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Mamiya C330

September 2, 2019


I know, we are all here for some good old camera porn, aren’t we? So let’s get that over with This, is the Mamiya C330 There is no doubt this is a very sexy camera, but can it perform? We took it out yesterday for the first time in a long time we shot two rolls and this is what we got So my thoughts on the Mamiya C330 The first one is the obvious one, the size and the weight This camera is not light. It is very heavy, it is significantly bigger and much heavier than the Rolleiflex I was shooting only a few weeks ago I’d say that it’s even heavier than the Bronica, but the advantage is that the lenses, because you can change the lenses in this camera are much lighter than the Bronica’s Actually, I can fit the 80mm and the 55mm in my back pocket, and that is pretty awesome More negatives, I’m starting with the negatives first You can’t change the film, once you load film here you are stuck with it Unlike the Bronica where you have film backs that you can replace so you can have one roll for the daylight one roll for night photography one roll for B&W, one roll for color This is not the case with this camera, you only have space for one roll and that’s what you got It is a twin lens camera, they are not my favorite They kind of freak me out because I never know what I’m actually capturing just as a reminder, you compose through this lens But the photo is actually taken with this one That has a ton of advantages, like there is no vibration these are mirrorless cameras. You can have an ND filter on this one and still be able to see here I don’t know if that makes up for the disadvantages, though You never know what you are actually composing The composition is gonna be slightly different if you are far away If you are really close, and this camera lets you focus really close, you are never gonna get the same thing on the two lenses So, I don’t know if I get the point of being able to focus so close I guess this is something that it wouldn’t be a big deal for my day-to-day photography I could see myself getting used to it, but I prefer SLRs It is a very complicated camera, it has controls and knobs everywhere You lock the lens here, so you have to unlock it to change the lens It has another lock here for the shutter. Then you have to cock the shutter on the lens here It has a lot of controls and sometimes I wasn’t able to shoot it and I wasn’t sure about the reason, there are many variables to watch for here It’s once again something that I could get used to with more usage but it is very complicated, much more complicated than the Rolleiflex where you just have a lock for the shutter and that’s pretty much it Now for the good things, because it has a bunch of advantages First, it doesn’t require batteries, unlike the Bronica so that’s pretty awesome Second, the finder is gorgeous, it’s brighter than my Rolleiflex, it’s not as bright as the Bronica, but it is very good Third, the build quality of this camera, it’s amazing It feels like a rock and you could kill someone with this The image quality that you get with this camera and these lenses is just outstanding. I was doing a little bit of pixel peeping just because, for the sake of it, to check how good these lenses were, and they are too good Again, that’s not something that I necessarily look for in a camera I kind of destroy my images in post-processing anyway adding a lot of grain and decreasing the detail, because I like my images to look that way but if you’re looking for a medium format camera that can produce outstanding, super high definition images, this is the camera, these are the lenses, it is very good It came with a strap, I think that’s pretty optimistic I don’t know if this is the way you want to carry the camera I had it like this for an hour yesterday morning, and it was fine, but it’s not the most comfortable thing I think that if you’re gonna be shooting for longer, 4 to 5 hours then I would not recommend doing that. One last thing, you might have noticed that some of the images were blurry We lost some frames too. Some of those problems were due to our inexperience with this camera But also I believe that there is something wrong with this lens, with the 80mm because sometimes there is a delay when you press the shutter and when the actual shutter goes off, you can feel like there is a 1 to 2 second delay I don’t think that’s a feature of the camera or the lens, so I think there is something wrong with it We were not expecting that and we were just moving the camera away already, or maybe shaking it a little bit that’s how we got some blurry shots Overall, this is a very nice camera, it was very fun to shoot with but I think I’m ready to go back to my Bronica So, what do you think? Do you have one? Have you used one in the past? Are you planning on getting one? Please share your thoughts in the comments down below For today, this is all Thank you so much for watching and see you the next one

33 Comments

  • Reply Devery Photography September 1, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Great shots👍

  • Reply Jakob Olszewski September 1, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    The only thing I am afraid of is the fact that after a few of months in your hands the camera will probably look like your A6000

  • Reply Robert Keck September 1, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I've had several of these cameras, love shooting with them, and never had a minute's worth of trouble with the camera or the lenses. I'm gonna keep the one I have. I might purchase another.

  • Reply Jay Macro Photos September 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    nice video!

  • Reply 2filmshooters September 1, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Beautiful shots man!

  • Reply Stephen Sanders September 1, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Have one, but like you prefer shooting medium format on a SLR. I find TLRs a pain to shoot with, and in addition I find it difficult to keep the camera steady whilst operating the shutter on the C330f. The shutter on the Mamiya 645 is a breeze to use in comparison

  • Reply Jesse Petrone September 1, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Absolutely love my C220

  • Reply Jesse Petrone September 1, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    4:24 Did you forget the bellows exposure compensation factor? At that much focus extention, I would use 2.5-3 stops of more exposure.

  • Reply Dashan Sheying September 1, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    C330 F was my starter camera back into film as I wanted medium format 120, not 35mm this time. Moved on to Hasselblad now – staying. PS Still have the C330 yet the usage is down.

  • Reply Steve Reganato September 2, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Wonderful video aows, the photographs are beautiful and you give a good, honest review of the camera. I have a C220 (the previous generation of yours) and I love shooting with it. As you stated sometimes it can be a little tricky as to knowing what you are actually getting since you are not composing with the lens that takes the photograph, however the C330 does come with a built in aid. In the camera you had, the 330, there is supposed to be a kind of parallax warning or parallax pointer which starts to rise into the viewing area to let you know the change of where the top of the frame actually is relative to what you are seeing. You set this on a dial on the the left side of the camera by rotating the pointer on the dial to the lens focal length that you have on the camera. Each time you change the lens, you set this dial to the new focal length and it sets the parallax pointer and when it comes into play. It's mainly useful when you start getting close up to something/someone. This will help you at least know where the top of your frame is and you can adjust your composing accordingly. Jesse Petrone brought up another common issue with these cameras in his comment about exposure compensation. As you get closer to something you have to factor in light loss due to bellows extension and Mamiya have thoughtfully provided an aid. On the side of the camera (left side I believe) there is a distance scale window which will give you the compensation you need to make based on the bellows extension. It can seem a little wacky at first with lines running this way and that but its actually quite easy to figure out and get used to after a little while. The Mamiya C cameras are wonderful but there is a little bit of a learning curve to them however with a bit of time using them you they're pretty easy to master. Thanks for the video, I always get something out of them and I appreciate that you do them!

  • Reply TimberGeek September 2, 2019 at 12:09 am

    It's crossed my mind from time to time but I'm leaning towards Mamiya's small press system, a super 23 body for tripod work and the universal body for walking around. Of course a Polaroid back for the universal is a must.

  • Reply Paul Beck September 2, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I have a Mamiya C22. I love it but it's really heavy and takes a bit of getting used to. Thanks!!

  • Reply Keith Thurman September 2, 2019 at 3:00 am

    I have a C330 and love the camera. I do not however use it for landscapes or as a portable camera, the weight is to great for that. I mainly use mine for portraits or a scenario where I can set it up on a tripod and leave it stationary while shooting. Love your videos and photography

  • Reply Gary Scott September 2, 2019 at 3:55 am

    I regret selling my C330. Fortunately, there is a chance that I'll be able buy it back as the person I sold it to has lost interest in photography.

  • Reply Paman Thanos September 2, 2019 at 5:29 am

    wohhh my dream tlr

  • Reply Andrew Frost September 2, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I don't have one, I'd like to try one, but I'm unlikely to have the opportunity 🙁

  • Reply Ross Lee September 2, 2019 at 6:04 am

    I've always wanted to shoot a 330.

  • Reply Noealz - Rain Photographer September 2, 2019 at 6:48 am

    you had me at camera porn man

  • Reply Giuseppe Messina September 2, 2019 at 8:15 am

    very "sexy" camera….thanks

  • Reply joseba iñaki elorriaga arrieta September 2, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Pura pnornnogradfíoa fotográfica ,en su momento estuve mirando una ,antes que la yashica mat,pero por ser voluminosa,pesada y extremadamente cara en Europa ,me la quité de la cabeza .Poder cambiar objetivos,,calidad de lentes extrema,puro patas negras, a pesar de ser una TLR tener compensador de paralaje..(no te funciona la barra que señaliza las distancias ?).,podría compensar,lo dicho de volumen y peso ….
    Una cuestión.Te he visto medir la foto de la casa ,1/80 y marcar en cámara !/60 y luego el resultado de la foto un poco justa de luz ..Es cuestión de la medición con el iphone ?,es cosa del video?,habría que compensar algún punto entre la medición del iphone y la luz real?aunque ya sé que nos gusta el dark mood……

  • Reply Bernd Mieger September 2, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I had it, the pictures looks good, but i don't like it.Not my workflow.the bellow is useless for me.I like my RB 67 much more, because it is build into the hands of the fotografer and in the fotografic brain too!
    But Adrian makes good Fotos, with the bottom of bottle!!!

  • Reply jrtomasella.photos September 2, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Watching you move with the camera to frame the shot, the horrors of a reversed view finder. I'm still not used to it.

  • Reply Katharine M Overton Photographer September 2, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I have the C 3 you need a better strap to carry it also have a bronica and brought a yashica matt EM for days I need something lighter each camera has it uses. I have found using a lens hood on the C3 helps to

  • Reply Steve Chaplin September 2, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Great video – beautifully shot and edited.

  • Reply deej807 September 2, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Really enjoyed this video Adrian. I like all of your videos but this was one of the most enjoyable. Nice to see you out shooting with (I assume) Rachel.

  • Reply Curtis Miller September 2, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    I love my c330. Seems small and light compared to my rb67! There is a parallax correction feature in the viewfinder. You have to set the camera for the correct lens on the lens release knob.

  • Reply gerade bowden September 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    The camera I used in school !

  • Reply Andrew Wilkin September 2, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Adrian, great video. Bought my first C330 in 1983 and it's still going strong. Used it for weddings in the late 80's and early 90's. It's a lump to lug around but most of the time it was on a tripod. You have to tell it what lens is fitted by setting a ring on the lock/unlock knob. Then you get a needle in the viewfinder showing where the top of the frame for the lower lens is when focussing close up.

  • Reply m p September 2, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    man, been loving the analog content, this was great! Ive been thinking, im enjoying your analog work more, mainley because i have a weakspot for the film astethic and process, but i remember a video of yours where u talked about how a analog image will always be better than a digital due to more than just quallity and dynamic range but things like the greater story behind the shot and all that, have your feelings about this topic changed? (asking because ive seen a trend in digital work from u latley)

  • Reply David Gault September 2, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    The problem with the lens is sticking shutter I’ve had mine cleaned and all fine and when not in use i never leave the shutter cocked as it puts tension on the spring and give you premature ware Adrian

  • Reply Fernando Doering September 2, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Hi! Great video!! Which metering app is that?

  • Reply standrew Warhola September 2, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    You can use the paramender for parallax fault

  • Reply abetterangle September 2, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Roll 1…. I think are your best images! In my humblest opinion! Really like those pics 🙂 I love this camera and will take it everywhere with me! It's not heavy! about the same as a Bronica… And just like the Bronica, Its an easy pleasure to work with 🙂

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