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Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL

Mark O'Brien , Dec 28, 2012; 12:27 p.m.

I celebrated my 56th birthday on 12-12-12 -- an auspicious date, seeing that I was born in 1956, 56 years before. A friend gave me a gift certificate from Huron Camera, which of course, might possibly be the best place locally to have a certificate from (at least for me!). I made my way over to Dexter, and as usual, checked out the "bargain bins" in the back of the store. In one of them sat an SLR camera that I have seen very few examples of -- a Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL. Now, me swearing off buying another camera, especially an M42 mount SLR, went out the window when I saw that the cameras was only 10 bucks -- with a Rikenon 50mm lens. I checked all the functions, and aside from the battery-less condition, it seemed to work just fine. When I was at the counter, I saw that they had a 55mm 1.8 Sekor lens that matched the camera (including the original cool lens cap) for $29.00. So, I bought the lens, the camera, some Ektar 100 film, and spent my gift certificate. When I got home, I read up online about the camera, and sure enough, the camera uses a modern LR-44 battery! I cleaned the terminals, put in a battery, and the meter worked. That was a nice surprise. I loaded the camera with some Tmax 100 and over the course of a week, shot two rolls. I developed them the other day, and am quite happy with the results.
First, the camera:

Mamiya/Secor 1000 DTL
Bamboo Wall:
bamboo wall
Interrupted Reflection:
interrupted reflection
Well used:
Well used
Home and Garden:
An Ann Arbor jewel
One wheel short:
one wheel short


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Will Daniel , Dec 28, 2012; 12:52 p.m.

I decided the other day that if I should ever go back to shooting film (which I probably will not), I would build a collection of screw-mount bodies and lenses. What you have there would be a welcome addition to such a collection -- nice find. Happy birthday!

Markus Maurer , Dec 28, 2012; 01:23 p.m.

The camera looks prettier than the lens and your samples are very nice.

JDM von Weinberg , Dec 28, 2012; 01:33 p.m.

Another classic style camera. Really very attractive, I think.
I like the "interrupted reflections" especially.

Mark Medin , Dec 28, 2012; 01:50 p.m.

I hate to tell you this, but the lens doesn't match the camera, exactly. That lens went with the DSX/MSX line of cameras which came after the TL/DTL. Good that the meter works, it's the biggest issue with these.

Louis Meluso , Dec 28, 2012; 02:04 p.m.

Spiffy clean looking example, Mark. Nice series of pics.

Stephen Lewis , Dec 28, 2012; 02:05 p.m.


Les Sarile , Dec 28, 2012; 02:32 p.m.

Great find as that looks in far better shape and much less expensive then my 500 DTL acquisition!

Great results so it looks like it is in great shape!

Tony Lockerbie , Dec 28, 2012; 06:25 p.m.

Great looking Mamiya, and their lenses were always first class as you can see in the bamboo wall shot. I have a few ;lenses for my Rollei SL35 which are re-branded Sekors. Happy birthday as well, mine was on Boxing day, and like you I only get one present!

Jeff Adler , Dec 28, 2012; 07:45 p.m.

My DTL is also a 500. It came with the 55/1.4 silver and black lens. I find it much more pleasant to use than any of the pre-F Spotmatics. Pushing the advance lever toward the body for the stop-down metering is smooth. I have seen pictures of the 2000 DTL but never the camera itself. The choice between spot and average metering was an advanced feature for the 1968 time frame of the 500 and 1000 DTL cameras. Seeing your camera has brought back my self-timer envy.

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