What should I do?
I've been wanting a film camera for a while now. Originally I had the idea to get a used Canon EOS film body so I could use my existing lenses (I may still do that at some point as they can be had for as cheap as $25). But a 35mm negative isn't very sexy...
Let me back up a little here and give some additional info: There will be no darkroom, just a changing bag and some s.s. tanks to develop B&W film in the kitchen sink. Film will be scanned with an Epson v750, and if something turns out that I REALLY like, I can have it drum scanned.
So back to the camera part. I've decided I want to go MF, and 6x7 is the format I prefer. If I had a money tree in my back yard, I would get a Horseman SW612Pro and the additional 6x7 back and the 47mm Super Angulon, because having shift would be awesome. Alas, there is no such money tree and anyways spending that kind of money on what is basically a personal experiment is just silly.
So it's either a Mamiya 7 with either the 43mm or 50mm lens, or a Pentax 67 with a 45mm lens.
The Pentax is way cheaper, but as I understand it, the pentaprism viewfinder only covers 90% of the image area, and I'm not sure using a WLF when I'm standing up to my thighs in water is practical?
The two issues I have with the Mamiya 7 are 1) I've never used a rangefinder camera before, and 2) the minimum focusing distance is about 1 meter, which seems like a really long way away with a WA lens to me. I can overcome #1, but feel really uneasy about #2.
So what say ye, and why? Please tell me the good, the bad and the ugly.
FYI, I am not interested in 6x6 format as an alternative.