Hi folks! I am madly in love with my Pentax 6x7, but there are times when that thunder clap mirror slap is just not socially acceptable. It's also a beast to carry.
So, I've started lusting after a Mamiya 6 (damn GAS).
The reasons I like it are:
- Reasonably fast normal lens (75/3.5)
- Quiet leaf shutter
- Very portable, especially with the lens collapsed into the body
- Gorgeous huge bright viewfinder and rangefinder patch
- It's so pretty
Obviously I've also been looking at the Fuji fixed lens options, and the equally lustworthy Bessa 3 / Fuji GF670. The Pentax 645 could be a nice option with the 55/2.8 and I could adapt my 6x7 lenses to it, but it's a bit more bulky and I believe it's quite noisy.
I am totally fine with a fixed lens - I'd prefer something in the 40-50mm range (35mm equivalent).
I want to use it indoors, so quiet and fast are top of the list of requirements.
I'd prefer 6x4.5 - 6x6 negative sizes. 6x6 would be fun for the square format, 645 would be nice for the extra shots per roll. I see this as a quicker, lighter camera for more ad hoc shooting than my 6x7, so a smaller negative size seems to make sense.
Do I really need to save up mega cash for the Mamiya 6, or is there something cheaper that ticks all my boxes?