Framing The World Through My Photographs

Mamiya 7

I have been introduced to a few new cameras in the past month, one being the Mamiya 7, which is a medium format , range finder, which can hold 120 and 220 size films.

In class we were asked to watch a tutorial create by Jonathan Worth, which was a tutorial explaining how to use the Mamiya 7.

Whilst watching the video, I made my own notes, so that when coming to use the Mamiya it would be easier for me to understand in my own words.

The notes I made:

  • Two parts – lens and body, film is housed with in the camera with in the camera body -not removable. The film can’t be changed mid shoot.
  • The mamiya is a range finder camera, you don’t see through the lens, so make sure the lens cap is off as you wont be able to tell when taking a photo.
  • The first ring after the lens hood is the  aperture – f4-f22
  • The ring after that is the focus ring, it won’t necessarily  focus the image but there is on the camera a ghost image, which you use by turning the focus ring until the two ghost images come together.
  • On the top of the camera is the speed dial – it shows the speed setting of the shutter, the white mark next to the hot shoe indicates which speed is selected.
  • Inside the ring is the ISO setting which can be changed by lifting it up and spinning it around.
  • The numbers on the base next to the film winder, is to over pr under expose the film.
  • To move it to the desired number, for over or underexposed press in the silver button and spin.
  • Red dot-off
  • white dot – on – the shutter won’t release if the camera is off.
  • Hot shoe- for flash attachment.
  • On the front-Timer release waits about a minute before the shutter is released, red light will flash and get quicker, until shutter release. Bottom of the lens – point for for the sync cord. On the side- cable release.
  • Changing the lens- Button on the front.Press it in and twist the lens.
  • The mamiya is fitted with a dark slide, which means you can change he lens without exposing the film. Lens can’t be released unless you have the dark slide across.
  • To open the back – theres a slide switch on the side to open the back of the camera.
  • Dark slide, release button on the bottom of the camera.Works by pulling on way.
  • To pull the darkslide across again, twist the button to wind it across.
  • With the back of the camera ope you can see the pressure plate.
  • Two marks 120(at the top), 220 (bottom) these relate to the size of the film.
  • Change it by spinning it around.
  • To load the load the camera up – Take a fresh roll of film, be careful not to un-ravel it to much as not to expose the film.
  • To take one spool out, release the catch,which releases the the catch, which releases the spring underneath , touch one end and the spool should come out.
  • Put the spool in the other end of the camera, release the spool, from the other side, drop the spool in and push the button back in to lock it in.
  • Check that it winds by turning the wind on button.
  • Put the film in the other end. Place it in keeping a kinder on the film so it doesn’t unravel.
  • Draw the film film across the camera, insert the tab into the middle of the spool.
  • Keep the film tight, wind it on , carry on winding it on until the arrow meet in the middle. Close the back of the camera make sure it clicks.
  • Wind the film on to take it to the first frame, when it gets to one, the film won’t wind on anymore,
  • To make a multiple exposure- Wind on, release shutter,press the silver button slide catch over to multi, which allows the shutter to be wound on without the film being wound on.

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This entry was posted on October 21, 2012 by in Developing and Understanding Photographic Practice.
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