In this case, abso- lutelv do not use force. Page 5: Accessories 2 When the film has not 3 When the shutter release 4 When the last film in roll been wound. Magnifying glass 2. Strap eyelet 3. Exposure counter 4.
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The Mamiya Cf was produced from to All cameras from the series are fully manual and need no battery whatsoever. Of course, the cameras lack an exposure meter although there is an exchangeable prism finder with a meter available. A notable feature of all the C-Series cameras is that it is a TLR-system with interchangeable lenses. Shooting experience View fullsize Mamiya Cf back view The camera offers no automation at all, so you have to concentrate at what you do.
The fully manual experience the camera grants one big advantage: One cannot run out of batteries and the camera is not very prone to malfunction in very hot or very cold enviroments. In fact, it is a reliable, professional grade camera that never let me down, whether indoors or outdoors.
The film is wound by turning a lever on the right hand side of the camera. By turning, the shutter is automatically cocked — a feature which is not available in some older models e. Mamiya C3. Focusing is done by extending the bellows via two turnable knobs. The standard folding hood features a fold-out magnifying glass for precise focusing. The Mamiya Cf offers parallax correction via a red needle in the ground glass finder, which comes in handy when doing close-ups.
The Cf allows you to get considerably close to your subject, thanks to the wide extension offered by the bellows. But be careful, you have to compensate for the loss of light due to the extended bellows, which is also indicated by the red needle in the ground glass finder. If you want to change lenses during shooting, you first have to unlock the lens by turning a knob on the left hand side of the camera. When changing the lens, ALWAYS check for the position of the shutter cocking lever of the lens, as it has to be aligned with the shutter cocking lever of the camera.
You can also lock the shutter release via a small button on the right and override the double exposure — protection by turning a small knob on the right.
As you can see, the camera offers a series of very clever features to avoid mistakes and enhance user friendliness. Of course, you cannot expect the convenience of a fully automatic SLR, but the Mamiya Cf offers just enough features to ensure that the camera is usable in stressful situations.
What I especially like about the camera is its compactness compared to SLR medium format cameras. It is just small enough to fit easily in a camera bag, even along with a second camera. The newer lenses are recognisable by all-black finish and sometimes a blue dot on the shutter cocking lever often called blue dot lenses. Although the newer lenses are superior in terms of lens coating, their aperture-lever is made of plastic.
From my point of view, there is no significant difference in image quality between newer and older lenses. To conclude, the image quality of all lenses is very good and the colour rendition and contrast is very satisfying. The 6x6 format combined with the nice lenses offers great enlargement possibilities, whether you crop a desired aspect ratio or you just use the whole square.
Some of them might not sit well and wobble around a little bit, which might introduce some softness to your image. Another notable thing about the lenses is that they can be easily disassembled for cleaning and adjusting the shutter speeds. Here is a quick overview: View fullsize L-Grip, Prims without light meter and lens hood - available at camera Pistol Grip - The pistol grip is ergonomically formed and made of high quality plastic with a rubber top.
The rubber top is not very slip-proof, so you have to tighten the screw properly. Prisms — The main advantage of prisms is to gain height for certain applications but darken the view considerably. A metered prism is also available, but is no substitute for a light meter.
Magnifying Hoods — Useful if you need more magnification than the loupe integrated in the standard folding hood offers. Interchangeable back cover for sheet film — very few around these days Sportsfinder Mask for mm lens Lens Hoods Verdict All in all, the camera offers a very pleasant shooting experience and is suitable for almost all fields of photography. A field in which the camera excels is studio photography.
Using the camera in the streets, the almost inaudible shutter and inconspicuous hip-level focusing via the ground glass are great features. Due to the wide range of lenses available, you can do architectural work and - to certain degree - action photography. Last but not least, the camera and all the major system components are easy to repair by a trained expert for years to come, as there are no electric components at all.
I owned a total of 4 C-Series bodies, but only two of them were in acceptable condition. It took me almost a year of intense searching to find lenses in good conditions. I highly recommend to buy the cameras from trusted dealers or to at least inspect them personally before buying. Also keep in mind that you might have to spend some money on new light seals and adjustment of the lens shutter.
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It held a Yashicamat twin lens reflex. There were troubles with the functioning of this camera, it had been flooded, so I never used it. I bought a replacement Yashicamat, but there were changes to be made to make it work in the housing and that never happened. A TLR has a viewing lens which projects mirror reversed on a ground glass and a taking lens, which projects on film. Advantages are you have no viewfinder block out and you can screw any filter on the taking lens including a black infrared filter and you can see everything perfectly.
Mamiya C330F – Review
The twin lens configuration, mounted on rails with a bellows, allows for macro shots without any additional lenses or equipment. I bought my Mamiya CF from Superbuy in my home town of Wakefield during the summer, and it has soon become on of my favorate cameras. The CF pictured with a spirit level in the cold shoe. Out in the wild Barnsley My first test of the camera was at the Genius Division 2nd year birthday party in Barnsley. I used a single roll of Delta , to test out the camera.
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