The Mamiya 645 1000S is my first medium format camera. It has the form factor of a brick. It is heavy and cumbersome to hold. You only have 15 shots per roll of film, so you better make each shot count. You have to crank a handle between shots to advance the film to the next frame so your frame rate per second is operator dependent. I think it safe to say you will not get the machine gun burst of a modern DSLR. There isn’t a display for reviewing your images. The fastest shutter speed is only 1/1000 of a second. The ISO can only be changed when you change the film. Compared to the features of today’s cameras and even camera phones, my Mamiya would not even be considered “Low-tech”. It would be “No-tech”. However, three words describe my feelings for the above “drawbacks”: I Love It!
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