Which large format camera do you remember with fondness?

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Reading another thread where mention was made of 4 x 5, my mind went back to some of the large format cameras that I have been lucky to own when I was younger. My first one was a Mamiya C330, which a wedding photographer friend gave me after he bought a Rolleiflex. My first go at developing B&W film soon followed. A few years later I saw a Pentax 6x7 in the display cabinet in the camera department of a shop, and I was hooked by the looks. I spent several months doing all sorts of weekend jobs to be able to buy that Pentax. It came with the standard lens, and I never bothered to try to buy another lens. It was a beast of a brick. But the pictures were fantastic.
 

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My favourite medium format camera was the Bronica SQAi, mounted on a tripod, hand held meter.

95% of anything I was asked to do could be done with the standard 80mm lens, waist level finder and zoom with your feet. Flash sync at all shutter speeds, mirror lock up - what else was needed?

When you take your time to get everything level, correctly focused, correct height, set your lens shade and meter with care, there is a real sense of accomplishment when it's finally time to take out the slide and release the shutter.
 

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MAMIYA 23 Press camera, Mamiya C220, and YashicaMat 124. Used an RB67 in work taking thousands of slide images with it.
 
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Hasselblad 500cm. The camera that in the past was so far up there (with Leica) that I could not even dream about it.
Digital destroyed the used price of film cameras, and it was cheaper than my Nikon D70.

BTW, I find the title interesting. I consider LF starting at 4x5, but for us shooting m4/3 MF could be a LF. :biggrin:
 
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I had a Speed Graphic 4X5 I used occasionally in the Army which I used for documenting things that were public and a Minox for things that weren't public. I also had a YashicaMat 124G, a Mamiya 645 1000, a Mamiya C330, and dabbled with a friend's Mamiya 67. I really do not miss any of them.
 
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The Wista Woodfield and Zone VI Ultralight 4x5 were splendid to use in the field...
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The Hasselblad 2003 FCW with the F series lenses were superb...
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As was the Bronica SQ with the PF lenses...
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And the Rollei 6006 was an absolute dream, when it wasn't exploding the mirror box or eating lens shutters...
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Whilst I never owned a Hasselblad, I did get the chance to use one. The engineering quality of them was out of this world.
 
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I have two:
  1. Zeiss Ikon. Haven't used it since childhood. My Dad gave it to me when he got his first 35mm SLR. We had.a darknroom in the basement, where I remember cutting down film to fit — it didn't take any of the standard large format film, as I recall.
  2. Linhof Super Technika. I still haul it out for demos at schools and such. Kids love getting under the dark cloth and seeing all their friends upside-down. I've got four Schneider-Kreutznacht lenses, two of which are "convertible" to other focal lengths, via screw-on elements.
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Here's an example of the Super-Angulon 90mm ƒ/8, using Scheimpflug to get the mountains and the sagebrush both in the focal plane.
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Hasselblad 500cm. The camera that in the past was so far up there (with Leica) that I could not even dream about it.
Digital destroyed the used price of film cameras, and it was cheaper than my Nikon D70.

I had a period of keeping my eye out for used MF equipment on the cheap that I'd always wanted to use. I have a Mamiya C330 that I used for years before that. Picked up several TLRs - including a Rolleiflex, as well as a Pentax 645, and a Kiev 88 / Khassel-blyad.

They all can take fine pictures.

Didn't like the Pentax at all (electronics and grip for eye-level work are uncomfortable), the Kiev has a walnut grinder mechanism, and the Mamiya is a beast. Honestly of the TLRs the Minolta Autocord and Ricoh Diacord consistently are the nicest to use - compact, light to hand, comfortable, and just feel right. I know it's sacrilege but - entirely subjectively - the Rolleiflex doesn't work for me; although it's exceedingly well-made, the focus knob is wrong.

I actually like the Diacord best of all for real-world use, and I think it was the cheapest. And quality of images from it are either just as good, or (more likely) I get better images out of it because I like it better. It's small enough to toss in a camera bag for a change of pace on an outing - no pun intended, it is a different pace of camera work.

Oh, and I have a rescue from an odd-bits bin when I was a student that I have a sentimental attachment to - a "Rolleicord" with Nikkor lenses (!); it's actually an Aires Camera tlr with a switched-out Rolleicord nameplate. Remarkably good workmanship on the nameplate swap actually; leaving "Aires Camera" on the lens mechanism was an odd oversight after going to such effort. The images from it can be quite sharp but tend to haze and low contrast - which can be quite attractive at times - but it's a sentimental keeper, not for heavy use.
 
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