Mamiya RZ67 Pro ii
I am starting to miss my film photography that has been neglected since I got my Leica M9. I want to reduce the number of film cameras I own however I enjoy the different film formats – 6×9, 6×7, 6×6, 6×4.5, 35mm.
So, I just treated my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format film camera to some new film backs. I bought 2x Mamiya 645 film back and 1 Mamiya 6×6 film back.
Why buy cropped film back for Mamiya?
I love the RZ large bright viewfinder and the sharp Mamiya Sekor leaf shutter lenses. I can sync my flash at 1/400 on the RZ vs. 1/200 for for Nikon D800 and 1/30 for my ARAX (Kiev 88). This allows me to ‘dim’ daylight more if needed.
The sharpest Mamiya RZ lenses that I own are the 65mm f4 and 110mm f2.8 Mamiya Sekor lenses. Both are a joy to use.
Mamiya RZ 6×6 Film Back
I bought a 6×6 film back as I prefer the square format. Yes I could crop a 6×7 photo but by having a dedicated 6×6 film back I get 2 more shots on a roll (12 rather than 10) and I get 6×6 straight out of camera which I prefer.
Mamiya RZ 645 Film Back
I bought 645 film backs so I can use the Mamiya for wedding portraits and studio portraits where I want to shoot more than 10 photos and yet I do not need the additional detail captured by 6×7 negatives. I believe there is a big jump from 35mm to 6×4.5 medium format in terms of detail captured in the negative. 35mm film can be too low resolution (more me) on occasion.
The Contax 645 let me see that the 645 format is a huge jump with almost 4x the negative ‘sensor’ size. Using a cropped 6×4.5 film back on a Mamiya RZ67 means I get 16 photos rather than 10 from each roll of 120 medum format film. This will make using the RZ more economical too with the ever rising film costs.
I realise I am losing up to half of the potential detail captured by the RZ but I don’t think anyone will tell the difference in the final image as I do not blow up my prints to make use of all those pixels.
So, new medium format film photography coming soon. I also plan to shoot a roll of 35mm film in my Voigtlander Bessa R3A rangefinder using the new Leica lenses – Summilux ASPH 50/1.4 + Summicron 50mm f2 and the Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5.