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who does, please
Lens Auction Price Information!
In response to requests, I have been researching auction price averages
for the interchangeable Mamiya lenses used on all Mamiya 35mm
SLR camera models. Visit my Lens
Auction Prices Table to view this ongoing effort!
- Mamiya Sketch (c.1959)
- Mamiya Mammy (c.1953), and
- Mamiya Prismat SLR (the one with the curved nameplate, c.1960).
- Front Lens Cap for either a CS or SX 14mm Lens
Reprinted Instruction, Service & Repair
Manuals, and other hard-to-find Mamiya 35mm information
may be purchased from this site. Data on a few other cameras is also
available. To see if that elusive data you have been looking for is
in the collection, check out the
Instruction Manuals page. All proceeds
help to fund site maintenance.
November 21, 2004 I'm trying to eliminate some of the
long scrolling required to read this news update material, so I have
archived the updates from 2000-2003. If you are interested, you will
find them by clicking on either 2002-2003 or 2000-2001, or the
appropriate text links below.
November 16, 2004 Another minor update to the Rangefinder
page, and one to the Fixed
Lens page, where reader Maurice Fisher provides an update
on the available lenses for the Mamiya Saturn and Mamiya Korvette
that were sold in the UK.
November 13, 2004 A few minor updates to the
Rangefinder page, mentioning the Pro-matic,
a name variant of the Mamiya Auto Deluxe, and the Vulcan, a
little known variant of the Mamiya EE Merit.
October 24, 2004 Nothing really new, just removed the
translation device from the home page (too choppy, apparently, for
most translations) and an update to my picture in About
October 20, 2004 My camera auction
price average table has been updated.
October 16, 2004 New information about a Mamiya-Sekor
80-200mm Zoom E lens with
a previously unrecorded f/4 aperture has been verified
by reader Reijo Lauro, of Finland.
October 12, 2004 A few more updates on the
October 10, 2004 Very, very early this morning, I totally
updated the pages containing information about the Russian
cameras in my collection! There are also new images added
to the DTL, Prismat, MSX/DSX and Rangefinder pages!
October 3, 2004 I've added new shots of the
Mamiya Auto XTL & X-1000 from cameras
in my collection. There are also new pictures of the NC1000 series
on the NC1000 page, a new Mamiya Elca image on the Rangefinder page,
and a new 1000DTL image on both the Home page and the TL & DTL page!
And if that is not enough, I also finished new images for most of
the Z-Series page!
September 19, 2004 I am continuing to upgrade images
as I can. More new ones are now on the Prismat, Rangefinder, Fixed
Lens SLR and Home pages!
September 14, 2004 I have started to replace some of
the images on the site with new images of my own cameras. You will
find a few new images on the DTL
August 27, 2004 I have added a link to my photographer
son's new web site, and this is a shameless plug for it! You can check
out the link on my Related
August 25, 2004 Thanks to reader Karl Adams, in Australia,
there is now photographic evidence of the often mentioned/never seen
Mamiya E-series 35-105mm f/3.5-4.3 macro zoom! Check it out on the
August 24, 2004 I made a few minor adjustments
to the site...mostly housekeeping things. I did get rid of some of
the advertising links, to clean things up a bit. They can't all
go, since the meager revenue they provide keeps the dream alive that
I will one day discover a way to make this site pay for itself!
August 21, 2004 Check it out! I just got approved as
an affiliate for the Discovery Channel Store
and have added a link to some of their neat photo-related items.
August 16, 2004 Nearly all of the responses to my poll
about the new translation service (see the Home
page) were positive, so I will continue it, at least for a while.
I am going to look for a better service, if one exists, since
I did receive comments that said the translation was choppy and incorrect
in places. There were also a few who could not view the Japanese/Chinese/
August 14, 2004 I have acquired my second Mamiya
35-I (c.1949)! It has not arrived yet -- but I feel like a kid again,
waiting for it to be delivered! It is only the fourth one I have ever
seen in auction!
August 4, 2004 I added a poll to the bottom of the home
page, to make it easier to find out what everyone thinks of the language
service. I will leave the poll active until August 15.
July 30, 2004 As an experiment, I have added a link to
AltaVista's Babel Fish language translator to the bottom of the
Home Page. I can
struggle through Spanish and a very tiny bit of German, but am embarrassed
to admit the only language I can read fluently is English, so you
will have to tell me how effective this new scripting is!
July 26, 2004 More information was added to my Home
page on Mamiya's history. I included a small photograph I recently
came across of the two Mamiya Corporation founders, Tsunejiro Sugawara
and Seichi Mamiya (c.1940).
July 19, 2004 There has been a small change to the Rangefinder
page, adding battery information to the
Mamiya Super Deluxe listing. The NC1000
page has also been updated, with a new link to
NC1000s shutter control changes.
July 18, 2004 I removed the temporary poll from this
page, after analyzing a full month of its results. I was pleased to
discover that 27% of the readers who responded said the information
found on this site was "irreplaceable," another 53% found it "extremely
valuable," and 17% considered it "valuable." A nice incentive to continue
the work. However, I would like to find the one respondent who voted
"not very valuable." Perhaps he was looking for car parts!
July 15, 2004 Thanks to reader Dave Lewis, in Manchester,
England, for writing to inform us how to open the film door of the
35EEF camera. Without the instruction manual, it is almost
impossible to determine that the rear viewfinder bezel moves upward
to unlatch the door!
July 8, 2004 Discovered an interesting site that sells
lens adapters that enable certain film lenses to be used on digital
cameras. This includes an adapter for M42 threaded lenses to the Canon
EOS digital mount. My old Mamiya lenses just got an extended lease
on life! You can check it out
July 6, 2004 Well, I took the plunge. Bought a new Canon
300D EOS digital SLR (sorry, all my Mamiya cameras...I know that must
sting)! Unfortunately, I can only wish Mamiya was in the 35mm market
for digitals -- after all, they make an extraordinary medium-format
for use with a digital back!
July 5, 2004 New images of a camera labeled auto DTL
1000 have been provided by Gentle Reader Per Malare in Sweden.
They show what may have been a one-of-kind prototype for the Mamiya
Auto XTL, and have been added to the Mamiya
June 22, 2004 I have acquired a beautiful old Agfa Plenax
PB-20 (c.1935). Not a particularly expensive camera to collect, but
this one is in absolutely fabulous condition!
June 18, 2004 I am contemplating changes to the site
structure, so I have added a temporary Poll Question to this "What's
New?" page, to gather information on the general reaction to it in
the current state. I anticipate updating the question frequently for
a while, as I go about collecting data. If you have a suggestion,
by all means send
it to me!
June 16, 2004 Back in action with a new computer. Still
trying to resurrect some old files from the original hard drive. Thank
goodness I had an external hard drive where I stored a backup for
June 10, 2004 The capacitors on the motherboard of my
computer are fried in a thunderstorm (yes, I had surge protectors),
and I am out of touch for several days!
June 3, 2004 Gentle Reader Per Malare, in Sweden, came
across an interesting item and sent it to my attention. He recently
bought an XTL bellows on eBay that came with a non-functional camera
body. On closer inspection, the body was not just non-fuctional, it
actually looked like a stage prop, not a working camera. Even more
interesting, the engraved name on the top plate (which looks characteristically
like an XTL) did not say Auto XTL -- it reads auto DTL 1000
instead! Was this a pre-production prototype of the XTL design? Comments
welcomed! Pictures coming soon!
May 20, 2004 Information about Sendean Cameras, a service
facility for Mamiya 35mm cameras is added to my
Related Links page. It is the first
verified service source I have found outside the USA.
May 12, 2004 Additional Mamiya history items are added
to the Home page.
May 10, 2004 This "What's New" page is redesigned to
be more of a timeline of activity, rather than its previous disconnected
prose style. Comments are always welcomed and encouraged through the
May 2, 2004 New information is added to the Mamiya
TL & DTL page.
April 24, 2004 New information is added to the Mamiya
March 2004 In my research and travels, new Mamiya 35mm
instruction manuals and service guides have been discovered, and are
now available on the Manuals
February 2004 A new page is added, called simply Other
Mamiya 35mm, covering known information about Mamiya's
35mm "point-and-shoot" cameras. Initial survey results are not impressed
with the page.
January 2004 A recent eBay auction uncovered a previously
unknown Mamiya E-series zoom lens (for Mamiya ZE-series cameras).
It was listed as a 35-105mm f/3.5-4.3 macro lens, capable of
focusing to an incredible four inches! The picture seemed to support
the description. This lens does not appear in any currently known
Mamiya literature. Anyone with information, please
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