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-bodied Mamiya NC1000s
with 14mm Mamiya SX Fisheye lens mounted, using a P-Adapter.
R. Herron Collection
Mamiya NC1000 R. Herron Collection
for lens and accessory information
Mamiya NC1000s R. Herron Collection
Mamiya NC1000s (back, showing film
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.
NC1000 P-Mount Adapter