Mix and Match Time

Mamaya lens, meet my Sony camera

I have both digital cameras and film cameras, and for this image, those two worlds come together. I put a Mamiya RB67 lens on a Sony digital camera.
The Mamiya lens is a 140mm macro model, which dates back a few decades, and the Sony is the creme de la creme of high-resolution digital cameras.

The RB67 Mamiya camera is a giant box; the lens winds up a long way in front of the film, so the adapter to put the lens on the Sony camera is longer than the lens is. The photo below shows the setup: Sony on the left, the adapter in the middle, and the 140mm lens on the right (with all the wheels and dials). The subject of the imaging attempt is behind the setup.

Technical notes: The Mamiya lens is really sharp, more than a match for the high-resolution sensor in the Sony camera. Despite being a fairly old lens, it is a very sweet design. It does a great job on the Sony—but it turns the Sony camera into a film camera to a greater degree than I expected. I had to fuss with the Mamiya’s controls; it is from an age when electricity (in the form of batteries) was not yet a common technology for cameras. So it’s 100% manual. So I put the setup on a tripod so I could put each step of the exposure together in a well-controlled way (much like how you do film from that era).

I had to use some masking tape, for example, to make sure the aperture was set to what I wanted it to be (f/22 to get as much of the lampshade in focus as possible). Fun! The resulting image is as sharp as any of the (vastly more expensive these days) Sony lenses I own, which is a nice treat.