A few years ago, I inherited a Mamiya C33 from my father in law. He retrieved it from a friend he knows in Iowa for free. He then asked me if I wanted it, but explained that it didn’t work. I took it as I love vintage cameras, especially TLR’s. If you’ve never held one or used one, I highly recommend it. It looked to be in great condition when I picked it up. No scratches, dings, the thing is built like a tank and weighs a lot. It uses 120 film which is still available and easy to develop. I had it checked out after I figured out that the shutter was not working. I had it serviced and everything was working just fine. I shot a few rolls through it and then put it on the shelf. Again, this was a few years ago.
Below image is of the actual camera.
Bad move. I recently went to use it and the shutter stopped working again. After doing research and hitting up youtube for answers, it seems these cameras need to be used frequently and not put on a shelf, otherwise the shutters get stuck. Other people have had the same results of not using them and having shutter issues. I removed the lens (it’s the 80mm) and gave everything a decent cleaning and now it works again. I ran one roll through it so far and was happy with the results.
I have been experimenting with film lately and love the results. I am utilizing a scanner to upload the negatives onto my Mac, which has been pretty fun. It has been a fun option with my son as well.
True story: We were out making images and I was using the Mamiya to make images of my son. After I made a few he comes running over and says, let me see, let me see. I explained to him that this is a film camera and not digital so you cannot view the pictures after taking them. He was confused. After a little more explanation, I think he figured it out. Now he comes into my office and asks to see the photos from the scanner.
Not sure if I’m ready to explain how that works.