My love story with the Mamiya C Series started in the early 90s when I casually bumped into one while visiting my friend Hansel. The strange apparatus belonged to his father, Mr. Onorato, and it really caught my attention. I politely asked his father to let me play with it, and he kindly agreed. I’d never seen anything like it. The viewfinder was so large and bright, the image moved left when you panned right, and it used two lenses instead of one. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
A couple of words about myself first. I’m a hobbyist photographer with about a decade of experience. I come from the “digital generation”. My first camera was a Panasonic FZ-something-superzoom I acquired somewhere about the year 2004. Ouch. This makes it 16 years old. Quite a painful discovery that is…
Buying a new camera is always a hard choice, but it’s even harder when you have to relinquish a current piece of gear to do it. After about 3 months of deciding whether or not I should sell my Mamiya 645 Pro kit, I did. I decided I would buy a Mamiya C220 TLR for two main reasons; I wanted to try my hand at square format compositions, and secondly I wanted to experience the joys of using a TLR.