The Only TLR Camera with Interchangeable Lenses – Mamiya C330
The Mamiya C330 is the only film twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera with interchangeable lenses in the world. Since most TLR cameras have fixed lenses, the focal lengths and the angle of view are not adjustable. However, the Mamiya C series including the C330 can change lenses from wide-angle to telephoto lenses by using Mamiya’s unique and practical systems.
The C330 features a massive appearance that has never seen in any other TLR cameras. As the camera provides a variety of precise systems, you can surely operate it at will. In fact, many international photographers have been into it over the years.
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About the Mamiya C330
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About the Mamiya C Series
The Mamiya C series is the only TLR camera with interchangeable lenses in the world. Mamiya has achieved own unique systems by developing lens exchange methods that cannot be copied by other camera manufacturers including Lollei known as a top TLR camera maker.
The Lens Interchanging System of the Mamiya C Series
In the Mamiya C series, cameras achieved to exchange and stabilize lenses in a completely different way of other rangefinders or SLR cameras.
The C series including the C330 fixes the circumference of lenses with a high strength wire. Further, this opens and shuts to completely lock the lens. Although it seems too easy to stabilize a lens, there is no problem for the operation of lenses as well as the light leakage.
The Best Model of the Mamiya C Series – Mamiya C330
The Mamiya C series has been produced since 1956.
The first model was released in 1969, and the C330 became a final product. The series has continuously received many improvements, and the following models are available today.
•The Mamiya C330 Professional(1969）
•The Mamiya C330 Professional f (1975)
– An improved version of the C330 in a metal finish
•The Mamiya C330 Professional S (1983)
– With a plastic exterior
Performances and Specifications of the Mamiya C330
Now, I am going to introduce the Mamiya C330’s features.
・A traditional film twin-lens reflex camera with interchangeable lenses
・A waist-level finder at standard
・Film winding by winding crank
・Automatic shutter cocking and winding stop
・A leaf shutter
・A shutter speed of B (for bulb), 1′ -1/500 sec
・120 and 220 roll films (Medium Format)
The C330 incorporates all necessary systems for high-quality TLR cameras. For example, the camera automatically winds it up only by setting start mark with a film, and the shutter charge is interlocking it with winding up.
Providing Equipment for Close-Up photography
The most distinguished feature of the C330 is a focusing system that uses bellows and rails. It is possible to take close-up photography with a standard lens on a normal body depending on the shooting distance, thanks to the built-in front extension system by rack and pinion bellows. This system obtains by adjusting the dual focusing knob.
Can you guess how the C330 can achieve such a unique mechanism? It is because the camera is designed to use in many situations including studio use.
With TLR cameras the photographer views through the view lens on the upper side but takes photographs through the taking lens on the lower side, so parallax occurs fundamentally. To avoid this error, the camera attaches an accessory called “the paramender” which compensates for parallax by lifting the taking lens up to the view lens’s position. In close-up photography, that’s how the camera takes good images by using bellows at a studio.
The Useful Little Tidbits of the Mamiya C330
Now, I am going to write some useful tidbits and the tips for purchasing old cameras.
Make Sure Bellows When Buying Old Cameras
Today, the C330 is a discontinued model. If you are going to buy one, you are highly recommended to make sure the condition of bellows at first. In fact, some used cameras have deterioration or holes due to the previous owners.
As you can imagine, the light will be leaked if there is a hole on bellows. There is no problem if bellows stretch out in close-up photography, but still, it is a good idea to check them out before purchasing an old camera. To sum up, you don’t have to worry about other fragile parts of the body besides bellows, as the camera has a very simple structure.
Recommended Used Lenses to Buy
If you plan on getting a lens for the C330, it is recommended to buy a standard lens or a wide-angle lens. For standard lenses, there are the Sekor 80mm f2.8 (*standard), the Sekor 55mm f4.5 (wide-angle), or the Sekor 65mm f3.5 (wide-angle) lenses.
A Big Fan of the Mamiya C Series – Photographer, Ms. Diane Arbas
The C series including the C330 is widely known as the first choice of Ms.Diane Arbas (1923〜1971) who is an American photographer.
Ms.Diane Arbas’s photographs are mostly portrait photographs. Images taken by the TLR cameras are basically a square format.
She accompanied an exhibition at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as she had more emphasized on spirituality compared to other previous photographs, and as a matter of fact, she still has a great influence on many photographers even today.
Different photographers have different stories with the C330…
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About the Mamiya C330
The C330 is distinguished from other TLR cameras in many ways. If you touch it, you will be quickly fascinated by its mechanical body.