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06-23-2015, 07:04 PM - 1 Like   #3031
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Mamiya-Six Glamour Shot



I was very pleased to purchase this unusual 6x6 folder earlier today. It was made (probably) between 1955 and 1958 and represents one of the last versions (v. IVB, I believe) in a line of Mamiya 6x6 folders dating back to before WWII. Strangely, it sports an Olympus D. Zuiko F.C. lens in Seikosha Rapid shutter rather than mounting a Sekor lens. A nice feature is the coupled coincident-image rangefinder with a single window for both rangefinder and viewfinder.

The truly unique aspect is how the camera focuses. You may have noticed that there is no visible focus mechanism. That is because the camera moves the film plane rather than the lens to attain focus. Yes, I wrote "film plane". The image frame, film, and pressure plate move as a unit within the camera body. Focus is done using a thumb wheel at the top right rear of the camera. The DOF scale is partially visible at top left in this photo. Very cool.


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Formally Posed

Here is the Mamiya-Six's first formal (as opposed to glamour) portrait...not quite p0rn...

I might add that the camera is immaculate inside and out as is the case that came with it. Now, if I could only find a manual




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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
That is because the camera moves the film plane rather than the lens to attain focus.
That is different. How do they keep the film square to the lens when it moves back and forth I wonder. Is there much movement?

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Mamiya-Six Glamour Shot



The truly unique aspect is how the camera focuses. You may have noticed that there is no visible focus mechanism. That is because the camera moves the film plane rather than the lens to attain focus. Yes, I wrote "film plane". The image frame, film, and pressure plate move as a unit within the camera body. Focus is done using a thumb wheel at the top right rear of the camera. The DOF scale is partially visible at top left in this photo. Very cool.


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You should post a photo of the inside, showing the film holder that moves the focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
That is different. How do they keep the film square to the lens when it moves back and forth I wonder. Is there much movement?
The image frame, frame rollers, and pressure plate move as a unit. As a result, loading the film is a little different since the pressure plate slides onto the image frame and most be removed before loading the film. See link below for photos that show how easy it is.

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You should post a photo of the inside, showing the film holder that moves the focus.
I will do that eventually, but for now, there is a short online tutorial showing how to load the film and how the focus works. The photos are tiny, but it is better than nothing.

MJ;i : Howto CAMERA/MAMIYA-6

Follow the "Next" link at bottom right...



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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Not really wanting to be picky, but could you limit the dimensions of your photos to something a little more moderate? This one is over 4,000 pixels on the long axis and is larger than most of our monitors meaning that we can't see the whole thing at a glance without changing our forum settings. Usually somewhere between 800 and 1,000 pixels on the long dimension works well.


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When I see it, it automatically downsizes it to fit the monitor. (Also automatically downsizes when I view it on my phone) I didn't realize it didn't do the same for everyone, as I thought it was maybe a forum setting or something. I'll post smaller sizes in the future.
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Making of "M is for Mamiya-Six"

Two tripods, two cameras, one macro lens...




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Warning : Thrift store p0rn mug shot hastily made ...

- an excellent Nikon F100 with shutter release control for 6 (see top of LCD screen)
- a very nice F601M for 4 (see the "smudge" on lens mount)

New batteries and everything works ... not bad. Too bad I sold my AF 50/1.8 Nikkor to a friend.

And, again, many apologies for the low quality image as compared to Steve's fine work ... but this price is gonna kill him

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Here is the Mamiya-Six's first formal (as opposed to glamour) portrait...not quite p0rn
Beautiful pictures of a very beautiful camera. Never knew that there were cameras that focused that way.
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Juplen?


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Juplen?


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Yep, Juplen 35mm f/2.5 and Juplen 135 f/2.8. Not very known manufacturer I suppose so maybe they shouldn't be in porn thread, but anything that has more than 10 aperture blades is porn to me They were also manufactured under different names I think.
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Another week, another CBA/LBA attack. This was part of a fifty-dollar haul that included a tripod, bag, light meter, flash and some filters. Too bad the the ME's aperture dial is missing the little white button and won't turn, but other than that, it's in almost-mint condition, as are the lenses. As for the Nikon, it looks all plasticky and cheap sitting next to the solid-metal Pentax. :-)
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Bought recently off the French site "Le Bon Coin" from the original owner.

A total of 62€ delivered and in excellent, almost "collector-type" condition. Couldn't resist ...

Shooting a test roll of B&W at the moment ... too much fun. (xpost)



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