I have fallen in love with film and astronomy so I figured, why not combine them?! I currently own a Canon F1 35mm camera and it is great, but I only own one lens a standard 50mm f1.4. I was looking for a new lens, but before I pulled the trigger I wanted to reassess my goals for astrophotography. After doing so, I concluded that I wanted to use my camera for primarily wide field long exposure shots. After doing more research it dawned on me that a medium format camera with a goto GEM would be best for this. So, rather than investing in a new lens for my 35mm camera I have decided to buy into a whole new MF camera system.
So I began to research what cameras are available and which would best fit my needs. First, I was set on buying a Hasselblad. This is because I love the shots they made during the Gemini and Apollo missions and I always thought it would be cool to use. However, I quickly discovered they are way out of my price range. So I began to dig deeper. Eventually this led me to a Mamiya RB67. I have been pretty set on buying one, but then I began to read posts in this forum. Many members here who have success in MF astrophotography have a Pentax 6x7.
My question is why a Pentax 6x7? The one thing that turned me away from them is that they are battery dependent and I don't want to be out shooting and have my batteries die mid exposure. But so many people have used them and they almost have a cult following for MF astrophotographers.
I am just hoping to be able to either have peace about my decision on a Mamiya RB67 or to be convinced to buy a Pentax 6x7. I just want to sure before I invest in a camera system.