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Mamiya arriving soon

Had one years ago and let it go, why do l always do that, so pleased to have a Mamiya C220 head my way, cannot wait to get out with it Will have to get used to shooting square again
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Lovely - of all the square format cameras, a TLR is my favourite by miles. Enjoy!
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Lovely - of all the square format cameras, a TLR is my favourite by miles. Enjoy!

Many thanks, really looking forward to using it
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I did some of my best work when I was younger with a Mamiya C330f. I had to sell it after I graduated from college because I ended up impoverished and sold off a lot of my gear back then. Years later when I had money again, I bought a Hasselblad. The Mamiya C330f was more fun to use.
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I did some of my best work when I was younger with a Mamiya C330f. I had to sell it after I graduated from college because I ended up impoverished and sold off a lot of my gear back then. Years later when I had money again, I bought a Hasselblad. The Mamiya C330f was more fun to use.
thanks for the reply, likewise over the years many cameras have come and gone as my financial status fluctuated
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Sure you will be pleased. Have a 330f and a C3 with several lens. Had tried multiple systems over the years but 330f have never let me down.

Really recommend the paramender accessory. Pretty useful for closeup.

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Congratulations on your return to a great camera!

I really like square composition, TLRs are my favorite cameras, and I think Mamiya TLRs are brilliant! May you get great enjoyment out of yours.

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Sure you will be pleased. Have a 330f and a C3 with several lens. Had tried multiple systems over the years but 330f have never let me down.

Really recommend the paramender accessory. Pretty useful for closeup.

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yep will definitely look out for a paramendor, many thanks for the reply
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Congratulations on your return to a great camera!

I really like square composition, TLRs are my favorite cameras, and I think Mamiya TLRs are brilliant! May you get great enjoyment out of yours.

- Murray
really looking forward to using a TLR again
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I still have my two Mamiyas (C330f and C220f, as well as a C2 that I have not used) that I used may years ago. I took one out shooting last year and still love them. I am travelling a lot this year for work, so much of my shooting is with my compact and reliable Contax iia, but I do want to start using the TLRs again.
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I had it and was not impressed. Rolleicord IV was more fun and gave better negatives. IMO.
But I'm nowhere near to Diana Arbus.
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I had it and... Rolleicord IV was more fun and gave better negatives. IMO.
But I'm nowhere near to Diana Arbus...
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Enjoy! I’ve owned a C3 (my first medium format camera), a C220f and a C330f. I traded the last of those toward a Hasselblad. While I love the Blad, I do miss my Mamiya kit - it’s hard to believe how light and small a kit with a 55, 65, 80 and 180 could be, especially compared with the Hasselblad equivalents.

I can’t say I found the Mamiya lenses to give much less in terms of quality than the Hasselblad - if at all.

Two other advantages to the TLR are that it’s much quieter than an SLR. And you don’t get mirror blackout - I still shoot a bit of film in the studio, and the Mamiya allowed me to see a dancer or someone else moving at the moment the shutter - and especially the flash - fired, so I could see exactly what they looked like at the instant of exposure. Helped greatly in knowing if I’d nailed the shot.

And I loved using my Mamiya TLR with the paramender to do closeup photography!
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Also had a Mamiya C330 but sold off a lot of gear when wife and I sold our home and went full time RVing. Keep my Rolleicord III and have come to like it a lot. In fact it is my only medium format. Enjoy your new Mamiya.

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I still have and use my C220 from my wedding photographer days. Used to shoot weddings with 220 film in that puppy and it never failed me. I picked up a C22 for the WLF a couple months back and other than being dirty and some rusty screws around the lens mount it ran a test roll just fine other than light leaks. It has new seals and is waiting on a grey griptac kit from cameraleather. My next test roll will be developed in the morning to see how the seals are doing. Like the Mamiya TLRs better than my Bronica SQ system.
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I like the rugged, vibrationless simplicity of TLRs.

I currently have ten TLRs, including two Rolleiflexes, and my favorites are the Mamiyas (C330f, C220f, and a battered old Mamiyaflex) and Minolta Autocords.

(I once had a Rolleicord, but I never warmed to it and I sold it.)

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Enjoy! Iíve owned a C3 (my first medium format camera), a C220f and a C330f. I traded the last of those toward a Hasselblad. While I love the Blad, I do miss my Mamiya kit - itís hard to believe how light and small a kit with a 55, 65, 80 and 180 could be, especially compared with the Hasselblad equivalents.

I canít say I found the Mamiya lenses to give much less in terms of quality than the Hasselblad - if at all.

Two other advantages to the TLR are that itís much quieter than an SLR. And you donít get mirror blackout - I still shoot a bit of film in the studio, and the Mamiya allowed me to see a dancer or someone else moving at the moment the shutter - and especially the flash - fired, so I could see exactly what they looked like at the instant of exposure. Helped greatly in knowing if Iíd nailed the shot.

And I loved using my Mamiya TLR with the paramender to do closeup photography!
Must admit they are whisper quiet, which is nice, but they stand out in the street in other ways and do draw attention
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Also had a Mamiya C330 but sold off a lot of gear when wife and I sold our home and went full time RVing. Keep my Rolleicord III and have come to like it a lot. In fact it is my only medium format. Enjoy your new Mamiya.

David

many thanks, have a few rolls of HP5 waiting to go to a new home, l am sure the Mamiya can accommodate them
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I still have and use my C220 from my wedding photographer days. Used to shoot weddings with 220 film in that puppy and it never failed me. I picked up a C22 for the WLF a couple months back and other than being dirty and some rusty screws around the lens mount it ran a test roll just fine other than light leaks. It has new seals and is waiting on a grey griptac kit from cameraleather. My next test roll will be developed in the morning to see how the seals are doing. Like the Mamiya TLRs better than my Bronica SQ system.

first job on my list is a test roll to see if the light seals are holding up
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I like the rugged, vibrationless simplicity of TLRs.

I currently have ten TLRs, including two Rolleiflexes, and my favorites are the Mamiyas (C330f, C220f, and a battered old Mamiyaflex) and Minolta Autocords.

(I once had a Rolleicord, but I never warmed to it and I sold it.)

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Ten TLR's l thought l had bad GAS until l read your reply, phew ten.....
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Some fine glass for that camera. And if you decide you want a split-image screen check with Rick Oleson. Easy install.
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Well its arrived and pleased to say all seems good and it has the 80mm sekor 3.7 not the 2.8 attached
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That 80mm 3.7 would be an earlier lens, probably a chrome version (vs the later black lenses made to work with the auto shutter-cocking of the C330). Take a look at how many leaves in the diaphragm, which might give you a bokeh advantage.


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Camera is really clean and all is well apart from the seals, just ordered a new seal kit, once fitted all should be well
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If you were sold an f2.8, you might ask for a little money back. Found one comment that the f3.7 may actually be a little better, but I like my f2.8 and the extra 2/3 of a stop (or so) does help.

Woody Boinker, Flickr, "In my opinion is the 3.7 appears to be sharper with more contrast, sold my 2.8. I usually shoot f/11 to f/16 (landscapes) and not in the wide open end. YMMV"

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I have a C33,and C220 with a black 80 2.8 , silver 105 and a 250mm lens , heavy and bulky but I enjoy their use as much as the Roleiflex and Autocords I have .
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