I am toying with the idea of getting a Twin Lens Reflex camera to play around with some black and white photography. I now next to nothing about these cameras.
I would appreciate any recommendations, things to look for and things to avoid.
Thanks in advance.
RETIRED AND LOVING IT!!!!
#1. "RE: Which One................" | In response to Reply # 0Efem Registered since 14th Sep 2004Fri 12-May-06 04:55 PM
Probably the "best" is the Rolleiflex f2.8. It's also the most expensive but those Zeiss lenses are superb. The Rolleicord is a less expensive alternative.
A good compromise might be one of the Mamiya TLR's. Reasonably priced with very good lenses. As far as I know, they're the only TLR's with interchangable lenses.
Many TLR's were used by pros and may be in need of major repair. I'd avoid eBay unless you know that the seller can be trusted to make a return relatively pain-free.
I know that you asked about a TLR, but have you considered any of the medium format SLRs? The prices have dropped enormously over the past couple of years and they'll give you a lot more versatility.
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#2. "RE: Which One................" | In response to Reply # 1walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Fri 12-May-06 05:07 PM
I'll second the idea of also looking at medium format SLRs. They're a great deal at the moment.
Another TLR to consider is a Yashicamat 124G. While not quite as nice as a Rollei, they're still quite nice and can be very good buys. The Yashica was my first medium format camera and always delivered excellent results.
#3. "RE: Which One................" | In response to Reply # 0
In my opinion a TLR, being very beautiful, does combine the worst of THREE worlds - has relatively long working distance like an SLR, experiences parallax problem like an RF and misses interchangeable lens option like P&S.
I use - and advice - Mamiya 7II 6*7 cm RF for MF B&W - VERY compact (bigger then a Leica M, but smaller then Nikon F5), a good choice of PERFECT optics, traditional interface, big frame. There also can be found used Fuji RF cameras with 6*9 frame, but the Mamiya is much lighter in weight, both the body and glass, though not cheap.
Russian Nikonian in Switzerland
#4. "RE: Which One................" | In response to Reply # 0
Take a look at these MF pages. One is even on this site:
These are 2 MF forums:
This site has some good stuff, but navigating can be hard:
Drop this guy an email, I ran into him at a camera show, and he seems to know what he's talking about re TLRs. He is a used camera dealer.
Tom Duncan, firstname.lastname@example.org
I overheard him giving what seemed like sound advice to people.
The main thing is to try to find out the history. Has it been used a LOT, OK if it has also been serviced regularly. If not used, the lube might be dried out and need to be exercised or CLA if really dried out.
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#6. "RE: Which One................" | In response to Reply # 5unharmed Basic MemberMon 15-May-06 08:13 AM
If I may throw a late complication in addition to the good advice you already have: Mamiya C330
You can get them crazy cheap these days. They are built like a tank and feature interchangeable lenses that are of very good quality (the only TLR that does AFAIK).
It also features a parallax indicator in the viewfinder and bellows-style focusing that actually makes it a decent macro outfit as well.
I would say it's worth checking out: