6x6 or 645 med. format decisions

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Dave E, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Dave E

    Dave E Guest

    Hi folks,

    I'm fast becoming interested in shooting medium format and am considering
    options right now. While the Mamiya 645 range looks good and appears quite
    affordable, thoughts turn to the 6x6 format for the basic reason that to my
    uninitiated mind it appears to give ultimate flexibility and ease of
    shooting. I guess one has to be disciplined enough to be able to crop where
    the original shot was intended to be cropped.

    So in making what appears to be a 645 vs. 6x6 decision, what are my major
    considerations? My main interests are in capturing people getting on with
    their impoverished lives in remote parts of the world. My shooting is
    really more about the story than 'fine art' but I've been re-seduced by film
    and want to immerse myself in this format.

    A few related thoughts:

    - I will require a decent scanner to complete the 'shoot loop' - this I am
    prepared for,

    - the camera will need to be transported with lenses but I am used to
    carrying 2 or 3 x 35mm bodies, 6 or 7 lenses + tripod and laptop etc. so
    shouldn't be a problem,

    - the gear will often be used in very remote places with limited access to
    reliable power,

    - I am drawn to the idea of multiple film backs making b&w interchangeable
    with Velvia etc. on a shot by shot basis,

    - there is the expectation that I will be metering with my trusty Sekonic
    L608 and if necessary by ded-reckoning,

    - I am braced but probably not psychologically ready for the transfer of
    lens lust from the Nikon stable to Hasselblad/Mamiya etc. (may never be
    financially ready...) :)

    So any pointers and/or gear recommendations will be of great help and will
    be much appreciated.

    Dave E (Sydney)
    Dave E, Dec 7, 2005
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    Roy Mock Guest

    You might try the same question in rec.photo.equipment.medium-format for
    their collective wisdom as well.

    There are some thoughtful dialogue in http://tinyurl.com/4fwdh to consider.

    Judging by the purpose of shooting (i.e. people in remote parts of the
    world) I'ld consider one of the rangefinder cameras e.g. Fuji. Quiet because
    of no mirror action. No batteries to fail. Fixed lens assists light
    travelling etc.

    I hope this helps.

    Roy Mock, Dec 7, 2005
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