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The fashion photographer’s workhorse of the 80’s & ’90’s , the Mamiya RB67 is now in the hands of thousands of grateful amateurs..(C’est moi!!) Unwieldy to a fault sometimes, I believe it might have been the biggest, heaviest [almost 6 lbs as shown – over 8 lbs with a prism finder] medium format camera made – if I’m wrong please correct me in the comments (Edited Note: Stefan has brought the monstrous Fuji GX 680 to my attention!!)
Photo taken with a Nikon D200. High Rez version attached.
I’d always had a pesky light leak in the 120 film back, but was too cheap to pay $80 for a good used one, I finally realized that 220 backs seem to work just as well.
Camera Type – Medium Format SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Camera
Format – 6x7cm, 6×4.5cm, 7.2×7.2cm (Quadra Back)
Lens Mount – Breech-lock Bayonet
System of 18 interchangeable Leaf Shutter Lenses
Viewfinder – Standard folding waist level with flip-up magnifier
Optional PD Prism Finder with spot and average metering patterns
Optional non-metering prism finder
Field of View 95% with automatic masking for vertical and horizontal revolving back position
Focus Type – Rack and pinion bellows focusing
46mm built-in bellows extension
Optional extension tubes
Exposure compensation scale
Focus Screen – Standard Type A matte, seven additional interchangeable screens
Exposure Metering – Manual metering possible with optional PD Prism Viewfinder
Shutter /Release – Mechanically timed, 1 second to 1/400 second, B and T setting
Standard mechanical cable release
Flash sync – PC socket for electronic flash connection on lens barrel. Flash sync possible at all shutter speeds.
Film Transport – Double Action 114° Stroke
Optional power backs advance film automatically with single stroke
Camera Back – Revolving Back
Dark Slide Pocket
Dark Slide Safety Interlock
Tripod Socket3/8", 1/4"
Self Timer – No
PC Terminal – Yes
Depth Of Field Preview – Yes, with lever on lens barrel
Mirror Lock Up – Manual return mirror resets with shutter cocking lever on camera body side. This lever also cocks the shutter. Mirror lock-up possible with optional Mirror-Up double cable release.
Multiple Exposure – Single action Multi switch on film magazine
Power Source – Fully mechanical no batteries required
Dimensions – 4.1" x 5.7" x 9.2" (104 x 144 x 233mm)
Weight – 5.9 lbs. (2690 g.) with 127mm lens and 120 magazine
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My biggest disappointment (among the very few) with the RB (through no fault of its own) is the amazing 3D effect that one first see’s when looking down on that big focusing screen – you actually expect the film plane to do something magical and capture the same effect that your eyes see. Sadly it doesn’t.. :-(.
The ‘hugeness’ of the RB67 series in street photography is a double-edged sword – it’s big and very visible, so it can attract unwanted attention from the criminal element (who don’t realize that something so impressively august is actually virtually worthless in the marketplace..) – but the Bigness can be a benefit, to wit:
"…There is also the Street Photography Safety Factor. I think it was Bill Pierce who told this story. It may be apocryphal. To paraphrase: An old time Speed Graphic user was bemoaning the rise of the little 35mm cameras. "When you hit someone with a Nikon, they go down but they just get right back up. When you hit them with a Speed Graphic, they stay down…"
..the same can be said the of the RB series – cheers!
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