Usually acquiring a new camera means - at least to me - reading product tests, browsing photographer's forums, talking with fellow photographers, studying brochures, fighting trepidation in view of the prices, sleeping over it (one, two, several times), and finally buying the object of desire (often with a guilty conscience). You can see: my wife and me are no impulse buyers. With books perhaps, but definitely not with technical devices.
The idea of investing into an analog camera first came to my wife, and here and then we pressed our noses against the windows of camera dealers, looking for a nice analog second-hand camera. We soon agreed upon 35mm cameras that they are nice, but that medium format would be even nicer. We looked at second-hand market prices and decided to wait a while.
Until last week. It wasn't just luck, it was pure fluke that we've won this auction. At a price that you don't want to know, it was close to theft. And then there was this shift lens, second-hand of course, at a third of the market price. A shift lens that is so important if you want to get serious about architecture photography.
We did it. Mamiya RZ67, Sekor-Z 110mm lens, Sekor-Z 70mm shift lens. We will have to learn a lot, but as soon as we will have some representable shots, you will be the first to know.