Best Medium Format under $1000

Discussion in 'Photography' started by HAIRY ASSHOLE, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. Hi. I am looking to get into MF photography from 35mm and digital.What
    would be the best complete system with a body and normal lens for
    under US $1000? 645 is OK. Mamiya? Or would I get comparable results
    from Kiev or modified Kiev? Is the Chinese Seagull TLR worth looking
    into?

    -Harry
     
    HAIRY ASSHOLE, Oct 30, 2003
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    Matt Guest

    I'm really happy with my Bronica SQA (6x6).
     
    Matt, Oct 30, 2003
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    GM Guest

    mamya 654...perfect!
     
    GM, Oct 30, 2003
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  4. I would advise to go for the Mamiya, very flexible, widely sold so a lot of
    used equipment available at reasonable pricing and a LOT better quality than
    the Kiev.
    The Seagull TLR is a nice toy to have as extra, for the grab 'n shoot
    action, not real alternative to the real thing though.
     
    Jack Daniels Jr., Oct 30, 2003
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    mr. chip Guest

    My Rolleicord V (6x6 TLR) is lovely.
    £52 on Ebay.

    Simon.
     
    mr. chip, Oct 30, 2003
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    Frank Pittel Guest

    : I would advise to go for the Mamiya, very flexible, widely sold so a lot of
    : used equipment available at reasonable pricing and a LOT better quality than
    : the Kiev.

    A used Mamiya 645 can be gotten for a lot less the $1000. I've heard good
    things about the Kiev. (yea the bodies leave a lot to be desired but the
    lenses are top rate)

    : The Seagull TLR is a nice toy to have as extra, for the grab 'n shoot
    : action, not real alternative to the real thing though.

    The Seagull is a piece of junk and of lower quality then the Kiev.

    : : > Hi. I am looking to get into MF photography from 35mm and digital.What
    : > would be the best complete system with a body and normal lens for
    : > under US $1000? 645 is OK. Mamiya? Or would I get comparable results
    : > from Kiev or modified Kiev? Is the Chinese Seagull TLR worth looking
    : > into?
    : >
    : > -Harry



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    Frank Pittel, Nov 2, 2003
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    oranewbie Guest

    There is a plethora of MF cameras under 1K that you can choose from.
    With a name like Hairy Asshole, how could you go wrong???
     
    oranewbie, Nov 4, 2003
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  8. Do you suppose that's the name on his VISA card?
     
    William Graham, Nov 4, 2003
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    germano Guest



    Hasselblad 500 cm with Planar 80

    Ciao
     
    germano, Nov 9, 2003
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  10. If you want to try MF photography for cheap do the following: Search eBay
    for Flexaret camera (III, IV, VI, VII). These are about $40.00 cameras with
    an excellent reputation!!! I use mine (Flexaret IV is best) for about 20
    years and it will do what Mamiya will do as well. The shop in Prague is a
    Professional photo shop and they wouldn't sell you a bad camera. You can
    always trust them. Flexaret is an older after the worl war II technology,
    but it is very precise equipment with prontor shutter! The German wated to
    purchase this factory long time ago. Ten times better that some Kiev,
    Heartblai, Holga or other brands.

    I was in Prague this spring and they had about 28 of them on the shelve. I
    should've got another one. I recommend this to anyone that would like to
    play with medium format camera and get professional results! You will need a
    tripod and light meter. It is manual camera but awsome workhorse.

    Michael.
     
    Michael Hadac, Nov 22, 2003
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    Tom Mitchell Guest

    If I were you, I would stick with a major manufacturer like Mamiya. If you
    want to buy new, Mamiya has a 645 camera with manual everything in that
    price range. If used is an option I would try the used camera sections of
    Calumet, B&H or go to the Midwest Camera Exchange website. All three of
    these dealers rate the used cameras and guarantee the cameras for at least
    30 days, which is long enough to see if they at least work when you receive
    them. I personally would not buy on eBay because as reputable as a seller
    may be, they may not even be aware of a problem with the equipment they
    sell, particularly if they haven't used it in a while.

    My understanding, even from Kiev dealers, is that Kiev quality varies
    greatly from camera to camera. If you buy one, buy from a dealer that will
    take it back you have problems.

    A fellow student at Otis art college bought a Seagull and got some good
    results with it.

    If you think you want to use the camera long term buy something that will
    make you happy for years to come instead of a starter camera like a Kiev or
    a Seagull that you will want to replace soon with something better.
     
    Tom Mitchell, Jan 3, 2004
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    George Guest

    Mamiya or Pentax if you like focal plane shutters, Bronica if you prefer the
    faster sync speed of a leaf shutter. Don't bother with stuff like Kiev and
    Seagull...if you're really watching your budget, get a used Yashicamat 124G
    or a Rolleiflex ($$$) or Rolleicord.
     
    George, Jan 3, 2004
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