Mamiya 6

My medium-format film camera is an early-1990s New Mamiya 6. I am shooting this rangefinder camera with either the 75mm f/3.5 lens (which is the “standard lens” for this camera), or with the wider 50mm f/4.0 lens. Image quality and richness of details from the beautiful huge negatives are spectacular — and for a medium-format camera, its form factor draws far less attention in public than let’s say a Hasselblad or a twin-lens reflex camera would. I love how using the Mamiya 6 slows me down and forces me to think before making a photograph.

The lens mount can be partially collapsed when the camera is not in use, making it more compact during transport. The camera has a built-in dark slide that allows the electronic leaf shutter lenses to be changed with film in the camera. It can operate in auto exposure, auto exposure lock, and manual modes. The Mamiya 6 will capture twelve 6 cm × 6 cm images on 120 film rolls, or 24 images on 220 film.

Please click here to view photos that I took with this camera (filter by lens: 50mm f/4 | 75mm f/3.5).

My New Mamiya 6 with 50mm f/4.0 lens and leather strap photo
My New Mamiya 6 with 50mm f/4.0 lens and leather strap

I got this mint New Mamiya 6 at Nisshin Camera in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. At the same place I also found the matching 50mm f/4 (pictured here) and 75mm f/3.5 lenses.

The horse-leather camera strap, customized with my name, comes from ‘Acru‘ in Osaka, Japan.

My New Mamiya 6 with 50mm f/4.0 lens and leather strap - Alternate view photo
My New Mamiya 6 with 50mm f/4.0 lens and leather strap – Alternate view

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