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Mamiya RZ67 Pro II Medium Format

4.64 star rating
                      4.64 / 5 (28 Reviews)
MSRP : $2398.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Silent-tortoise a Expert

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2011

Strengths:    Reassuringly secure in the hands.
Bult like one of those little houses detached from the main house that you have to go into by yourself.
Picture Quality.
It feels like a tool. You feel like you are engaged in a craft when you use this camera.

Weaknesses:    Obviously, you would be insane to take this out for your holiday snaps.
Heavy. Yes.
But you knew that. Yes.

Bottom Line:   
This is a beautiful camera.
It produces images that approach the three dimensional.
Obviously, there are many factors that go into producing a photograph and one can make really rank photographs with this camera as well as with a point and shoot.
What this camera will offer you is the truth.
If you produce porridge with this camera it is your fault.
There really are no if's or but's in the high calibre category that this camera squats like a toad.
Yes, I said a toad.
Compared to the mamiya 645 AFD Mk III this camera is a toad.
This will win no beauty contest.
But this camera will produce the most beautiful photographs you have ever taken.
The lenses are razor sharp and unforgiving of any blemish on a persons face.
But this camera will render the eyelashes of a Persian cat and expose the subtle 'eyeliner' that they have. I know, I was blown away when I saw that.
I photograph people.
This is a people camera for me.
This comes out when the client wants what digital cannot possibly ever give them.
I have used both of the top of the range digital backs and they do not compare.
I think I have written enough.
All I can say is that you will be blown away when you use an RZ67.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Mamiya 645 AFD III

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ronan Carrein a Expert

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2010

Strengths:    - Image quality is just superb
- probably bullet proof
- lenses !!! lenses are just unreal, i mean, shooting at f2.8 1/30 you have something perfect still, the mirror bouncing system is excellent and it looks just so...emotional, you want to touch the paper to feel the texture of what you shot.
- rotating back (from portrait to landscape): looks like a gadget at first, well it is very useful in the end
- printing size...with a good negative scanner, at 3200 dpi you got a 6x7ft image
- did I mention image quality?

Weaknesses:    - heavy heavy heavy, and bulky, like huge. I mean, it's like driving thru an old italian city with a hummer
- If you decide to add the prism finder for metering, you lose the top down view from the waist level finder. too bad because it's great to work your framing. I decided to meter with an F5 instead.
- in terms of image quality, none
- it ruins your previous investments....your F5 or F6 ? even your leica, your D3? forget about it, you spent all that money, you have convenient digital equipment, but you simply only want to shoot the mamiya...damnit
- digital backs cost an arm

Bottom Line:   
Can you beat that when it comes to value for the money ? A used one will cost the price of a mid range SLR, and used lenses will cost you 300$ for a results that simply beat everything, I really mean everything. It is one of the cameras to have if what you care about is image feel, and nothing else (this and the 7ii)
Yes it's a tank (heavy as, but also solid as), yes it's 10 shots a roll, yes it does not come with built in metering (can get it from 200$ used), but the sound it makes, the heavy metal feeling and mostly, the pictures !!! (try Tri-x with the 110m at 2.8 and a nice window light...you're in heaven)

The only camera I would consider instead in the mamiya 7ii for convenience and metering. More pricy though, but probably the best camera ever.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   adorama

Similar Products Used:   Nikon FE, F5, D700, D80, D90, blad 503

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lukasz Kitlinski a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Solid japan work .... perfect working ... lenses world class... fool recommended
I've Leica which is super quality but Mamiya RZ 67Pro II is a demon machine :).


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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   1200

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by testshoot.com a Professional

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2006

Strengths:    -Bellows focusing means black stays black.

-Few glass elements, few elements means sharper images.

-Precision, precision, precision.

-Dropped from a 15 foot ladder and continued to shoot with it all day (though some teeth on the focusing rails stripped off)

-Partick Demarchelier gave me my first, and I never put it down.

-Pro fashion shooter's choice.

-Sturdier than if Volvo made tanks.

-No need for huge lots of lenses. 90mm and 180mm are all I ever need.

-You can blow out details while keeping subject sharp up close while a 35mm with 200mm lense you'd need to stand a block away to get the same effect.

-My biceps make the models salivate.

-Don't cut up your knuckles while using ringflash.

-Bellows lens shade allows use of inexpensive gels.

-Uniform barrel width of eiter 72mm or 77mm making filter purchases easy.

Weaknesses:    -Some people complain about weight.

-Not gonna win any beauty contests.

-Often forget and accidently lock lense so shutter becomes a 'bulb' mode. "oops"

-Cross threaded lenses while mounting will require Herculean strength.

-Quality digital backs cost more than most people's cars.

-Not for light pocketbooks because you'll want to shoot a lot.

Bottom Line:   
I love this workhorse. After years of shooting everything on the market, I find it the only tool I need anymore. While people spout the virtues of digital, you are not going to beat the quality of a virtual drum across a 6x7 chrome in the near future.

I often shoot hand held for hours, sometimes with a profoto ringflash attached. see: http://testshoot.com/portals/0/images/personal/tim/ringflash.jpg

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   RB, Blad, Bronica, Rollei, 'Tax 67

Type of photography:   People

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

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2005

Strengths:    Built like tank, fantastic revolving back, quick change of backs, quick set-up, bellow focussing. Simply knicker wetting lenses.

Weaknesses:    Weight, weight, weight. That said I would take it anywhere just to get those gorgeous trannies back form the lab.

Bottom Line:   
What is there left to say. This is a leviathon of a camera, Far too heavy to backpack with, needs a massive tripod, lenses are heavy; but I love this camera. It may kill me one day lifting my fully laden Lowepro, but thie camera is worh it. Fantastic results, awesome ability, rotating back, superb bellows, incredible close focus results, if only it weighed half as much!

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   jacobs

Similar Products Used:   None; i'm not that stupid. I own a Mamiya RZ67, why would I want anything else, except an Ebony 45.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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