Medium Format Film Rangefinder

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Mijo, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. Mijo

    Mijo Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    I've been thinking about getting into medium format film for awhile now, mainly there's a lot of people that use the community darkroom that shoot medium format. A few weeks ago I ran into a tourist with a Mamiya 7 and it was love at first sight. Since then I've scoured the internet and read as many reviews about the Mamiya 7 as I could find, most user have nothing but positive things to say about it.

    If your familiar with this camera I would love to hear your thoughts on this system. I'm mainly interested in this system for landscapes and I plan to keep my existing M system (for street and low light). The native lenses for the Mamiya 7 aren't exactly fast and I'm only looking at the 80mm and 43mm lenses, maybe even just the 43mm. For landscapes for I've been doing a lot of printing in the 11x14 to 20x24" range so I think I could definately benifit with the larger format.
     
  2. M240

    M240 Leica Place Regular

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    Sep 30, 2014
    USA (Indiana)
    I had a black Mamiya 7 II with the 43, 80 and 150 lenses. I ended up selling it to help pay for Leica M gear. Sometimes I regretted parting with the 7 II but not so much nowadays.

    It's a great camera for landscapes; the only real downside is that the lenses are slow. If you buy a used camera, you might want to send it in for a CLA to get it back to new specs. My 43mm was tack sharp but the 80mm was soft; this makes me think that the lens needed a CLA rather than the camera.

    I hardly ever used the 150mm lens; I would pass on that one. If I were to reacquire a 120 rangefinder kit, I would get the 43, 65 and 80 lenses and the 7 II body, all in black.
     
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  3. Mijo

    Mijo Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    M240 - Thanks for the post and the heads up regarding the softness of the 80, I wasn't actually that interested in that lens but I've seen some decent deals with that lens included.