are going to skyrocket like they did when the *istD series and later Pentax DSLRs did.
The lens prices are always way over the top! 45mm f2.8 was supposed to be around 250 US or so and now the price is well above 700 US dollars!
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Do it. I got into photography shooting medium format -- in fact, the K100D is the first 35mm(ish) SLR I've ever owned. There is nothing like the process of visualizing a photo, setting up, composing, and holding your breath while you trip the shutter release cord. And since you only have 12 shots per role, you have to think through EVERYTHING. Bracketing gets awfully expensive!

I have an old Hasselblad that I absolutely love, and it still seems use every once in a while. Of course, now that I am without a darkroom I'll have to find a scanner that can take 120 film...
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I was talking about the older M, A & F series lenses. Couple of years back you could almost get em for a song. Now they demand premium prices. The same will go for the lenses for the 645 now once the 645D comes out.

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QuoteOriginally posted by eurostar Quote
Only you can know.

If you like superdetailed landscapes or close ups, shoots mostly on tripod, and generally speaking you thinks a lot before tripping the shutter, I'd say go for the 645. If you are for candid, travel, action, street... maybe would be better to invest in good lenses for the K10...
If you really like shooting this way, don't stop at 6X4.5 or even 6X7. Go all the way to a 4X5 field camera. The prices are way better now than they were a few years ago and the BIG negative gives results that the smaller sizes just can't match. 8X10 would be even better, but they are really a pain to lug around. The 4X5 FIELD versions are still designed for portability.
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Yeah, start hording 645 lenses.
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Dammit, I was hoping that this thread would help me to resist but......




I just bought a 645N on KEH.....
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congrats on the purchase. I am extremely green with envy right now

I was considering a 645, but have since decided on a yashica MAT or a rollei. If you have one of either or any other TLR sitting around collecting dust, let me know
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I still have an old Mamiya C330 twin lens medium format that I take out and use. Just can't beat the quality of the images. You are going to enjoy medium format.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MShawn63 Quote
I still have an old Mamiya C330 twin lens medium format that I take out and use. Just can't beat the quality of the images. You are going to enjoy medium format.
hi, something I also have wondered about. What does film and processing cost? (I am in Australia so any other aussies would be good but elsewhere would be good too)

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hi, something I also have wondered about. What does film and processing cost? (I am in Australia so any other aussies would be good but elsewhere would be good too)

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A roll of 120 film is around $12-14 to process from the larger stores....not sure about 220 film.

Prints are extra of course.

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