Near Mint! 1962 Mamiya C3 TLR, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is the Mamiya C3 which was introduced in 1962. It was marketed as a professional quality TLR. It's a 6x6 medium format camera that uses 120 roll film and accepts interchangeable lenses. These cameras quickly became popular with commercial & artistic photographers who loved working with them. The handling of the C3 was very familiar to anyone who had previously used a Rolleiflex.
The Mamiya offered the same features such as the 6x6 square format and a big viewfinde of the Rolleiflex, while at the same time offering a much greater versatility. The expanding bellows enabled the camera to be fitted with a variety of interchangeable lense, as well as allowing the photographer get much closer and tighter compositions. Most Rolleiflexes were fitted with an 80mm lens, which was the medium format equivelent of a 50mm standard lens on 35mm. The popular 135mm lens (which is on this Mamiya) gave it the equivalent of an 85mm lens and made it popular with portrait photographers.
This Mamiya is beautiful! It really looks and feels as if someone just stepped into a time machine and managed to travel back to 1962 to buy it. Everything about it exudes quality and thanks to the time and careful attention we’ve invested in it, it's going to give you many many years of enjoyment.
This camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. Focusing is accurate. The film advance and film counter works correctly. The Seikosha shutter works well and all speeds (B, 1 Sec-1/500th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The sharp 4.5/135mm Mamiya-Sekor lens in exceptionally fine condition. The lens is clean and clear and looks like new. There are no scratches, no cleaning wisps and it’s capable of producing very lovely photos with modern color and black & white films.
It comes complete with a lens filter.
All in all, a very enjoyable TLR camera. Load it with your favorite film and keep it handy for that perfect shot you’ve been looking for. You know the one... the one with the perfect Ansel Adams light breaking through the dark storm clouds that leaves you wishing that you had a 6x6 camera with you…