Mamiya 645 1000s Review

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Mel Gregory.'s review of Mamiya 645 1000s

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“This camera was introduced in 1976 and is still in...”

Written on: 07/05/2000 by Mel Gregory. (1 review written)

Good Points
This camera is a workhorse. Sturdy, easy to repair, takes great pictures and is reasonable in price. Many accessories used and new. Mamiya is easy to deal with and has a great web site.

Bad Points
Heavy but that is to be expected from this format.

General Comments
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.

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3546_Leroy.'s Response to 199_Mel Gregory.'s Review

Written on: 18/08/2001

I just picked a 645 1000s up from a reliable buddy.
<br>1976 huh? I can do wrist curls with it to keep in shape and so far, just tests, the contact sheets look rather nice.
<br>got a metered finder, motor drive w/ a grip, 80/2.8 for 500 bucks. is that a good deal?
<br>thanks,
<br>fcs

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5386_Hans.'s Response to 199_Mel Gregory.'s Review

Written on: 01/11/2001

Hi:
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<br>I have been using a similar model for two years now and I am very happy with it. In the meantime I got a bunch of nice lenses and accessories.
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<br>What you may want to do with a camera that old is to have it checked over by a decent (preferably authorized) repair shop. After a quarter century, things work themselves loose, oil dries up, and the like. The old-style Mamiya is built like a tank, but it needs TLC once in a while. BTW, the same is true for lenses; when I buy one, I have it tested and fixed, if necessary, and never regretted the expense.

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3582_Mel.'s Response to 199_Mel Gregory.'s Review

Written on: 19/08/2001

$500.00 sounds like a great price. Have fun!
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<br>Mel

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