|Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 12:33 am Post subject:
|Before I say anything, thank you so much for your response!
I understand the quest for profit. Successful manufacturers often have to differentiate their product however, especially in a field such as photography. I've read pre-1980s Minolta sought color rendition consistency throughout their series even if it came at the cost of overall contrast or flare protection. Pentax Takumar's sought high level macro contrast. Zeiss took an approach that extenuated micro contrast at least post '70's. I was just wondering if Mamiya had a certain philosophy.
My intention is to shoot film. The body I was looking at was the 1000s. Don't really need the features of later models.
The 6x4.5 format appeals to me, but yes, it may just be too close to 35mm for any significant quality jump. 6x7 would be much better in that department. The only problem with that is I would have to buy completely into another system. The 645 is sort of a compromise in my case because I can use some of my Kiev lenses.
Truthfully, sometimes I get tired of the complexity and choices of entire systems. Some of my favorite pictures have come from an old Ikoflex II TLR with a triotar lens. Maybe it's time I just buy a Rolleiflex with a Planar and call it quits...shoot more, talk less
Thank you again for your insight!