The Mamiya RB67 was recommended by Kevin Tadge in his interview with Waterfall in April 2012. Kevin said the following about the camera…

I love my Mamiya RB67. It’s huge and bulky but the 90mm lens and the images it creates are stunning. The world might actually look better through one of these than it does in real life. And I mean just looking through the viewfinder. If it wasn’t so heavy, I’d carry it with me everywhere and use it instead of my eyes. (Kidding, but only slightly)

From Wikipedia… In 1970, Mamiya introduced the RB67 6×7 cm professional single lens reflex (SLR). The RB67, a large, heavy, medium-format camera with built-in closeup bellows was innovative and successful. Previous medium-format professional cameras used the square 6×6 cm format which did not require the camera to be rotated for photographs in portrait orientation, problematical with large and heavy cameras when tripod-mounted. The RB67 had a rotating back which enabled photographs to be taken in either landscape or portrait orientation without rotating the camera, at the expense of additional weight and bulk. The RB67 soon became widely used by professional studio photographers.

From the Mamiya RB67 Guide… Considered a “professional’s” camera, the Mamiya RB67 is a bellow-focusing, leaf shuttered, single lens-reflex, all mechanical, fire-breathing, mostly meterless design that exposes film in removable backs in three different medium formats–6×4.5, 6×7, 6×8. It also exposes pack instant film (Fuji FP-100c, FP-100b, FP-3000b). The camera system was first introduced in 1970 and with some minor improvements is still being sold today. It truly constitutes a system, with many different lenses, finders, focusing screens, film backs, grips, motor drives, etc.

While they sold new for thousands of dollars, a complete and well-maintained RB67 Pro-SD can be had for less than $400. Some may argue that the dated system cannot compare with modern DSLR, but its merits have remained exactly the same for its entire life. Rather than focus on the merits, I’m just going to assume you are already interested in medium format film and I am going to focus on the details of the system, the different generations and what lenses and accessories are available. Please click here to continue reading the Mamiya RB67 Guide website which contains more excellent info on the camera.

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