Hi guys, I have long wanted to get a medium format camera but it's only recently that I happened to get a mint Mamiya RB67 Pro S with a 65 4.5 lens and 120 back at US$ 400. I have tried on several occassions my friend's Mamiya 645 but not really on a regular basis. I choose the RB67 because I can still use a 645 back and I like the frame better than a 645.
I wil start using the RB this weekend and I have some questions; I weighed the RB w/ lens and it's about 4+ pounds and I don't own a real good sturdy ballhead, will I get good results using slik pro 814 CF tripod and manfrotto pistol grip which can handle 8 lbs? I understand the mirror slap of the RB is quite hard and vibrates. I do plan to order the accratech balhead but delivery will probably be long so I want to use what I have as of now. Another question is what woul be the next best lens that I can buy? I only intend to get one at this time, I will shoot landscape, sunset/sunrise and some portrait. I want the sun not to be too small in the frame so maybe a 180 or 250 will be better. Any other useful tips on using this beast will help a lot on my learning curve.
Btw, as of now I can only get the Ektachrome 160 pro, Tri Max 400 and CN400 B&W on a 120 film roll.
That's a very good deal on an RB67. I'm not intimately familiar with those tripod components, but it's my experience that you don't want to come near the load limits. I think a 180mm would be a great choice as a second lens. It should complement your 65mm well and is a good choice for tighter landscape shots and portraits.
A few tips:
- Try to locate a dual cable release so that you can easily lock-up the mirror just before shooting. That will eliminate the issue of mirror slap. If you can't find a dual cable release, get two inexpensive standard cable releases.
- Hyperfocal distance focusing and depth of field calculations are a bit tough with the RB67 because the scale is so imprecise and hard to read on the body. Carrying a hyperfocal card and focusing on something that's approximately at the same distance as the hyperfocal distance is easier in my opinion.
- Don't be tempted to skip the tripod. The RB67 is a big enough beast that handholding won't bring out the best it can deliver.
Enjoy the RB67. You can get some beautiful results with it.
Thanks for the tip Rick, I already have a shutter release cable for my Nikon manual cams and I can use that to trip the shutter, I guess I will have to get a 2nd cable for the mirror up though I can manually bring it up in the meantime. yes, I will get the 180 1st then a 50 later. Wow this excites me a lot thinking that I will get to try it this weekend.
>I got the rz pro II and it weighs in at around 5 lbs with >the 110 2.8 lens. I found this thread and the recs dead-on >with the monopod rec and link: > >http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00FLmc > >I got the 180 and love it-- pretty much an 85mm on 35mm. > >enjoy-- great price!
That was great discussion, thanks so much. Just wonering about the optics of 180, is it the same with the older versions?
This is the beautiful beast I traded my F100 with .......Pro-S model with 120 film back and 65 4.5 lens .......I just ordered the 180 4.5 Sekkor C at $ 239 ....just can't forget the 1st roll of slide using ektachrome 100 .....wonder why I have not bought one before..
Thanks, yes it's really a bargain considering the condition and the "jump to digitasl" has made this a reality. I used it again yesterday I have a question, when you use the T mode and mentally count the time of exposure how do you close the shutter. I tried tripping it again but no reaction, I closed the MLU and seems that the sound is only for the mirror going down, I also tried cahnging the shutter after the seposure to 1 second but still I can't feel the shutter closing down. Am I doing it wrong? What should be the procedure? Thanks again.....
Turning the shutter speed dial to one second should close the shutter. Alternatively, you can press down the shutter cocking lever a bit. Keep in mind that the leaf shutter is extremely quiet and jar-free. The RB67 doesn't have an instant return mirror, so there's no obvious "clunk" when the shutter closes. If you're not certain it's closing, do a test shot without film and look in through the lens. You should see the shutter open and close.
You will find the learning curb frusting so be prepared to loose a few films The RB67 pro s has a few safety factors but once you get used to them they become no problem With regard to the T setting when you reset the level half way it shuts the shutter read the manual Have Fun
Ps Regarding weight the RB67 with a 90/127 lens and 120back is about as much as a D300 with a 24-70 lens !!!!