Olde worlde film cameras

Submitted by rickcrowther on Sat, 02/05/2020 - 16:30

Some of you may know that I am a bit a fan of old film cameras - I buy them, check them over and service them and maybe put a few rolls of film through them before selling them on. I do this mostly for fun, but it also helps fund my hobby. I have been reducing the count and am now down to only two "proper" film cameras.

A recent acquistion was a Mamiya 645 medium format camera dating from about 1980 and made in Japan from solid metal (judging by the weight I think it might be lead)

It came with a motor winder and auto-exposure prism viewfinder, as well as a couple of lenses.

It was in pretty good condition, cleaned up well and after replacing all the foam seals that had deteriorated it was ready to use. BUT ! Wow is this thing heavy ! With a 80mm standard lens and the motor winder it weighs in at 2.5 kilograms, or 5-6 pounds in old money. This is not a camera to take on trips !

Anyway I did run a  film through it just to check it and got a couple of nice shots of my garden shed.

It's now for sale on eBay, but I will feel sorry for the postman when it gets delivered.