bakubo wrote:In addition to the ones already mentioned, here are a few more:
As far as i am aware, Mamiya are still making the 6x7 RB/RZ systems, and they are producing 645AF & digital MF cameras, leses and accessories. 645 manual focus was replaced by the AF system.
Worth noting that Fuji 35mm SLR's died out a long time ago, but their 6x8 Medium Format monsters were only discontinued recently. I am told their lenses were stunning. It has also been suggested that they have/had a very close relationship with Nikon. Anyone know anything about this?
Another blast from the past: Pentacon, makers of both 35mm and 6x6 rollfilm SLR systems. I once used Pentacon Six - the lenses were big and heavy (most required 86mm filters), but particularly the late 'MC' version lenses were excellent. n.b. I once saw in a shop in Prague (it was 1993), a 'Pentacon Four'. I didn't buy it at the time because I would have had almost no money left (cash machines hadn't yet appeared in the Czech Republic) and the shop didn't speak English (just a bit of halting German) and they didn't take credit cards. I assume this was a 'baby' version of the Pentacan Six using 127 film, but I've never seen any reference to it ANYWHERE. A prototype perhaps. Very collectable and I wish I had bought it, even though it would probably be useless now. I doubt if there were every any lenses other than the standard, which would then be interchangeable only with itself. In addition to the Pentacon Six, there was also an Exakta 66, using a Pentacon Six mount and made from Pentacon parts. I am not sure which part of Exakta that was, and what they or any possible successor companies might be up to now.
Kowa is another 6x6 medium format SLR that disappeared many years ago. Was it a Kowa 6 or Kowa 66?
A colleague once purchased a small Medium Format system named Kaleinar (the spelling is probably incorrect) with three lenses. Apparently of low quality, a review once stated that edge definition could not be evaluated because there wasn't any!