NCD: Mamiya Six (not 6, sadly)

Discussion in 'Equipment & Media' started by Rob MacKillop, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    A poor-man's Mamiya 6 is a Mamiya Six. I think this spelling convention is a modern internet thing, as mine definitely has a number 6.

    Anyway, it's a near-mint-condition medium-format folding camera, with an Olympus D. Zuiko 75mm 3.5 lens, complete with case, various paperwork, and something I've never seen before, the "Pleasant Auto-Up" for close focussing.

    It arrived today. Hence, NCD is the subject heading refers to New Camera Day. I haven't had time to put film through it. But isn't she lovely?!

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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    PS It's a rangefinder camera - the first I've had. Looking forward to a new experience.
     
  3. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    How exciting! I have been tempted by one of these a few times, but managed to resist. It looks gorgeous. Have fun!
     
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  4. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I hope I will, and not a few hours of frustration, resulting in 12 shots of a white wall :confused:
     
  5. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    What?! Not even a few bricks?
     
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  6. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    @Pete Askew - I'm getting dangerously attracted to the new Leica Q2. I love fixed-lens cameras, and the Q and Q2 lens is one of the best there is. But at £4,250, it will have to remain a dream, until, that is, you sell me yours in ten years time for £1,000. So hurry up and buy one!
     
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  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    And there I was about to send you my M10. OK, I'll see what I can do instead! ;)
     
  8. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Doh! :eek: :(
     
  9. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    @Pete Askew - I got a roll of 120 Cinestill colour film, ISO 50, for C41 developing. Who should I send that film to for development? I will scan the negs myself.
     
  10. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I've sent it to ag-photo.
     
  11. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Okay, here are some from the first roll, using Cinestill 50D - probably the last time I'll use it, as it is both expensive and not 100% to my liking. It's okay, but for colour I prefer Portra.

    First of all, I found the viewfinder took a bit of getting used to. My left eye is much better than the right for focussing (despite the right eye having had a Zeiss lens installed!!) and when I use my left eye, my big nose gets in the way of the camera! Anyway, I wrestled with it a bit, and genuinely thought this house was centred...clearly not!

    Hi House.jpg


    Here is a Spanish guitar from circa 1870, currently being used to record an album of 19th-century Spanish music...the cinestill is barely look warm, but I quite like it here:

    Garcia Guitar.jpg


    I think this red bucket would rather I had used Velvia, to bring out its vibrant tone. Not my most interesting shot ever! I was just shooting anything, while testing the camera (that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it).

    red bucket.jpg


    I was using the "Light Meter" app (how did they come up with that name?!) which seems pretty good - all the shots came out with reasonable exposure - I've only de-dusted the images a little. The sun was shining brightly on this fence, so I thought it would be a test for the app, the film, and the camera. I see a slight pink hue to it, which I could take out in Lightroom, but not bad:

    White fence.jpg


    And finally, using the "Pleasant Auto-Up" close-lens attachment, some out of focus flowers...not a great success, and I used a tripod.

    flowers.jpg


    Overall, I'm pleased with the camera, and also the app. Less pleased with the film. I'll be heading back to Ilford and Kodak for a while.

    What do you think?
     
  12. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    And one that really didn't work out, but looks ok in b&w:

    Balloons600.jpg
     
  13. Steve Boykin

    Steve Boykin Well-Known Member

    How are you getting on with this camera?
     
  14. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Completely forgot I had it! I must take it out again. I've been using my Bronco and Konica Hexar mainly. Thanks for reminding me of it!
     
  15. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Probably all that wine out of the red bucket is why. :p
     
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  16. Steve Boykin

    Steve Boykin Well-Known Member

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I see two beer bottles in there also.
     
  17. Steve Boykin

    Steve Boykin Well-Known Member

    If you ever want to work out a trade or sell for it let me know. I am definitely more of medium format than 35mm person.
     
  18. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Calm down, lads. They're bottles for olive oil, balsamic vinegar, etc, maybe a small bottom of wine. I don't drink, Susan rarely.

    No, I forget because I forget. Sorry, Steve, it's going nowhere.
     

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