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Any C330 and RB67 owners? 180mm comparisons?

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Hi guys, I'm pretty sure there are a few on here that own both a Mamiya C330 (or other C outfits) and an RB67 - as do I

As well as those two, I also have a Yashica Mat 124G. I started with this and the C330, if I'm honest, I think I have had more consistent results from the Yashica, but that could be down to user error, however, the close focus and interchangable lens of the C330 was a definite bonus, I just preferred the handling of the Yashica.

Then I bought an RB67............I love this. Yes, it's big, but I don't find it anymore awkward to hand hold than the C330 - I actually find it's handling easier, bigger/brighter viewfinder, smoother focus, no need for parallax correction. The focus is smooth on my C330, but it's slightly stiffer and being right at the bottom of the body I find it rocks whilst I rack the focus back and forward which is exaggerated at the focus screen end, not the end of the world, but a little distracting.

I have recently been asking myself if I really need to keep both Mamiyas (stupid question I know!) and what would make me want to take the C330 out over the RB67. Slightly smaller, yes, but still a big lump. If I want lightweight MF I would take my Yashica 124G, I barely notice this chucked over my shoulder. Close focus.......probably a draw, but no need for parallax correction on RB. C330 better for low light, faster 80mm lens and slower handheld shutter speeds, but arguably harder to focus in low light.

The one thing I have loved about the C330 so far, is my 180mm Super - had a couple of really nice shots from that lens. I only have the 50mm and 127mm for my RB67 so nothing to compare directly.

Has anyone compared the 180mm between these two outfits? If so, what did you find? Despite preferring the ergonomics of the RB67, if the 180mm Super is better than the RB equivalent, that would be enough for me to keep both bodies. I don't really need to sell either, it just seems a shame to have kit and leave it gathering dust on a shelf!

 


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