June 06, 2012

I don’t think I have ever dedicated a blog post just about a camera but this was one was special because you don’t see it all the time. This by NO means is a complete review of the camera but just a mere reflection of my thoughts/experience using the camera. This is the Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II. This is a medium format camera which means its the next step up from the 35mm film camera. The film rolls are larger than your traditional 35mm rolls. For that you get larger, sharper, crisper detailed images with very little grain. This camera used to be THE camera along with Hasselblad’s for fashion portraiture. I got the 35mm film camera to test it out and liked it enough to move on to the medium format body. I noticed the differences right away and was very impressed. Apart from the sheer size and weight this is a really good camera especially when you can find one around $600-700. This has a waist level viewfinder which means you look down to compose your pics. Rather than looking at a tiny view finder you have a much larger screen to compose your pic. In other words, your view finder is about the size of a traditional polaroid pic. The camera also takes a polaroid film back which mean you can convert this camera to take instant prints. How cool is that?  With most lenses, the focusing is adjusted on the lens itself. This camera uses a bellows focusing method which means you physically move the move the lens back & forth to focus.

Let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to answer them.