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:

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