Mamiya TLR find, also camera bag question

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RogerBird

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I have had a Mamiya C220 with 80mm and 65mm lens for about a year now. Absolutely love it!! Last week I was at a local camera shop looking at a 135mm lens. They were asking about CAD$200 for it. It was clean and worked very well. I passed it up; maybe after x-mas...

A few nights ago I was just browsing (honest!!) eb** and saw a C330 with 135mm lens kit currently bidding at USD$150 with only 2 hours left to go.

Who, in their right mind-I usually am- could pass this up. To top it all off the seller was Henrys in Toronto and they were offering 180 guarantee with it.

Well needless to say I bid and won. Woohoo!! USD$195. So after exchange and shipping it came to around CAD$260 for a C330 and the 135mm lens. I was floored and almost couldn't believe that I got it. The camera arrived yesterday and is in superb condition.

So now to the next part of my posting. I currently only have a Lowepro Nova 3 and can stuff my C220 with 80mm, the 65mm my Lunasix3, and paramender into it - absolutely bursting at the seams. What bag would now also fit my C330 with 135mm? I would think that I would want a bit of expansion room for a 180 super that I will eventually find.

Roger
 

bobfowler

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Woohoo! Congrats on the catch! You got a great deal.

I like the Delsey Pro Bag 2 for my medium format gear (Bronica SQ-Ai). I can get 3 bodies (1 with a speed grip attached), 4 lenses, 6 backs, filters, 2 prism finders, and a bunch of film in it with no problem. I picked up mine at B&H for $125.00 (USD). The Delsey bags are very well made, have handles that can disappear into side pockets if you use the shoulder strap, and have great padding. They're distributed in the US by Bogen. You can see them on their website: http://www.bogenimaging.us/ Delsey is a great bag for relatively little money.
 

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Last week a C330 with a 55mm went for about $220 US. Wish I'd gotten that. Must not be in my right mind.
 

BWGirl

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Hey Roger!
Great bargain!!! Wow! :D

As to what bag to get...I would guess it would depend on what you shoot. I do a lot of hiking with my gear so I have a Tamrac Expedition 8. It holds my 35mm and my Hasselblad and several lenses and film and.... you get the idea! :D LowePro also makes some excellent backpack type bags.

I guess if you have to carry it any distance, it's better to distribute the weight across hips and shoulders rather than one or the other of your shoulders (good way to muck up those rotator cuffs! :wink:.
 
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