Written on: 04/02/2009 by Valerio Ricciardi
The Mamiya C330 f is excellent value-for-money. Central shutter: syncronize X and FP on all the shutter scale. Good quality of optics, due also to the relatively free design (no movable mirror) of the lens. Very good quality in 65 mm wideangle, 80/2,8 and D180/4,5 (a little masterpiece). Versatility. Very good and long incorporated bellows, good for reproductions and macrophoto. Intelligent system to control parallax at short distances (an accessory named Paramender, that translate the camera putting the objective of the camera in the exact position of the objective of the viewfinder... sorry, not easy to find in second-hand market). Not heavy if you consider a set with a body and three-four optics. Good graphical depth-of-field scale on a side of the camera. Refined and reliable mechanics, with many smart devices to avoid mistakes (the lens doesn't dismount if you forget to close the inner volet, the camera doesn't shoot if you forget to open the volet, the camera doesn't shoot twice on the same frame if you don't unlock a device - but you can do - if you want - double or multiple exposures... ecc ecc)... a great camera for the expert that has time to shoot quietly and with brain. Remembre to boy a C330 Pro-F or Pro-S: the price is quite the same but those are the best as versatility and perfectioned mechanics.
Body alone with 80/2,8 very heavy and big in front of Rolleiflex T/F or Rolleicord or Yashica Mat 124G and similar; the shortest wideangle is only a 55 mm, something less wide than a 28 mm on the 35 mm film... not good for fast use. Earliet models (C2, C3, C22, C33) less affordable: better to avoid them.
A great historical camera, based on the idea of the twin-lens reflex like Rolleiflex, completed and adapted with interchangeable lens and in-built leather bellow; an excellent film camera to begin to work like a professional photographer, ready for general use (but expecially useful to shoot images of archaeology, cultural heritage, art, landscape, commercial photographies and cerimony). Actually, the "ecological space" of C330 Pro-... still survive on the market, but only for amateurs or expert photographer able to sell analogic images; however, the less-expert client search only for digital shoots. If you want to begin to do still-life and general studio shoots, this is the best school-camera that you could think. And with a good scanner like Epson perfection 750V you can digitalize your dias and negatives obtaining big and sharp files...