Mamiya pioneered the 645 SLR camera in 1975 and has become the favorite medium format camera of many of today's professional photographers.
The 645 PRO – TL is the latest of the 645 family, it features fast and convenient 35mm handling, with a medium format negative 2.7 times larger than 35mm. The system is complemented by a world class Mamiya accessory system, including over 20 lenses ranging from 24mm fisheye to 500mm APO, interchangeable film magazines, winders and viewfinders, convenient TTL / OTF flash automation and digital back compatibility.
The Mamiya 645 series provides photographers with a compact and lightweight camera with every component needed to tailor a camera system perfectly to suit the requirements of the job.
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eeyore Knight Grand Cross of the Wild Empire
Registered: February 2006 Location: i'm right here Posts: 11157
Review Date: Sun 8, October, 2006
Would you recommend it? Yes |
Total Spent: £300.00| Rating: 10
Great image quality,
heavy , no integral light meter
I bought this camera together with a second film back, and 80mm and 45mm lenses in order to meet the image requirements of a client who wanted very high res for calendars.
I was a bit aprehensive as I had never used medium format gear before and wasnt sure what to expect , but the mamiya proved a joy to use and very simple too. My model is the old Manual focus one with no integral metering (I use my DSLR as a light meter) but despite being over 20years old its build quality is excelent , optically it is brilliant , the lenses are razor sharp and the whole system is so user freindly
I also bought the optional eyepiece adaptor which enables you to use the system like an outsized SLR rather than having the image reversed in a waist level finder again a cracking bit of kit
The only difficult thing is learning to load roll film - it is a bit like rolling a cigar , but once you get used to that, and to only having ten shots per roll it is amazing and the scanned slides are equivalent of a 20MP image
For anyone wanting to dip their toe in the water of medium format I would recomoend this system highly
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