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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