Category Archives: Mamiya Sekor

Primes, zooms, landscapes and panos


THE question cropped up in a forum discussion of whether primes are better than zooms. This is a fairly common question amd my response is that the best modern zooms are very nearly as good as any prime. My 70-200 … Continue reading

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Macros with a Sekor 180


The Sekor 180 TLR lens turns out to be a stellar macro performer when used with the bellows fully extended. This was shot hand-held at f4.5 with a yellow filter on Neopan Acros 100 black and white film.

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The Souq Porter


An aged porter waits with his wheelbarrow for customers in Qatar’s Souq Waqif. Shot on a Mamiya C33 TLR with a 180mm lens and Tri-X 400 film. (Copyright Paul Cowan; no unauthorised use)

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Mamiya Sekor 180/4.5 Super TLR lens


I HAVE a few quick observations about this lens, which has only just arrived. First, it is light. Very light. Well …. compared to the monstrous 180mm Sonnar for the Pentacon Six, anyway (which is the only other medium format … Continue reading

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Mamiya Sekor TLR lens speeds


Tested, reproducible shutter speeds from my three Sekor TLR lenses: 65mm (black version, blue dot) 1s = 1s; 1/2s = 1/2s; 1/4s = 1/4s; 1/8s = 1/8s; 1/15s = 1/16s; 1/30s = 1/29s; 1/60s = 1/58s; 1/125s = 1/118s; 1/250s … Continue reading

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Mamiya TLR magic


MY FIRST close-up encounter with a twin lens reflex (TLR) camera was more than 30 years ago, when I embarked on my career as a reporter. The staff photographers were all lugging around Rolleiflexes (and large, heavy flash battery packs, … Continue reading

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Shutter-speed shocker


I BOUGHT a shutter speed tester the other day, It’s nothing fancy, just a black box with a light sensor on one side and a cord that plugs into a computer’s audio jack. I got it because I use a … Continue reading

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