I started shooting film a couple years back when I got a Nikon F80 for cheap. As a SLR with autofocus, it was pretty easy to use and made shooting film easy to pick up. Since then though, I’ve gravitated towards rangefinders and compacts, and I’ve picked up a Canon 7 for most of my shooting. I never did stray out of the world of 35mm film though: the cost and size of 120 cameras put me off for the longest time.
This remained the case until the day I got my hands on a Mamiya 6.
As one of the most well-regarded and lightweight 6×6 systems available, the Mamiya 6 has earned its reputation as a unique medium format camera. Furthermore, it’s surprisingly compact due to its internal bellows that allow all mounted lenses to collapse into the body, without the risks and hassles associated with traditional, exposed bellows.
I don’t own this gem of a camera myself, but I had a chance to shoot with my friend’s copy a while back. It’s a rather comfortable camera to use overall: the grip is large and well-shaped, and the rangefinder is big and bright. If I can justify forking out the money for one of these one day, I’d probably do it (repair complications and flimsy advance levers aside).
Additionally, I really liked how the pictures turned out, so I thought I’d share them here. These 5 shots were from a single roll of Portra 400, and I used the in-camera meter for all of them.
Thanks for reading!
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