|Mamiya 645 AFD Camera Kit with 80mm Lens Boxed Near Mint Condition|
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|Model||645 AFD Body Only|
|MPN||211122, 211122, 211160, 211160 211122|
|Film Type||Medium Format|
|Lens Mount||Mamiya AF|
|Focal Length||80 mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Battery|
|Film Format||6 x 4.5 cm|
|Number of Focusing Points||5|
|Shutter Speed||30 to 1/4000 sec|
|Maximum Flash Sync Speed||1/125 sec|
|ISO Range - Manual Setting||ISO 25 - 6400|
|Frames per Second||1.2 fps|
|Manual Shooting Modes||Aperture Priority, Fully Manual, Program Shift, Shutter Priority|
|Light Metering Modes||Center Weighted, Spot Weighted, TTL|
|Dioptric Adjustment Range||-2.5 to 0.5|
|Film Auto Transport||Loading|
|Viewfinder Frame Coverage||94%|
|Additional Features||Auto Exposure, Interchangeable Lenses, Mirror Lockup, Self Timer|
Average review score based on 12 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I bought this camera specifically to use with a P30 digital back, coming from Canon 5D DSLR.
First, it has nice build and feels sturdy in my (not small) hands. Not a huge change from a DSLR.
Second, the controls are easy to use, and I love that all dials and buttons have protection from a non-intentional pressing or rotating. You may only intentionally change some setting.
You have all modes that you need: P-A-T-M. I've long been shooting with only M(anual) and A(perture priority).
Third, it works seamlessly with a hi-tech back and there is no problem with the digital interface. Film back can easily replace the digital back. In 5 secs you can enjoy those film days with a 16-frame roll in your film back. Nice sound of advance motor ))
Fourth, I love Mamiya's lens and I appreciate the quality which is produced by the lens and through to the digital back -- the quality is consistent and stunning. Fortunately, I have a great copy of both zooms and fixed lens.
Fifth, if you should rely on Auto Exposition metering, you have both spot and more integral metering of the light coming in. You also have One-Shot auto focusing and Continuous auto focusing, though for me a studio photographer this is not relevant.
Finally, it is just beatiful. And some of my fellow colleagues agree with me -- this beast is just great looking.
Downsides? Not many, not very important. 1) Slowish Auto Focusing -- but this is not a sports camera anyway. 2) Rather fast draining of batteries compared to my former DSLR -- but just keep 6 fresh AA batteries at hand and you'll be fine. 3) The battery compartment seems to be loose a bit (with 3 or 4 bodies I had in my hand) but I never experienced spontaneous opening in the course of the shoot.
Highly recommend for those who are not willing yet to pay 3-4K for new bodies. This one will surely show if you need a better one or just may stay with this great piece of photographic equipment.
Good luck to everyone!
Love this camera. It is high tech, but still easy to learn and use. I have used manual medium format film cameras, 35mm film cameras, and professional 1 series Canon digital SLR. The Mamiya 645AFD is my favorite of all. You can sit and read the manual in one sitting, pick up the camera, and be shooting with full confidence within a couple of hours. Such a breath of fresh air compared to the endless menus and complications of up scale digital cameras, plus to me, digital is no substitute for medium format film. This camera is relatively small and lightweight, at least compared to the huge brick of a Canon 1Ds plus L lens and hot shoe mounted flash. I love the art of film capture, and this camera makes it easy to create. The 645 format is the "smallest" of the medium format formats, but the size of the camera makes it a good compromise as compared to the Mamiya RZ 67 which I was also considering purchasing. The 645ADFD can be carried and used on location almost as easily as a 35mm camera. Highly recommended for medium format film users.
This is an amazing piece of photographic equipment, handles as easy as 35mm, but provides photos which are 2.7 times larger. I chose Mamiya 645 for the following reasons:
1. Portability (it is heavier than a typical 35mm) but you can still carry it around (unlike RZ67 or 'Blads, which provide even bigger (better) quality pictures but are not very useful in the field).
2. Great optics (even the kit lenses are generally superior to Canons and Nikons of the world) but run at a fraction of their cost, particularly if you go for a manual focus lens.
3. Compatibility with older manual focus lenses (something you cannot do with Canon)
4. Solid build, very intuitive controls, especially for someone who shoots in manual mode only (but then again, you wouldn't be buying this camera if you are the "full-auto" kind of guy or gal.
5. Support for digital backs. They are still pretty expensive, but technology gets cheaper over time.
6. Total system cost, compared to a 35mm digital system. With optics, a top-line 35mm digital are about the same cost -- and sometimes even more -- than Mamiya 645 with a digital back, but you get better pictures.
Until you actually use a medium format camera, you don't realize the detail you're missing. Weather shooting digital or film, this camera produces excellent results. I also shoot with Canon (5d, 10D + L lenses) and this camera continues to outshine. What amazed me was the clarity of the optics. I have tested the 80mm Mamiya f2.8 lens against my 70-200 f2.8 L IS Canon lens, which is one of Canon's shapest, and the Mamiya is hands-down the winner.
The camera handles well for me. I don't mind big cameras.
I use a Leaf Valeo 6MP back that I got very cheap off of this site and the results are magnificent - except in low light.
Saving up to get the ZD back (22MP.)
If you want a medium format camera with great focus, excellent color, and hassle-free operation, then this Mamiya 645afd is what you are looking for. The auto focus is great, the film loading is seamless, the light metering is dead on, and the glass is clear. If you produce great amounts of work and want a camera that you can go out, get the exposures and come back home with some good stuff instead of fiddling around with all kinds of switches and buttons and settings, then I would say this camera is a god-send. The only drawback I see is that it is kind of bulky, you would need to lug it around with you, other than that, it has all the settings I could possibly imagine and spits out some great negs.