Thanks for the info on the Mamiya stuff. Upon further research,
there's a Bronica RF645 that may fit the bill. Any experience?
// richard <http://www.imagecraft.com>
The Bronica is probably very nice. It got good reviews. However it
is very large for its format. When I checked dimensions I found
that it is nearly identical in size and weight to the Mamiya 7 for a
negative that is half the size. It may be larger than the Mamiya 6.
Another consideration is the vertical picture format which would
require it to be turned on most pictures for me. If the vertical
format really does not bother you and 645 is the format you would
choose I would seriously consider the Fuji 645 with zoom lens. It is
AF, but still has the advantages of a rangefinder with its compact
size and quiet operation. No fiddling with changing lenses.
I did some checking on the web:
Bronica RF: Size: 145.6 (W) x 107.3 (H) x 64 (D) mm
Weight: 810g (body only, w/o batteries)
Fuji GA645Zi: Dimensions: 161.5(w) x 108.5(h) x 73(d) mm (6 3/8 x 4
1/4 x 2 7/8") (when lens is retracted).
Weight: 885g (31.22 ozs.) without batterie
Mamiya 7: Dimensions: Body - 159x112x66mm (6.3x4.4x2.6")
W/80mm - 159x112x120mm (6.3x4.4x4.7")
Weight: Body-920g (32.4oz.)
So you can see the Fuji with lens is smaller and lighter than either
of the others. I could not find any Mamiya 6 specs. Interestingly
my Mamiya 6 folder feels just as heavy as Mamiya 7 with lens
attached. It is definitely not pocketable even folded. None of them
will focus close enough for a tight head shot. 1 meter is about as
close as they get.
Long Beach, California
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