Written on: 18/06/2010
I purchased my Mamiya 1000S in 1981 to use in my aerial photography business. I've since used for extensive B&W landscape photography and had a book "Oysterville;A Quiet Place In Time" publishedin 2008 with the foreword written by Robert Adams. Although I have an extensive collection of lenses, I use the 45mm most frequently for landscape photography.
These are excellent cameras and now inexpensive in 2010 and I bought two more as back-ups.
Michael Parker (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2009
Easy to use. Versatile with many optional components. Rather inexpensive now, however. We have 2 model Mamiya 645's . Wild horses couldn't take them away. (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2009 by dRm53
Got my Mamiya 645 1000s last year and really pleased. Can't belive how cheap you can buy those film rollers. I like Keh because most their accessories have a warranty. Also picked up some good deals on Ebay. (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2008 by bmorrison00
Excellent camera, pictures always come out like a pro. Excellent photos and ease of handling. Metering of light is exact but get it calibrated. I got my 645 calibrated for free at a Mamiya show. I really can't think of any, if the picture is bad it's your own fault. (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2008
I like this camera because it takes good photo's, but it's hard to got parts for. Overall, I have no complaints with my Mamiya 645 1000s (read more)
Written on: 20/07/2008
Beautiful Camera, great quality and style. A bit uneasy to handle - but you'll get used to it. I love my Mamiya! (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2008 by MichaelMcGrath (1 review written)
I would go so far as to place the Mamiya range of their day ahead of equivalent Hasselblads. My friend, with a fabulous High Street studio, uses Hasselblad in studio, but swears by Mamiya too. In the old days when he was double-booked with two weddings at one time, his late wife and partner photographer, always used Mamiya in preference to Hasselblad when out shooting her weddings. Although a millionaire today, he will not change from medium format film to digital, although he sells scores... (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2004 by thomasjohn (1 review written)
The Mamiya 645 1000s is excellent value for the money. For getting into medium format, it's an excellent choice. Great for portrature and landscapes. When/if the shutter locks up, replace the battery. (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2003 by Ken Rice.
I'd call it a superb value for the money if I could keep mine operating. (read more)
Written on: 11/10/2001 by DAnthony Quintyne III.
I have owned the 1000s for 2 years now bought second hand for £300 with CD Prism Head, Waist Level Finder (WLF), Standard 80mm f2.8 lens and a leatherette case.
I only use the WLF as I prefer that view as opposed to the prism when shooting.
I have used the camera with Aga Scala thru Fuji Provia and print films in between when used with the hand held meter (Sekonic L-608),all shoots are right on the button. No under/over exposure clear edge to edge which just proves how good a manual... (read more)
Written on: 08/09/2001 by Bright Masih.
I love my Mamiya, I am self taught and therfore wanted something that would get me right back, to basics. It did exactly that, teaching me everything I needed to learn. I shot a few rolls in Boulder, Colorado, and I know for a fact my old Nikon SLR would have died on me because of the cold. Total cost was arounf £500 for my set up, but worth every penny. I have a friend with a Hasselblad 500 and to be honest I prefer the handling of the Mamiya. If your thinking about getting one, don't... (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2000 by Mel Gregory.
This camera was introduced in 1976 and is still in demand today. I have had mine for about 8 years now with no problems except for one 150mm f4 which seems to have a problem with the aperture spring to return the lens to full open when a picture is taken. Even with this problem the Mamiya 645 takes beautiful pictures and the extra size of the negative really makes them chromes snap. Just wish medium format scanners were more reasonable. (read more)