I decided to treat myself to a Mamiya C220 medium format twin-lens reflex camera. It takes square pictures with 6×6cm negatives. When shooting with old cameras, the golden rule is to try it before you rely on it, so I took it out for a lunchtime photowalk and photographed the “usual suspects” – things near my office that I’ve photographed many times before. I wanted to make sure the shutter worked, the bellows didn’t have holes and things like that.
Turns out the camera is in perfect working order and I couldn’t find a single thing wrong with it. Not only that, but the 80mm f/2.8 lens is a wonderful piece of glass – pin sharp and with beautiful shallow depth of field. As the camera has bellows focusing built-in, you can also achieve almost 1:1 macro with no extra equipment. It was intended as a professional camera, and it feels like it. It’s heavy, sturdy and strong.
You get 12 photos on a roll and I’ve published my favourite six here. That’s an extraordinarily high hit-rate, especially given that these were just quick snapshots to test the camera. I’m delighted!