Which Mamiya RZ67 to buy?

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Macro guy
Macro guy Veteran Member • Posts: 5,416
Re: RZ67 vs. RB67

NAwlins Contrarian wrote:

Also: if you really want to shoot film and aren't thinking about adding digital in the near future, then there might be things to be said for the more mechanical / less electronic RB67, at least if you get a later-production camera (Pro-SD version) in good condition.

The RB67 is more of a studio camera. It's too heavy for field use. Wheras you can hand hold the RZ, you can't really do that with the RB.

That's not what Mamiya says. I just looked at the manuals for the RB67 Pro SD (http://www.mamiyaleaf.com/assets/files/documentation/RB67_Pro_SD_v7.pdf) and the RZ67 Pro II D (http://www.mamiyaleaf.com/assets/files/documentation/RZ67PROIID_Instr.pdf), and they say the RB67 is actually lighter:

RZ67 Pro II D body with waist-level finder plus back 1350g + 530g = 1900g

RB67 Pro SD body plus waist-level finder plus back 1050g + 185g + 475g = 1710g

Obviously depending on lenses and other accessories, one or the other could be a little heavier ready-to-use. But there does not appear to be a basis in fact for the suggestion that the RB67 is too heavy for field use but the RZ67 is not (really, they're both beasts). Am I missing something?

RB isn't just heavy, it's unwieldy.  It's impossible to hand hold.  If I'm not mistaken, the RZ has a grip that can be used with it and that makes it a bit more portable.  I wouldn't hand hold either one of them, but I think that the RZ with a grip and an eye level finder can be hand held in an emergency.

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