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Bartosz Och

Posts: 3

London, England, United Kingdom

Hi,
I have always used digital but only recently moved to film. I got myself Mamiya RB67 Pro-SD + 90mm lens. Does anyone else in here use film? Do you guys like natural light more than strobes etc.? Also thinking of getting a Polaroid back for my beauty but these are very rare of eBay...and a bit pricey! Any cheap options out there?

Feb 09 13 05:20 am Link

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PhillipM

Posts: 6545

Martin, Tennessee, US

I have a RB67 Pro-S w/3 lenses.  I don't shoot paying clients with it [seniors/small children], but I enjoy the look.  I use strobes, off camera 550 flash, natural lighting.  Just depends on what I want.

These were shot with an off Camera 550 flash, and the RB67 w/Portra Film. 

Me and one of my H.S.Seniors goofing off.

http://www.keepsakephotography.us/Aubree/Aubree175.jpg
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http://www.keepsakephotography.us/Aubree/Aubree134.jpg
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http://www.keepsakephotography.us/Aubree/Aubree82.jpg
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Feb 09 13 06:07 am Link

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Edward Lian

Posts: 24

Orlando, Florida, US

Amazing... film is so intimidating to me!  I love the look, but I tremble at the thought of it.

Feb 09 13 08:32 am Link

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Richard Klein Photo

Posts: 175

Buffalo Grove, Illinois, US

Congratulations!  I used several RB 67 Pro SD bodies and lenses for many years.  My go to lenses were the 90, 127, and 180.  I also had cut film holders (2 1/4 x 3 1/4) made by Mamiya, double cable release for shots with the mirror locked up, Polaroid Back, CDS Prism Finder, as well as backs for 120, 220, and 6 x 4.5 (16 shots on a roll of 120 film), and the grip holder for hand held shots. You might look into getting the 127 and 180.  The glass and mechanical construction of these lenses is superb.  You do need a sturdy tripod though as the camera, back, lens, and prism finder weigh a ton.  But you are going to get superb images.  I used the 127 for groups and couples, while I used the 180 for couples and head shots.  I also used the 90 for groups and legal work, such as copying documents like checks (using an extension tube to get really close).  If I could have gotten a digital back for the bodies, I might have kept them.  But I did sell them and it was painful to do so.  Best wishes for great shots...you have gear that will take them for sure!

Feb 09 13 08:47 am Link

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PhillipM

Posts: 6545

Martin, Tennessee, US

Edward Lian wrote:
film is so intimidating to me!

Huh?

Feb 09 13 10:00 am Link

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Emanelle Photography

Posts: 83

Le Roy, New York, US

Just bought mine on Wednesday.  Haven't had a chance to run any film through it yet.

Feb 09 13 01:56 pm Link

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Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

I'd suggest not buying lenses for these off Ebay, the shutters in the lenses start to brake down if they aren't used or tripped every so often. Also the winder on the film back seems to wear out and go past where it should normally stop - I made a little stopper to stop it where it needs to.

Oh, and sometimes these lenses don't like very cold weather.




Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

Feb 09 13 02:20 pm Link

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MMDesign

Posts: 18647

Louisville, Kentucky, US

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All film through a Hasselblad.

I have a polaroid back and mainly only used it to check exposure as they're, by necessity, pretty small. That and the fact that the current stuff they're calling polaroid isn't that great (IMHO).

Feb 09 13 03:14 pm Link

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Gabby57

Posts: 424

Coppell, Texas, US

A great camera!  I have about a dozen cameras, all film, all but one medium format, of my brother's who retired and closed his studio last year.  The plan is to ebay them for him when I get the time, but I will defiantly keep one of the RB's and some lenses, as well as the Polaroid back. I'm torn on paying him to keep one of his Plaubel Makinas too, another awesome camera. 

I've not shot either of his RB's yet, been putting film through the rangefinders prior to selling them first as they are worth more.

You will want to save this link:

http://aki-asahi.com/store/html/Mamiya- … /index.php

I just got my seal kit which the back was in need of.

Also, if you are, or know someone who is handy in the workshop, you can take the front of a junker RB, wed it to the front standard of a 4x5, and use the same lenses.  The 90 is the shortest I have, but it, the 150SF, and 180 all cover 4x5 with limited movements (a wide angle bag bellows works best).

Feb 10 13 07:09 am Link

Photographer

Z_Photo

Posts: 6955

Huntsville, Alabama, US

nikon F5
rb67 pro-s
kiev medium format knock off
wisner 4x5 and 5x7
canham 5x7
korona 5x7
century 8x10

film

Feb 10 13 07:32 am Link

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Decay of Memory

Posts: 600

Asheville, North Carolina, US

Yeah, film here. The larger format sounds like it could be fun.

Feb 10 13 07:35 am Link

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AgX

Posts: 1273

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Z_Photo wrote:
nikon F5
rb67 pro-s
kiev medium format knock off
wisner 4x5 and 5x7
canham 5x7
korona 5x7
century 8x10

film

Oh, now you're just bragging. wink

Feb 10 13 09:05 am Link

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MMDesign

Posts: 18647

Louisville, Kentucky, US

AgX wrote:
Oh, now you're just bragging. wink

He might be but I'd bet I'm the only one on here who has a Hasselblad Flexbody.  smile

Feb 10 13 09:08 am Link

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Z_Photo

Posts: 6955

Huntsville, Alabama, US

AgX wrote:
Oh, now you're just bragging. wink

nah, i ould have mentioned the rest of the stuff.  but i did resist picking up an ultralarge format camera

Feb 10 13 12:10 pm Link

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AgX

Posts: 1273

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Z_Photo wrote:

nah, i ould have mentioned the rest of the stuff.  but i did resist picking up an ultralarge format camera

Resistance is futile!*




* I figure if I convince more people to engage in either DSLRs or ULF, there will be more cheap medium format gear dumped on to the market for me to pick up. big_smile

Feb 10 13 02:20 pm Link

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The F-Stop

Posts: 1510

New York, New York, US

Love RBs, use mine all the time.

I also repair them.

Get the user manual here...
http://www.butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/mam … _pro_s.htm


BTW the polaroid back is not worth it. The photo is not 6x7... it's much smaller, don' t remeber exactly what dimentions.


have fun!

Feb 10 13 10:10 pm Link

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Camerosity

Posts: 5316

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Many people find using Mamiya RB and RZ series camera on a tripod more comfortable than hand held. In a way, the fact that you're already using a tripod makes them more conducive to natural light or existing light photography than they would be otherwise.

Most likely you'll also find yourself composing your photos more carefully than with a digital camera for two reasons. 1) You're paying for each shot you take (film and processing). 2) People tend to work more slowly and deliberately with MF and LF cameras - and with film cameras generally.

Enjoy!

Feb 10 13 10:31 pm Link

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R E Baker Photography

Posts: 92

Owego, New York, US

I always liked using my RB w/180 lens and prism finder.

I know the final result is what s counts.....

But when I did a job with that camera....

It sure didn't look like the camera the customers
Uncle Fred would bring to shoot pictures of the kids.

Very impressive looking rig.

Feb 13 13 06:25 pm Link

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R E Baker Photography

Posts: 92

Owego, New York, US

I always liked using my RB w/180 lens and prism finder.

I know the final result is what s counts.....

But when I did a job with that camera....

It sure didn't look like the camera the customers
Uncle Fred would bring to shoot pictures of the kids.

Very impressive looking rig.

Feb 13 13 06:26 pm Link

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Gabby57

Posts: 424

Coppell, Texas, US

The F-Stop wrote:
Love RBs, use mine all the time.

I also repair them.

Get the user manual here...
http://www.butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/mam … _pro_s.htm


BTW the polaroid back is not worth it. The photo is not 6x7... it's much smaller, don' t remeber exactly what dimentions.


have fun!

I replaced the seals on one this weekend and took a shot with the fuji instant film. 

From what I've read the backs made by Polaroid are offset and reduce image size.  The one I have is a Mamiya back and delivered an instant print that is 73mm square by my measurement.

Feb 18 13 08:02 am Link

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intense_puppy

Posts: 864

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Edward Lian wrote:
but I tremble at the thought of it.

Serious?

Feb 18 13 08:09 am Link

Photographer

Imageography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

I sold my RB67 a few years back when I got arthritis in my arm. I mean, I like bodybuilding but not with a camera smile LOL

Many thousands of shots done with it.

I'm currently searching for the new Fuji or older Fuji medium format rangefinder style cameras. I can still hold those up and get some decent images.

Digital is here to stay, but you cannot beat the organic look and feel of film.

I'm not a film nazi though, I have shuffled to the digital side of things.

Feb 18 13 08:17 am Link

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Hector Fernandez

Posts: 1152

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

My personal stuff, what I post here, is all film. Hasselblad and Kiev60 with Zeiss Jena glass.

Feb 18 13 09:57 am Link

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Bunny 007

Posts: 274

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

The F-Stop wrote:
Love RBs, use mine all the time.

I also repair them.

Get the user manual here...
http://www.butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/mam … _pro_s.htm


BTW the polaroid back is not worth it. The photo is not 6x7... it's much smaller, don' t remeber exactly what dimentions.


have fun!

Feb 18 13 10:09 am Link

Photographer

Bunny 007

Posts: 274

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

The F-Stop wrote:
Love RBs, use mine all the time.

I also repair them.

Get the user manual here...
http://www.butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/mam … _pro_s.htm


BTW the polaroid back is not worth it. The photo is not 6x7... it's much smaller, don' t remeber exactly what dimentions.


have fun!

If I remember right, you get a 6X7 cm image on a 4X5 inch print.  PM me if you still want a Polaroid back.  Still got some Polaroid film in it, but it's years out of date now.

Feb 18 13 10:13 am Link

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Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21383

New York, New York, US

Edward Lian wrote:
Amazing... film is so intimidating to me!  I love the look, but I tremble at the thought of it.

Why?

Feb 18 13 10:15 am Link

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thePhotosmith

Posts: 424

Durham, North Carolina, US

The F-Stop wrote:
BTW the polaroid back is not worth it. The photo is not 6x7... it's much smaller, don' t remeber exactly what dimentions.

It's bigger, in fact. Roughly 7.5 x 7.5cm.

The Mamiya polaroid backs center the image, the NPC backs do not.

I found an NPC back, with new seals and 7 exposures remaining, for $35, back in December.

Feb 18 13 10:23 am Link

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Chouseki Lab

Posts: 50

Los Angeles, California, US

I use film(35mm & medium format) for most of my personal work and some clients have paid for it as well. The RB67 is a great camera and I'd recommend shooting it both with natural light and studio settings. It can be a beast to hold but on a tripod with a shutter release you'll get razor sharp pictures.

Feb 18 13 11:39 am Link

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Emanelle Photography

Posts: 83

Le Roy, New York, US

Gabby57 wrote:
A great camera!  I have about a dozen cameras, all film, all but one medium format, of my brother's who retired and closed his studio last year.  The plan is to ebay them for him when I get the time, but I will defiantly keep one of the RB's and some lenses, as well as the Polaroid back. I'm torn on paying him to keep one of his Plaubel Makinas too, another awesome camera. 

I've not shot either of his RB's yet, been putting film through the rangefinders prior to selling them first as they are worth more.

You will want to save this link:

Vhttp://aki-asahi.com/store/html/Mamiya-RB67/Light-seal/index.php

I just got my seal kit which the back was in need of.

Also, if you are, or know someone who is handy in the workshop, you can take the front of a junker RB, wed it to the front standard of a 4x5, and use the same lenses.  The 90 is the shortest I have, but it, the 150SF, and 180 all cover 4x5 with limited movements (a wide angle bag bellows works best).

This is excellent.  Thank you.

Feb 18 13 07:00 pm Link