Film Friday: Mamiya RB67

 

Welcome back to Film Friday! Where I review cameras from my own collection and give my opinion, and share my results. This week we’ll be looking at the Mamiya RB67 ProS!

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This camera is one of my favourite pieces at the moment, which is a good thing considering how much effort is required to use it. The Mamiya RB67 is a professional level medium format SLR camera that was produced between 1974 and 1990. It has some really interesting features such as its leaf lens and interchangeable film back options. In my opinion this camera is set apart from its competition by it frame size, at 6×7 it enables the photographer to take 10 landscape of portrait images. What makes this even more awesome is that you don’t even need to tilt the camera body to do it as the whole film magazine is on a rotating frame system!

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The camera came with a 90mm f3.8 lens, lens hood, waist level finder, penta prism and the shop threw in a nice bag too. The lens creates beautiful bokeh while maintaining the total sharpness of your subject. I have already shot a second roll of monochrome film on this camera but that’s for another project 😉 The camera has full manual exposure and features no electronics of any kind, I think that makes it a little more reliable in the long run in comparison to the RZ67. I feel that with time and practice i will be able to generate work to the full potential of this cameras ability. But for now it will take on the role of being a high end art and portrait camera rather than my usual documentary photography equipment.

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