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Mamiya 500 TL

Alan Johnson , Jun 28, 2013; 01:29 p.m.

I was first interested in this camera because of the chunky lens, it seemed typical Mamiya.Introduced in 1966, the 500 TL and 1000 TL took M42 lenses. However, because the outer ring on the 55 mm lens protrudes behind the seating flange, it will jam on some other M42 cameras though their lenses will fit the Mamiyas.The 55 mm lens is 6 element with automatic stop down.
Focussing is by means of a microprism and metering by a needle, with 1.5 V battery.A unique feature of these Mamiyas is that in 1967 they were the only spot metering M42 SLRs.Metering is from a 10% area of the subject, a rectangle at the bottom center of the frame.(There was a slightly different DTL version).The meter is activated by pushing the film advance lever towards the camera body.
Some 1967 prices, GBP:
Pentax Spotmatic +1.8 -120, Mamiya 100- TL+1.8 -85,Prakticamat +Oreston -90.
Taking a Mamiya 67 on holiday gives a story to dine out on for ages, my 500TL is still quite heavy so here are a couple of pics from it using a red filter on a hazy day.

Mamiya 500 TL


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Alan Johnson , Jun 28, 2013; 01:31 p.m.

Here some cliffs meet the sea:

South Downs

Alan Johnson , Jun 28, 2013; 01:33 p.m.

The tide was out and I stumbled upon this pool:

Rock Pool

Alan Johnson , Jun 28, 2013; 01:35 p.m.

Film was HP5+, thanks for any comment.

Starvy Goodfellows , Jun 28, 2013; 01:51 p.m.

It seems like a lovely walk you had Alan! The camera is built like a tank and while I have resisted the temptation to buy a body. I will probably pick up one of the leses to used with an adaptor on my ancient G1.

JDM von Weinberg , Jun 28, 2013; 02:24 p.m.

Nice work. The filter adds some 'drama'- Thanks.

john robison , Jun 28, 2013; 03:27 p.m.

Sure like the first shot. Looks a little like the compressed perspective of a short telephoto. I think the Mamiya 35mm TL and DTL series are sleepers in the classic camera field and you have brought out the best in your sample.

Gene M , Jun 28, 2013; 03:38 p.m.

I like it.

Rick Drawbridge , Jun 28, 2013; 03:38 p.m.

It's certainly a solid old beast, Alan, and I really like the minimalist design, particularly the nice unobtrusive back-opening catch on the side. They always feel sort of practical and reliable, a camera one can trust, so to speak, and the Sekor lenses were up with the best. I really like your South Downs image; it's a fine composition with a real Edwardian look to it. Please post some more, when you get the chance.

Mark Medin , Jun 28, 2013; 06:19 p.m.

Interesting that the lens on the camera is normally seen on the later MSX/DSX series, hence the SX designation. Doubt that it is original to the camera, but it is likely the same construction. The TL/DTL Auto lenses have a much narrower aperture ring.

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