A few days with a Mamiya RZ67
I spent this past weekend shooting with a Mamiya RZ67 medium format film camera and the RZ 90mm f/3.5 lens. Using Ilford HP5+ and Delta 400, I tried a number of different subjects and shooting styles.
One thing I didn’t do was to shoot handheld. The camera is a beast. It was on a tripod all of the time.
I also brought along my Fuji GW690 III to shoot some Fall colour.
The RZ67 turned out to be great for long exposures. With the mirror locked up, I triggered the leaf shutter with a simple cable release. For exposures longer than 1 minute, you use the Time mode, which is activated by a switch on the lens. Framing with this camera is something special. Looking through the viewfinder has a cinematic quality about it. All of these exposures were approximately 3 minutes.
Finally, I convinced a few work colleagues to let me try the RZ67 for portraits. The rotating back on the camera is brilliant and necessary to shoot in portrait orientation. With the leaf shutter on the 90mm lens, I was able to shoot at the maximum shutter speed of 1/400 sec. I would love to shoot some portraits with a longer lens. Next time perhaps.
Images scanned with an Epson V600 using VueScan software.