Mamiya RZ67 Portraits | Best Mamiya RZ Portrait Lens | 110mm f/2.8
Mamiya RZ67 portraits shot in Budapest (mostly) . All photos taken with the best Mamiya RZ portrait lens.. the amazing Mamiya Sekor 110mm /2.8.
Mamiya RZ67 Pro II Portraits with the 110mm lens
Mamiya RZ67 Portraits – Here are a series of film scan images I shot on my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II 6×7 medium format film camera. I used the Mamiya 110mm f2.8 lens (as pictured above) and the amazingly big and bright Mamiya RZ waist level viewfinder.
Best Mamiya RZ67 portrait lens?
I have a few lenses for the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II camera system. I have a 65mm (crazy sharp), 90mm, 110mm and 180mm. The best Mamiya RZ67 portrait lens has to be the mamiya Sekor 110mm f2.8. Even for non-portraits it is still the number one lens. The bellows focusing coupled with the fast f2.8 aperture can create super shallow depth of field when working close to a subject. Even the most boring object can become fine art with this lens. I find the 180mm flattens the face too much for portraiture but I know some photographers prefer that look. The 65mm is excellent for wider scenes and is the sharpest lens of those I use.
I opted for my Mamiya RZ 6×6 film back rather than the standard RZ 6×7 film back. After using my Hasselblad 501C / 500CM cameras a lot I prefer composing as a square than 6×7. I used a mixture of film stocks for the shoot but many of the colour photos were shot on expired 120 Kodak Portra 160 film.
Overseas location shoot with the Mamiya RZ
All the photos were shot on a model photography trip to Budapest in February 2017 when I finally decided to take the big Mamiya RZ67 overseas (for the first time I think). Since then I have gone back to travelling with a Hasselblad camera or if I need to travel light only Leica M cameras. Hasselblad cameras are nice but the Mamiya RZ67 viewfinder is still the best (biggest, brightest, easiest to focus) and I enjoy the Mamiya RZ bellows system where I can focus as close as I wish with any lens. (Like the even more amazing Rolleiflex SL66E camera which also uses bellows but is always breaking / jammed).
Hasselblad vs Mamiya RZ67 – Portraits
I have blogged my thoughts on the Hasselblad vs. Mamiya RZ67 comparison before. 12 months (or so) on and with me now using more Hasselblad equipment I think the Mamiya RZ photos here render smoother than my Hasselblad photos (that I can think of) and using the above mentioned Mamiya Sekor 110mm f2.8 lens the sharpness is fantastic. Both the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II and the Hasselblad 500CM /501C are very good cameras.
A big thanks to the Budapest models Petra, Patricia and Nora. I was using multiple cameras so the other girls may have been shot on a 35mm Leica film camera or digital Leica M240.
*(I don’t normally say this but I would strongly recommend you to click any image that catches your eye to view larger on Flickr as small size here really doesn’t do the camera / lens / model justice!).
Mamiya RZ67 Portraits – Flickr photos
More Mamiya RZ Portrait Images
Here are a few more Mamiya RZ67 Pro II portraits with UK models Sophie, Stacey and Lindsay
- Budapest Model Photography Trip – February 2017
- Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with 6×6 Film Back
- Mamiya RZ67 Polaroid Back
- Mamiya RZ67 Pro II Camera
- Mamiya RZ67 vs Hasselblad
- Wikipedia – Mamiya RZ67