The Mamiya C220: Best Bang for the Buck

My Mamiya C2 is balky at best.  The lens is good, the shutter strong, but it is unreliable in its film advance.  I’m not sure if it’s something I can fix, so rather than send it in and have it repaired, I bid on a C220 on eBay.  I have used the C220 before; it’s a big thing, much larger than other twin-lens reflexes, but it has advantages that make it preferable over other cameras.

First, the film transports straight across the film plane rather than rolling from the bottom of the camera, making loading easier and reducing the possibility that something will get onto the rollers and scratch the film.

Second, the camera has a metered advance and double-exposure protection, so although you have to manually cock the shutter after winding the film, you know that if it lets you shoot you’re not going to double expose.  (Yes, I know that double-exposure is POSSIBLE, but in general use it’s not.)  The C220’s big sister, the C330 — which I do not own — cocks the shutter with the winder as well, but it’s considerably heavier than the C220.  Considering that the lenses are exactly the same, it’s a bit of a no-brainer to get the C220 over the C330.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, the lenses are interchangeable.  This, to me, is important as I like to do many different kinds of shooting and while being stuck with one focal length can be a challenge, sometimes I like having a wide-angle or a telephoto available for more versatility.   Couple that with the fact that the C220 can take any of the wide range of Mamiya TLR lenses (even the very early ones), the bulletproof Seikosha shutters and the beautiful glass, and you have a real winner.

A while back, I took the C220 downtown to play with it.  I don’t shoot it as much as perhaps I should, but here are some images.

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Sweet Sheryl

Oscar and I went to Wickenburg with Sheryl a while back, to add to our portfolios. I’m sure you’ll agree that we got some really fun images, and Sheryl’s a delight to work with. You can see the whole set on my website. You can also see more of Sheryl’s work on Model Mayhem.

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Amberly and Andi

We had so much fun with Amberly last month that I couldn’t WAIT to shoot with her again. She brought along her friend Andi, and we we had a blast. Both of these young women are absolutely lovely, and loads of fun to work with. Editing the photos, I realize that there are so many good ones it’s almost impossible to choose only a few, so I think you’ll excuse me for posting so many.

Amberly’s photos can be viewed here.
Andi’s photos can be viewed here.

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Amberly and Andi

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Amberly and Andi

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Amberly and Andi

Amberly and Andi

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