The body may be a turn off to some people, but the rest of the camera more than makes up for this. For instance, the RB moniker stands for it’s for rotating back - an amazing and innovative feature of this camera. Let’s say that you want to switch your images from vertical to horizontal. To do this with a tradional camera, you must rotate the body, but, that’s not the case with the RB67. Instead, you simply rotate the back of the camera. You just keep looking in the viewfinder until the image is what you are looking for, and then you take your picture. The viewfinder has frames to help you keep the foreground image lined up.
With this camera, you can also switch out film backs, depending on your image needs. For example, you could start out your session using a black and white film back. But, when you are done with this, you can quickly and easily switch it out for the color one. However, this does mean that you have to purchase and carry several film backs with you. In situations like this, you will probably want to plan your shoot in advance so that you are not carrying too much gear with you. Remember, the camera already weighs six pounds.
Other features of this camera include the ability to focus from waist-level. This allows for easier shoot-from-the-hip photo sessions or candid photographs of people or party scenes that can leave your subjects oblivious to the fact that they are being photographed.
You can also change out the lenses on this camera, but, again, these are something else that you are going to have to carry if you travel very far with this camera. You should also consider the cost of additional lenses, as Mamiya lenses are built to the highest specifications and are not as economical as the mass market zoom lenses from Canon or Nikon.