Mamiya RB67 | Shooting With One of the Most Beloved Medium Format Film Cameras

Though it was introduced 50 years ago, the Mamiya RB67 is still one of the most beloved cameras out there, widely sought after by many film photographers. What makes this camera so special? This great video follows a photographer as he shoots with it for the first time. 

Coming to you from Willem Verbeeck, this awesome video takes a look at the Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera. Introduced in 1970, the RB67 (which stands for "rotating back 6 x 7") is still sought after by a lot of photographers, with many considering it one of the most well-designed cameras ever (our own Hans Rosemond adores it). 

You may have also heard of the Mamiya RZ67, a similar model. The primary difference between the RB67 and RZ67 is that the RB67 is entirely mechanical. One particularly unique aspect of the camera (at least compared to the way we shoot today) is the waist-level viewfinder, providing a very different shooting experience. 

It is quite similar to a TLR (twin-lens reflex) in experience, but different in that it uses a mirror like a DSLR instead of employing a second viewing lens (this also allows you to change lenses). Check out the video above to see what it is like shooting with the RB67.

Alex Cooke