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Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-29-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,371
Posted By EdSawyer
The Fuji is better than the bessa II in that...

The Fuji is better than the bessa II in that regard. Although it doesn't have a rangefinder, I like the viewfinder on the Kodak Tourist II.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-13-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By EdSawyer
This is where I got mine, but it looks like he is...

This is where I got mine, but it looks like he is out of that prescription in the Mamiya 7 size now:...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-22-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 568
Posted By EdSawyer
I have one, there's a few of them out there (a...

I have one, there's a few of them out there (a couple other folks on apug/lfpf have them). I don't really want to part with it, but could offer info if needed.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-12-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 864
Posted By EdSawyer
Ther'e a simpler way to adjust the lenses: the...

Ther'e a simpler way to adjust the lenses: the upper (viewing) one is in a deeply threaded mount. generally just removing the trim ring from the lens (even that may not be necessary), allows...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 04-03-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 2,803
Posted By EdSawyer
A few updates I saw recently: it will use the...

A few updates I saw recently:

it will use the 1:1:1 design of the Merrill sensor we all love, not the 4:4:1 design of the Quattro.

Total resolution is supposed to be something like 60mp, but...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-01-2019
Replies: 1,195
Views: 461,954
Posted By EdSawyer
Ah, makes sense now re: Mutars. I have both of...

Ah, makes sense now re: Mutars. I have both of those too (probably selling the wide one though), but in Bay II mounts. I thought of getting the Bay-III rings for the 1.5x so I could try it on the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-29-2019
Replies: 2,016
Views: 619,944
Posted By EdSawyer
great nephew shot!

great nephew shot!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-29-2019
Replies: 1,195
Views: 461,954
Posted By EdSawyer
(2) 3.5Fs - nice. I will have to post some...

(2) 3.5Fs - nice. I will have to post some gearslut pics too, just to keep the theme going. ;-P Give me a couple days.

Nice score on the wide, it sounds like. It certainly cleaned up well. I had 2...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-28-2019
Replies: 1,195
Views: 461,954
Posted By EdSawyer
not bad... needs a 3.5F to be complete though. ...

not bad... needs a 3.5F to be complete though. And why is there a meter cell on the wide, but no meter? Nice trio in general though.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-19-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 507
Posted By EdSawyer
The Color heliar is the best lens choice in...

The Color heliar is the best lens choice in general. The Apo Lanthar would be nice but the prices are silly. The eyepiece is small, no doubt, but its' usable as long as it's clean. This is easily the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-01-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,011
Posted By EdSawyer
I thought toothed wheel also.

I thought toothed wheel also.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-01-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 2,035
Posted By EdSawyer
That's basically the only thing that is an issue...

That's basically the only thing that is an issue when rolling 120->620 directly - just retaping the start of the film. Given the time to roll 120->620->620, it's probably the same amount of time to...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-29-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 2,035
Posted By EdSawyer
agreed, re-rolling 620 to 120 in the dark is not...

agreed, re-rolling 620 to 120 in the dark is not that hard, a rig would be overkill. you need to manually retape the film on both ends anyway, which a rig a would not help with.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-25-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By EdSawyer
Of course auto paint is flexible enough to work....

Of course auto paint is flexible enough to work. Multiple layers. have you not seen cars with dents where the paint wasn't broken? I certainly have. I've used it on multiple bellows, it works. ...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 662
Posted By EdSawyer
Automotive touch-up paint at any autoparts store...

Automotive touch-up paint at any autoparts store is what I generally use.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By EdSawyer
I've replaced these before. They are glued in,...

I've replaced these before. They are glued in, not screwed in. You can remove them with a small pointed spanner wrench, the glue is not super strong. The replacements from MAC at the time were about...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-22-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By EdSawyer
black paint works well too. (automotive touch-up...

black paint works well too. (automotive touch-up paint, for example)
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-20-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,050
Posted By EdSawyer
I have both Mutars, (Bay II). Not sure if I want...

I have both Mutars, (Bay II). Not sure if I want to sell one or both yet but if I do I will let you know. They are a unique and interesting solution, no doubt.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-04-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,139
Posted By EdSawyer
The Tele is a great camera. Somewhat rare, about...

The Tele is a great camera. Somewhat rare, about 8000 made, though for some reason they are not in the same demand/price-range as the Wide. Still, a clean tele is $1000-1400+ all day long, and one...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-04-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,021
Posted By EdSawyer
I considered this question too (old vs. new...

I considered this question too (old vs. new rolleiwide) and went with the older one. Better build quality, more features and functionality, no electronics to fail, basically the same price.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-21-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,050
Posted By EdSawyer
I have a 5-element 3.5F and just got a 2.8F (both...

I have a 5-element 3.5F and just got a 2.8F (both planars). The 3.5F is a superb piece, I don't think I am missing anything not having the 6-element version, and based on MTFs the 3.5F version I...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-23-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3,662
Posted By EdSawyer
The 1st version of the Veriwide is a great...

The 1st version of the Veriwide is a great camera, kind of pricey but pretty unique.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-16-2018
Replies: 39
Views: 2,705
Posted By EdSawyer
I don't use a strap at all, just cradle it when...

I don't use a strap at all, just cradle it when shooting then back in the bag when not. I use a Tamrac 5696, which holds a Rollei nearly perfectly, and has an extra pocket or two for a couple...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-15-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 20,681
Posted By EdSawyer
The Marco Cavina article about the Rolleiflex and...

The Marco Cavina article about the Rolleiflex and various lenses support the concept that the planar is the better lens... so there's that.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-14-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,390
Posted By EdSawyer
Nice. thanks for the info. I got a 0.7x recently...

Nice. thanks for the info. I got a 0.7x recently and have been shooting it on my 3.5F. Will compare soon with a Rolleiflex Wide 55/4 ,and will post impressions.

I built a custom hood for the 0.7x...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-08-2018
Replies: 1,195
Views: 461,954
Posted By EdSawyer
Nice! I have a 0.7 mutar I got recently, yours...

Nice! I have a 0.7 mutar I got recently, yours looks a touch nicer. They are supposed to work better with the 3.5 planar though, rather than the 2.8 planar. Either way, nice set!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-04-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 3,641
Posted By EdSawyer
well, to be pendantic, the xenotar and planar are...

well, to be pendantic, the xenotar and planar are somewhat different designs, and objectively measure differently, but I do agree they are both great. I got a 3.5F not long ago and am loving it too,...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-02-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 928
Posted By EdSawyer
Looks like maybe those cells were put in that...

Looks like maybe those cells were put in that shutter by someone after the fact, e.g. not an original bessa II apo lanthar. The lens was available for the Technika 6x9 and other uses, the coloring...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 04-18-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,010
Posted By EdSawyer
Heidosmat

Definitely mount that up and play with it since you have it. It's a projection lens so will be a little soft in the edges probably but I have seen some really good work from those lenses, despite the...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 04-17-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,010
Posted By EdSawyer
Keep the pacemaker

The pacemaker is the better choice here for many reasons.

It's mahogany underneath too if you are going to create a woody and strip the leather. It's more work than it sounds like though, and you...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-11-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 776
Posted By EdSawyer
screen

He's asking about replacing the focusing screen.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-02-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 3,287
Posted By EdSawyer
Got the book too, $200 ones not sold out btw.

I got the regular version from amazon just the other day. I'll attend the show when it comes to the PEM. hopefully she will be there to sign books - I have asked PEM about it.

I wonder if the $200...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-09-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,371
Posted By EdSawyer
I have Linhof grips on my crown and 2 speeds, it...

I have Linhof grips on my crown and 2 speeds, it works well.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-23-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 986
Posted By EdSawyer
What John_s said. I use a -1 in mine, it works...

What John_s said. I use a -1 in mine, it works out great, that is the same as the prescription I have for distance glasses. I found mine on ebay, there's a seller that has a lot of new-old-stock...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-22-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,261
Posted By EdSawyer
The shutter won't dry-fire with the back open, so...

The shutter won't dry-fire with the back open, so don't bother trying. Agreed it looks like an issue with film advance. Good luck, it's a fabulous camera when it's working right.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-02-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,747
Posted By EdSawyer
are you allowed to go up to or climb devil's...

are you allowed to go up to or climb devil's tower?
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-08-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,187
Posted By EdSawyer
I use a horseman 6x12 back on a Chamonix Saber,...

I use a horseman 6x12 back on a Chamonix Saber, and use the internal VF/RF for framing, focus and composition. I am left eyed. It is a little awkward with the bulge there for the back (have to sort...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-10-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 4,890
Posted By EdSawyer
that the 43 is a little sharper on center and 50...

that the 43 is a little sharper on center and 50 a little better in corners correlates with the data I have from Pop Photo. https://pubpages.unh.edu/~eme39/PP_Mamiya_7II_Lenses_test_and_review.pdf
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-21-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,166
Posted By EdSawyer
update: The RRS baseplate is the B53 one (I have...

update: The RRS baseplate is the B53 one (I have one, also one just sold on ebay: item # 162426684002).

Kirk is willing to remake the BL-7II L-bracket but the minimum order quantity is 100 pieces...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-17-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,813
Posted By EdSawyer
FYI, the universal RRS plate is only an issue...

FYI, the universal RRS plate is only an issue with the cable release on the Mamiya 7II, the original Mamiya 7 has the cable release socket in a different place and it's a non-issue.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-17-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 4,890
Posted By EdSawyer
Agreed!

Thanks for posting that! Definitely interesting to see. Based on the original scan on flickr it looks like it appeared in Photographic Industries, a Japanese magazine. ISSN 0371-0106 I requested...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-01-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,166
Posted By EdSawyer
Kirk?

I believe Kirk and/or acratech may have made one too. I have one (I forget which brand, one of those two, or maybe acratech), but I need to hang on to it, sorry. Good luck with search.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-27-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,200
Posted By EdSawyer
not for me regardless

I would never be a potential buyer for this anyway, at that price or nearly any other, I have enough medium format systems already and this one brings nothing new to the table. The only thing...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-26-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 3,200
Posted By EdSawyer
Actually $400+

First pre-order was at 1699 or 1799, so it's actually $400 more now (at least). Profiteering, clearly.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-12-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,564
Posted By EdSawyer
I am stripping down and refurbishing another RB...

I am stripping down and refurbishing another RB 4x5 Super-D right now. I will look into putting an RZ67 prism on it probably. I'd love to fabricate some sort of x-y positioning rails to allow sliding...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-09-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,564
Posted By EdSawyer
gx680

Are you sure it was a prism and not just a mirror-based viewfinder? I had one at one point (the version III one), but it's not a prism (the one I had at least), it was still reversed L-R.

RB prism...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-08-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,564
Posted By EdSawyer
Glad to help out. The stock viewer is nice in...

Glad to help out. The stock viewer is nice in that it folds up completely, but I find it hard to use without a +2 close-up lens as a magnifier. I built a small panel with one of those 52mm +2 closeup...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-07-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,564
Posted By EdSawyer
Couple threads about it:...

Couple threads about it:...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-06-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,564
Posted By EdSawyer
"I have a 3x4 graflex that's been adapted for...

"I have a 3x4 graflex that's been adapted for 4x5. It shoots a 4x4 1/4 negative on 4x5."

I built one of these too. I put an RZ67 prism on it (has about 60% of the frame covered) so it works like a...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-05-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,564
Posted By EdSawyer
Nice! I have a 4x5 super-D that I restored, it's...

Nice! I have a 4x5 super-D that I restored, it's a cool camera, still very useful today. A bit bulky but really a fun piece to use.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-01-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 5,708
Posted By EdSawyer
$850 is not a bad deal for the GSWIII version.

$850 is not a bad deal for the GSWIII version.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-29-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 2,197
Posted By EdSawyer
rock on! The big Fujis are great.

rock on! The big Fujis are great.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-23-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,176
Posted By EdSawyer
$1500 or less would be a good price for this...

$1500 or less would be a good price for this package. Even up to $1800 would not be a bad deal.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-15-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,839
Posted By EdSawyer
Also, check with Keith Canham (canham cameras),...

Also, check with Keith Canham (canham cameras), he does large format bulk orders from Kodak on a regular basis.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-10-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 5,708
Posted By EdSawyer
Go with the MkIII. It has a plastic/rubber outer...

Go with the MkIII. It has a plastic/rubber outer coating but the inner body is all metal like the earlier ones. it also has the latest lens coatings and will be the most reliable since it's the...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-14-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 4,989
Posted By EdSawyer
Looks like a knockoff of the Jolo board...

Looks like a knockoff of the Jolo board...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-07-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,649
Posted By EdSawyer
more like a plastic cambo wide, really.

more like a plastic cambo wide, really.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-01-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 2,943
Posted By EdSawyer
I disagree re: Ektar 25. I shot a ton of that and...

I disagree re: Ektar 25. I shot a ton of that and still have piles in the freezer. It was a great film, still is, it had plenty of dynamic range (more than slide film by far), extremely fine grain,...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 04-13-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 4,989
Posted By EdSawyer
The AE won't clear the mirror on any of the RB...

The AE won't clear the mirror on any of the RB Super-D cameras if the focus distance is much further out than about 5-6 feet. The minnicks-modified ones have the mirror shortened and the mirror-box...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-15-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 4,989
Posted By EdSawyer
The Pacemaker speed with the Kalart is the best...

The Pacemaker speed with the Kalart is the best option. I have one I converted. You can calibrate the RF to be accurate at all distances wide-open if you are careful and patient, but expect to spend...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-18-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3,365
Posted By EdSawyer
I have the full Tilt Shift setup for the RZ67 I...

I have the full Tilt Shift setup for the RZ67 I might consider parting with: 180 and 75 SB lenses, the SB spacer, tilt-shift adapter, and the ground-glass back. All as-new, most with original boxes,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-16-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 3,723
Posted By EdSawyer
Understandable, and yes, the M7 package is...

Understandable, and yes, the M7 package is definitely more $ than the fujis. But really, I wouldn't worry about how much is tied up in the gear, lord knows many folks here have way more than that...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-15-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 3,723
Posted By EdSawyer
If you had a Mamiya 7II, you have already had a...

If you had a Mamiya 7II, you have already had a better camera/system than the Fuji. I have both, and the Mamiya definitely has better/sharper/more resolving lenses. The GSWIII is a great camera, and...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-17-2015
Replies: 415
Views: 164,672
Posted By EdSawyer
Handholding is what Graflex SLRs are designed...

Handholding is what Graflex SLRs are designed for! the mirror is well damped, it's a non-issue really. I have 2 and get great results handheld all the time.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 08-04-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 5,533
Posted By EdSawyer
Pacemaker speeds/crowns still have a wooden body...

Pacemaker speeds/crowns still have a wooden body (Mahogany). The Super Speed / Super graphic had a metal body. I like the pacemakers best of all the Graflex rangefinder 4x5s.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-21-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 5,537
Posted By EdSawyer
I believe the 90/3.5 is a 5 element, 4-group...

I believe the 90/3.5 is a 5 element, 4-group design. It's a nice lens, good bokeh, I liked it. the GSW lens is a 6-element symmetrical lens design with 4 groups. If anything the GSW 65mm is sharper...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-20-2015
Replies: 418
Views: 161,109
Posted By EdSawyer
You don't need a center filter with the 43mm....

You don't need a center filter with the 43mm. Mamiya doesn't make one for it in any case.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-20-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 5,537
Posted By EdSawyer
GSW690III is the best of the series. (I, II, or...

GSW690III is the best of the series. (I, II, or III)
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-20-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,102
Posted By EdSawyer
in the post above, the Polaroid 505 holder...

in the post above, the Polaroid 505 holder mentioned is actually called the Polaroid 550 holder. The fuji versions are: PA-45 = Pola 550 holder, PA-145 = Pola 405 holder.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-05-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 2,118
Posted By EdSawyer
basically you have to remove the hinge pin that...

basically you have to remove the hinge pin that holds the door on the back of the camera. It's probably spring loaded, I will look at mine to see if I can figure it out. it should be fairly simple....
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-05-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,684
Posted By EdSawyer
The grafmatic slide is never hanging out the...

The grafmatic slide is never hanging out the side. It's always retracted, either when shooting or afterwards. They are super handy for handheld shooting, that's all I do. If you really want to waste...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-03-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,684
Posted By EdSawyer
thoughts

While it would be cool, Grafmatics are the only realistic choice these days. Film pack film was coated on a thinner base, and more of a pain in the ass to handle as a result. Good luck getting 4x5...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-25-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 5,225
Posted By EdSawyer
SA 47XL is hugely wide. Try something more like a...

SA 47XL is hugely wide. Try something more like a 65 before you commit to a 47XL. 65 feels really wide on 4x5, and is hard enough to use by itself. 47XL is another level above that.

it's great to...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-25-2014
Replies: 82
Views: 8,046
Posted By EdSawyer
thoughts

A crown is your best bet. Cheap, available, always in demand, and functionally a great camera for the most part. The next step up is the Cambo Wide, for a dedicated wide(ish) landscape camera....
Forum: Large Format Film RF 04-09-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 5,470
Posted By EdSawyer
You can find older 4x5 scanning backs for...

You can find older 4x5 scanning backs for relatively cheap money on ebay. (< $1000 sometimes). They will make a large image, but generally require it to be static (non -moving) and usually require...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-25-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 3,973
Posted By EdSawyer
Check with MAC

I'd check with MAC, chances are they still have those parts.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-07-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 3,973
Posted By EdSawyer
good thoughts

Agreed, it could be just as good - it remains to be seen. I am not encouraged by the mamiyaleaf website though, they don't seem to have much if any info online about the Mamiya 7 or RZ67 gear....
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-06-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 3,973
Posted By EdSawyer
update

I heard this from the Mamiya service department just now, as I had occasion to be in touch with them to get a part for a Mamiya 7. Here's what they have to say about it:

"We will no longer be...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-06-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 3,973
Posted By EdSawyer
Hmm. that seems strange

I wonder why they are no longer doing service on the future for these? It would be interesting to find out more- if it's them, or Mamiya in Japan that is the root cause for that decision. I've had...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-05-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,440
Posted By EdSawyer
thyristor

the idea here is if you want some sort of automatic exposure, you would want a flash with a thyristor, e.g. the aforementioned vivitar, sunpak 383, etc.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-31-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,766
Posted By EdSawyer
thoughts

get the 43, regardless! It's a fantastic lens and well worth the $. Perhaps the best wide angle lens ever made for any format. You will not be disappointed, believe me. If it comes down to cost, get...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-09-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,694
Posted By EdSawyer
ah

I was hoping to hear they had brought back FP-100C45... :-/
Forum: Large Format Film RF 10-12-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,940
Posted By EdSawyer
LOL Frank! Though I can understand why you might...

LOL Frank! Though I can understand why you might want to . the moderation there can be pretty damn heavy-handed at times. We miss you over there. ;-)
Forum: Large Format Film RF 10-12-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 12,847
Posted By EdSawyer
90

If you are looking for the best 90, it's the Nikon 90/8, which not only is significantly smaller and lighter than the Nikon 90/4.5, it's sometimes cheaper, and most definitely sharper.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-19-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 3,180
Posted By EdSawyer
thoughts

I think the 80 is the better lens for headshots. Neither is tight, but the 80 is easier to compose and focus, esp. if shooting wide open.

the close-up adapter is not really useful for tight...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-19-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 4,826
Posted By EdSawyer
What david said

yeah, don't bother trying to use the viewfinder to look through the polarizer. Just eyeball it to get correct polarization.

For metering, I usually dial in 1 2/3 to 2 stops compensation using the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-04-2013
Replies: 418
Views: 161,109
Posted By EdSawyer
The dedicated mamiya one is the best choice for a...

The dedicated mamiya one is the best choice for a polarizer.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-19-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 2,568
Posted By EdSawyer
got that email too

I got the "discontinued product" from B&H also. not a good sign! >:-/
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-15-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,323
Posted By EdSawyer
It's great

M7 is definitely the best medium format lenses and camera out there now for what it is good at. But, for things like portraits, architecture, action, long teles, etc., the RZ67 is better. ...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-20-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 796
Posted By EdSawyer
infinity?

how would you get the shorter lens to focus to infinity? I doubt the helicoid would go back that far without modification... And as mentioned, rangefinder alignment would need work.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-22-2013
Replies: 1,086
Views: 229,782
Posted By EdSawyer
Frankly, I'll be surprised if it can match the...

Frankly, I'll be surprised if it can match the Nikon CS9000. I want it to, as 9000s are overpriced these days. But don't underestimate the power of the nikon lens and the rest of the 9000. Nikon has...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 11-06-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,687
Posted By EdSawyer
Actually, the Saber uses a completely new...

Actually, the Saber uses a completely new chassis. It's pictured on the Chamonix site. They use the 'roid strut system and rangefinder, that's about it. The strut system seems plenty rugged to me,...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 10-17-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,687
Posted By EdSawyer
I have a Chamonix Saber. It's a fantastic camera....

I have a Chamonix Saber. It's a fantastic camera. Mine has a 120mm APO Symmar on it, which is the best lens to get for this camera. (It's what Chamonix designed it around, though others can be...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-11-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 44,505
Posted By EdSawyer
The shutter is the limiting issue with faster...

The shutter is the limiting issue with faster lenses for the Mamiya 7 system. They would likely need a larger shutter to make faster lenses = bigger lenses.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-11-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,449
Posted By EdSawyer
apertures

f/8 and f/11 are the best apertures for this lens.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-20-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2,888
Posted By EdSawyer
this sold on ebay earlier this year

It sold on ebay earlier this year or something almost identical to it did. definitely a bit cobbled up, interesting concept but without a fullframe back, a bit pointless too. Hard to understand how...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-21-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 8,210
Posted By EdSawyer
polarizer

I'd recommend the Mamiya polarizer that is specially made for this camera. It's a nice piece of gear, well designed, and probably the item I use the most as far as accessories.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-21-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 7,709
Posted By EdSawyer
compact 4x5 answer

The best answer for the sort of thing described below is the Chamonix Saber. Amazingly compact, very flexible (6x12, 4x5, polaroid backs, etc.), as good a lens as you want to put on it, a rangefinder...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-21-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,876
Posted By EdSawyer
great system no doubt

It is a great system, and as mentioned the 43 and 50 both are excellent yet fill different needs. I have both and use both and don't feel like there's too much overlap. Fall-off is basically...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-27-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 4,890
Posted By EdSawyer
comparisons

hi Michael -

Given that the M7 lenses are non-retrofocus designs along the lines of the biogon formula, they will inherently be superior to the retrofocus designs for the small-format cameras from...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-26-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 4,890
Posted By EdSawyer
data

I don't have the MTF (would like to see that too) but Pop Photo did some tests at one point, and posted lp/mm numbers. I have those PDF'ed here:

http://www.edsawyer.com/lenstests/

along with other...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-05-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 5,097
Posted By EdSawyer
Keep the mamiya

I have a full Mamiya 7 setup, and also have/had a GW670III and GSW690III. All are great cameras, but the Mamiya is definitely better in pretty much all ways. If you do decide to trade down, I'd go...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-13-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1,704
Posted By EdSawyer
seems like a pain in the ass

I don't know about others but if I had to take that off everytime I changed film, it would suck.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-17-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 14,181
Posted By EdSawyer
gear

"with both RZ/7ii systems in which I own multiple bodies and every lens for each"

Wow, I thought I was the only gear slut that had almost all the lenses for the RZ...I think I only have about 14 or...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-10-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,889
Posted By EdSawyer
selling

I had a GW670III and GSW690III. I sold the GW670III not long after getting the Mamiya 7. I don't really miss it in any appreciable way (except the nostalgia and of course desire for more stuff...)...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-07-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,889
Posted By EdSawyer
mamiya 7

Mamiya 7 is a great choice, no doubt. It has no foam seals, of the type that the fuji and older SLRs use. It does have a single rubber seal @ the hinge area. It has no problem whatsoever with dust,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-04-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 3,636
Posted By EdSawyer
all 6

I admit to having all 6 of the Mamiya 7 lenses, though I have yet to use the 210. I use the wides the most, also.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-03-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 3,636
Posted By EdSawyer
having both is worthwhile.

I have both 43 and 50, and they are both useful for different purposes. Granted, it's not cheap but it is worth it in the long run, I think.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-27-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 3,636
Posted By EdSawyer
That's ken rockwell drivel. It has similarities...

That's ken rockwell drivel. It has similarities to the biogon design as do most symmetrical wides like that, but it's above and beyond what the biogon is/was. Mamiya has enough talent to not bother...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-26-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 3,636
Posted By EdSawyer
43 or 50

43 is a world-beater and the best wide-angle lens for MF, ever, I think. 50 is a close 2nd. Both are raison-d'etre for the Mamiya 7 system in general. I think the 65 is too close to the 80 to bother...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-24-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 5,333
Posted By EdSawyer
Who did the CLA? Let us know how it works out....

Who did the CLA? Let us know how it works out. For those who have had the shutter magnet fixed - is that in the lens or the camera? is it a big job?

haven't heard about that issue before......
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-30-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 5,568
Posted By EdSawyer
avoid hassy

hassleblad: overpriced, under-featured, and a maintenance nightmare. Expensive lenses. Avoid.

best image quality, bar none, if you can live with a rangefinder camera: Mamiya 7

Best SLR system:...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-19-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2,689
Posted By EdSawyer
Roid back for 7

There is a polaroid back for the Mamiya 7, btw. It's a fiber optic one made by NPC. Not very common, but they are out there. It shoots a 6x7 sized image, offset from center slightly, as I recall....
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-19-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 8,070
Posted By EdSawyer
The OM 24/3.5 shift is a great lens, no doubt....

The OM 24/3.5 shift is a great lens, no doubt. For a long time it was the widest. But now the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 is wider by a whole lot. The OM is still a jewel and betters the Canon 24 mk1 by a...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-14-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 9,605
Posted By EdSawyer
Get the Mamiya 7

Mamiya 7!

It's such a spectacular camera and lens(es), it would be shame to pass it up. $900 is a good deal. the 80 by itself usually sells for over $400 on ebay, and a good 7 body will bring from...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-16-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,028
Posted By EdSawyer
how well does it work? Can you still see the...

how well does it work? Can you still see the whole frame? nicely done, btw!
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-16-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 5,427
Posted By EdSawyer
It's not great for long-distance shots, eg....

It's not great for long-distance shots, eg. telephoto / sports, and as mentioned, macro or super-tight headshots/closeups. But it kicks ass for everything else! ;-)

-Ed
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-06-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5,033
Posted By EdSawyer
Will the insurance pay the full retail of a new...

Will the insurance pay the full retail of a new one? If so, pay the deductible and get the insurance money, then buy a used one. New, that's a $4k package based on MAC retail prices. Even with $1k...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-07-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,046
Posted By EdSawyer
It should be fine. But almost a shame to crop...

It should be fine. But almost a shame to crop such stunning negs as what the M7/43mm produces.

Frankly, unless using 35mm emulsions that are not available in 120, I'd skip the pano adapter....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-27-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 8,555
Posted By EdSawyer
I used to send out C41 via Walmart to fuji. I'd...

I used to send out C41 via Walmart to fuji. I'd say about half to 2/3 of the time it came back w/o problems. The rest of the time the usual flaw was the staple left in the end of the film ended up...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-01-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By EdSawyer
Good to hear

Good to hear it's in nice shape! Keep it all. ;-)

re: 210: It's my least used lens, mostly because I have a nice RZ rig with the 210 APO (and some other glass too), so I usually choose that when...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-01-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By EdSawyer
yes

hi gshybrid -

yes, I posted those lens reviews of the Mamiya 7 stuff. Glad they were useful! Indeed, the whole kit is worth keeping, the price is so good it would be hard to get that stuff at that...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-01-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By EdSawyer
Benlees is about right on pricing, except that a...

Benlees is about right on pricing, except that a body with 80mm lens is usually at least $1000 - 1400 in value.

In any case, that kit is a steal. Keep all the lenses, they are great and useful....
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-15-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 13,545
Posted By EdSawyer
Mike - nice shot. did you have to remove the...

Mike -

nice shot. did you have to remove the frame to use it with the 65? I'd think the frame that is part of the adapter would be in the picture otherwise....

-Ed
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-09-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,133
Posted By EdSawyer
This should be totally cleanable. That looks like...

This should be totally cleanable. That looks like a Minolta Rokkor 58mm. Remove rear mount, unscrew the rear cell. This sort of spots is almost always between the cells. You should be able to...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-25-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,783
Posted By EdSawyer
It's not too bad. As mentioned, it's a bit...

It's not too bad. As mentioned, it's a bit unwieldy, but optically it's excellent. The fixed-focus actually makes it easy to frame and shoot, although it doesn't offer a lot of flexibility.

It's...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-08-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 5,960
Posted By EdSawyer
not available doesn't mean I don't have some

All 4 of those films, while discontinued, are still available if you know where to look. Granted, K25 can't be processed any more (as of a few days ago) but the rest can. There's other 35mm-only...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-08-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 5,960
Posted By EdSawyer
Agreed on film

To me the main reason was to use it on films that were no longer available in 120, e.g. Kodachrome 25, HIE, 2475, p3200, etc.

-Ed
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-20-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 4,637
Posted By EdSawyer
Nice!

Great stuff. I need to shoot my GSWIII again sometime soon.

That SR-71 looks totally cool! A shame to waste one of those on display vs. actually flying it though.

That looks like some sort of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-10-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,518
Posted By EdSawyer
I have several scans of magazine tests, including...

I have several scans of magazine tests, including lens tests, on the mamiya 7 at : http://www.edsawyer.com/lenstests/

The 50mm is the best lens in the system overall, by some measures. The best...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-23-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,229
Posted By EdSawyer
Average US prices for 7 gear: 7 body:...

Average US prices for 7 gear:

7 body: $400-800
7II body: $550-1000
7 50mm lens: $850-950

(These are ebay prices for stuff in Exc++/NM condition.)

-Ed
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-09-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 8,494
Posted By EdSawyer
Mamiya 7

Really hard to go wrong with the Mamiya 7, I think.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-27-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 5,827
Posted By EdSawyer
Mamiya 7

As already mentioned the Mamiya 7 is really such a great choice it's hard to bother with anything else.

The 80, while fantastic, is actually the least (!) sharp of the 6 lenses. The others post...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-04-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 6,702
Posted By EdSawyer
RZ and M7 way to go

I have a Mamiya 7 and RZ67, and use them like you plan to. RZ for portraits, close-ups, tele shots and for a field camera when I am feeling like a masochist. ;-) Mamiya 7 for everything else....
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-02-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 17,512
Posted By EdSawyer
Go for the III, no question. Lens coatings...

Go for the III, no question.

Lens coatings changed among the versions, among other things.

-Ed
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-10-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,604
Posted By EdSawyer
The mamiya 7 glass is better than Zeiss,...

The mamiya 7 glass is better than Zeiss, generally. So, that's a good thing.

The Fuji 6x9s (GSW690/GW690) are great cameras, but the larger neg is the main advantage - the M7 is pretty much better...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-05-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,192
Posted By EdSawyer
I have had several OM 50/1.4s incl. one in the...

I have had several OM 50/1.4s incl. one in the magic over 1M range. They are all good. Coatings changed a bit between them but optically there is not a huge difference in design.

Even contemporary...
Forum: Off Topic 08-05-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 747
Posted By EdSawyer
after funds clear

As a seller, I don't ship until the funds clear into my bank. Paypal can't take from your bank w/o your permission. Just in case I have 2 accounts and transfer funds from one to the other after they...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-02-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,266
Posted By EdSawyer
Ebay usually

Ebay is usually where the cheapest prices are to be had. Most of my Mamiya 7 stuff I got there. Sometimes in deals with a body and/or more than one lens - usually I would keep what I wanted and...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-09-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,735
Posted By EdSawyer
Agreed, I've seen them go for that much too. but...

Agreed, I've seen them go for that much too. but with waiting, good ones can be had cheaper. I think I spent $750 for my 43 in great shape with finder (but no box), from Europe, and about $575 or so...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-09-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,735
Posted By EdSawyer
They are all really good, as mentioned, you can't...

They are all really good, as mentioned, you can't go wrong with either choice. The 50 tests slightly better in the corners specs-wise but on film it's a minor difference if noticable at all. Both are...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-06-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,698
Posted By EdSawyer
Sort of a meta-story... can't do a real interview...

Sort of a meta-story... can't do a real interview so he does a story about not being able to do a story.... odd.

The rangefinder reference is interesting though. Agreed, probably leica digital. Ive...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-05-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 4,722
Posted By EdSawyer
Mamiya 7

It really sounds like Mamiya 7 is your best choice. I have an RZ67 with 4 lenses and other stuff, a mamiya 7 with everything, and a GSW690III and GW670III. They are all great but of the bunch, I...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-30-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,347
Posted By EdSawyer
various thoughts

If you hold out, the 150 can and will fetch more like $500-575 on ebay and elsewhere. I've had 2 extras of those I sold for I think in the $525-550 range. You can sell the viewfinder separately for...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-29-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2,347
Posted By EdSawyer
Great choice

Good call going for the Mamiya 7. It's really the best system out there, I think, all things considered.

You can't really go wrong with any of the lenses. I think specs-wise the 65 actually edges...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-22-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 2,188
Posted By EdSawyer
As mentioned

you can only fire it with the back open if there's no film in it. Put in film, it should fire fine.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-22-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 3,469
Posted By EdSawyer
Ebay

Ebay is your best bet.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-12-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,151
Posted By EdSawyer
Value

I've been tracking the Mamiya 7 50mm lenses on ebay for a while, looking to get one. I did buy one not too long ago as part of a deal with a couple other lenses. Overall the average selling price...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-31-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 676
Posted By EdSawyer
I think they are the same.

They certainly are interchangable, fitment-wise. I think they are the same, I have seen them marked 43/50 now. I have both lenses, but only the 43 came with a shade (bought them both used), and I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-31-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,254
Posted By EdSawyer
Wait it out on the phototherm

It's really way better than any Jobo, the only jobo that would come close would be the ATL 1000/1500 and those are almost double what the phototherms sell for. I saw two phototherm sidekicks close...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-26-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,825
Posted By EdSawyer
regular filter is fine

I use a normal filter on both the 50mm and 43mm on my Mamiya 7. Slim not needed, I'd say.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-03-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,177
Posted By EdSawyer
It's probably ok

The roller is a follower that follows the ramp that's on the lens, so the lens ends up touching it in any case. I'd think minor touching would be fine, as long as it's not hit hard or pushed to the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-14-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 6,755
Posted By EdSawyer
prices

the GSW is more expensive for a couple reasons. Generally there are less of them, since they only were made in 690 (and some rare 680) configurations, while the GW came in 670, 680, 690. Plus more...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-05-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 927
Posted By EdSawyer
contacts?

Maybe the contacts between lens and camera? I'd try cleaning them with a pencil eraser, see if that helps.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-04-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2,184
Posted By EdSawyer
It's just argon...

the bloxygen stuff is just Argon. Beseler used to make a can of stuff like that too, I still have some but I don't know if it says what's in it.

If Argon is effective, just go get a small tank of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-24-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 3,089
Posted By EdSawyer
Love them

The Fujis are great. I too had a GSW690III and the GW670III. I sold the GW670III but may someday pick up a GW690III. the GW and GSW make a sweet pair to go shooting with.

-Ed
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-01-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,187
Posted By EdSawyer
that was fairly cheap

usually the lens alone can go for almost that much. It seems like part of the reason it went cheap is the pictures were not that good of the items, also, doesnt' seem to have been listed on ebay.com,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-23-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,291
Posted By EdSawyer
If you think the 80 is sharp (and it is!), you...

If you think the 80 is sharp (and it is!), you will be even more impressed by the others. The 80 is the least-resolving of all of them, basically. the 43, 50, 65, 150 are all sharper. A great camera...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-22-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,495
Posted By EdSawyer
I think you have it figured out - the Mamiya 7 is...

I think you have it figured out - the Mamiya 7 is definitely a great system and the lens lineup outlined is a good choice too. I have a mamiya 7 with all those lenses mentioned (and more) and find...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-11-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 24,878
Posted By EdSawyer
basically no one buys the Mamiya 7 new at Mamiya...

basically no one buys the Mamiya 7 new at Mamiya USA prices, they are insane and way out of line with the rest of the world. The used market and international sellers on ebay is where Mamiya 7s are...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-06-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 2,592
Posted By EdSawyer
Go for it

The 7 vs. 7II - I'd not bother with the 7II if you can find a nice 7 at a good price. I had both at the same time for a while, later sold the 7II since it didn't really add much, and the main flaw...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-22-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 4,535
Posted By EdSawyer
What a great camera

I had a GW670III and a GSW690III. I sold the GW to my friend, who is enjoying it. That was a fine camera. But the GSW was/is even better, I kept that one. It's so sharp,all the way into the deep...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-10-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,592
Posted By EdSawyer
Can it not be repaired

Can you not glue the finder and hotshoe back together? I would think that would be doable. If you want to sell or trade the broken 43mm finder, I'd be interested.

-Ed
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