The Sussex Coast – Mamiya Universal + FP-100C

The Sussex Coast – Mamiya Universal + FP-100C

September 10, 2015 By 8 Analog Projects
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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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8 Comments on "The Sussex Coast – Mamiya Universal + FP-100C"

  1. Tyler Ritchie
    January 5, 2016 Reply

    This set of photos is incredible man. Lovely stuff ! The colours are beautiful as are the situations they are shot in.

    • Paul
      January 6, 2016 Reply

      Cheers dude! And thanks for droping by.

  2. Zhe Mei
    August 7, 2017 Reply

    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, :)

    • Paul
      August 9, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for sharing Zhe. I used the 100mm. I must shoot more.

  3. Ray Rapkerg
    August 7, 2017 Reply

    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.

    • Paul
      August 9, 2017 Reply

      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.

  4. jasen
    May 23, 2018 Reply

    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?

    • Paul
      May 24, 2018 Reply

      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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