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Bronica RF645 Medium Format

4.4 star rating
                      4.4 / 5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Weight-16 oz.
    Product ID44040

Product Description

The new Bronica RF645 is a camera that offers accurate, high fidelity image quality. It combines the classic handling of manually operated features with highly sophisticated electronics for an optimum balance of superior image quality, ease of operation and maximum user control.

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dismayed a Expert

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010

Strengths:    Lenses.

Weaknesses:    Film transport is under-engineered.
Service. Parts will become difficult to find as Bronica is out of business.
A\Poor availability of 100mm lens.

Bottom Line:   
I loved my RF645. It's light, compact, and the lenses were superb. And the camera was wonderful to use because of the ergonomics. But I sold it because I lost faith in the film transport. I had it replaced once under warranty, but the transport felt rough after less than another year of light use.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   KEH

Similar Products Used:   Mamiya 7II

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob_Budding a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2005

Strengths:    Excellent lenses. Great build quality. Small and compact for medium format - great for travel or street shooting. Leaf shutter lenses are very quiet with flash sync at all speeds. Large negative is much better than 35mm.

Weaknesses:    Discontinued. Faster lenses would be nice. Limited lens choices (45mm, 65mm, and 100mm). The 100mm lens is hard to find, but it is possible. Typical rangefinder limitations.

Bottom Line:   
This is a stunningly good camera and an incredible value. I snagged a body with 65mm lens, new, from KEH for less than $1,000. THe $450 rebate brought the price to less than $550.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   KEH

Similar Products Used:   Contax IIIa.

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Daniel Hershman a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2005

Strengths:    Tough, easy to use, great images on big film. Leaf shutter makes hand held images easier to pull off in low light.

Weaknesses:    Its too easy to shoot film with the lens cap on.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this camera with the 45, 65 and 100mm lenses for a bike trip through Europe in 2003. Its quick and easy to use, especially for people who are used to 35mm cameras. I lugged it in my panniers for six weeks and it worked well without a hitch. I dropped it in a hotel the last week and the focus went out, but was able to use the focusing scale on the lenses to make up for this. I take it skiing, and the one major problem I had was that the shutter advance mechanism died while loading film in 15 degree weather. (Coincidence?). Bronica repaired it no charge even though it as past the warranty date. I especially like the 45mm lens and I find that the extra viewfinder isn't really needed. The little moan the shutter makes is kind of endearing after awhile, much better than the slap of an slr.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   RK Photo

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jpp a Professional

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2004

Strengths:    Very portable system.
Produces quality images.
Robust and excellent build quality.
Control layout is superb.

Weaknesses:    45mm lens requires hot shoe mount viewfinder.
Limited product releases from Bronica since initial release.

Bottom Line:   
I have owned my Bronica RF645 for some time now, and have put a lot of film through it. I LOVE this camera.

The build quality is excellent, and the control layout is superb.

I even forgive it for requiring a hot shoe mounted viewfinder for the 45mm lens. The 45mm lens is stunning and produces outstanding results.

The initial 135mm lens (withdrawn!) would have been a better portrait lens than the current 100mm lens. But all things considered, rangefinders are not really designed for head and shoulders portrait shots. I have however, taken very succesfull candid "action portrait" shots with the 100mm.

Portrait format is unusual and requires the camera to be turned on its side for landsacpe composition.

If you have an interest in candid street, or travel/documentary photography give this camera some serious consideration. It has been very under rated.

Price listed is in pounds sterling and was for camera body, 45mm, 65mm, and 100mm lenses, and for RF20 Flash unit.

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Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Jacobs Photographic

Similar Products Used:   Mamiya 645 Super
Bronica ETRSi
Bronica SQ-B
Canon 35mm

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bobinarabia a Professional from Chicago

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2003

Strengths:    Standard lens is outstanding for sharpness and bokeh. Focusing is deadly accurate. Easily handheld at slow shutter speeds. Since it has a leaf shutter one can use flash at any speed. Using it with a Sunpak 383 Super Flash is like having a portable studio. Than standard lens is excellent for environmental portrail, i.e., not a head shoulders only. The quality of the negatives and the scans I had made from them are outstanding.

Weaknesses:    None. It does exactly what its specifications say it is going to do.

Bottom Line:   
I just received and test this camera. The praise it has received from many of the other reviewers is correct. I was worried about shutter noise, but it is hardly noticeable. It accomplishes everything described in its feature set extremely well and it is a pleasure to use. This camera was a bargain. I was using 100 ISO film and several shots were at full aperture and 1/40th of a second in dim light. No problems. A joy to use. Get one while you can.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $929.00

Purchased At:   KEH

Similar Products Used:   Sony DSC-707, Contax RTS II, Kiev 60, and many more.

Type of photography:   People

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