Ok, I know the SLR world pretty well, I've owned Pentax, Canon, and now Nikon film SLRs, from the '80s to the naughties.
But I know nothing about medium format cameras, so I need your advice!
it has be pretty cheap, I'm expecting to pay between $200 and $800? less would be better so I can spend on film / processing / lenses
I don't want a "toy" camera.
I'm trying Medium Format for the quality of the film, so I want a body that can take awesome interchangeable lenses.
I want the lenses to be relatively easy to find in 2nd hand camera shops, and I don't want them to be the most expensive lenses (i.e, Pentax lenses are more than enough, though better is always good!)
I need it to have a pretty reliable through the lens light meter.
it does NOT need any auto focus
it CAN be heavy and bulky
it MUST be a waist "look down" viewfinder.
I'd rather 6x6, but am flexible. I want to be able to put awesome low ISO film in there.. don't know if that limits me in the size?
I would like a pretty fast shutter... but I know in older cameras it's hard to go above 1/1000
One More Thing, Very Important
- I do a lot of night time photography, so I need to be able to meter light at very long exposures, and of course set very long exposures.