Pub Lane at Dusk, Asagaya, Tokyo, Japan

Pubs opening at dusk along Star Road in Asagaya, located in the Suginami ward of Tokyo, Japan.

Pub Lane at Dusk, Asagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Pub Lane at Dusk, Asagaya, Tokyo, Japan Photo

Shot with Mamiya 6 and 50mm f/4 lens on Kodak Portra 800 film. Developed and scanned by Yamamoto Camera.

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    Sudhir
    2 months ago

    Hi Mr. Woehnl! I’m so glad that I stumbled upon your fantastic site! You’re clearly a photography addict as I am 🙂 Just a question regarding the Mamiya 6 (and either of the lens): I’m assuming that you snapped most of your shots handheld? You see, I’m considering getting a 75 mm lens (as opposed to this one, which I believe is a 50 mm). Would it be a fast enough lens to use handheld? Also how did you find night photography to be like with this camera and lens? Sorry for all of the questions, but I do appreciate your time, if you wouldn’t mind answering them. Great site, and photography! Please keep it up!

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      2 months ago

      Hi Sudhir,
      thank you very much for taking the time to visit my website and leave a comment!
      The 75mm lens (which I also have) is an f/3.5, so it’s slightly faster than the 50mm f/4 with which this photo was taken. It is definitely a fast-enough lens to use handheld even in lower-light conditions, particularly if in the latter case you pair it with a higher-ISO film like I did for this shot. To be honest, I didn’t do a lot of true night photography with the Mamiya 6 yet, but I guess if it’s really dark you would want to mount it on a tripod or at least find a way to steady it otherwise (such as on a wall or other static object) if the situation allows.
      Hope that helps, and enjoy shooting! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Norbert

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    Sudhir
    2 months ago

    I appreciate your kind reply, Master Woehnl! I really enjoyed viewing a lot of your photos. Thank you for sharing with us all. When it comes to analog photography, I use my trusty Nikon F3 with a very fast lens (50 mm f/1.2). This has been a joy to use handheld as a result – even at night! I also use an old Mamiya 645 1000s, but it can weigh on you if you use it while walking about (of course, the RZ or RB would be much more difficult for that sort of photographic purpose). This is why I have been coveting the Mamiya 6 for quite some time. Good to know that it is fast enough. You’re definitely right in that if one was to pair this lens with a high ISO film that it would be effective at night. I like to use film such as Cinestill 800T for night photography (ISO 800). It may be awhile till I can really try to acquire this camera and lens, but it is good to know for the future. Meanwhile the Mamiya 7/7ii are simply way too expensive 😂 Anyway, I love your work and thanks again for this info. I appreciate it! Take care

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      2 months ago

      Thanks a lot for getting back, Sudhir! I really enjoyed reading about your film camera preferences, and I hope that you will soon be able to fulfill your wish of adding the Mamiya 6 to your collection. 😀
      All the best to you,
      Norbert

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        Sudhir
        2 months ago

        Likewise, I genuinely enjoyed your site good sir, especially since Japan was supposed to be my next destination (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka) – it also happens to be my dream trip for photography.

        For now, I’m just researching more about the Mamiya 6, however I recently acquired a 6 x 17 panoramic medium format pinhole camera. It won’t arrive till December, but I can’t imagine what it could be used for in a setting like those which you’ve taken in Japan!

        Happy snapping! 🥂

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