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02/01/2014 09:41:46 AM · #1
i went to the camera shop today to buy a 35mm sigma art lens and picked up a mamiya 645 pro TL as well

loaded my first roll of film and so far taken 4 shots just in the house, heres to a new learning experience and hopefully some good results

anyone got one, tips and tricks welcome etc. which film to use, polaroid back with fuji instal?? etc

and hello everyone ive been a busy boy building my construction company thats left no time for photography but im determined to get back shooting.

ive got a free study entry in thats doing ok 6.9 at 20 votes and gonna look for some side challenges to get the old creative juices flowing.

Giles
02/01/2014 09:46:05 AM · #2
Well done you. Do you have a scanner to share the results?
02/01/2014 09:57:03 AM · #3
Originally posted by Giles:

i went to the camera shop today to buy a 35mm sigma art lens and picked up a mamiya 645 pro TL as well


Great choice and my kind of impulse buy. Personally I would pass on the polaroid back as you will only get the small 6 x 4.5 cm images and the cost adds up. Freestyle Photo Supplies (online) is my favorite place for film as they have many options. My personal favorites are Rollei Retro 80s, but I am generally not too picky. Not sure if you have developed your own film, but it is a piece of cake and fun too...

I just picked up an old Rolleiflex Automat this week (cheap, beater) and loaded the first roll this morning.

Long live analog!
02/01/2014 10:28:39 AM · #4
Ha! Not quite the candy bat at the checkout in grocery store. You will enjoy it. I've used a Polaroid back on my RB67, it does create additional cost although the Fujifilm instant film is nice. Kodak 400TX is great to start with if you try developing at home.
02/01/2014 10:29:41 AM · #5
And listen to any advice form Tom. Great to have you back Tom!
02/01/2014 10:52:38 AM · #6
Hey LOOK! It's Tom! aka 21.gif tph1! What a terrific surprise.... good to see you!
02/01/2014 10:58:11 AM · #7
Just noticed this is posted under "Hardware and Software" and that gave me a chuckle.. :-)

(Thanks for the warm welcome.)
02/01/2014 05:17:47 PM · #8
I have the 645 Super, a couple of generations earlier. They are excellent cameras. The viewfinder is as big and bright as all outdoors.

B&W film is relatively easy to do at home. Color is more touchy. Which means sending it out. The big secret for color developing, is Walmart sends their 120 film to Dwayne's. 35mm they still do in house, but you no longer get your negatives back.
02/01/2014 06:29:48 PM · #9
I used to have one of these, an earlier model, before we got the Hasselblad. They are wonderful cameras. Any suggestions I would have would be wildly out of date though :-)
02/01/2014 10:42:46 PM · #10
I can agree they are a great camera, had one some ( many) years ago, Beauty is big neg better gradation, B/W easy to develop. fix,and a good wash 1/2 hour makes them archival.

May be they now have a digital back ( Leaf? )

anyway enjoy the medium format photography
02/02/2014 05:41:48 AM · #11
1 question

I guess it doesn't really matter but I watched a video on loading 120 film and once threaded on the bottom spool and inserted in the back he wound the entire film onto the bottom spool.

But in the handbook it doesn't show winding it onto the bottom spool?

Does it matter?
02/02/2014 07:38:48 AM · #12
Well I am not exactly sure what you mean, but when loading the insert, by hand you wind the beginning of the unexposed film until the "start" line on the paper film backing lines up with the "start" mark on the cartridge (it is usually a red arrow or red dot). Then you insert the cartridge into the back. Mount the back on the camera and advance the film to the first frame and you are good to go.

The first roll of 120 I ever loaded I somehow loaded backwards- with the paper backing towards the lens.

Message edited by author 2014-02-02 07:39:33.
02/02/2014 11:39:27 AM · #13
Originally posted by Giles:

1 question

I guess it doesn't really matter but I watched a video on loading 120 film and once threaded on the bottom spool and inserted in the back he wound the entire film onto the bottom spool.

But in the handbook it doesn't show winding it onto the bottom spool?

Does it matter?

That doesn't sound right. You DO advance the film to the correct starting point once it's in the holder and dark, but you don't wind it "all the way" onto the bottom spool, that would be pointless because there's no way to wind it backwards to advance exposures...

You DO have a manual, right? 'Cuz I've found it online...
02/02/2014 11:44:55 AM · #14
yeah i have the manual, and yeah i lined the start up

see after 1:08 he winds the film onto the bottom roller

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WClb0KJdq8
02/02/2014 04:10:01 PM · #15
I think the confusion is from the way he has it turned. The start mark is only on one end, and he is loading it correctly.

The difference that I see, is that he is manually advancing the film to the first frame, before attaching the magazine to the camera. Which means he has to manually adjust the counter. If you align the start mark on the film with the holder, all you need do is mount the magazine and advance to the first frame. I have the WG401 motor drive, and it advances to the first frame for me, when a new roll is loaded.

You can find a manual here. Butkus.org
02/02/2014 04:39:21 PM · #16
Originally posted by Giles:

yeah i have the manual, and yeah i lined the start up

see after 1:08 he winds the film onto the bottom roller

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WClb0KJdq8

LIke ambaker says, he's just winding it to the start position there.
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