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Mamiya 135 EE (4 test shots)

Kurt Evers , Sep 14, 2007; 12:55 a.m.

On Ebay, I sort-of accidentally bought a Mamiya 135 EE, a little fixed-lens rangefinder with manual focus and auto-exposure. I wasn't expecting much, because my winning bid was $9.50. But, the first test roll just came back, and the results are rather nice.

Test images are here.

Oh, this is a post-1970 item, sorry if this is the wrong spot to post.


Luis Triguez , Sep 14, 2007; 07:18 a.m.


I`m not going to say anything about the price. Surely somebody else will do, but the sharpness of Sekkor lenses is well kwon for its superb performance.

The lens is nice but the children a lot more.

Congratulations and thanks for posting.

Andrew Chalsma , Sep 14, 2007; 07:38 a.m.

Glad to see these shots and the camera. I'll second that about the kids, but want to include Katz's as well in the praise!!! Makes me hungry.

Frank Schifano , Sep 14, 2007; 09:31 a.m.

Katz's Deli. There is a sign in the store reading "Send a salami to your boy in the army." Must have been there since WW II.

Bernard Lazareff , Sep 14, 2007; 03:13 p.m.

Double congratulations.

1. You made sure to show an enlarged section of one frame. Truly sharp (what about full aperture, though). How many times have we seen oohs and ahhs over the sharpness of a picture displayed in 340x510 pixels.

2. Your kid shots are *real* nice.

Kurt Evers , Sep 14, 2007; 10:19 p.m.

Thanks to all for looking, thanks for the comments.

It's very satisfying to get nice results from a camera that no-one loves anymore.

Bernard, in answer to your question about sharpness at full aperture: some of the low-light shots (presumably auto-set to full aperture) are a bit softer. But others are still sharp; it may just be camera shake during slower shutter speed. (Aperture and shutter speed are auto-set.)

Re: Katz's - yes, it's a true NYC landmark. Presidential candidates have historically stopped there to show there solidarity with the Jewish community (I read that in a Political Science textbook). It's also the location of the famous fake orgasm scene in "When Harry Met Sally".

Rob Holz , Sep 15, 2007; 07:15 a.m.

I think you did alright with the camera. You certainly can't complain about the price unless you're a cheap bugger like me. I just scored a Kodak Signet 35 on "the bay" for 50 cents. It just needs a little TLC, and a gentleman named Dan Mitchell was kind enough to enlighten me on how to fix these things. The pics truly are nice. When it arrives, I'll post the results.

Tony Lockerbie , Sep 16, 2007; 04:08 a.m.

These little '70's rangefinders are way better that they have a right to be. True bargains, everyone should have 1 or 2 or 3 or..... Tony

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