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.
So yesterday, I placed an order for twelve pro-packs of FujiFilm's Pro 400H in 35mm format, that is all short dated. Like, they expire next month, kind of short dated… but I am getting them at a screaming deal. This should last me a while, but I think I need a bar fridge to put it all in, with all the film I already have in the fridge in the kitchen. My wife would love it if I got all that out of there.
And I know there is some more to be had too, so I might just buy it all. Now… just have to wait for Ilford to do the same! I could use about 40+ rolls of Pan-F 50 in 120 format! ;-)