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Re: mirrorless cameras - medium format SLRs price collapse

On the subject of mirrorless or not... As a child of the 1970s, I held medium format anything in the highest regard.

After all, the Apollo astronauts used big honkin' customized Hassleblads anchored to the front of their spacesuits and took all of those thousands of gorgeous moon pictures that NASA airbrushed the alien craft out of. ;)

The technical attributes and specifics: these are roll film products, producing 2 1/4 or 6x6 cm negatives or slides. We're talking absolutely velvety smooth negatives and slides with no visible grain.

As a kid I had the absolute highest respect for these types of products. But they were always out of my reach. The basic camera bodies were always priced like a good used car even as late as the 1990s.

Anyway, on a lark I searched Ebay for products like:

Rollei 6006
Bronica
Fujifilm medium format

Examples:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rolleiflex-Rollei-6006-Camera-Outfit-Body-80mm-lens-120back-grip-film-tested/122416194246

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bronica-ETRSi-w-Zenzagon-75mm-f-2-8-Lens-110-Back-Prism/391756799149

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fuji-GS-645W-/132158649052

For example, I was once quite interested in the Fujis, but they were once priced well over $1000 and I didn't see using it enough to justify the cost.

Now, I could pick up one of each line if I wanted and not feel terribly guilty about it.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 20th, 2017 12:16pm
(Hassleblads and Rolleis are still proportionately high but that's because of their names.)
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 20th, 2017 12:17pm
Throw inflation index into the mix and you're looking even more pretty.  Pull the trigger, man.
Permalink Kenny the Robot 
April 20th, 2017 12:44pm
Fuji is now investing in rejuvenating the medium format in digital form: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-gfx-50s
Permalink Yoda 
April 20th, 2017 12:45pm
Dad had a medium-format camera (with the bellows and everything) that took a 120mm roll format back (you could also use glass plates if that wasn't enough masochism for you).

Absolutely amazing photos - essentially no grain.

But you had to pay VERY close attention to your focusing.
Permalink Send private email xampl9 
April 20th, 2017 2:17pm
I had a Lubitel camera when I was 12 years old

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubitel

My grand mother taught me how to develop and print, as here father had been a professional photographer, and she had worked at the photography department of the academic hospital.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
April 20th, 2017 2:38pm
> Throw inflation index into the mix and you're looking even more pretty.  Pull the trigger, man.

Oh, totally. A camera like the Fuji was over $1000 new perhaps 10-15 years ago.

Something must be going on to depress these prices. I wonder if 120 film is at risk of being discontinued. But I googled and found many choices. Price is $4-6 per roll. No idea on developing. I think I would scan the negatives or transparencies and go straight to digital.

> Fuji is now investing in rejuvenating the medium format in digital form: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-gfx-50s

$6500 for the body, ahh hah hah. I'll spend the money on film and developing, for the little use I'd make of it.

> I had a Lubitel camera when I was 12 years old
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubitel

Eastern bloc cameras of the 60s and 70s for the win. I loved Exactas and Practicas because they were cheap, flexible, and esoteric, and I was fascinated with the Zenit cameras.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 20th, 2017 3:27pm
PS: the Fujifilm camera is a rangefinder, I think, not an SLR, but it has competitive image quality.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 20th, 2017 4:07pm
I had a Zenit camera.
Permalink Yoda 
April 21st, 2017 1:34am

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