Mamiya 6

Mamiya 6 is a 6x6 medium format rangefinder camera system with three interchangeable lenses of 50mm, 75mm, and 150mm, introduced in 1989 and discontinued in 1995. There are two main models: The 6, which has a few iterations, and the 6MF. They are mostly... Expand

Mamiya 6 is a 6x6 medium format rangefinder camera system with three interchangeable lenses of 50mm, 75mm, and 150mm, introduced in 1989 and discontinued in 1995. There are two main models: The 6, which has a few iterations, and the 6MF. They are mostly solidly built and ergonomically well designed and the lenses made for this system are spectacular. The viewfinder is bright and the rangefinder patch is contrasty and easy to see. The 6MF version also has functionality to use a 35mm panoramic kit, allowing 56mm wide frames (about double normal width), as a sort of make-shift XPan. These also have marks on the frame lines in the viewfinder indicating the 35mm panoramic format as well as 6x4.5 framelines. Some people prefer the original Mamiya 6 for its slightly cleaner frame-lines, but the MF extra frame-line markings are particularly intrusive for most people. 

The lenses are known as extremely good - competing with the quality of Hasselblad Zeiss optics for the V system. The three focal lengths are all shown in the viewfinder/rangefinder. Note that these lenses are not compatible with the Mamiya 7 and the Mamiya 7 lenses are not compatible with the Mamiya 6. 

Another bonus is that they are extremely compact compared to other 6x6 systems with interchangeable lenses. The lens mount is retractable, allowing the lens to fall into the body for transport. This makes it much easier to transport compared to the Mamiya 7 which does not have this retractable lens mount. The operation is very familiar to anyone who has used a 35mm rangefinder, essentially they work in the same way. Finally, the camera has a good average metering system as well as automatic (AE and AEL) built in. Its manual capability only operates in whole steps and shooting slide film in manual mode is therefore somewhat inaccurate. The system is therefore a brilliant travel and street camera if you demand the high quality from medium format.

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