Originally Posted by 1joel1
I've owned Plaubels for years and years. They are still first rate and will surpass the Bessa optically any day. As for someone saying it felt "Plasticy". Are you kidding me, that thing is a solid block of camera. It is slim and great for hiking and it feel very solid in the hand. As for being fragile, well, the winding mechanism is a bit fragile, but just don't rip to the next frame. It's not a camera for sports photography so take your time and advance to the next frame slowly and carefully and you'll never have any issues. The 670 and/or the W67 are the ones to have. The 67 is okay, but the 670 is a great improvement. Wish I still had mine but at least I still have the W67.
Let me know if you ever want to sell the W67, I want to be your first potential buyer.
I have owned the Plaubel Makina 670 for a couple of years or so, and it is definitely my favorite camera. In medium format, I can only compare it to my Mamiya 7II, and a Rolleiflex 6008i, which is a completely different beast (no need to discuss...).
I have not been very happy with the Mamiya. The rangefinder needed adjustment, and now the shutter button is sometimes working and sometimes not. I also was not very happy with the lightmeter--it really acts so much like a spot meter, it's annoying, plenty of images were not correctly exposed--compared to some 300 Plaubel images, there were at most 10 that were badly exposed.
Not having too many electronics I believe is a plus of the Plaubel. I use the lightmeter all the time, and find it really useful in combination with the step-less aperture ring--it's easy to slightly over- or underexpose.
And in terms of repair, I think it's marvelous that the original maker of the camera still repairs these. Let's see how Voigtlander does in 25 years. Anyway, I had mine sent in once after the film-advance acted abnormal. Here a cost break-down (translated as best as I could from German):
-Shutter mechanism defect, renewed (new part) 28,-- EURO
-Shutter testing, Rangefinder Adjustment, Camera Cleaning, Small Parts -- 5 EUR
Parts Total 33,-- EUR
Wages 110,-- EUR
Shipping (to US) 75,--EUR
Total ca. 218,--EUR
This was far from expensive, remembering my Leica M8 rangefinder adjustment.
Just my 2 cents.
Here my Makina 670 Images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drtebi/tags/makina670/