Jon, I opted for a GW690III standard 90mm version because they were/are bang for the buck in 120 RF land. Maybe compared to Mamiya but prices alone make it rather unfair and not so valid, IMO.
I think you can very easily get a GSW690 for that price in Japan, even locally. Mine was from Yokohama.
Originally Posted by benlees
I agree that Fuji is probably the only answer in your price range, unless you want to try out a folder. I too regret selling my M7! Amazed how much the prices have gone up.
I had a Fuji 690ii and don't regret selling it. Compared to the M7 it was a heavy, loud beast! And no meter. Lovely pictures, though.
According to specs (quick google) the M7 is 1210 g with the 80mm and the GW690III is 1460g, not that far off actually. I do think that the size of the Fuji, and the different grip, may add heft though. A Nikon F5 with a small prime gets in the ballpark too.
It is large, but actually not that bad thinking about 6x9 and all the stuff involved. However it can often feel quite a bit too much to carry.
Prices never were very low. I recall there was a Mamiya 7II kit listed on the classifields for 400€ (yes, yes) but norm prices never below the 1000 mark, 2 years ago or so.
I'd have to try using the GW690 with a VC meter on top. Much cheaper than a M7, GF670 or so.
Then the 645's which I have not been able to try. Fuji's lineup was quite rationalized because at times I find myself thinking I could have a 645 along the GW690. I'd love to be in Japan for the used camera scene.