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Mamiya NC1000 & NC1000s Cameras
The introduction of the Mamiya NC1000 marked a radical departure from the traditionally heavy Mamiya cameras that preceded it. A full eight-to-ten ounces lighter than any of its immediate predecessors, it was considered nimble and remarkably easy to handle. This significant weight reduction, combined with its sharp, contrasty optics, quickly generated a loyal following. It is one of my favorite Mamiya 35mm cameras! As always, each Gentle Reader is encouraged to share any new Mamiya NC1000 information by joining the Collecting Mamiya 35mm Forum!

Mamiya NC1000 & 1000s
Released in 1978, the Mamiya NC1000 was a dramatic departure from the Mamiya SLR's before it. It weighs only 16 oz. (compared to 26, 25 and 24 for the DTL, XTL and MSX/DSX, respectively) and is remarkably easy to handle. It has an electronic focal-plane shutter, with speeds from 1 to 1/1000 sec. and a hot shoe mount, with 1/60 sync. The meter is a center-weighted CdS cell powered by two MS76 batteries (still readily available), with the indicator and microprism split-image visible in the finder. Shutter-priority AE can also be set manually.

      Indexing Mark Detail

It came with a remarkably sharp series of bayonet-mount lenses (the Mamiya CS series), from 14mm to 300mm. Unfortunately, this bayonet did not match the XTL bayonet-mount before it, nor would it exactly match the following Z-series mount!

The complete CS lens series (photo courtesty R. Stauber, Germany)

The NC1000s was released later the same year. Perhaps its most distinctive feature cosmetically was a pocket holder on the back door that allowed you to keep a film-box end for reference. The NC1000s also allowed for five changes in the focusing screens from the typical rangefinder-spot Fresnel screen to a transparent cross-hair screen.

But the really significant change was in the shutter construction (sometime after models with a serial number of approximately K152200). You cannot readily see the difference, but the new construction meant the speeds of the 1000s shutter are supposed to be more stable.

I have no verification of this construction change from any Mamiya literature, it is something also mentioned by Joerg Krueger and Roland Stauber, two Mamiya enthusiasts from Germany with whom I share information. Thanks to Roland, I have photos available to illustrate this internal construction difference.

Silver Mamiya NC1000
Silver-bodied Mamiya NC1000s
with 14mm Mamiya SX Fisheye lens mounted, using a P-Adapter.
R. Herron Collection

Mamiya NC1000
Mamiya NC1000  R. Herron Collection
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Mamiya NC1000s
Mamiya NC1000s  R. Herron Collection

NC1000s Film I.D. Holder
Mamiya NC1000s (back, showing film I.D. holder)

P-Mount Adapter
A mounting adapter is available (fairly rare, and very much sought after today) that fits the Mamiya NC1000 camera. It can be mounted on any universal Pentax-Praktica (P-Mount) 42mm threaded lens (which are still in plentiful supply) and allow it to mount to the NC body's bayonet mount.

NC1000 P-Mount Adapter, when mounted on a threaded lens,
allows the lens to mount on the NC1000's bayonet.

P-Mount Adapter
NC1000 P-Mount Adapter

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