Mamiya Six IV

Not to be confused with the later Mamiya 6, this is the Mamiya Six folding camera. I came across this camera when trying to decide what gear to take on a multi-day backpacking trip.

It was only after receiving the camera that I realized how interesting it’s focusing system is. Instead of moving the optics, the focal plane glides back and forth via a thumbwheel on the right back of the upper housing.

While it did not ultimately make the cut, that dubious honor fell to my Pen-F, I really enjoy shooting with this relatively lightweight medium-format rangefinder, even if I did double-expose a couple of shots and mess up the development. Future rolls will be posted here as they are developed.

Make Mamiya
Model Six (folding)
Year 1947 – 1952
Format 120
Shutter Seikosha – Rapid
Speed B, 1 – 500
Lens Olympus Zuiko Coated
f3.5 75mm
Focus 0.95m – ∞
Aperture f3.5 to 22
Light Meter No
Rangefinder Yes




The examples below were developed the same day as my failed P30 roll, not my finest hour…

Example images (Kodak TMax 100, HC110 Stand-developed 30 min, Ilford rapid fixer):

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