The Sussex Coast – Mamiya Universal + FP-100C
The Mamiya Universal Press is a classic medium format rangefinder camera introduced in 1969, which can take a Polaroid back. I used this set-up 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 back in the 1930-40s.
William Eggleston is also known to have used the Mamiya Press camera with medium format film. You also attract quite a lot of attention out-and-about when using this camera. It is either because it looks really cool or because you look a little different to the majority of camera users (which is not a bad thing).
Anyway, here we have a selection of Polaroids taken along the East Sussex coast in places like Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, Hastings and Bexhill. I hope you enjoy.
Here is a small selection of my favourite images
For those interested, all photos were taken with the Mamiya Universal Press medium format rangefinder camera and the SEKOR 100mm f/3.5 lens, and Fuji FP-100C instant colour film. Polaroid’s were scanned with the Epson Perfection V550 photo scanner. Small tonal and exposure adjustments were made in Adobe Camera Raw.
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