The Mamiya C33

It’s been a long time since my last post. I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone has left and wouldn’t blame you. However there is a new camera in my collection that I think is worth people knowing about so here we go! The Mamiya C33! It’s Mamiya’s answer to the Rolleiflex. Like all Mamiya cameras, it is built like a tank. If you have handled an RB67 or an old 645 1000s by Mamiya, they are all solid hunks of metal and the C33 doesn’t stray from that lineage.

It is quite a bit larger than the Rolleiflex and heavier so you won’t be quite as nimble with it. I have found a simple monopod helps quite nicely in keeping the camera steady. Mine came with the standard chrome version 80mm, 2.8 lens which is a very sharp lens. The great thing about the Mamiya vs. the Rolleiflex is you can change lenses on the Mamiya and it usually sells for a lot cheaper price! I picked mine up and also added two lenses to the kit for a lot less money than I would have spent on just a Rolleiflex 2.8 or even 3.5 camera.

But is it any good you ask? I have been pleasantly surprised and actually thrilled with the results. I have shot with a TLR before, I own two Rolleicords and love this type of camera. The Mamiya gave me a chance to try a TLR with a 2.8 lens without breaking the bank and it did not disappoint. The other two lensed I picked up were the 65mm and the 180mm. The 180mm is not the Super version and yet it is very sharp. I am waiting to get the film back where I shot the 65mm but I am expecting the same results. All the lenses have leaf shutters built into them. The camera also operates with a bellows system which allows one to focus really closely for detail type photos.

The Mamiya is quite the bargain in TLR cameras but the results I feel match the best of them. Happy wanderings!