Classic Working Mamiya 500TL SLR 35mm film camera with Myer - Optik Oreston f1.8 50mm lens c 1968
From the mid 1960s most SLR's had adopted a very similar form but a few still had little idiosyncrasies that made them stand out from the crowd. The Mamiya TL and DTL series fell into that category. Its a lovely camera to shoot with and it handles well even by today's standards. It was the first to feature through the lens Spot metering though most folk credit the Pentax Spotmatic for that ... Wrong! The Mamiya was first and has true 'spot' metering.
Although it looks entirely normal it is unusual in that the metering is actually measured through the mirror, a small portion of which is partially silvered and appears darker in the viewfinder. As with other SLRs of this era the metering was via a stop down mechanism on the lens but unlike all other SLRs Mamiya adopted a very novel and ingenious control system for doing this. I have to say its the best system I have used. I'm not saying 'how' it works as the new owner can enjoy discovering this for them self. Why did others not follow Mamiyas lead? Probably cost, in those days Mamiya didn't worry too much about expense.
The original Sekor lens was defective so I have substituted a very nice fast Oreston Zebra 50mm f1.8 which gave me some excellent results when tested and also looks quite striking against the very minimalist Mamiya exterior. The camera works very well and has no known problems but it does have some dust visible in the viewfinder. This is noticeable if you look for it but 'disappears' when you are actually photographing.
The camera comes with its original leather case (usable but in need of some minor repair), original printed manual for DTL model (which has different but similar metering system), vinyl neckstrap and has attached (see photographs) a removable flash shoe holder on the prism. The camera meter works with a regular SR44/ S76 cell battery, the camera itself requires no batteries to operate.
The Oreston is in superb condition with smooth focusing and snappy aperture. This version has click less aperture stops and is well regarded for video work with an appropriate M42 adapter.
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