Mamiya C220 6x6 TLR Medium Format Camera w/ 80mm f2.8 Lens -New Seals-
"The twin lens is obsolete...Who would want one?" I strongly disagree with that statement. Let me try to convince you.
SLR cameras are certainly more useful for certain types of photography but the TLR has some important advantages that flow directly from its design. In an SLR there is a large and heavy mirror that has to move at high speed with every exposure. The mirror slows down response but more importantly it creates a strong slap that you can hear and feel, particularly in a medium format camera (this is the source of the Hasselblad "thunk.") The slap makes noise that can be objectionable, particularly if you are shooting weddings or strangers on the street. It also creates vibration that degrades your photos, even with a tripod.
In contrast, there is no mirror slap on the TLR. The shutter is very quite, nearly silent in a large room and there is greatly reduced vibration, which makes for sharper photos, particularly when hand-held or with long exposures.
In addition to the functional advantages, the TLR design has a charm not found in SLR designs. I find that people open up to a camera that they see as a charming oddity and this gets you better pictures.Finally the Mamiya TLRs have long built in bellows that allows it to focus much more closely than other cameras.
This Camera The model for sale is classic C220. This is my favorite. model. I love the "M" pattern covering, it is a stripped down model without distracting features and unlike the C33 and C330 it will take any Mamiya TLR lens.
It comes with the excellent 80mm f2.8 standard lens.
The camera is in clean condition. The focus and all controls are smooth and the shutter is strong and accurate at all speeds.
There is a very small mark on the edge of the front element of the taking lens but it is minor and does not impact images. The viewing lens has a tiny amount of coating wear on an inner element that is not visible while in use and does not impact images.
This is a good camera for professional results. We have replaced the light seals, a $75 value.