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I'm looking at ditching my Bronica system for possibly a Mamiya RF.
Do you load it like a manual 35mm SLR, or is there an insert for the back like on my Bronica GS1?
I was going to use it for high speed B+W, possibly formals, and on a flash bracket at receptions. Mainly shooting F/11 or thereabouts using hyperfocal focusing.
Given only ten shots per roll I would need a quick loading body.
Any comments would be appreciated...
I own a 6, and there is no back that I am aware of. There are also issues around close-up portraiture. I defer to other more knowledgeable members, but I do not believe there is a back.
My Mamiya 6 loads like a 35, ie. no insert for the back that can be preloaded. The issue of close-up shots can be dealt with simple enlargement of the frame. The lens is so sharp, enlarging a 35mm sized portion of the entire frame is no problem at all.
i don't think you can load it too quick with it on a flash bracket.
can't remember exactly why...
Choose 220 film rather than 120, and get 24 exposures in the mamiya 6 or 20 in the 7. Many pro-level films can be had in 220; I just wish Ilford's offerings were among 'em.
You're right, Joe. A flsh bracket covers the bottom of the camera where the film spool releases need to pop out to switch out the spools. I just use a tall flash unit (Viv.283/5) on the camera's hotshoe. There is less modelling effect than if the flash were higher as with a flash bracket but I use it for fill rather than main light anyway. A flash bracket that places the flash over to the side can cause ugly flash shadow behing/to the side of the subject so I use flash directly over the lens.
I would say that loading time is very much slower than 35mm.... Though, I think with a bit more practice, I could improve. It is would none the less be several times slower.
If you are considering either camera and since the flash bracket interferes with the film release button, consider using a quick release system, like an Arca Swiss type, to load and unload the camera from the flash bracket. ;)
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