Mamiya 6MF Instruction manual

Mamiya 6MF Instruction manual
Congratulations on your wise decision to purchase
the Mamiya RB 67 Professional SD (Pro-SD)
The RB67 Pro-SD is the latest addition to the long-selling RB67 Series
which was first released in 1970. Due to its innovative 6x7cm revolving back
format, the RB67 has been highly recognized throughout the world as the
genesis of the medium format cameras.
Specifically, the camera features an expanded interval lens mount diameter
(from 54mm to 61mm, i.e. the same as that of the RZ67), thereby enabling
a wider variety of new, high performance lenses, such as the APO series
to be used. The newly developed extra bright, ultra low dispersion glass
of the APO series lenses and shift lens have gone a long way to improving
system configuration.
With a wide spectrum of accessories, photographic excellence is assured
in a multitude of applications from commercial to portraiture.
Perusing this manual before attempting to use the Pro-SD will minimize the
possibility of malfunctions.
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1. Features of the Mamiya RB67 Pro-SD
Practical 6x7cm
Since 6x7cm format covers an area 4.5 times the 35mm format.
excellent picture quality is assured. In color photography, in particular, it
demonstrates superior results. The ratio between the length and width
of the 6X7cm format is almost the same as that of large sized printing
paper, permitting economical enlargements without cropping.
Close-up photography through the full use of the bellows
Since the bellows can be extended up to 46mm photographing even
the smallest subjects in frame full is possible. When auto extension
tubes are used, the subject can be further enlarged. When a standard
lens is employed, life-sized (1:1) reproductions are possible only with
the tubes.
Excellent heat and cold resistance
The Pro-SD is mechanically advanced so that is components can
function over a wide temperature range from approximately -20°C
to -50°C.
The revolving adapter allows quick changeover from
the vertical or horizontal format
By simply turning the revolving adapter gOa, either a vertical or
horizontal format can be selected without moving the camera. Proper
picture composition is easily determined by index finder lines interlocked with the revolving adapter.
Enlarged lens mount
Compared to the convetional RB67 Series, the Pro-SD has a lens
mount with a diameter 7mm larger. making it possible to accept a new
group of high performance sophisticated lenses, such as the APO, shift,
and newly designed wide angle lens 75mm. Since the lenses are
systematized, a lens suitable for desired composition can be selected.
The new lenses are designed with emphasis on color contribution and
feature a built-in bulb (B) unit, and the wide-angle lenses have a floating feature to assure improved close-up performance. All Pro-SD
lenses use a lens shutter and an electronic flash synchronize for all
shutter speeds.
Bright, parallax-free finder
With the lens aperture open, the subject appearing on the large,
bright focusing screen assures speedy focusing and composing. The
parallax-free single-lens reflex Pro-SD thus is ideal for instantaneous
photos where the utmost in quality is required.
The Pro-SD roll film holders assure excellent film flatness
The Pro-SD roll film holders are designed with the utmost consideration given to film flatness and also feature an interlocked multiple exposure prevention system.
The newly designed dark slide slot accepts the dark slide from either
the left or right side.
Extensive variety of accessories and interchangeable
film holders
Pro-SD accessories are interchangeable with those of the RB67
Series and are available in a diverse variety, thus satisfying every possible
photographic need
A wide variety of film holders are avaialble: 6x7cm format 120/200
roll film holders and 6x4.5cm (semi-format) holders for the Pro-SD, as
well as 6x7cm and 6x8cm power drive holders, 70mm holder and
sheet film holders. All these assure high quality, sharp images over a
large picture area.
The 6x8 cm format now possible
The Pro-SD body back is designed to permit 6x8cm photography,
thus expanding the photographic scope for studio work and in other
fields that use 6x8cm.
2. Parts and
and How to Operate
Shutter cocking lever
The lever cocks both the sh
the mirror. Unless they are set, a
safety device prevents the shutter
release button from being depressed.
By sliding the nameplate, the focusing
hood can be exchanged.
. Finder latch
Dark slide -
The latch prevents the finder from slipping off if the nameplate is carelessly
When the dark slide is inserted, a
safety device prevents the shutter
release button from being depressed.
(Take the dark slide out before taking
a picture and put it into the storing lug.)
Lens mounting index mark
(red dot)
Mirror (Never touch it!)
Lens mount
Distance graduation
Shutter release button
A safety device will prevent the shutter
from being released if the camera is
not completely ready for photography.
Focusing knob
Distance scale
L Shutter release lock ring
When index mark of the ring is aligned
with the red dot, a safety device prevents the shutter release button from
being depressed. (Align the index
mark with the white dot before taking a
Magnifier setting lever
By moving the lever to the left, the
magnifier can be set. By pressing
down on the magnifier base plate, the
magnifier can be hooked in place.
Waist-level finder
Diopter lens
The diopter lens is interchangeable
with other diopter lenses.
Finder mounting prongs
Focusing screen
Various interchangeable screens are
available. Being interlocked with the
revolving adapter, horizontal picture
format index lines appear under the
- Film advance lever
Unless the film is loaded and
advanced, a multiple-exposure preventive device pevents the shutter from
being released. Unless the shutter is
released, the film cannot be advanced,
thus preventing idle film advance.
Carrying strap lug
Accessory shoe
Dark slide storing lug
Insert the dark slide of a holder without
a dark slide slot.
Film wind-stop release lever
-Memo clip
Convenient slot to store film box
covers or to enter other data.
Focusing knob fixing lever -
-Slide lock for G-lock type
Use the lock to attach and detach film
holders. When the dark slide is not
inserted in the attached roll film holder,
a safety device prevents the holder
from being detached from the camera
Coupling pin for multi-exposure
Coupling pin for film wind-stop
When the shutter is released, the pin
will automatically disengage film windstop allowing subsequent film advance.
Release lever for slide lock
When detaching a film holder other
than the roll film holder, or when the
slide lock is locked, move the slide lock
to the left while pressing this release
Light baffle
DO NOT touch the baffle with your
Revolving adapter
Turning this adapter up to 90° permits
change-over between the horizontal
and vertical picture format.
R-lock lever
Use the lever to attach and detach the
revolving adapter.
Tripod socket
The socket fits to a U 1/4-inch tripod
screw. By removing the inner socket, a
tripod with a 3/8-inch tripod screw can
be used.
Aperture scale ring
Synchroflash terminal
(X contact)
Synchronized at all speeds.
Depth-of-field scale
Distance scale for depth-of-field
Shutter speed ring
The ring is calibrated in both meters (m)
and feet (ft).
Bulb (B)
Used to close the shutter when the
shutter speed dial has been set at
T (time).
Distance scale lever for depthof-field reading
Depth-of-field preview lever d
Bayonet ring
Shutter release lock pin
The bayonet ring clamps the lens to
the body. When the mirror is not
cocked, a safety device prevents the
lens from being removed.
The shutter can be released by turning
the shutter cocking pin clockwise while
pressing the lock pin.
Cocking position marks
When cocking the shutter with a finger,
turn the cocking pin to the red dot.
Shutter cocking pin
Mirror-up socket
Merely screwing a
the mirror-up soc
camera for mirror-u
free photography.
before-hand, then release the shutter
just when taking a picture.
Lens mount adapter ring
By removing the KL lens adapter ring,
use it with the R B series lens body.
(When using with the Pro-SD, attach
the adapter ring to its original position.)
Film type index (120 or 220)
Exposure counter
When the film is advanced and the
shutter is released, a red mark appears
on the side of the counter digits. When
the next film advance is completed,
the red mark disappears. The red mark
also appears while the film is being
advanced from S to 1.
Multiple exposure lever
When multiple exposures are desired,
simply move this lever to the front until
the red mark becomes visible.
Pro-SD Outer cassette
Safety-catch for dark slide
When the film holder is being carried
about after detaching it from the
camera body, the safety device prevents the dark slide from accidentally
slipping off.
When the film holder is attached to
the camera body, the dark slide can be
removed automatically.
Back cover
Dark slide slot
Back cover latch
(top and bottom)
Accepts the dark slide from either the
right or left side.
To open back cover, both top and
bottom latches must be pulled out.
Film spool stud
Load film so that th
pulled out following the guide marks.
Spool release pin
Guide mark for leader paper
The film spool is attached and
detached by pressing down this pin.
Starting mark
Wind the film advance lever until the
leader paper staring mark is aligned
with this mark. After closing the back
cover, wind the lever several strokes,
and it will stop at the first exposure
Take-up spool stud
After inserting the take-up spool, the
leader paper is inserted in the spool.
Camera Body
Bellows extension system with rack and
Maximum extension 46mm. With focusing
knob fixing device.
6x7cm lens-shutter single-lens reflex
camera: corresponding the 6x8cm format.
Lens mount:
With safety lock ring.
Horizontal format index mark interlocks with
revolution of revolving adapter (Vertical format based on fixing index line on focusing
screen) 96% of the field of view visible.
Waist-level finder:
Single-action opening and closing, with
mounting lock.
Finder magnification is 3x. Interchangeable,
diopter lens.
Focusing screen:
With fresnel lens. Interchangeable. (7 types)
Revolving adapter
Full 90° revolving rotary system; vertical
horizontal format indicator interlocking
By R-lock interchangeable system with
Polaroid pack film holder, etc.
By G-lock revolving adapter system, Glock-type film holders are attachable.
Shutter and mirror cocking:
Single-action (75°) cocking by lever on the
side of the body.
Additional features:
Accessory shoe is provided.
Shutter release button can be locked to
prevent releasing the shutter accidentally.
Standard Lenses:
Mamiya KL 127mm f/3.5L with lens hood
6 elements in 4 groups
Angle of view:
Filter screw diameter:
Full automatic diaphragm (with depth-offield preview lever). f/3.5 to 32 (with clickstops for aperture settings).
Seiko #1 shutter
1 to 1/400 second and T (Time)
Flash synchronization:
X contact
Other features:
Mirror-up photography. Bulb (B) feature.
Pro-SD 120 Roll Film Holder
Film used:
120 roll film 10 exposures; 6x7cm format
Actual negative size: 56x69.5mm
Film advance:
One-stroke film advance lever (After winding
70° can be wound in several short, definite
Automatic multiple-exposure prevention.
Film wind-stop automatic release.
Multiple exposures are also an option.
Film counter:
Automatic reset; red index mark disappears
upon completion of film winding
Features dark slide dislocation prevention,
storing lug and memo clip.
(Camera body with roll film holder)
Height: 144mm
Width: 104mm
Length: 233mm (with 127mm f/3.5 lens)
Camera body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1050g
Revolving adapter .~....,.,....,.................... 200g
Waist-level finder . . . . . . . . . . . .._................... 185g
Pro-SD roll film holder . . . .._...._......_._....... 475g
KL 127mm f/3.5L lens .._...._......_._...._.. 780g
Total weight . . . . . . . . 2690g
4 . Attaching and Removing the Lens
After cocking the mirror and the lens
shutter, mount the lens on the camera body.
Cocking the mirror
1. Remove the front body cap from the
camera body.
2. Be sure that the mirror is in the cocked,
down position in the camera body, shielding
the film plane from exposure to light.
If the mirror is up, cock the mirror by fully
pushing down the shutter cocking lever toward
the front of the camera.
Cocking the lens shutter
Attaching the lens
1. Remove the rear cap of the lens by turning
the bayonet ring clockwise.
2. Cock the lens shutter. Firmly turn the shutter cocking pins with your fingers, to the red
dots (A) of the cocking position,
l If the cocking pins are not fully turned to the
red dots (A), the shutter will not be completely cocked.
l The shutter is always cocked on a lens that
has been removed from the body.
1. Turn the bayonet ring counterclockwise,
and align the white dot on the bayonet ring
with the red mark at the center of the lens
2. Mount the lens, keeping the red mark
aligned with the red mark on the body; then
firmly twist the bayonet ring clockwise. The
camera and lens are now set.
Do not place the camera on its back without the rear body cap or film holder being in place.
Otherwise the coupling mechanism may be damaged!
5. Waist-level Finder
Removing the lens
1. Set the mirror and cock the shutter by
pushing the cocking lever as far as it will go
toward the front of the camera body.
2. Rotate the bayonet ring of the lens counterclockwise as far as it will go (the white dot on
the bayonet ring will align with the central red
mark on the body) and remove the lens.
l If the mirror and the shutter are not cocked
the safety interlock will interfere with the
rotation of the bayonet ring and the lens
cannot be removed.
Raising the flnder
Releasing the shutter on a lens which
has been removed from the body
To release the shutter on a lens which
has been removed from the camera body,
turn the cocking pins (B) clockwise, while
pressing the shutter lock pin (A) with a
finger. The cocking pins should be turned
all the way; do NOT leave the pins turned
Merely lift the back of the finder until it
opens completely.
Raising the magnifier
Lowering the magnifier
Folding the finder
Slide the magnifier release slightly to the left
and the magnifier will pop up into position.
Gently push the base plate of the magnifier
all the way down until it locks in place.
After lowering the magnifier, gently squeeze
the right and left panels of the finder together
while closing it.
Changing the diopter lens
Detaching the finder
Attaching the finder
While holding the diopter lens base plate
with both side panels of the finder, turn the
diopter lens counterclockwise, and at the point
where the white dot on the diopter lens aligns
with the white dot on the base plate, remove
the diopter lens.
To mount another diopter lens, simply
aligns its white dot with that of the base plate
and turn clockwise.
l In addition to the standard (-1.5) diopter
lens, there are 5 others: +1, 0, -1, -2,
and -3.
While pressing the finder latch (A), as viewed
from the front, slide the nameplate to the right,
and while slightly raising the front remove
the finder.
Insert the two prongs on the back of the
finder into the slots on the camera body, and
while pressing the front portion of the finder
toward the camera body, return the nameplate
to its original position. The latch will pop out
and the finder will lock automatically.
6. Shutter Operation
Shutter release button
The shutter release button incorporates a
safety mechanism to prevent accidental release
of the shutter.
When the shutter release locking ring is
turned and the red index dot is aligned with the
white dot (A) on the body, the shutter release
button can be pressed.
When the red index dot is aligned with the
red dot (B) on the body, the shutter release
button cannot be pressed.
Releasing the shutter
When the shutter release button is pressed,
the mirror is pushed up and the shutter is
l If the mirror is not cocked, the shutter
release button cannot be depressed.
. The socket inside the shutter release button
is threaded so that a cable release or a selftimer can be easily attached.
Cocking the shutter
Push the shutter cocking lever forward until
it stops. The shutter in the mounted lens and
the mirror in the camera body will be cocked
simultaneously. The lever will return to its
original position automatically.
l When the shutter is not completely cocked
the shutter cocking lever will not return to its
original position.
. Once the shutter is cocked, the cocking
lever will not move until the shutter release
button is pushed and the shutter released.
Therefore, when the cocking lever does not
move, it indicates the shutter is cocked.
7. Attaching and Detaching the Roll Film Holder
Removing the rear body cap
By moving the slide locks (A) on both sides
all the way to the left, the cap be removed.
l Never push the light baffle on the camera
back after removing the rear body cap. If
the light baffle is forced, light leakage or
other malfunctions may occur.
Attaching the roll film holder
1. Slide the upper and lower slide locks (A) on
the back the body completely to the left of the
Should either slide lock be moved to the
right while nothing is attached to the
revolving adapter, the slide lock release
lever (B) will engaged and the slide lock
will not move. If this happens, press the
release lever (B) and return the slide lock
to the open position.
2. Attach the roll film holder to the body and
slide both slide locks firmly in the direction of
the arrow. (lock)
l If the revolving adapter slide lock is not
completely pushed in or pulled out, the
shutter safety lock will not release the shutter. Always make sure the slide lock is
properly engaged or disengaged.
l The shutter release button can not be
depressed if the dark slide is completely
inserted or if here is no film in the camera.
In addition the Pro-SD roll film coupler prevents multiple exposures. (See pages 16
and 25 for the shutter release test.)
Removing the roll film holder
Extracting the dark slide of the roll film
holder after it has been detached from
1. Insert a dark slide in the roll film holder.
2. Remove the roll film holder by sliding both
slide locks in the opposite direction to the arrow
(Lock) on the slide lock.
. If the dark slide is not inserted, the slide lock
will be locked by the safety device, and the
roll film holder cannot be detached.
l When a dark slide is completely inserted,
the slide lock release lever is automatically
disengaged, and the slide locks can be
moved without pressing the release levers.
When the roll film holder for the Pro-SD
is removed from the body, the safety
device prevents the dark slide from being
pulled out carelessly or accidentally.
However, if you desire to pull it out, simply
use your fingernail tip to press the dark
slide lock release lever (A) on the bottom
of the outer cassette.
8. Releasing the Shutter
It is best to become aquainted with the
method of releasing the shutter before
actually putting film in the camera.
Rotate the shutter release lock ring until
1. dot
the mark on it is aligned with the white
on the body.
the dark slide or pull it out until
2. allRemove
the triangular holes become visible.
Push the multiple exposure lever on the
3. exposure
roll film holder forward to the multiple
position - i.e. until the red
mark is visible.
4. Push the cocking lever all the way down.
5. Press the shutter release button.
The first steps can be done in any order. After
you are thoroughly familiar with the above
steps, return the multiple exposure lever to its
normal setting.
9. Loading the Film Holder
1. While pressing the back cover, pull out the
upper and lower back cover latches and the
back cover will open. Remove the film insert.
When loading film, avoid direct sunlight:
either load the film in the shade or turn your
body away from the sun and load it in the
shade of your own body.
Use 120 roll film with the 120 roll film holder
and 220 roll film with the 220 roll film holder.
2. While pressing the spool release pin (A) on
the left side of the film insert, insert a new roll
of film on the film spool stud.
Load the film so that the leader paper can
be pulled out along the arrow of the leader
paper guide mark (B). Wind the film with the
printed side of the leader paper on the holder’s
pressure plate side. If the printed side does
not lace the pressure plate side, reload the
film, reversing the film position.
3. Pull out the leader paper and insert the tip
into the groove of the take-up spool.
* Position the film so that the leader paper
winds evenly between the spool flanges-if it
is uneven, film and photo malfunctions may
Move the film advance lever gently, until the
starting mark (arrow) of the leader paper aligns
with the starting mark of the holder. The film
advance lever can be moved in several short,
definite strokes.
l If the leader paper is pulled too far, the film
may become fogged, so be careful not to
go beyond the arrow.
1. Put the insert into the cassette, aligning the
top side of the insert with the white dot (A) of
the cassette.
l If the film insert is attached in reverse, the
back cover cannot be closed.
2. While pressing the back cover gently, push
the back cover latches (top and bottom) as far
as they will go,
Setting Start Mark with 220 Roll Film
. To assure even frame spacing, and
prevent overlapping, be sure to wind the
film up to the printed arrow start mark,
which appears after the dotted line.
DO NOT use the dotted line for a start mark.
1. The outer cassette of the Pro-SD roll film
holder (HA-701) can be used for both
120 and 220 film inserts.
2. The film insert of the Pro-SD roll film
holder cannot to be attached to the outer
cassette of the Pro-S roll film holder.
Exposure Counter
Film winding for first exposure
When the film is completely advanced, the
numeral ‘1’ will appear in the exposure
counter and the red film-advance warning will
disappear indicating that the holder is ready
for photography.
l The shutter cannot be released unless the
film from S (start) to 1 has been completely
advanced with the cocking lever.
1 0. Operating the Revolving Adapter
(Changing the Picture Format to Horizontal or Vertical)
Operating the revolving adapter
When the horizontal format mark of the
revolving adapter is facing upward, a horizontal
photo will result. For a vertical photograph, turn
the revolving adapter clockwise until it stops.
To change from vertical to horizontal, turn the
revolving adapter counterclockwise.
In either case, be sure to turn the adapter a
until it clicks and stops. If the adapter is
stopped midway, the shutter release button
cannot be pressed.
l Do NOT turn the revolving adapter while
the shutter release button is being pressed.
Especially, when a cable release or a selftimer is used, and adjustment of the release
tip is improper, the shutter release button
will remain depressed after the shutter is
released. Please note!
Horizontal picture format
Vertical picture format
When the revolving adapter is positioned for
horizontal format photos, the solid red lines on
the ground glass focusing screen indicate the
limits of photo composition.
When the revolving adapter is positioned for
vertical format photos, the broken red lines on
the ground glass focusing screen indicate the
limits of photo composition.
1 1 Setting the Shutter Speed and the Apertur
Removing/attaching the revolving
To remove the revolving adapter, pull down
the R-lock lever (A) on the back bottom of the
To attach the revolving adapter, position the
white dot on the side of the adapter towards
the upper side of the camera, and completly
push in the R-lock lever while firmly holding
the adapter to the camera body.
l The revolving adapter for the Pro-S can
also be used.
l When attaching the revolving adapter,
securely hold it to the camera body.
A loose attachment may cause incorrect
focusing or leakage of light.
Setting the shutter speed
Align the desired shutter speed with the red
dot on the center of the lens barrel.
. Always set the shutter speed to the click
stop position: intermediate shutter speeds
cannot be used.
. If the speed is changed, after cocking the
shutter, do not turn the shutter speed ring
12. Focusing and Focusing Knob Fixing
Focusing knob fixing
When the shutter is cocked, the mirror is
cocked simultaneously, and an image is visible
on the ground glass focusing screen. By turning either the left or right focusing knob, adjust
the focus and compose the picture.
After adjusting the focus, turn the focusing
knob fixing lever forward and clamp it to secure
the focusing mechanism.
l Once secured deviations in focusing are
prevented-ideal for conditions of continuous
photo taking.
13. Taking Photographs
Advancing the film and cocking
the shutter
@ Film advancing
@ Shutter cocking
@ Shutter releasing
However, either advancing the film or
cocking the shutter can be conducted
Advancing the film
The multiple-exposure coupler will prevent
shutter release unless the exposed film
frame is advanced.
A multiple-exposure photographic mode is
an added feature.
Wind the film advance lever in a slow, steady
manner to avoid film advance problems.
Although the film advance lever cannot be
reversed until it is wound up to the initial
70’, it can be moved in several short, definite
strokes thereafter.
1. Take out the dark slide and release the
shutter. When the shutter is released, the red
mark will appear in the exposure counter indicating that the film has been exposed.
2. As the shutter is released, simultaneously
the film wind-stop mechanism is automatically
disengaged, and the film can be advanced to
the next frame. When film is advanced one full
frame, the figure in the exposure counter
advances and the red mark will disappear.
Storing the dark slide
When photographing, the dark slide may be
conveniently kept in the storage on the back of
the holder. It can be inserted either from the
right or left side.
The dark slide can also be stored on the
side of the camera body as pictured.
Memo clip
The clip on the back cover can be used for
holding the cover of a film box or a slip of
paper to record photographic data.
14. Testing the Shutter When the Film is Loaded
When the shutter is cocked with the
darkslide partially pulled out (approx. 5mm)
and the shutter release button is pressed, the shutter can be released without
exposing the film in the roll film holder to
light. This operation can be utilized for
testing the shutter prior to photographing.
When pulling out the dark slide, stop
when the entire triangular hole on the
dark slide becomes visible. If the shutter
is released when the dark slide is pulled
out beyond that hole, the film will be
exposed to light.
When the shutter is released, a red mark
will appear on the exposure counter.
When taking the first photograph subsequent to this test, cock the shutter in
the multiple exposure mode (see page
32), and pull out the dark slide. After the
first photo is taken, move the multiple
exposure lever back to its normal position and continue photographing.
15. Unloading the Film
Handling of Exposed Film
0 DO NOT remove exposed film from
After completing the last exposure,
completely wind the backing paper on to
the take-up spool.
1. Open the back cover of the holder and
remove the film insert. Press the right side
spool release pin, remove the full spool, then
wrap and seal the film to protect it from loosening.
2. Move the empty spool to the take-up side
and the camera is ready for reloading.
l The exposure counter automatically resets
to S (start) as soon as the back cover is
l When the exposure counter shows other
than S, film is in the holder. Be careful not to
open the back cover in this mode!
Winding up film when unexposed
frames remained in the holder
the camera unde direct sunlight. Find
a shaded area or turn your back to
the sun and shade the camera before
you open it.
When removing the exposed film, be
careful to prevent it from unraveling
on the spool. Gently tighten the paper
trailer, moisten the attached seal, and
secure the film to prevent light leaks.
Immediately place exposed film in
your camera case or a bag, away
from sunlight.
16. Distance Scale
Distance from the film plane to the subject
can be determined by the distance scale (A).
Each lens features different distance scale
curves as pictured above. The figure on the
distance graduation (B) which align with the
curve indicates the distance to the subject.
For example, if the distance graduation and
the curve are as shown in the photo after
focusing with the 127mm lens, distance to the
subject is 1.5m (5ft).
17. Depth-of-field
The focusing screen
Using the depth-of-field scale
1. Set the desired aperture by turning the
aperture scale ring and then adjust the focus.
2. Depress the depth-of-field preview lever
(A) and the depth-of-field can be observed on
the ground glass focusing screen.
Upon removing your finger, the lever will
return to its original position and the lens aperture will fully reopen.
1. Turn the distance scale lever and align
the figure representing the focused distance
with the center index on the depth of field
2. The two distances (on both sides of the
center index) opposite the same figures as the
actual lens aperture on the depth-of-field scale
are the near and far limits of depth for a given
distance and lens aperture.
For example, when photographing a subject
5 meters away with the 127mm lens at an
aperture of f/32, objects from about 3 to 13m
will be in focus.
The curve for each lens is marked with a
white dot. Since the dot coincides with the
right-hand lens indicator, use it to quickly find
the curve on the scale for the lens used.
18. Time (T) exposures, Flash Photography
To make a time exposure, first set the
shutter speed ring to T and screw a cable
release into the bulb socket. After doing so,
the shutter will remain open upon depressing
the shuner release button.
The shutter will be closed by pressing the
plunger of the cable release without giving any
shock to the camera.
The shutter can also be closed by following
1. depressing the bulb socket by finger
2. turning the shutter speed ring toward 1 sec.
3. pressing down on the shutter cocking lever
about 30°
Do not move the shutter cocking lever until
just before closing the shutter.
When the shutter is closed by the shutter
cocking lever, the light baffle in the camera
body drops down slightly; however no fogging occurs,
When the shutter is closed by the shutter
cocking lever, the lever is locked by the
reverse motion stopper and does not return
to its original position. When the shutter is
cocked by further depressing the lever, the
lever returns to its original position.
Changing the Focusing Screen)
Flash photography
Attaching and detaching
Connect the cord of the flash unit to the
synchroflash terminal (X contact).
. The flash unit synchronizes at all shutter
First remove the waist-level finder, then while
holding both sides take out the focusing screen.
To attach it, hold each side and insert the
focusing screen into the top of the camera body
and press down lightly.
When the focusing screen has been
detached, do not touch the picture format red
rod indicator on the side of the camera body.
Determining the aperture
The aperture setting for flash photography
is determined by dividing the guide number of
the flash unit by the subject distance.
For example, when photographed with
IS0100 in m.
(Guide number) 40
= (Correct aperture setting) 8
(Subject distance) 5 (m)
Seven types of interchangeable focusing
screens are available to meet various photographic applications.
l The focusing screen is made of acrylic
resin, and since its surface is soft and susceptible to damage, be carefully so as to
not get fingerprints or other foreign matter
on it.
When dust is wiped off with a cloth or lens
paper, static electricity attracts more dust.
So, use a blower brush to remove dust.
20. Mirror Lock-up Photography
The mirror lock-up technique, whereby the
mirror is raised beforehand and only the lens
shutter is released is ideal for situations where
vibrations must be completely eliminated.
Specifically close-up photography, using telephoto lenses and in applications where long or
slow exposures are necessary mirror lockup is
ideal. With a tripod and cable release, the mirror
lock-up mode ensures the utmost in sharpness.
1. For mirror lock-up operation, securely screw
a cable release into the lens socket as pictured.
When the socket slightly elevates the camera
will be in the mirror lock-up mode.
2. To cock the shutter and the mirror, press
the cocking lever forward as far as it will go.
Either Step 1 or 2 can be performed first.
3. Upon depressing the shutter release button
the mirror will rise, but the shutter will remain
4. Press the plunger of the cable release and
the shutter will operate.
Unless the cable release is removed from
the mirror lock-up socket, the camera will
remain in the mirror lock-up mode and the film
cannot be exposed even when the shutter
release button is pressed.
When mirror lock-up photography is completed, be sure to remove the cable release. If
the red line around the mirror lock-up socket
is still visible, when the cable release is removed,
the camera is still in the mirror lock-up mode.
So,be sure that the cable socket sinks and the
red line disappears.
As shown in the photo, some lenses use a
mirror release operating knob. When using a
lens with a knob, pull out the mirror release
operating knob (A), turn it clockwise, and
screw the cable release into the knob aligning
the red dot on the knob with the MIRROR
LOCK-UP indicator.
When mirror lock-up photography is completed, be sure to remove the cable release and
return the knob to its original position.
Using the Mirror Lock-up Cable Release
1. When exposure is shorter than 1 second:
(1) Screw the short cable into the mirror lock-up
socket, and screw the long cable into the
shutter release button.
(2) By pressing the cocking lever forward as
far as it will go,cock the shutter and the mirror.
(3) The first stroke will make the mirror rise,
and the second will release the set speed.
*For lenses which use the mirror lock-up
operating knob, align the knob with the
MIRROR LOCK-UP indicator, screw in
the short cable, and screw the long cable
into the shutter button. The first stroke
will make the mirror rise, and the second
will release the set speed.
2. When exposure is longer than 1 second,
it is convenient to integrate with time(T):
(1) Screw the short mirror release cable into
the bulb unit of the lens, and screw the long
cable into the mirror lock-up socket.
(2) Set the shutter speed ring to T.
(3) Raise the mirror by pressing the shutter
release button on the body.
(4) The first stroke of the mirror release will
open the shutter and the second stroke of the
mirror release will close it.
21 Multiple Exposure Photography
22 Close-up Photography
Exposure compensation for close-up
When the bellows of the camera is
extended for close-up photography, and distance between the lens and the film plane
increases, image brightness on the film plane
decreases, thus requiring an increase in exposure. To adjust the exposure, refer to the
exposure compensation scale on the camera
When a finder with built-in exposure meter
(i.e. PD Prism Finder or PD Magnifying Hood)
is used, exposure compensation is unnecessary, since TTL metering takes place.
When making exposure compensation,
refer to the exposure compensation scale on
the camera body.
When the multiple exposure lever of the roll
film holder is moved forward, the multipleexposure prevention coupling pin disengages.
In this mode the shutter can be cocked and
released without limit.
l The multiple exposure lever can be changed
over before or after the shutter is cocked,
and also before or after the shutter is
released for the first multiple exposure
. When the multiple exposures are completed, never fail to return the multiple
exposure lever to its original position; otherwise, subsequent photos will also be multiple
Maximum close-up photography table with
1. After focusing the lens, read the exposure
compensation factor on the scale.
For example, assuming that the focus was
adjusted with the 127mm lens, the result will
be as shown in photo above.
Look for the same pattern in the bottom
column where the side panel lines meet the
127mm lens scale. The numerical value of
that pattem (+1 in this case) is the
exposure compensation value.
2. Change either the shutter speed or the
aperture for exposure compensation.
When the exposure compensation value is
+ 1, open the aperture one step, or slow the
shutter speed 1 step. For a 0.5 step cornpensation. use the half-stop aperture scale settings.
For example, if your exposure meter shows
an exposure setting of (1/60 sec. at f/16), it
must be adjusted in the case of the +1
compensation value to (1/30 sec. at f/16) or
(1/60 sec. at f/11).
When using the 50mm and 65mm lenses
closer than 1 meter (3% ft), it is necessary
to use a lens aperture of f/16 or smaller to
obtain satifactory lens performance.
Graduations on the upper side of the
distance scale represents the belows
extension values (mm).
This scale is used to obtain exposure
compensation values for close-up photography with extension tubes.
Lens hood
The lens hood attached to the standard
127mm lens can be used for the 90mm lens.
l Screw the attachment ring into the front of
the lens mount.
l Pull the folded rubber hood straight out.
l The lens hood may be left on when the
camera is being carried - simply push
back and turn out the hood while it is
attached to the lens.
l A filter can be screwed in between the lens
and the hood, or in front of the lens hood.
Using a tripod
The use of a large, sturdy tripod is recommended for optimum picture quality.
1. The standard tripod has a 1/4 inch tripod
screw. Simply attach the RB67 Pro-SD as you
would any other camera with standard threads.
2. When using a tripod with a 3/8 inch screw,
first remove the small screw in the base of the
tripod socket by turning if counterclockwise
with a coin or an appropriately sized screw
driver. Next, remove the 1/4 inch adapter (A)
from the tripod socket by rotating it counterclockwise. The camera can then be mounted
on a 3/8 inch screw tripod.
Used on 50mm. and
65mm lenses
(80mmø slip-on type)
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Used on 140mm, 150mm,
Used on 90mm, and
180mm, 210mm, 250mm,
127mm lenses
and 350mm lenses
(77mmø screw-in type) (77mmø, screw-in type)
For the 100-200mm
For the 75mm lens
zoom lense
f/3.5 lens
(80mmø, slip-on type) (60mmø, slip-on type)
For the 360mm lens
(77mm0, screw-in type)
For the 500mm lens
(108mmø, slip-on type)
23 How to use the Carrying Strap
Attaching the Strap
Three Carrying Positions
Hold the metal clamp of the strap
so that the key-hole shaped opening faces the Carrying Strap Lug on
the camera body. Gently fit the
upper part of the key-hole opening
over the lug. Next, gently push the
bottom of the metal clamp upwards
and it will lock in place with a click.
Depending upon the way the
strap is attached to the camera,
there are three ways of carrying the
camera as shown in the accom
panying illustrations Since the Carrying Strap Lug is not rotary, the carrying strap will not become twisted.
If the clamp is attached to
Accessory-shoe side of the camera
upside-down, it will be difficult to
remove, so be careful to attach the
clamp rightside-up.
Removing the Strap
Reach behind the strap and while
gently squeezing the top of the protruding front plate (leaf spring), slide
the clamp downward and off the lug.
2 4 Back Locking System
The unique back locking system of the
Mamiya Pro-SD is designed to allow it to
accept a large variety of film holders. All ProSD seies film holders mount and lock directly
on the back of the Pro-SD.
Revolving adapter
120 Roll film holder HA-701
220 Roll film holder HB-701
6x4.5 Film holder HA-702 (exclusviely for 120):
to be released soon.
6x4.5 Film holder HE-704 (exclusviely for 220):
to be released soon.
Pro-S 120 Roll film holder
Pro-S 220 Roll film holder
120/220 Power drive roll film holder 6x8
120/220 Power drive roll film holder 6x7
6x4.5 Film holder (exclusive for 120)
Double cut film/plate holder
70mm Film holder
Polaroid pack film holder
25 Lens Mount Adapter Ring
When using Mamiya Sekor C interchangeable lenses with the RB67 Pro-SD, the lens
mount adapter ring must be used. It should be
attached to the rear lens mount. (When using
Mamiya KL lenses with the RB Pro-S and
RB67. remove the lens mount adapter ring.)
. The lens mount adapter ring comes with
Sekor C lenses.
For KL lenses it is attached to the rear lens
. Both the 75mm shift and APO 500mm lenses
are L lenses.
l Make sure to securely tighten the lens
mount adapter ring onto the lens mount.
Sekor C
The lens mount
adapter ring should
be attached.
RB67 Pro-SD
The lens mount
adapter ring should
be detached.
RB67 Pro-S
Mamiya RB67 Pro-SD Operation Diagram
Attaching a lens with the shutter
released or the mirror raised
When a lens is removed from the body, the
mirror is set (lowered) and the lens shutter
cocked. Conversely, when attaching a lens,
the same conditions should prevail (mirror set
and shutter cocked). However, should a lens
be attached with either the mirror raised or
shutter released, or both, the camera can be
reset by following the procedures outlined
1. If the mirror is raised (regardless of whether
the lens shutter is cocked or released), simply
depress the Cocking Lever to reset the camera.
2. If the mirror is set and lens shutter released
(closed), remove the Dark Slide from the Film
Holder and depress the Shutter Release Button (the film will not be exposed). Next,
depress the Cocking Lever to reset the camera.
Mirror condition
Shutter blade condition
Opened or Closed
Shutter blade
Shutter blade
Just after pressing the
shutter release
1 Shutter setting mode
Aperture blade
Aperture blade
Mirror-up photography
Shutter blade
Shutter blade
Aperture blade
26 Trouble Shooting
Various safety interlocking device are incorporated in the Mamiya RB67 Pro-SD to eliminate careless operational mistakes. When the
shutter is not released, or when the lens or the
roll film holder cannot be removed, do not
hastily conclude that this indicates a camera
malfunction. Check the following conditions:
the numbers in parentheses indicate the page
number in the Instruction Manual that cover
relevant malfucntions.
Shutter release button cannot be depressed
1. Is the shutter release button locked?
Turn the shutter release lock ring counterclockwise and align it with the white dot.
2. Is the mirror set?
Set the mirror by pressing the shutter cocking lever down.
3. Is the roll film holder loaded with film and
has the film and has the film been advanced to
the first exposure?
4. After the shutter was released during ordinary exposure (not during multiple exposures), did you advance the film?
5. Was the dark slide pulled out?
Pull out the dark slide.
6. Is the revolving adapter turned to the click
stop postion?
Turn the adapter until it stops with a click.
(p. 20)
7. Has the slide lock on the revolving adapter
stopped halfway?
Move the slide lock until it stops. (p.4)
Lens cannot be removed
To remove, press the shutter cocking lever
down. Set the mirror and the shutter. (p.10)
When mounting the film holder, won’t
the slide lock move?
While pressing the side lock release lever,
move the slide lock to the left. (p. 14)
Can’t the roll film holder be removed?
After inserting the dark slide, the slide lock
should operate.
71 Camera Storage and Maintenance
If the camera is not to be used for a long
time, remove the film.
. Do not store the camera at temperature
exceeding 40°C or below -10°C. Also
avoid storing in a damp or a sea air environment.
. As your camera is a precision instrument,
avoid exposing it to vibrations or severe
shocks. When handholding your camera,
always exercise extreme caution so that it
is not dropped or hit against something.
. Prolonged disuse does not lengthen camera life, but shortens it. So, when storing it
for a long time, periodically take the camera out and release the shutter several
times to keep it in good condition.
Periodic Check
Never touch the surface of the mirror! If it
needs cleaning, use a blower brush or lens
paper to gently remove dust particles.
Please note the surface should never be
. Do not touch the lens surface. If a fingerprint gets on the surface, first remove the
dust particles with a blower brush. Then
gently wipe the fingerprint off with a lens
cleaning paper with a drop of lens cleaner
on it: finaly, gently wipe dry with dry
lens paper.
Periodically check the camera to make sure
it is in working order. This is especially important before beginning a photographic session
or assignment. Check the battery, flash synchronization, mirror and shutter operation,
diaphgram funcitioning and film advance. Also
check any accessories you plan to use.
For a general overhaul, cleaning, or minor
repair, take the camera to your nearest authorized Mamiya Service Center or see your
camera shop for advice.
When using the RB67 Pro-SD for special
important photos for on location photography,
weddings, overseas trips and or other important
photography, be sure to take some trial photos
and check all functions.
It is advisable to put your camera in for
periodic check-ups (at intervals of one to two
years) to thus ensuring the best photography at
optimum performance.
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