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Medium Format - the fuller frame.

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by Gromit, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Gromit

    Gromit Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Richard
    I was recently given an old Yashica 635 6x6 TLR camera by a friend. He said that he'd got 'some old camera' which hadn't been used for many years, but to my surprise turned up with this little beauty...

    25279536097_41ee55ab8c_h. Taking in the view by Boxertrixter, on Flickr

    I've just finished my first roll of 120 film (Ilford Delta 100 Pro) and been thrilled with the quality this camera can produce! Thought the old 3-element Yashikor lens would be somewhat flat, but it's really punchy - sharp too.

    Anyway, some images...

    39473525754_613c828c2f_h. Belton's boating lake by Boxertrixter, on Flickr

    39473315334_ef058878d9_h. Belton Boating Lake by Boxertrixter, on Flickr

    40152142442_ac2264cc08_h. Reflecting Pool by Boxertrixter, on Flickr
     
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  2. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    My dad had a Yashica TLR, I remember playing with it as a child.
    He never took a single photo with it!!
     
  3. Gromit

    Gromit Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Richard
    Just think of the fun you could have with it now. :)  I'm starting to get addicted to this MF lark, it's soooo slow (especially with hand-held light meter) but so very rewarding. Got my beady eyes on a Bronica SQ-A now...
     
  4. Gromit

    Gromit Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Richard
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  5. @Gromit@Gromit It's bad enough that I get sucked into peeking... and re-peeking at threads like the 300/4 or the 17/1.2 showcases, two pieces of glass that I don't (yet) own... but now you go and open up an MF thread?

    no way am I going to get sucked into taking a peek at this thread... no way... not a chance!

    :hiding:

    btw, nice photos... love the full range of greys

    I am not coming back to this thread
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    I am not coming back to this thread
    Come on Toto, let's go!
     
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  6. CWRailman

    CWRailman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Denny
    I really like the contrast that you got with these shots.
     
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  7. Gromit

    Gromit Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Richard
    Excellent. :D 

    My sincere apologies...well...sort of. ;) 

    Know exactly what you mean re the 300-f4 thread - it was going to get very expensive so I've left well alone. Daren't even start to look at the 17/1.2

    My wife quite likes the idea of the Yashica - and like me has been surprised at how fine its image-making capability is. I did say that Medium Format is quite cheap at the moment (a good SQ-A can be had for under £300) but have a feeling that values are already hardening. Best I grab one before prices start going crazy... ;) 
     
  8. Derek

    Derek Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Man, there's just something about big, square negs. I know a lot of people get excited about the (rather overdone, IMO) thin depth-of-field and the in-to-out-of-focus transition of "full frame," but I'll take that transition on a 6x6 or bigger neg over that of an f/1.2 lens on 135 any day. Smoooooth. This makes me want to get out my old Autocord, take some shots, and find a scanner....
     
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  9. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    There seem to be some artefacts from scanning those negatives (prints?) or something happened in the translation to digital because I remember my days of MF yielding slightly different results.
    I am however too scared to look at my case containing the CX503 and several lenses. As much as I am tempted to resurrect the feeling of the big clunk when pressing the shutter (huge mirror slap) I no longer want to go there, really. :shakehead:
     
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  10. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Those are lovely photos. Sharp with wonderful tones
     
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  11. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Great pics! 6x6 is a great format.
    Don't forget to pop by Amins sister site - Forever Film :) 
     
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  12. Gromit

    Gromit Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Richard
    Thanks all - just love using this old camera, and to carry on the MF adventure I've just snagged a virtually-mint Mamiya 645 for £150. Sure it's a 'baby' medium format but for the money (and the condition it's in) I just couldn't resist. Sadly, I missed out on the Bronica SQ-A.

    Thanks for the link! Looks a fantastic place, will definitely check that out. :) 
     
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  13. JensM

    JensM Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mar 6, 2016
    Oslo(ish), Norway
    As screename
    Am trying to locate my my Grandfathers Yashica D, this dont help on the medium format urges... :D 
     
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  14. Gromit

    Gromit Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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  15. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    If you're already happy with not having an integral light meter and are more drawn to the look of the photos that you get rather than the camera itself*, the Koni-Omega Rapid is the medium format deal of the century.
    • Huge 6x7 negatives.
    • Super sharp 90mm/f3.5 standard lens with leaf-shutter.
    • Big, bright rangefinder focusing (that is easy to recalibrate yourself, if need be).
    • Exceptional ergonomics designed for handheld use. It's a big, heavy brick of a camera, but no heavier than MF SLRs.
    I got mine for $100 with lens. Unbelievable.

    *I'm saying the camera is ugly. It's really ugly.

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  16. Gromit

    Gromit Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mar 27, 2017
    Lincoln UK
    Richard
    Just Googled some images of the K-O R - you're not wrong! :D 

    Fair play to its superb IQ though, as your pictures prove.
     
  17. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    I spotted one on evilBay for not much money: Koni-Omega Rapid M | eBay
    The fact remains: it's ugly :blush:
     
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  18. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Crikey, that's a good price.

    It's a good thing I don't need to look at the camera while I'm using it.
     
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  19. Gromit

    Gromit Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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  20. Arundo Donax

    Arundo Donax Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 5, 2018
    I caught the MF bug a while ago! This is a very rare Ferrari 250 GTO, taken with my much used Yashica 124G, with Ektar 100.
    QA CARS_124g_EKTAR100 (219 of 23).
     
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