Mamiya RB67 Pro S

10-15-2010

Lately, I have been feeling inadequate with my own photographic skills due to the fact that I have depended way too much on my post processing skills instead of my picture taking ability. The luxury of the “delete” button on my dslr has served me well as a safety net, but I began to feel lost and afraid without it. It was time to take a step back in time and get a taste of some good old fashion film photography. As always, I started my research on Google and Yahoo to learn more about medium format film photography. I needed to find out what the major differences were from 35mm film photography and to get a feel for the ongoing prices for used medium format cameras. After much deliberation and many online reviews, I zeroed in to the Zenza Bronicas and Mamiyas since the Hasselblads are still commanding higher prices that are out of my wallet’s reach.

Mamiya RB67 Pro S w/ Sekor C 180mm lens

Mamiya RB67 Pro S w/ Sekor C 180mm lens

I have read many favorable reviews on the Mamiya RB series from many serious amateurs and professionals alike. There are many parts still available for these cameras all over the web. There are plenty of eBay sellers who offer these at very reasonable prices, but I chose one of the RB67 Pro S series that was being offered by Le Cabinet Noir. This particular RB Pro S was showing quite a bit of wear but had no light leaks and had a decent looking 180mm Sekor C lens. Getting my hands on a professional workhorse such as this camera for a mere fraction of its original price is a dream come true.

Here are some of the pictures that I took off the very first roll of 120 film. I was just ecstatic that I didn’t waste any of the 10 frames by either under or over exposing. I brought my Canon 450D with me to serve as my light meter since I don’t have one, yet.

Water Lillies

Water Lillies

Water Lilly

Water Lilly

Japanese Garden Entrance

Japanese Garden Entrance

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Red Bridge

Red Bridge

I’m very satisfied with my initial outing with my new baby. The quality of the pictures it produces outweighs the difficulty of lugging around this gigantor. Now it’s time to look into developing 120 color film negatives and finding a decent film scanner. Can you say eBay here I come again? I may need to find a second job in order to fund my journey back to the world of film photography. =)

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3 Responses to “Mamiya RB67 Pro S”

  1. Thank you very much for your post! I am looking at one on ebay right now and I am going to get it! Lovely pictures! I am drawn so much more towards this type of camera than the newest gigs digital technology. This is true photography. Keep your b log going.

  2. Yo la estuve usando 10 años en fotografia de estudio, (hasta la llegada del digital), donde se necesitaba un alto grado de detalle, con la ventaja de poder cambiar los respaldos cargado en color, para copias en papel, y otro en diapositiva para la reproducción en imprenta y no ha fallado nunca. Ahora la he recuperado para mis trabajos personales, ahunque te exije mas precisión en la exposición, enfoque y composición, te da la satisfacción de no depender del ordenador y mejorar como fotografo.
    Eso dejando aparte que la resolución del negativo equivale a MAS de 40 megalixels, y que una digital de esas caracteriscticas vale de mas de 10.000 euros. Un saludo y disfrutar de la foto pensada sin prisas.

  3. You went down the same road I’ve just gone down. I was sick to death of the amount of post-production time I was spending + had a gut-feeling that film would yield superior results. I by-passed 35mm & went straight to the digital killer – MEDIUM FORMAT. When the results of my first rolls came back – WOW! ZERO post-production & such beautiful, original pix.
    I have the original RB67 Pro. It came with 3 original lenses, but I just picked-up a MINT condition 180 / 4.5 K/L for a ridiculously cheap €195 / $214. I had just had a FULL service, including resealing 4 film-backs for a steal, too (€37 / $40!!!) – living in Poland does have some advantages.
    WHO NEEDS FILM PLUG-INS WHEN YOU CAN HAVE THE REAL THING!!!

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