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This summary is intended to provide a single reference concerning the various models of the Mamiya Twin Lens Reflex cameras. It isn’t a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) in the usual format, but it is hoped that the content will be as useful. In pursuing details of the Mamiya C-series with a view to my own purchases, I found the small variations between models confusing. This document represents my attempt to organise what I’ve learned to date.

Since it’s inception, this document has been almost universally well received. I’d like to thank those who have contributed information, however minor, and those who have sent messages of appreciation. A little encouragement helps when I have to do battle with this monster I’ve spawned! There have also been a number of favourable citations in Web sites and discussion forums. Again, I would like to acknowledge all these kind words.

As more information comes to light, I would expect the content, and possibly the format, to be revised. Please note that some of this information is tabulated, and will require a table-aware browser for correct formatting. The original for this web release is a .docx format document of 59 US letter pages at 12pt; a total of 0 words. The HTML mark-up is produced Pandoc to convert to Markdown, and then some extra processing is done to split the document into chapters. An Adobe Acrobat PDF file of the text is available via the link page.

The first release of this document was in June 1996. Revised releases are normally posted for the 1st of the month, if new information is available. Since much of the system has been covered, I expect future changes to be minor and irregular. The growth of digital imaging in 2005 and 2006 has had a significant impact on film photography. It seems unlikely that there will be new medium format cameras using film in the future, though the predicted total demise of film has not happened. I am sure that the Mamiya TLR cameras will soldier on of many years yet.

0.1 Caveats

While the information contained in this document is provided in good faith, neither the compiler nor contributors can be responsible for the accuracy of content, nor the use that may be made of this information. If you intend purchasing equipment, you are advised to verify details with the vendor prior to purchase. This document is subject to continuing research and revision. Where possible information has been obtained from examples of the equipment, or from the primary sources cited.

References are made to commercial sources for parts and references within this document. I do not necessarily have personal experience of these organisations, and their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement.

Portions of this document may use terms that are either registered trade marks, or claimed as such. The use of such is not intended to support nor disparage any trademark claim. On request any reference to a specific trademark and its owner will be withdrawn. Readers are advised that manufacturer’s names, products, and model numbers normally fall in this category.

Quotations from this site are subject to ‘fair use’ restrictions, and must be attributed. The use of quoted material or links to this site do not constitute an endorsement by the compiler of this document or its contributors. From time to time this document, or parts of it, are cited as a reference for items in on-line auctions. Where I am neither the buyer nor the seller I am not responsible for any inaccuracies in description or suitability of the equipment. You must verify purchases with the seller yourself.

0.2 Contributions

Additions and corrections are welcomed. Please indicate whether the information comes from a published source, direct examination of the item, or recollection. Contributors will be cited with their express permission only.

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