[ MAMIYA RZ67 PRO IID + MAMIYA 7II + MAMIYA RB67 PRO SD ]
MAMIYA CAMERAS [ YES ]
CAMERAS: New Mamiya 6, Mamiya 7II, RB67 ProSD, RZ67 Pro IID
MAMIYA 6 LENSES: 50/4, 75/3.5, 150/4.5
MAMIYA 7 LENSES: 65/4, 150/4.5
RB67 Pro-S LENSES: 50mm f/4.5C, 127mm f/3.8C, 180mm f/4.5C
RZ67 Pro IID LENSES: 50/4.5, 110/2.8, 140/4.5 M, 180/4 L Soft
ACCESSORIES: Extension Tubes, 1.4 Teleconverter, Eyepiece Magnifier
DIGITAL BACK: Phase One P45
[ MAMIYA 6 LENS HOODS & FILTERS + BODY + 50/4, 75/3.5 & 150/4.5 LENSES ]
NEW MAMIYA 6
I discovered my love for medium-format rangefinder cameras when I started with the Mamiya 7II. While the Mamiya 7II is an excellent camera, I sold it off because I prefer shooting in square format. In the early 90s, I was introduced to the New Mamiya 6 by a student who rented one and brought it into class. At the time, I was already using square film with my Hasselblads in my studio business and didn’t have much time for anything other than work, teaching, and raising a family. But I always remembered how much I liked the camera and hoped to shoot with one someday.
The Mamiya 6 is my go-to film camera when I’m out and about. It’s lightweight and has beautiful glass with good metering. I only wish for a wider lens, as the Mamiya G 50mm f/4 has not been wide enough on a few shoots. My kit includes the lenses Mamiya only made for the New Mamiya 6: the 50/4, 75/3.5, and 150/4.5. The entire kit fits into a small backpack, which doesn’t look like a camera backpack, making it easy to carry around while looking like a tourist.
The lenses are excellent, and I have yet to experience problems with rangefinder focusing. I’m always happy with the finished film and prints. The Mamiya 6 is a highly sought-after camera, and with good reason. However, finding parts and repairpeople for them is becoming increasingly difficult. Therefore, I always try to keep my kit in top shape because it’s a keeper.
[ MAMIYA RB 67 WLF + RB/Z EYEPIECE MAGNIFER + RZ TUBES & TELECONVERTER ]
MAMIYA RB & RZ ACCESSORIES
Pictured above are a few RB and RZ accessories I found in my gear closet and photographed to sell. How often do we see a Like New RB Waist Level Finder? Not often. That went fast! I did have an RB for a short while, and it was a very nice camera, just too heavy for my special event photography, but for a studio portrait camera, it would fit my needs.
Next is the MS 13 Flip-up Magnifier Eye-Piece for RB or RZ. I acquired it while shooting a beautiful RZ IID with a Phase One P45 digital back. Unfortunately, I experienced focusing issues, a common problem with most film-era medium format cameras mated with a digital back without Live View. Unlike a film plane, the plane of focus with a digital sensor has about none to zero tolerance. The best solution is to focus on the actual sensor, which is what Live View does. I used the MS 13 in a last-ditch effort to keep the RZ because I liked shooting with it a lot, but I could not remedy the situation even with the added focus magnification. I have never experienced focusing issues before the RZ and the P45 combination. Focusing the P45 via ground glass works for me 100% of the time. Focusing issues with digital backs got fixed with the advent of Live View, thank goodness.
Finally, some lovely extension tubes and a teleconverter for the RZ IID are next. No matter what medium format SLR I shoot, I always have extension tubes and a teleconverter. I shoot probably more macro than the average photographer. The middle image below of the purple coneflowers was created using the No. 2 extension tube and the Mamiya RZ 140mm F/4.5 M lens. If you want to know if I like the RB or RZ enough to own another, I will enjoy shooting with either in the studio, with the RZ being my first choice, but I have enough gear already, but if I did not … I’d want an RZ and at least three of their beautiful lenses.