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    Concerning the size of Mamiya TLRs

    It's surprising how actually holding a camera in your hands shatters your perceptions of it from what you read in the online forums.

    After a bad experience with a used Rolleiflex, I decided to go for a Mamiya TLR system, being less expensive in the long run and easier to get repaired in my area.

    I received today a C330 with the 105mm f3.5 DS lens, and because I intend this to be my main MF camera, it will probably replace the Yashica D I've been using so far.

    In the meantime, I took pictures of both side by side. The Yashica is lighter than a Rolleiflex, and a tad smaller. It's an excellent TLR, but the lens quality has its limits!

    The Mamiya C3xx series has the reputation of being a "boat anchor." Well, it sure is heavier, but to be honest, it's not the monster that some comments make it to be. It's not a Gowlandflex 4x5 TLR!

    So I hope these little snaps will give you an idea; the Mamiya is marginally bigger than the Rolleiflex/Yashica TLR, although it is heavier. But it's not a brute like a RZ, nor is so heavy that handholding it is unwieldy. It's perfectly capable as a handheld camera.
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    It is remarkable how small and light a 3 lens kit is.....especially when you consider the tiny tripod you can get away with.

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    The left hand trigger grip makes it a really good camera for me for fast action (like weddings). I am, however, very left handed!

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    Funny you should make this comparison. For a while I had my wife's Yashica D, my dad's erstwhile Rollieflex, and my C220 on a shelf together side by side. At the moment the Yashica D, and the Rollie still sit there, but ever since we bought a prism finder for the Mamiya, I use that camera a lot, and when it sits, it sits in a bag with 3 lenses, several rolls of film, and a spot meter all ready to go out the door with me. Of the three camera systems I use (P67, Shen Hao, and C220) it's the lightest, sits happily on a Bogen 3001 'pod with a small Bogen ball head, and occupies the smallest bag of all. And to think I was going to sell it a while ago... Yikes!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    The left hand trigger grip makes it a really good camera for me for fast action (like weddings). I am, however, very left handed!

    Matt
    Yes, this is how I use my C330. The trigger grip makes it far easier to use. Blights
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    I love mine. I think it is a beautifully designed camera.
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    Me too,

    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    The left hand trigger grip makes it a really good camera for me for fast action (like weddings). I am, however, very left handed!

    Matt
    I've been using Mamiya TLRs for longer than I care to remember, and like Matt am also left handed, I agree with him entirely, the left hand L grip improves the handling no end, especially since the camera with the bellows extended is front heavy, even more so with a telephoto lens pair attached, it enables you to wind on and focus with your right hand, and fire the shutter with your left index finger, while resting the camera on your right palm, you can hold it very steady, the prism is very handy too, if you want to develop muscles like a Russian shot putter !! .
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    I picked up a C330 recently, which came with a pistol grip. I've run a couple of rolls through it, and I like the camera generally. However, with just the WLF, I find the pistol grip awkward to hold (ends up being too low to hold comfortably) - is this just me or am I doing something wrong?

    I'm now tempted to get a prism finder for it, and now that you mention it, possibly the L grip as well, if it improves the experience that much (although I'm right-handed).
    i can't wait to take a picture of my thumb with this beautiful camera.

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    I recently acquired a C22. Its a monster around the neck, but its become my walk-about camera. Combined with the new T-Max 400, I'm easily getting 16" prints with good resolution & no grain.
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    A Pistol Grip with a C330 and WLF? You must have strong wrists! An 'L' grip for the left hand, or just hold the camera with your left hand supporting the left side and base. Neckstraps are good for steadying and controlling the camera. I often put it on a monopod.
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