I have always had my Super 23 with me. It has the benefits of a rangefinder camera combined with the versatility of medium format film. Using the 6×9 film back provides an image ratio of 2:3, a ratio that works well with both portraiture and scenic applications. Mamiya introduced the Super 23 in 1967 and it would be the next to the last design the company would release as part of their series of "press" cameras. The term "press camera" was already an anachronism when the model was introduced as photojournalists had long since adopted the 35mm camera as their tool of choice. Instead, Mamiya found willing customers for the new camera among the ranks of professional photographers who appreciated the Super 23's combination of quality, versatility, and fast handling ideal for the bread-and-butter work of wedding, portrait, architectural, and studio photography. This was the first camera I purchased for studio work and I still work with to this day. I try to photograph my subjects with the intent of doing minimal or no cropping at all when it comes time to edit the final image. One of the benefits of shooting with a 6×7 or 6×9 film back is if extensive cropping is necessary, the corresponding enlargement of your negative keeps excessive film grain to reasonable levels. On a similar note, if you push film to a higher exposure index, a larger negative also helps to keep excessive film grain under control. If you intend to take one of these Press cameras out for street photography or a task that would require you to do a lot of walking, so my motorcycle was the best. Also I would highly recommend purchasing a quality carrying strap, preferably a wide one to distribute the weight evenly around your neck or across a shoulder on all of my medium format cameras, including my RB67, Super 23, and Universal, among others. One of the great things about this system is that it is modular. You only need to purchase one strap, which can be used on several cameras using interchangeable quick-release buckles. I know using one of these straps on a period camera doesn’t really present an “authentic” look to the camera system, but when it comes to comfort of use over a long period of time I’m willing to make that concession.
I have always had my Super 23 with me(part one),
by John Waco Jr July. 26, 2018 907 views
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