The Ultimate Mamiya Film Camera Shootout

Don’t you just love a good old fashioned photoshoot? Starting a new challenge is not only fun, but it’s a fantastic way to let your creativity run wild – you sink or swim.

In Mamiya’s ultimate battle of banksi, we see three photographers competing in the streets of Sydney. The principle of the challenge is simple: three photographers, three classic Mamiya medium format film cameras, five minutes each with the Aleese model, one roll of film each. Who will produce the best images?

After a game of scissors, paper, stone, the challenge begins. The shoot turns out to be an inconvenience at first, as the other two guys plan their shots while watching the proceedings.

The challenge turns out to be a test on several fronts: finding settings for images, directing a model, and being able to operate a medium format film camera under pressure. I could almost feel the adrenaline rushing through my own veins as I watched this entertaining video.

I have been shooting film for over 25 years, but I must admit that I have never shot a single image with a Mamiya camera. For me, the video was also a good introduction to the images produced by three medium format classics: the 645 Super, the RB67 and the C330.

You might be wondering which photographer and camera took the best pictures under pressure. You will have to watch the video above and find out for yourself.

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