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    My first medium format camera: Mamiya C220 with 80mm 3.7

    I think I'm in love. Just got my first roll of Portra 400 developed and I am pleasantly surprised. No empty frames!

    I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this lens, as I read somewhere that it was a "budget" lens. I like it a lot but I don't haven't used the 80mm 2.8 (yet).

    Greetings!
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    I own a C220.. you'll love it. It looks like your picture a testament for picture quality, looks awesome. I don't pay attention to reviews much. The only draw back about C220 and 330, it they are a little big to tote around, Went with Rollei's, but thats a personel prefrence. Happy shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigurdur View Post
    I think I'm in love. Just got my first roll of Portra 400 developed and I am pleasantly surprised. No empty frames!

    I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this lens, as I read somewhere that it was a "budget" lens. I like it a lot but I don't haven't used the 80mm 2.8 (yet).

    Greetings!
    A "budget" lens and 6cmx6cm film will blow a Leica and 24mmx36mm film into the next galaxy, as you have just learned

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    I had a C33 on loan during my buddies senior trip to SE Asia during the late 60's. Shot lots of film, loved the camera. I was a MUCH better photographer with it than any cameras since. I think the weight is not so much a problem as an asset, as is the view finder. Does a great job of forcing you to think about what you're doing. and with me, it really helped with the stability issues.

    One other thing that folks don't put much conversation into about tlr's vs slr's. When you pull the trigger on a Cxxx, the shutter goes off. It goes off Now. None of that mirror madness slap, bounce, wait a while, then fire a spring loaded curtain followed by another curtain, fully expecting the camera to stay still. (oh,,, I love my Nikon F, but I'm good for an extra stop of shutter speed if not two stops with a leaf shutter).

    And for sports, like horse shows. Trying to get the legs in the correct position with an slr takes a bit of practice and skill at leading the shutter release. And, I half way think people can respond to the slr noise and blink before the shutter fires.

    Oh,,, and available light. My definition of available light is all I can carry ;-) Really puts the focal plane at a disadvantage trying to balance fill in natural settings.

    I may end up with another C33 or C330 with three lenses. Only real trouble, a roll of 120 costs me about $20. Buy film, ship to North Coast, process, scan, ship back. So I really think my primary camera is going to be one of those dark side things that will use several of my existing lenses, with the 4x5 and hopefully a Mamiya kit as "I'm going to go take pictures and have fun today" equipment.

    Having fought the battle in the early 70's with my Ftn, I think, if you go back to your smaller format camera, some good slow film and really lock the sucker down on a tripod you'll find the 35mm format will do an order of magnitude better that you've come to expect. I'm one of those guys that never gets rid of things,,, the Ftn will always be around, but it did teach me a lot about stability. But a tripod and asa 25 or 50 is a bit the PITA, when you can shoot 125 or 400 hand held. (ok,,, sort of hand held, Nothing really convenient about a C33 hanging off a pistol grip ;-)

    You'll have a ball with the Mamiya.

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    I guess it will take some time getting used to reversing left and right in the viewfinder, but I feel it makes me think more about the composition.
    When shooting portraits, there must be some advantage in seeing people's faces the same way they see themselves in the mirror...

    In the past weeks I have been using the Nikon F6 that my father loaned to me. I think it's the best slr that I have ever handled, but there is something that draws me to my new, completely manual Mamiya. Now I just need to find some excuse to go out and shoot another film!

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    I'd be interested in seeing more from the 80/3.7 -- I've never seen one myself, or pictures from one (until now). I'd say the loss of 2/3 stop is negligible in practical use; find yourself a different focal length next.

    I should mention the one thing about the 220 that is less than convenient -- it's very easy for me to start to press the shutter release and then release the pressure, only to find I have activated the double exposure prevention. No lost frames -- I just have to turn the knob to "Multi" and take the picture (and then turn the knob back to "Single.") All in all, though, it's a really nice camera -- as sturdy as the 3 series cameras, but noticeably lighter and smaller.

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    If you think you like what you get from Portra 400, just wait until you see what that sucker will do with Velvia.
    All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. Choose the one that has heart.

    Don Juan

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    I second the Velvia. You will not believe your eyes. Do I feel someone in the market for a medium format projector now......

    I started out in the Yashica 124G camp mainly because it was put in my hands when I was a teenager. I still love the Yashica but have always wanted any of the Mamiya "CXX/CXXX" cameras. After I saw what was capable out of these medium format cameras, what could be better than interchangable lenses? I am glad you have given us all reason to look at these wonderful cameras again.

    Now, go get some Velvia and prepare yourself for your next love affair!!

    Bob E.
    Nikon F5, Nikon F4S, Nikon FA, Nikon FE, Nikon N90, Nikon N80, Nikon N75, Mamiya 645 Pro, Mamiya Press Super 23, Yashica Lynx 14e, Yashica Electro GSN, Yashica 124G, Yashica D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grif View Post
    I had a C33 on loan during my buddies senior trip to SE Asia during the late 60's. Shot lots of film, loved the camera. I was a MUCH better photographer with it than any cameras since. I think the weight is not so much a problem as an asset, as is the view finder. Does a great job of forcing you to think about what you're doing. and with me, it really helped with the stability issues.

    One other thing that folks don't put much conversation into about tlr's vs slr's. When you pull the trigger on a Cxxx, the shutter goes off. It goes off Now. None of that mirror madness slap, bounce, wait a while, then fire a spring loaded curtain followed by another curtain, fully expecting the camera to stay still. (oh,,, I love my Nikon F, but I'm good for an extra stop of shutter speed if not two stops with a leaf shutter).

    And for sports, like horse shows. Trying to get the legs in the correct position with an slr takes a bit of practice and skill at leading the shutter release. And, I half way think people can respond to the slr noise and blink before the shutter fires.

    Oh,,, and available light. My definition of available light is all I can carry ;-) Really puts the focal plane at a disadvantage trying to balance fill in natural settings.

    I may end up with another C33 or C330 with three lenses. Only real trouble, a roll of 120 costs me about $20. Buy film, ship to North Coast, process, scan, ship back. So I really think my primary camera is going to be one of those dark side things that will use several of my existing lenses, with the 4x5 and hopefully a Mamiya kit as "I'm going to go take pictures and have fun today" equipment.

    Having fought the battle in the early 70's with my Ftn, I think, if you go back to your smaller format camera, some good slow film and really lock the sucker down on a tripod you'll find the 35mm format will do an order of magnitude better that you've come to expect. I'm one of those guys that never gets rid of things,,, the Ftn will always be around, but it did teach me a lot about stability. But a tripod and asa 25 or 50 is a bit the PITA, when you can shoot 125 or 400 hand held. (ok,,, sort of hand held, Nothing really convenient about a C33 hanging off a pistol grip ;-)

    You'll have a ball with the Mamiya.
    Absolutely. The sharpest lens you have is a Tiltall. While that Mamiya can be used handleld, a tripod will imrove the images from any camera.

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    What I've found (and an art prof agrees) is that the right-to-left viewfinder reversal can actually improve composition because you're looking INTO the camera at an unfamiliar image on a flat surface instead of looking THROUGH the camera at the subject unchanged from how you see it with the naked eye. You tend to see what you're shooting in terms of angles of lines, masses of light and dark, etc.

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