I am not sure why I have been having this deep and sudden urge to start working with film cameras, but this beast inside of me has won and I now am the proud owner of a Medium Format Film Camera. Thanks to Ebay, and some impeccable timing, I was able to purchase a used 1965 Mamiya C33 Professional 6×6 for a really decent price. It’s a Twin Reflex Lens (TRL), which in laymens terms means it has two lenses, one for viewing and one for the capturing the image unlike Single Reflex Lenses (SLR) which use only one lens. As soon as I received it in the mail, I started exploring how the camera functioned trying to understand what each and every button and lever’s use was. I read up on everything I could about my brand new/used C33 and medium format cameras in general before I even took a chance of loading a roll of film into it.
I still cannot get over how heavy and solid this thing is. It has enough weight that if you drop it you will want to move your toes before you lose them. I envy the way that things were build back then compared to our throw-away society that we live on now. Next year this camera will be 50 years old! And what is crazy is that I made the purchase to use it, not to let it sit on the shelf.
So here it is. The start of a very interesting and unforgiving journey to develop a better understanding of photography. Wish me luck as I feel there will be some interesting changes as I dive deeper into the world of film.