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There are plenty of savvy people who habitually shot at f16 on all larger MF formats. I never hesitated until after f16, the difference is very minor. Miniature format users get hung up on diffraction, whereas MF users are looking for the best trade-off between DOF and final sharpness for the intended use of the image and its processing path. Most MF images are/were very much made with quality in mind...
The 6x9 frame is a little short of advertised values (56mm x 82mm) and most preferred the 'perfect format' afforded by 6x7 (56mm x 68mm), esp with Mamiya 7 lenses,...Show more →
That shutter sound really bothers you doesn't it? Who cares? Especially if you aren't photographing people, which frankly I wouldn't imagine this camera would be that at anyway. It certainly is noisy, but one of photography's greatest design flaws? That's taking it to quite the extreme.
The rest of the points I certainly won't argue. It's basically a lens with a film holder on the back, but that's kind of what I like about it.
I also never really cared for the 6x7 format, it always felt like it didn't know what to be, it wanted to be rectangular, but it wanted to be square... I guess that could make you argue that it's perfect. I like the 6x9, despite the fact that it isn't quite literally 6X9.