Mamiya 645 Super
How many is too many?
This question can be asked of so many things. Here, I am referring to film cameras. Medium format film cameras. Last year I purchased a Fuji GW690 III. This year I bought a Mamiya 645 Super.
The Fuji produces eight 6 x 9 frames on a roll of 120 film. The Mamiya produces 15 6 x 4.5 frames on a roll. The 690 has a fixed lens, approximately 40mm equivalent in 35mm film terms. The 645 uses interchangeable lenses, including a pretty nice portrait lens, the 150mm f3.5.
I tried shooting with the GW690 in the studio, but the 645 is much better suited for that. The Mamiya also works better for long exposures. Given that I have used the Mamiya more in the last month than I did the Fuji all last year, I decided to put the Texas Leica up for sale. On the weekend, I threaded one last roll of Delta 400 into the beast. Tonight, I scanned half of the negs. Wow, it produces good results.
Hmmm. Are two medium format cameras too many?
3 responses to “New year, new camera (Pt. 1)”
thank you for this information.
somehow the images taken with GW690III looks more interesting for me personally, i’m also read the previous post about GW690III. but maybe it’s only me :-)
Victor, thanks for reading.
I know what you mean; the GW690 shots are interesting. Perhaps it’s greater depth-of-field, I don’t know. However, I am struggling with how best to use that camera. The M645 is pretty versatile and I hope that I can make more interesting photos with it with a little more application.
You’re very welcome!