A very good user review of this beast of a camera… I agree with everything this writer says about it. I really need to use mine more. But it has taken a back seat to its new sister the 4x5, maybe I will shoot with her tomorrow.
About once a week I get emails from other photographers asking for my opinion on various camera models. I am always happy to help other creative folks but I am not going to deny it gets tough writing the same thing over and over again to an audience of one person at a time. As such, I have de ides to capture my thoughts and impressions of some of the cameras I tend to use most often so I can refer people to a pre-written review when the question comes up.
I think it is only fitting to start with my most recent camera procurement, the Mamiya RB67.
In my particular case it is a RB67 Pro SD which is as I understand is the most current rendition of the RB67 line. The difference between the Pro SD and previous models are mostly minor so if you are looking into getting one of these I wouldn’t put a whole lot of energy into finding one version over the other.
I bought mine off of Craigslist for $300 from a guy who said he had ambitions to shoot wedding portraits with it but never got around to it. I don’t think more than ten rolls of film had gone through the camera as there was not a scratch on it. It came with a body, one 6x7 back, a waist level finder, and three lenses; a 65mm “c” type, a 127mm K/L lens, and a 180mm K/L lens.