Which medium format SLR?

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    Hi guys. I'm looking to buy a medium format SLR now that I've gotten into medium format via my Yashica-D. I was thinking of a Hasselblad 500CM, but I realized that there are some Mamiya and Bronica cameras that rival it for less money. I'd like to put together a whole outfit (Camera, finder, back, lens) for $500 or less if I can, but I'll go above that point if it's really worth it. Can anyone give me some advice as to which models would be best and most versatile?


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    I've been a Hasselblad user my entire career. So, I don't have much experience with Mamiya or Bronica -- although they are both certainly considered worthy options.

    I doubt that a 500CM with lens, reflex viewfinder and back will be found for $500. You'll need to do some research. But I imagine for $1,000 you will be able to put a system together. Considering the quality of the camera and the Zeiss lenses and compared to the original purchase price, $1,000 is a pretty good deal.

    Hope this helps.

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    Jan 2009
    Hi there, thanks for the quick reply. I'd expect a Hasselblad system to be more costly, but I thought perhaps something like a Mamiya or Bronica would cost closer to $500 than that. I definitely have a thing for Hassies, so I'm very tempted.

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    I have the Bronica ETRSI with standard 75mm lens. It has worked very well for the 2 years I have used it. It is an enjoyable way for me to slow down and think through a shot again. I am pleased with it. A friend that I work with got a Mamiya 645 and he has not had any problems with it. I think either system would work for you


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