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“I have owned the 1000s for 2 years now bought second...”

Written on: 11/10/2001 by DAnthony Quintyne III. (1 review written)

Good Points
General size..
Sharpness of lenses...
Incredible ease of use....

Bad Points
I have had to get the Prism head fixed as the ASA dial just spun around thus could not be set by hand.

I use a Nikon SB-26 speedlight and hate when I loose a frame due to the flash not responding to the camera on tripping the shutter as the SB-26 goes to sleep - I think this is a contact fault too and am having Fixation in Vauxhall London make me a new cable which attaches directly from the SB-26 to the Mamiya's PC X-Socket.

General Comments
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 camera and standard (80mm) lens combination this is. I intend to change the 80mm f2.8 for the faster 80mm f1.9 as I like to shoot daylight (low light too).

I changed the battery on purchasing the camera and have not needed to do so since March 1999.

The screen is particulary clear even in low light levels - with regards to shooting at slow shutter speeds I have not found any problems with holding the camera steady - even as slow as 1/10s.

I also use a Nikon F5 and a Rollei 6008 Integral and spend a lot of time using the Mamiya 1000s it is lighter than the Rollei just lacks the speed of focus of the F5 but hey this camera is some 20 years old.

I have lent this to a friend of mine who is an absolute beginner and he loves the camera even though he has to take meters readings first.

A camera for all seasons.

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