Definitive source for Mamiya 645 manual focus cameras, lenses and accessories.
I am a returner to film and have a Mamiya 645 Super but have learnt through a very steep learning curve that there were many variants of accessory and cannot find a definitive source to check things out.
These two sources are both deficient e.g. they don't agree about the lenses produced and there are omissions. http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Mamiya_M645 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...l_focus_series
I will illustrate two problems :-
Camera strap - the lugs on the Super, Pro and Pro TL are not the same as the M645 original series. It is possible to get after market straps for the M645 but not the Super, Pro etc
Left hand grip - it would appear that there were a number of models but those marketed as for the super ought to come with an adapter which clips to the side/flash socket and will therefore trigger the shutter. Many second hand models do not have this BUT because for some of these you could get an adapter to upgrade it to a Pro, Pro TL. You often find the latter for sale (RA 401) BUT what was the designation of the original super adapter? There is no model marking on either of these and they can only be distinguished by the shape of the moulding (flat for Super, curved for Pro) and the Super has a cable release socket. The Pros have a different cable release socket available!
So where is the definitive source for this sort of info?
P.S> I have quite a collection of wrong parts now!
Btw, welcome to Apug, glad to have ya aboard
I have a 645 Super which I built/purchased on E bay. So far, has given excellent results. Suggest you download the manual from butkus.com (free manuals, etc.) Regarding the straps, I purchased one on the auction site specifically made for the 645 Super and Pro models. The strap for the earlier series M645 won't fit propertly. By the way, A strap from the RB 67 series will fit the Super/Pro models. I know because I use mine on both. To my knowledge, there isn't a definitive source for info on this save the owners manuals. The camera itself is pretty straight forward and reasonably simple. The lens line is preety wide; I have the 45 f2.8, 80mm f2,8, and 150 f4. The prism meter options are likewise pretty open as well. Good luck with your search.
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Hi Graham, welcome to APUG.
There is no single definitive source, although I've managed to cobble together lots of info on the 645 Super, Pro and Pro Tl.
The problem you are experiencing with the grips is what led me, at one time to having three separate bodies - two Super and one Pro.
In essence, the grips were initially made in three sizes for the Super, and they all came with the appropriate connector for the Super - the Connector "N".
Then Mamiya brought out the 645 Pro, which requires a different connector - the RA401. In order to encourage people to upgrade, they sold the RA401 connector separately. They also sold a new grip - The GL401, which came with a RA401.
Then Mamiya brought out the 645 Pro Tl, which added TTl flash capability. And guess what, a new grip (the GL402) and connector (RA402) as well.
The RA402 apparently is compatible with the 645 Pro and GL401 as well.
However, to the best of my knowledge, Mamiya never marketed the connector N separately. I sold mine when I sold one of my Super bodies with its grip.
The difference between the connectors for the Super and the Pro is entirely physical - the camera bodies are shaped slightly different where the connectors connect.
There is no mechanical cable release socket on the Super, but:
1) the connector N provides one; and
2) there are a couple of cable release adapters that have been sold by Mamiya over time which work on both the Super and the Pro and Pro Tl. One of those two accessories locks to the cameras better than its predecessor and/or routes the cable release in a better way.
Some of the camera manuals contain information about accessories, but unfortunately the Super manual isn't one of them.
There is, however a "Quick Setup" guide for the Super
Mike Butkus' site has numerous helpful documents. Here are links to two of them:
1) an accessory brochure which must have come out when the 645 Pro was new: http://www.cameramanuals.org/mamiya_...ccessories.pdf ; and
2) this is the Quick Setup Guide for the Super: http://www.cameramanuals.org/mamiya_...uick_setup.pdf
Mike has a couple of pages on his site that collect links to Mamiya cameras. They are two of my most used bookmarks. Here they are:
Mamiya Camera Instruction Manuals: http://www.butkus.org/chinon/mamiya.htm and
Mamiya Lenses and Accessories: http://www.butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/...ccessories.htm
As always I recommend sending Mike his requested donation(s).
Now I have given up all my secrets! How am I going to maintain my APUG Mamiya 645 and RB67 reputation now?
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Fantastic responses here, thanks. Just need time now to digest them fully!
Please keep them coming, especially on the accessories category and maybe we can get another page together for photo-phil.org!
Originally Posted by MattKing
ditto what matt said...
1. welcome to apug, graham
2. mike butkus is an excellent resource for manuals, a donation is definitely a good thing as he puts a lot into continually updating!!! it saved me a couple of times and is much appreciated!
Finding the various 'System Charts' was a big help to me in sorting out what my kit should eventually look like.
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Update - Left hand grips for Super and Pro
Particular thanks to MattKing who set me off in the right direction and so I have added just a little more detail.
However you will see that I still have some doubts about identification as between RA401 and RA402 and whether either of them provided a cable release function.*
Neither of my Pro adapters have provision for a cable release.
All references to Mamiya manuals.
There were three LHGs all originally supplied with Connector N (L,M,S)
I have two M & S, and the instructions with the following descriptions :-
Medium=Y0175O 118mm height 125mm around the grip
Small=Y0176O 108mm height 115mm around the grip
Large= ?(possibly Y0174O) 128mm height 140mm around the grip
The Connector N has a flat profile to its body side and which also provided for a manual cable release.
LHG was called GL401 and the Terminal Adapter RA401 also appears (on the illustration) to have provision for a manual cable release.*
This terminal adapter has a round profile to its body side.
LHG was called GL402 and the Terminal Adapter RA402 also appears (on the illustration) to have provision for a manual cable release.*
This terminal adapter has a round profile to its body side.
In a later publication Tools of the Trade (after production of Pro but before Pro TL) we have 4 grips!
Cat#211.247 for Pro one size
Cat#211.421 (Small) for Super only
Cat#211.422 (Medium) for Super only
Cat#211.423 (Large) for Super only
Cat#211.423.RA401 Connector, converts Super Grip for use with the Pro
For the Pro TL they brought out Cable Release Adapter RC402. This sits in the same side socket but does not extend to the flash sync. The flash arrangements on the TL are a mystery to me too many wires!
Also Philip Hens keep up the good work.
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