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Greg Jones , Jan 29, 2010; 08:10 a.m.

I have one of those very sliding backs that Ray speaks of. Mounts on a 4X5 camera and uses the Mamiya "S" curved film backs. I plan to sell it, probably quite cheap. It is in mint condition. My email does not work via this site, but I guess watch the for sale postings over the next couple of weeks or so on photo net.

Chris Waller , Jan 29, 2010; 09:48 a.m.

Thanks for the advice. You clearly speak from knowledge of the Mamiya Press series. The back of my Press 23 is stuck due to silicone mastic used in an attempt to stop the light leak (Aaaargh! -yes, I know, but I was geting desperate.) I still have a light leak and I suspect it is coming in via the viewfinder or rangefinder apertures in the top part of the body and then via the rangefinder linkage bushes. I am going to try to tape them up with black PVC tape and to see if that fixes it. If not, do you know if there is a common cause of light leakage on old Press 23s?

Aizan Sasayama , Jan 29, 2010; 02:27 p.m.

at one time or another, these photographers have shot 6x9:

mark steinmetz - fuji
tod papageorge - fuji
nobuyoshi araki - fuji

william eggleston - fuji & mamiya press
mitch epstein - fuji & palm press
jeffrey ladd - fuji
christian patterson - fuji
philip-lorca dicorcia - anybody know?

Jack Welsh , Jan 29, 2010; 06:28 p.m.

Of all the Mamiya MF cameras. The Press series receive the least suggestions whenever a person wants to get into MF. But, those in the know will never part with theirs. I'm not.

Arthur Plumpton , Jan 29, 2010; 07:23 p.m.

Jack, it is a fine camera, if a bit clunky, but then so is my Fuji 6x9 (GSW690III). I liked the 65mm f5.6 lens, but what I didn't like was the camera bulk and the need to often change the light trap material lining the various film backs. I wonder how well the older lenses do, versus the newer ones that come from Schneider or Rodenstock and are adaptable to LF bodies and 6x9 backs, or to the Mamiya 7 lenses? I think my Fuji's 65 mm f5.6 is an older design (1980s?), but it allows images of pretty good resolution and contrast at f8 and smaller.

Bill De Jager , Jan 30, 2010; 01:59 a.m.

I shot one roll of Rollei infrared film in a Fuji GSW690III, using it as just regular black and white film with no special filter. The photos were nothing to write home about, due to problems with exposure and composition originating behind the back of the camera. I'll try again one of these days and see if I can do better. I certainly like the 6x9 format for landscape use after decades of using 35mm slide film for that purpose.

I also have a Fuji GL 690 with the 100mm and 180mm lenses, which I have not used yet. I've twice purchased the 65mm f/5.6 lens from KEH and both time it turned out to be the f/8 version so I returned it. This is another one of those long-deferred projects where I just need to get off my rear end and *use* this camera.], but I tend to grab my MF SLRs instead due to all the lens choices they offer.

L Mar , Jan 30, 2010; 07:53 p.m.

6 x 9 from a 1930 Voigtlander Bessa: Fuji Acros in D-76.

6 x 9; Fuji Acros in D-76.

Bill Poole , Jan 30, 2010; 08:07 p.m.

Yet another Mamiya Press guy. I have been watching this thread all week, too busy to respond. I bought a Mamiya Press Universal online about 6 months ago because I wanted a 6X9 neg. And soon I acquired a mint 65mm F 6.3 lens, because the moderate wide angle is what feels best to me. You do not see as much praise of the 65 as you do for the 50, which is said to be a remarkable lens, but it I will let you see for yourself.
On the seals on the Mamiya back: the two backs that came with my camera had virtually no seals left, and yet there seem to be no light leaks at all. This is a heavy, industrial-strength camera. I have nicknamed mine "The Albatross."

Mission Dolores, San Francisco Mamiya Universal, 65mm 6.3 lens

Bill Poole , Jan 30, 2010; 08:10 p.m.

Another one, which shows the flatness of field on this lens.

Mamiya Press, 65 mm 6.3

Jack Welsh , Jan 30, 2010; 11:18 p.m.

For all the Mamiya Press users. The best item I bought for mine is a focusing hood.(THe Model P) Enables ground glass focusing and composing. Should also add the tripod adapter, (for vertical shots). Seen those go on ebay for $150.00!

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