Back around Thanksgiving my wonderful stepdad found me this fabulous old Mamiya 645 s1000 Camera. This camera is large with a hefty weight to go along with it’s size. I was besides myself waiting to get my hands on it, let alone loading it up with film and testing it out.
So, I loaded a roll of Ilford 400 c41 B&W film into it and off I go. I wasted a couple of exposures just be simply picking the camera up and hitting the bottom shutter button. That’s when I learned that it actually has a shutter lock on it that helps prevent accidental snapping!
Let’s start with the Down Right Ugly first. Because I have never used one of these cameras before, I had no clue as to what I was doing. To get the right shutter speed for the film speed and F stop I had chosen, I used my canon 7D has my meter and adjusted the Mamiya as needed. Hey, it worked for me. But what I struggled most with was the focusing. Pretty difficult if you ask me.
Now on to the “Not So Good”. Here I was trying to get this focusing down. Not a bad shot, but still missed the focusing mark.
So, out of 15 exposures, I ended up with, only a very select few, more like a couple of decent shots with this camera. I may have been a tad disappointed, but it was only in my lack of knowledge of this camera. I think this camera ROCKS!
So here is the couple of ”The Good” shots that I did get.
I have a roll of Kodak Portra 220 to load into it next. Got my fingers crossed X.
Looking forward to trying TTV photography with my Argus Twins Lens that I will be getting in a few weeks. (Another flea market find from my step dad).