Shooting with the Mamiya Universal + FP-100c Film

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The Mamiya Universal is a classic medium format rangefinder camera introduced in 1969 that takes a Polaroid back, which I used recently with a few packs of Fuji FP-100C instant colour film. It’s a great looking camera and easy to use, but quite heavy for long periods of street work, although Weegee (Arthur Fellig) managed to capture some iconic images with an equally heavy medium format camera. William Eggleston is also known to have used the Mamiya Press camera. You also attract a lot of attention (perhaps because it looks really cool!).

Anyway, here’s a small selection of my favourite photos taken with the SEKOR 100mm f/3.5 lens and scanned on the Epson Perfection V550 photo scanner.

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8 thoughts on “Shooting with the Mamiya Universal + FP-100c Film

  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, 🙂

  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.

    1. 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.

  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?

    1. 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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