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| p.3 #1 · Why is everyone looking for Contax 645 |
Micky Bill wrote:
Im an old school film / digital user and have always felt the 645 format was a compromise. Its a wee bit bigger than 35 without the easy handling and wide lens choice and a wee bit smaller than 6x6-7-9-12 but without the film real estate and its not "that" much smaller than a 503 Hassy.
Don't get me wrong the Contax is a beautiful camera that has always (in the USA at least) been a boutique/ exclusive camera that is going thru some price inflation right now.
There are plenty of Hassy and RZ67 going for dirt cheap now and if you want you can get a 645 back for like $175.
I don't see an apples to apples comparison there with the Hassy 503. You have to go up to the H series to get AF (with, so far as I know, no AF option for the Mamiya), and while a used H1 isn't that much more expensive than the like-condition Contax 645s, the lenses tend to be three to four times the price. If AF is important to you, the smaller format may be an easy compromise, if it's a compromise at all. To a 135 shooter, 645 is a big leap in real estate, after all, but a joke to the guy who modified a truck to become a massive mobile camera. It's all a matter of perspective and preference.
That said, I've been selling off gear with the objective of picking up a 503CXi with a couple of 120 backs and 50/4. A friend of a friend is moving to the H system and I got to play with the CXi early last week. Pure magic. And I really like the square format, even if it is just a 6x7 compromise.