Table of contents. We love how sharp and clear the photo quality is, and when we found someone in who was selling one of his modified cameras, we decided to buy it from him. Today we want to introduce this camera to you, show you some of the photographs we have produced with it and hopefully inspire a few of you to consider your own modified Instax camera! We think that this is a great project for anyone who is keen to modify their own TLR cameras for instant film. With the permanent instant back modification, we recognise the possibility of improving the quality of instant film photography.
Damian using the Mamiya C33 Instant Back; it certainly caught a lot of attention when we were using it in public! Though the Mamiya C33 is a heavy, bulky camera, it reaps dividends with its stunning quality and clarity in terms of the photos produced. Steady hands are required when composing and shooting, and it must be noted that what the user sees in the viewfinder originates from the top lens.
The viewfinder of the Mamiya C Because the Mamiya C33 is a fully manual, mechanical camera, one will need to invest in a light meter or a smartphone app. As we mentioned, the C series is a system camera, which means lenses are interchangeable! Although the ISO of the Instax mini film is stated atwe have heard from some in the photography circles that the ISO setting seems to be about on non-Fujifilm cameras. We took this photo with an external flash connected to the sync point of the Mamiya C We shot this without a tripod, and as such took advantage of the various shutter speed of the lens.
We were amazed at the depth of field and clarity that the Mamiya C33 produces; just look at how sharp the photo of the flower is! As mentioned, the Mamiya C33 is brilliant for shooting close-up, macro shots. We love the soft appearance that the lens produces in the photos, and the razor-sharp images of the subject. One of our first test shots with the instax mini monochrome film! We must commend on the focusing ability of the lens. We had fun during Christmas, using bokeh filters which were designed for DSLRs but fit well with our twin-lens; see our website entry on DIY Christmas cards using these instax films!
This is an intermittent problem, which occurs on some packs, but not others, and tends to occur with the last Instax sheets in each pack.
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Sometimes it works sometimes the tape sticks. Its a nice idea to use a polaroid or instax back on Mamiya Tlrs camera, even thought it bleeds my heart to see camera butchered in a name of DIY.
Could you please provide more photo about the Instax back as well as the connection beybetw back and camera. I am very interested to the modification process. What a great idea. VERY interesting idea!Good news everyone! Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we've decided to launch a free camera cleaning service for anyone worried about their equipment being Thanks to everyone, we shall get the packages sent out as quickly as possible, with some tea of It also has interchangeable lenses across all the series — a massive selling point for these cameras.
If I had a choice of one TLR to use, this would definitely be in contention. The macro capabilities and the lens system makes them very appealing.
Built like a tank — These are very very sturdy, this is a bit of a downside too as discussed further down, however for lots of photographers good build quality is paramount.
These are beasty cameras that weigh a ton. Parallax correction — While shooting macro the image you see through the finder is slightly different to what you will get in the negative, this is due to the nature of a TLR and with the close focus exaggerating this. There are little tools called paramenders which rectify this issue. Lovely cameras which are built very well, and with the macro capabilities and interchangeable lenses it allows for a great camera kit which can do it all.
We have a large quantity of these in stock at the moment so get in touch if you are interested. Medium Format Cameras. Large Format Cameras. Medium Format Lenses. Medium Format Accessories. Large Format Accessories. Get Thi'sen a proper camera.
Facebook Twitter Telephone. Categories: 1 year 1.My first encounter with medium format was about 40 years ago, when I bought a Heco Mar underwater housing. 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.
One day I want to the little used camera shop in the Jezusstraat, Antwerp, where I visited about once a month for no particular reason, you know?
Never had a problem with G. This time it was a Mamiya C f professional with all seven lenses. He put on the 55mm, racked out the bellows all the way, and when I saw this camera did a reproduction ratio I was sold. Such started my medium format experience. With the Mamiya I took hundreds of shots on Fuji Velvia. After a few years I got more interested in rangefinders, bought the Mamiya 7 and gave the C system to a friend. About a year ago I got an itch: I wanted the Mamiya C back!
Grip and some filters and extra gridded ground glass included. They go from 55mm eq.
These lenses are very good. The legend goes that the first generation of these lenses was too sharp and wedding photographers complained to Mamiya, whereupon the company made them a little softer. The especially is remarkable. A TLR as said has a viewing lens and a taking lens. When you get close, you have parallax.
Because of bellows extension less light reaches the film which you have to correct for. In the viewfinder a bar shows correction factor and where the top of the image is, so you can focus and recompose using your imagination. With the 55 and the 80, the camera focuses very close to reproduction ratio. This is sort of unique in medium format.
Camera review: Me and my Mamiya C33 TLR with Instax back – by DamianWithSandra
Then a large part of the image disappears. I have almost no problem with this. Tripod only. I never used it. You absolutely need to read the manual for this camera! No light meter, completely mechanical. I bought a tiny Gossen Digisix 2. Handling the camera came completely natural to me, no problem at all with the mirror reverse, which somehow makes for better, more careful composing.
The square format is calm, balanced and beautiful. Sunset with Thunderstorm in the Sky. The 55mm has a very good reputation.
Mamiya C3 vs. C33 vs. C330
They also say it is difficult to focus. Not so. The image on the ground glass gets dark in the edges, but I focus in the middle and recompose.Mamiya C3 vs. C33 vs. I apologize in advance if this issue has been covered already.
I thought it would have been but I couldn't find the info when I searched. At first I was going to get a Yashicamat G for its low price, but I decided the lack of a wide or tele lens would be too limiting. I'm wondering what the differences are.
If it's simply the lack or addition of a light meter, I'm not concerned -- I'm willing to meter seperately with meters I already have. I would assume, however, that there are other differences. I'll probably just start with the wide lens, then pick up a normal and a tele if I decide I like shooting with the TLR.
I should also ask about the 2- series TLRs as well C, for example. Thanks again. You might also try Mamyia's web page; I believe there's information there also.Photoshoot using Mamiya C33 Medium Format Film, Behind the Scenes
Avoid the older chrome lenses as repair parts are no longer available for them. If you find you like shooting with the TLR, you'll love the Mamiya.
My Mamiya pages are actually located at www. There are several references to Mamiya resources in the document, both electronic and 'conventional'. In comparison with the Rolleiflex and the Yashica it 's a bit bulky. Some find it not very easy to handle. You did not say which kind of photography you plan to undertake with the Mamiya. Landscapes with a tripod? Easy handling might not be a consideration. In that case go for the Mamiya with interchangeble lenses.Unlike its mightier Mamiya RB and later RZ 67 cousins, this camera is easy to use out of the studio and in the field.
Oh well. Then I read somewhere that, all we have to think about is that every album cover being proof that some excellent square images can, indeed, be made. This is a Twin Lens Reflex TLR camera that takes roll film, and, typically for this format, it shoots 12 exposures per roll 24 on roll film if you can find it anywhere!
The camera is unique among TLRs in that it focuses using a large bellows system, allowing you to capture subjects at very close distances more on this later.
Each evolution introduced new features as described here and updates to the build. The most useful feature, as mentioned above, is the fact that you can, almost exclusively in the world of TLRs, change the lenses. The body is fitted with a waist level finder as standard. This means that you look down onto the focusing screen, where you see a laterally reversed flipped image.
Being a TLR, the image you see on the focus screen comes from the topmost lens, whereas the bottom lens is the one used for capturing your image on film.
As you look down, you will see the focus knobs jutting out from the front left and right. These fall perfectly into place when hand-holding the camera. They are linked, so work simultaneously. Here we have the folded film advance crank just over 1 and a half turns to move to the next framean indication of the film length loaded, the frame counter and a switch will allow for multiple exposures. Regarding film length orthis has to be set manually to ensure the correct frame counters 12 or 24 exposures are displayed.
The Mamiya 330 – A TLR Legend
The shutter trigger mechanism is on this side too and you can use either a standard cable release or press down on this release mechanism. If you use it to mount a flash, it must be triggered via the PC socket on the side of the lens.
Also on this side is a selector switch that must be used in order to remove the lens assembly. The camera has no meter but does provide an exposure compensation indicator, which is engraved on a plate on the side of the camera along with the parallax correction scale.
I have no experience of using these myself. The front of the camera is imposing but uneventful. The film door opens completely on a hinge on the bottom of the camera, thereby allowing easy access for film loading.Share This Page.
Thread Tools. May 12, 1. Messages: 3, In order to be versatile enough for this, I need at least a wide angle and a normal lens, and the ability to focus closely would be good too. I also want a waist-level finder. Rangefinders are out because they don't focus close, don't have WLF, and some don't have interchangeable lenses or I can't afford to buy multiple lenses. Pentax 6x7 doesn't have a WLF, but is otherwise tempting. I could buy a mamiya or bronica SLR and it would be compact and I could get lenses for it, but isn't that big, and I don't know how close they focus.
Some of them also need batteries. Pentax has no WLF. I could buy a Hasselblad, but they are expensive, especially if you need wide lenses. RB67 has WLF, lenses are cheap, and it looks like it focuses pretty close. It's also cheap. It's a big camera though. Mamiya C looks pretty good It seems like it's just as good as RB67 only somewhat smaller and with parallax.
What's the difference between the C and C? May 12, 2. Messages: 8, If reliability and sharpness of lenses are your only criteria, then either will be great.
But there are far more huge differences between the systems to discuss. I have both, and use each for different purposes, sometimes overlapping such as for landscapes and traveling. Of the two, it is what I would suggest almost anyone start with, unless he or she really wanted a TLR.Share This Page. Thread Tools. Jul 7, 1. Messages: I am curious to know what the difference is between the and the I have seen them for sale recently and I am not familiar with TLR's in general, other than the top lens is the viewing lens and the bottom lens is the "taking" lens.
They look pretty cool though. Jul 7, 2. Messages: 3, The cocks the shutters on the lenses when the film is advanced. On thethe shutter has to be cocked separately. Also, the has a large crank for film advance, the has a knob, with a small fold out crank. The is lighter in weight. The does not take interchangeble viewing screens, the does.
I have the They take all the same lenses. See: Dead Link Removed. Jul 7, 3. Messages: 27, I have both cameras, and echo David Brown's comments, with one addition. The C has two shutter releases.