Nicole McGrade said:
Hi everyone, I'd love to know what your favourite MF cameras are and why?
And is there a MF out that's not quite so big and bulky?
I'd have to say my favorite is the Kodak Reflex II -- perhaps in part because it was the first adjustable MF camera I owned (after a succession of 127 and 620 simple cameras), but also because a well-working one is a joy to use (nice, bright Fresnel finder, automatic frame counter, and it fits my hands well) and the lens will stand up to anything you can mount on a 'Blad. No, I can't choose from half a dozen focal lengths or change backs in mid-roll, but I don't need multiple focal lengths at all frequently and can generally manage to shoot a dozen shots before changing emulsions.
And it's not really that bulky; in its everready case it's not significantly larger than my Spotmatic with 50 mm mounted in its everready, plus the shape and waist level finder makes it easier to hold steady at slow speeds than any eye-level camera. And if I need to point it fast, I can always flip open the sports finder, scale focus, and burn through a dozen shots in about one minute with the counter, even on a knob wind. IMO, it'll do anything I could do with a modern Rolleiflex (though the lens is a half stop slower), and I can get another one on eBay a couple times a month for under $50.
Oh, yeah, the 620 film thing -- if you trim the flanges of a 120 spool as close as possible to the diameter of the film roll itself (heavy nail clippers work very well for this), it fits nicely in the supply well and takes up onto one of the dozen or so 620 spools I keep around. If you process your own film, it's not a problem keeping the old metal spools; if not, you need a cooperative lab, or send the camera somewhere and spend too much to have it converted to 120.
No, it's probably not suitable for a pro -- but then I haven't got a pro's budget.