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RB67 Medium Format Camera


Mamiya

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38 Reviews  

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Henry Larson

member since: 8/2/2008
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Rating: 5 out of 5
I have an RB67 with a 65mm, 90mm, and 360mm lense. This is my no 1 camera. I also use a Sinar F, and a Canon20D. When I bought the RB67 I could have had a hasselblad and I chose the RB67. The main reason at that time was the revolving back. I use it all the time. It is particularly effective whendoing flash photos since you dont have to mess with adjusting the flaSH position
8/2/2008 12:51:40 PM
 
Jonathan Kosik

member since: 4/20/2006
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Rating: 4 out of 5
Love my mamiya RB. It's not as fast as the advanced RZ model, but I picked it up for a very low price.
4/23/2006 10:38:52 PM
 
Michael  C. Bennett
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member since: 1/19/2005
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5
In my opinion, the Mamiya RB67 PRO-S is the best SLR in the world, in terms of image capturing power. Standard film holder backs allow you to shoot 70mm film (60 x 70 mm is the actual size). Its revolving film back is an unusual feature which allows the photographer to hold the camera flat as for a landscape format photo, and to turn the film 90 degrees by rotating the back by hand until it locks in place. This keeps the flash above the camera, rather than beside it, which where the flash ends up with a 35mm when you turn the camera sideways for a "vertical" shot. Lens quality is superb. Film format is fabulous. HOWEVER: The Mamiya RB 67 that I shot with broke down constantly. I purchased it used from a reputable shop and it was fully inspected before the sale. The film holders jam, wear out, and break apart physically in your hands. I went to New York City to purchase a new 220 back (holds film for 20 6x7 images) and literally within 2 weeks, the "chrome" on the back was peeling off. I'm not alone with this complaint; recently I spoke with a professional wedding photographer who has his own studio and his own team of shooters, and he said that he is constantly replacing the backs or repairing them. Second big drawback: the RB67 weighs a TON. Typically I shoot 100 to 200 frames at a wedding; consider that most of that is without a tripod, and with a big Metz 60 CT4 attached via metal bracket, with a lead/acid battery on a strap over my left shoulder...by the end of the day, your arms are toast. Third big drawback: this is a large camera. It's at least double the size and weight of a Hasselblad. The lenses are huge and weigh a ton; my camera bag, which just holds the basics (three lenses, three backs, film, dark shield, change bag and synchro cables) is two feet long and more than a foot wide. It's like carrying a St. Bernard. IF Mamiya solved the cheap film back problem, then I would say that it is a wonderful camera for use in studio, where you could set it on a strong tripod and make good use of the revolving back feature. Just think, no more tilting the camera for verticals.. One other bonus to the RB67: you can synch with the flash at faster than 1/60th of a second. On a bright day, this is really welcome. Because I am a stuck-up purist, I bought this monster and lugged it around for a while. I'm in love with big negs. I'm a neg man. - Michael
3/30/2006 12:28:27 PM
 
Brad Ulrich

member since: 1/19/2006
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Rating: 4 out of 5
Old School...Great Tool
2/11/2006 1:42:17 AM
 
Jared L. Mills

member since: 2/2/2002
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5
New camera to me so far so good. I love the huge negative.
11/28/2005 10:03:13 PM
 
Justin G.
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member since: 7/13/2004
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Got it used, fell in love, I think I'll just keep it forever and use it for studio work once I move towards a digital workflow. Let's see: negs over 4 times larger than 35mm. Outstanding optics, no batteries, flash sync any speed, built-in bellows for easy macro, etc. etc. etc...

What erks me is people who are complainging that it's big and heavy. Don't gripe about stuff like that, it's a medium format what do you expect? I mean really might as well buy a 5.0L V8 Mustang and complain about gas; it's just stupid. Other than this, this is a superb camera.

11/13/2005 3:01:06 AM
 
Justin G.
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member since: 7/13/2004
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Got it used, fell in love, I think I'll just keep it forever and use it for studio work once I move towards a digital workflow. Let's see: negs over 4 times larger than 35mm. Outstanding optics, no batteries, flash sync any speed, built-in bellows for easy macro, etc. etc. etc...

What erks me is people who are complainging that it's big and heavy. Don't gripe about stuff like that, it's a medium format what do you expect? I mean really might as well buy a 5.0L V8 Mustang and complain about gas; it's just stupid. Other than this, this is a superb camera.

11/13/2005 2:58:15 AM
 
M. Walter Lyon

member since: 6/1/2005
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I truely enjoy shooting this tank. The 6x7cm format allows for great detail and quality. I also enjoy the fact that it is completely manual, no batteries required!
6/1/2005 9:05:31 AM
 
James M. Feldman

member since: 2/13/2005
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
incredible camera. weight is it's only drawback. built like a brick outhouse and ways like one too
4/7/2005 1:33:55 PM
 
A. J. Vanden Berghe
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member since: 3/26/2005
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Rating: 5 out of 5
I just love this camera. It really is the workhorse of medium format photography. The only minor downside is the weight, but hey, I'm a fat guy, who am I to judge! lol
3/26/2005 11:51:40 PM
 
Ron Kerr
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member since: 2/17/2005
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Awesome camera to use, makes you slow down and think about what you are or are not doing.
3/14/2005 8:00:25 PM
 
Chris Stipe

member since: 2/15/2005
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Rating: 4 out of 5
Awsome image size and flexability.
2/15/2005 7:33:00 AM
 
Irene M. Jones

member since: 1/24/2005
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Sharp and versitle, creates flawless images.
1/24/2005 9:23:57 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
A true working horse. like the way it handle. Despite of its heavy weight, it is realy to use. love the results of it. looking at a 6X7 transparansies is a nother world.
9/19/2004 2:41:54 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Love My RB67. the best part is its waist level in composing beautiful pictures. It Is heavy; but its a working horse indeed.
9/8/2004 12:38:46 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Love My RB67. the best part is its waist level in composing beautiful pictures. It Is heavy; but its a working horse indeed.
9/8/2004 12:37:36 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Love My RB67. the best part is its waist level in composing beautiful pictures. It Is heavy; but its a working horse indeed.
9/8/2004 12:36:49 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Love My RB67. the best part is its waist level in composing beautiful pictures. It Is heavy; but its a working horse indeed.
9/8/2004 12:35:18 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Love My RB67. the best part is its waist level in composing beautiful pictures. It Is heavy; but its a working horse indeed.
9/8/2004 12:34:10 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Love My RB67. the best part is its waist level in composing beautiful pictures. It Is heavy; but its a working horse indeed.
9/8/2004 12:32:50 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Love My RB67. the best part is its waist level in composing beautiful pictures. It Is heavy; but its a working horse indeed.
9/8/2004 12:30:42 PM
 
Naser Aldeen B. Baqi

member since: 6/4/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Love My RB67. the best part is its waist level in composing beautiful pictures. It Is heavy; but its a working horse indeed.
9/8/2004 12:29:06 PM
 
Peter Falkenberg

member since: 7/26/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
The Mamiya RB67 is a heavy camera, but, in my opinion, it is the best in medium format. It has a revolving back and the lenses are super sharp.
7/28/2004 7:55:33 PM
 
Simon White

member since: 3/21/2003
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Rating: 4 out of 5
It's great!
7/16/2004 7:03:41 AM
 
Simon White

member since: 3/21/2003
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Rating: 4 out of 5
There are not enough words for this review.
7/16/2004 6:54:18 AM
 
R. Kevin Combs

member since: 6/28/2004
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The RB is a beautiful camera. Crisp optics, mechanically clean. It is a monster to carry around, however. If you can deal with the weight, or use it in the studio only, I highly recommend it.
7/5/2004 8:47:22 AM
 
Erica N. Galeazzi

member since: 6/18/2004
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5
i love using this camera cause i get some really great work.. it can just be a bit pricey to keep using when i am just photographing my son.
6/18/2004 10:00:38 PM
 
Gary L. Burdette

member since: 4/3/2004
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The 6x7 format is perfect for my needs in the field. For nature's close-ups and still lifes, I find myself relying on this old war horse more often than not.The rotating back, bellows extention, mirror lock up,ability to change film types at the drop of a hat all make my Mamiya RB 67 a favorite.
6/15/2004 2:06:19 AM
 
Kumara Edirisooriya

member since: 9/27/2001
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I use this for Big enlargments. Not for Quick work. only for Slow & planned shot. I recomond it. But I found that there is one disadvantage. We have to chang the lense as some times later the adasive used to paste lence elements melt and viisble. This may be factory fault. When we complant no reply from them.
6/7/2004 5:40:16 PM
 
Tammy M. Hayes

member since: 6/2/2004
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Rating: 4 out of 5
I love this camera. The manual focus is okay. But the sharpness of the images are fantastic. You can't go wrong with this camera.
6/2/2004 8:32:13 AM
 
Beverly 

member since: 1/24/2004
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Purchased this while in photography school and can't see using any other camera for my portraits....as far as I'm concerned you can't get any better I can get extreme enlargements without loosing that quality.
1/24/2004 3:58:43 PM
 
Stephanie Adams
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member since: 10/17/2001
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I just bought this used camera and am still learning about it. So far I love it, but am having difficulty focusing with the waist level viewfinder. Other than the sharpness problems, which is my own fault, it seems to be a great camera and the images come out well.
1/13/2004 11:08:37 AM
 
joy e. GLENN

member since: 11/24/2001
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Rating: 5 out of 5
love it! My one complaint is its size...it is a tank!
12/23/2003 10:27:15 AM
 
Richard Gingras

member since: 10/18/2003
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Bought it a few years ago. It was in mint condition. Hardly was ever used. Takes great pictures. I use it mostly for shooting B&W using the zone system. Nothing like full manual to take great pictures.
10/18/2003 3:42:47 PM
 


member since: 8/31/2003
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Great Camera.... Wouldn't trade it for the world.
8/31/2003 8:40:53 AM
 
John R. Schrum

member since: 8/16/2003
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Work horse of them all.
8/16/2003 11:02:41 AM
 
Andre Marhaug
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member since: 5/6/2003
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Workhorse!. Would give it a ten if it wasn't for the slow handling and heavyweight. But i love this big fellow.
6/29/2003 11:53:36 AM
 
Edward Siegel

member since: 11/4/2001
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
A workhorse, completely manual camera. Great big negatives, excellent optics. Leaves you in awe!
6/22/2003 6:30:16 AM
 

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