Mamiya 645 1000S
Medium Format Film Photography – Matthew Osborne Photography
My latest purchase, a 1976 Mamiya 645 1000S medium format film camera witha 6×4.5 format. The reason for my purchase? The Mamiya 80mm f1.9 lens and 6×4.5 format.
In the past I owned a Contax 645 + Zeiss Planar 80mm f2 T lens. This camera lens combo made for beautiful portraits with a shallow depth of field however I didn’t enjoy using the camera so I sold it. It was too much like a DSLR for me. I own a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II camera but find the 6×7 format a bit too big for my needs / taste. I then have the 6×6 ARAX-CM (Kiev 88) and another Kiev 88 and the more recent Fuji GF670. I keep falling in and out of love with 6×6. Lastly I have the Fujica GS645 and I like the 6×4.5 format and folding camera size but would love to have a faster lens for low light and a shallow DOF for portraits. I remembered the Mamiya 80mm f1.9 lens from my Contax days so went on eBay and picked one up for a very reasonable price. I am not madly in love with the camera itself, nor hate it either but the pictures it can produce start to get my medium format photos closer to my 35mm using the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 lens. The Nocti really is a medium format film killer as there are not many lenses out there (without making an incomplete list) that can complete with the very shallow DOF it produces. I find I am often disappointed with medium format film photos as feel in theory they should be ‘better’ than my 35mm work.
Coming soon and the hunt continues for my ultimate medium format camera…
Here are some 80mm 645 format film photos to give you an idea of what might be in the pipeline. All shot with my old Contax 645 + Zeiss Planar 80mm f2 lens