Briefly I had a wonderful obsession with Mamiya. It started by accident, I had taken my beloved Leicaflex SL in for a service back in 1999 and whilst waiting to be served I came across the Mamiya NC1000s sitting in a cabinet on sale for £90. I was slightly confused, I never knew Mamiya made 35mm cameras. I had to have it.
Then came the tiny Mamiya 135, bought on eBay for £60. A little pocket rangefinder, a bit like the Rollei 35 I lusted after as a child!
A perfect everyday shooter, metered well and that 38mm lens made it great for street photography.
But I needed more! At Uni we used the big beasts from Mamiya... The RB and RZ medium format cameras. Fantastically engineered!
So I had a look on eBay and lo and behold a classic Twin Lens Reflex C22 with an 80mm and a 105mm for less than a £100!
Now this produced amazing photos but coming from a background using a Leica, well it's slow, it slows you down but it does make you think about the shot. A pleasure to have owned it.
Lastly came the MSX500. A curious camera with a dodgy meter bought on eBay, should have kept the 55mm lens as the M42 fitting would sat nicely on my Fujis
Then in 2011 I discovered the Fujifilm X series and I sold the lot to finance my new obsession...Well perhaps not new really when I think about it as these X cameras don't half remind of the Mamiya I owned. Not just the retro aesthetic but the way they handled and the joy they gave using them.
Beautiful old glass.
photos shot back in 2012 using the Fujifilm X-10