January 30, 2012

Mamiya M 35mm point and shoot

The manual from Butkus.

The Mamiya M has a shutter speed range of 1/8 to 1/500. And an ASA range of 25 to 800. Apertures go from f2.8 to f16.

I really like the early 1980s cameras like this 1982 Mamiya. They all have threads for filters and manual ISO control. What really make this camera excellent is the pre-focus, much like the Nikon L35AF. I often use force flash in daylight so the Mamiya M is good one to use. With the Nikon L35AF, you have to trick the camera into popping up the flash unit.

Maybe this will be my beach camera for 2012.

I dislike the P&S camera that DOESN'T show what distance it has decided to focus on. The Canon MC unfortunately did just that. Certain cameras, like the Minolta Hi-Matic AF with the manual film advance, only let you know the focusing distance during exposure which is a bit too late in my opinion.

However, manual advance is always nice as it is quiet and allows the user to decide when to advance the frame - always appreciated for the street shooter.

I sold my Mamiya C33 a few years back and have regretted it. This little p&s will be my stand-in until I find a nice Mamiya TLR with a prism finder. One day.

January 12, 2012

It's been a while... but hey look, a clean Nikon FM and an E Series Lens

I am beginning to see a pattern.

Yesterday, I was short-listed for a Canadian literary award, the Charles Taylor Prize for Non-fiction, for my book, The Measure of a Man, and, indeed, I bought a camera.

As I did the last time for the Governor-General's Literary Awards.

This time I came across this nearly untouched Nikon FM. The lens had been put incorrectly and never used. After I cajoled the lens off both were in perfect working order. Probably my best camera find ever. I feel like I already won a prize.

I used to own a Nikon FM2N. Black. But, as I've mentioned before, I traded it for Konica gear. The camera played a prop in one of my favourite photographs of one of my sons. I miss his pudgy little fingers. He's getting lanky now.