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Old 09-07-2014   #11
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There is a film subgroup called the Film Users Clan that has 23 remaining members.
Join up and lets bring that group some action. You can find it at: Photocamel Miscellany>Site related announcements>Sub groups>Film Users Clan.
I'll look into that. It'd would be interesting to be in a film users group. I like groups that don't require twelve steps and a sponsor.
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Old 09-14-2014   #12
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BWC still does C41 medium format, but no longer does E6 or B&W. I've enjoyed getting into doing my own B&W developing/scanning. If you decided to try mixxing your own soup look into Pyrocat HD in glycol, it has a really long shelf life and I've found it very forgiving.

You will enjoy the M645, I've owned a couple in the past and have one of my brother's outfits I still need to test shoot and put on ebay. But be aware that film can be a slippery slope, for every one of my brother's film cameras I've ebayed, I've ended up buying one!
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Thanks for the information about BWC. I won't be mixing any chemistry or building a darkroom anytime soon. The marriage is this coming weekend and we have a major project involving a house remodeling on the heels of a relocating adventure. I want to stay a health happily married man, so I'll just be pleased to have the caemra.
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Old 09-16-2014   #14
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The camera arrived and it looks to be in good condition, good being the operative word. It's obviously an old, maybe vintage, piece of equipment. The shutter seems to be fine and the mirror slap sounds good. It was loaded with a roll of film and 7 frames were fired before it was shipped so I did not open the back. Sadly, but expectedly all the foam inside seems to be deteriorating. There are tell-tale bits of it's residue in the mirror box. Looks like it'll be making a trip to the shop to have the foam replaced and a cleaning. Any suggestions?
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Hey Steve ! Mazel Tov ! For seals, a good CLA (great actually) etc., I'd definitely send it to these guys: The guy you want to talk to is "Rim".

They bought out Marflex Camera repair and kept most of the same clientele, mostly professionals in the tri-state NY area but they also serve photographers from around the world. They used to be in the Flat Iron Building in NYC but recently moved around the corner, I think because they needed more space.

The work they do is excellent and the M645, I believe, is right up their alley. They did incredibly clean work on my Nikon F2s, including all new seals, mirror anti-slap foam, etc.. They also did my F-4s bodies, checked the oil and timed one of them while I was at the counter. <g>

You might also ask Rim if they have any used magazines available for it and ask him to cut you a package deal with those, any parts and a CLA. You might even trade them on the one you got with the camera. Nice guys too. They can give you a pretty accurate estimate over the phone or online. And if they refer you to someone to buy Mamiya equipment from, it's going to be a reputable outfit with quality used gear. Check em' out !

BTW, going to take it for a test drive before you send it in?
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Steve, congratulations on the upcoming wedding! How about a honeymoon down in Florida with a visit at my studio?! You're always welcome!
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Hey Steve! That camera is really a workhorse model- they are really hard to kill and relatively easy to repair. There is a soft focus prime lens specifically designed for that camera body. That lens is so good that it pays to have a body that it fits on. You could probably find on at a low price. The results beat out my 150mm SF lens on my digitized RZ and some of my Imagon collection! That lens and Fuji film are a great combination!

Yes! Mazel-Tov! Your wedding- WOW! All the very best that life has to offer for both of you!

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Congratulations Steve. I'm looking forward to seeing some shots from your new (to you) camera.
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For those who are curious, the soft focus lens mentioned by Ed is the 145mm f/4.

I took a quick look online, and the thing only costs mere pennies compared to what this stuff used to go for, so if anyone is interested, now is probably the time to get one.

But don't buy them all so I can have one.


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