Friday, May 25, 2012

Shooting the Mamiya C330

Early in the morning the sun was dulled by smoke from a forest fire to the west of Albuquerque.  The Spring winds had let up a bit as well, so it seemed a good time to get out for a walk along the river with my Mamiya C330.

The bellows on the C330 allows close work, but one really needs slow speeds, small apertures and a tripod to ensure usable shots.  It would also be nice to have a paramender which permits raising the camera 50mm up its long axis to get the same view to the film as is seen on the tlr's view screen.

Mamiya must have sold a lot of these cameras as one sees them often on ebay, often for grossly inflated offering prices.  A kit like mine with the 80mm and 180mm lenses may go for $300-$400, but earlier models including the C33, C3, C220 and C22 can often be had for under $100.  A similarly wide spread of prices will be found for accessories such as eye-level prism finders, lenses, lens hoods and paramenders.

1 comment:

Jim said...

I am astonished by the textures in the first photograph. Simply first rate.