When it comes to shooting on medium format, you’d be forgiven for thinking that starting out involves a heavy investment. The Mamiya 645 Pro, by contrast, is refreshingly affordable and the modular design means you can tweak your setup to your heart’s content.
Shane Taylor of Framelines has put together this short video explaining why he chose the Mamiya 645 Pro for his latest street photography project,t which resulted in a printed zine. As Fstoppers' own James Madison will testify, the Mamiya 645 Pro offers medium format quality in a very compact body and, as Taylor mentions, it even shoots 35mm film. And if that’s not enough to get you tempted, be sure to check out the thoughts of photographer Nick Carver, who was looking for something smaller than his Mamiya RB67 but that wasn’t a rangefinder.
My first foray into medium format was with the Mamiya RB67 (since sold), and I truly wish I’d opted for the Mamiya 645 instead. It’s far more portable, and at the smaller end of medium format (56mm x 42mm negatives rather than the 56mm x 72mm of 6x7 cameras), it doesn’t feel like such a massive step up from 35mm film.
Two great videos singing the praises of this legendary camera in the last couple of weeks means that I'm now browsing eBay and second-hand dealers. Are you tempted? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
The article thumbnail features an image of the Mamiya 645 taken by Eric Gaba and is used under Creative Commons.