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    Mamiya C220 or C330?

    I am curious to know what the difference is between the 220 and the 330. I have seen them for sale recently and I am not familiar with TLR's in general, other than the top lens is the viewing lens and the bottom lens is the "taking" lens. They look pretty cool though.

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    The 330 cocks the shutters on the lenses when the film is advanced. On the 220, the shutter has to be cocked separately. Also, the 330 has a large crank for film advance, the 220 has a knob, with a small fold out crank. The 220 is lighter in weight. The 220 does not take interchangeble viewing screens, the 330 does. there are other less significant differences (IMHO). I have the 220. They take all the same lenses.


    See: http://www.btinternet.com/~g.a.patte...aq-mamiya.html

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    I have both cameras, and echo David Brown's comments, with one addition.

    The C330 has two shutter releases. One of those releases interfaces directly with a Mamiya grip which has a trigger release on it. The combination of the camera and grip makes handling perfect (IMHO) for someone like me who is very left handed.

    I have had my C330 for almost 30 years and shot all sorts of things with it, including weddings.

    My C220 is a more recent purchase, bought used, so that I have a backup. I find I use it most often when I want to carry around something lighter than the C330. The photograph of the ropes in my gallery was shot using the C220.

    Both are great.

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    Thanks for the feedback! Is the C330 an updated version of the C220?

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    Not really, they are parallel series. The C330 is updated from an earlier C3xx something and the C220 is updated from an earlier C2xx something. I don't know what all the versions were. I have an old C2 (my first MF camera bought used) and an old C3 bought new in the 1960's. That became my main workhorse for weddings with the C2 as a backup. After a few hundred or so weddings, these guys are on the 'retirement' shelf. Very sturdy, though. Cameras take a lot of wear and tear on weddings every weekend and these held up great. They still work too.

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    The Mamiyaflex C, C2, C3, C22, C220, and C220f are probably the direct feature line. The C33, C330, C330f, and C330s added the auto shutter cocking and the parallax/exposure compensation arm in the finder. With the possible exception of the 220-only backs on the C33 and C22, and a couple of lens incompatibilities, pretty much any permutation of body, lens, or finder will work. A true system camera.

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    I have heard mixed reviews about the lenses for the Mamiya TLR series. Are they as sharp as the 645 N or RB67C series?

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    As sharp as you will ever need.
    Regards Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miller
    As sharp as you will ever need.
    Amen.

    I have a 55, 80 & 180 (black versions). All are as sharp as a tack.
    The destination is important, but so is the journey

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    Once I used the 55mm, 80mm and 180mm lenses on the Mamiya twin lens reflex for shooting weddings. I personally preferred the manual Mamiya 22 and 220 because I felt the less automation there was, the less chance there was of something breaking.

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