FP-100C Sample Photos & Mamiya Press | The Sussex Coast

The Mamiya Universal Press is a classic medium format rangefinder camera introduced in 1969. It can take a Polaroid back for shooting Fuji FP-100C instant colour film. I used this set-up recently for taking some sample photos in Sussex. It’s a great looking / well-built camera and easy to use, but heavy for long periods of street work. Yet, Weegee (Arthur Fellig) captured some iconic images in New York with a similar camera back in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

William Eggleston also used the Mamiya Press camera with medium format film in the 2000s. Using this camera in the ‘real world’ (no pun intended if you’re a fan of Eggleston’s work) attracts a lot of attention. Because you look really cool or because you look different to the majority of other camera users (which is not a bad thing!). I no longer use this camera (because the film is getting more expensive). But, the camera body can take film backs for other types of film. It would be interesting to try this one day.

Here we have some FP-100C sample photos taken along the East Sussex coast in places like Birling Gap, the Seven Sisters, Hastings, and Bexhill. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos. You can view more FP-100C sample photos here.

The camera & film details

For those interested, all photos were taken with the Mamiya Universal Press medium format rangefinder camera and the SEKOR 100mm f/3.5 lens. The film used was Fuji FP-100C instant colour film. Polaroid’s were scanned with the Epson Perfection V550 photo scanner. Small tone, exposure, and white balance adjustments were made in Adobe Camera Raw.

FP-100C & Mamiya Press: Sample Photos

Check out these sample photos (of the Sussex coast) taken with FP-100C instant colour film. And the Mamiya Universal Press camera.

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8 thoughts on “FP-100C Sample Photos & Mamiya Press | The Sussex Coast”

  1. Hi, Paul. Wonderful pictures! I shared your photos with ” Polaroid Packback instant film photography” group on facebook.

    I am wondering what lens do you use for these pictures? 127mm 100mm? thanks!

    please keep good working, 🙂

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  2. Great shots. You have the eye. You can see the extra quality compared to normal pack film cameras. I have the Polaroid 600, which is the Polaroid 600SE without the removable lenses. I believe it is basically the same camera as yours, but with only the option of Polaroid back. It works really well, although a little hard to focus, and not the world’s most stylish looking camera. I’ve been using it with FP-3000B, but your shots make me realise I must shoot more FP-100C.

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    • Thanks for commenting Ray. I would love to use black and white film, but its getting harder to find. The dof with these cameras is great. Have fun.

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  3. Hi Paul,

    Can you tell me if there is a specific back one must own to capture the full sheet of pack film for polaroid 3000 or 100? I have a huge back stock of the pack film, but i’m not thrilled with the images from my land camera and want a better camera to use… Is the mamiya the camera do you believe?

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    • Hi Jasen,
      The Mamiya universal can take various adapters for many different types of film. I have only used the one for type 100 Polaroid film. Not sure the Mamiya would be noticeably sharper since instant film is quite soft. Although DoF is much better on the Mamiya. It would definitely be sharper if used with larger format film.

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