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Mamiya - 35 II

When I first saw this Mamiya, I had a feeling that it was something special, but just after carrying out some "investigations" I noticed what a beauty I really had in my hands. This is a "second in the line" of Mamiya 35mm cameras. Besides a quite well-preserved and working example except the focusing that is very stiff.

"The Mamiya-35 II, introduced in 1955. It was originally available with a f/3.5 lens, and a faster f/2.8 lens was sold in 1956. It is immediately recognizable from the similar Mamiya 35-I that preceded it by the change in the distinctive round shape of the viewfinder window.

Remarkably sturdy cameras, both the Mamiya 35-I and 35-II can still occasionally be found today, although they are rare. One in serviceable or repairable mechanical condition is becoming extremely rare, with auction prices beginning to climb considerably. These are both extremely sought-after items for true Mamiya collectors". (text, Ron Herron/ Collecting Mamiya 35mm )

Mamiya-35 III

Mamiya - 35 III

This type was introduced in 1957, only a year after its predecessor. Now it has a lever instead of the knob and a more featured new Seikosha - MXL shutter equipped with EV scale.


Overall it is quite similar to mamiya 35 II. It has the same lens and the body is almost identical exept the top plate and the small clamps on both sides for the strap.


Mamiya 35 II

  • Camera type: 35mm, rangefinder
  • Film: 135 , 24x36mm
  • Lens: Mamiya-Sekor , 5cm, f: 2,8
  • Shutter: Seikosha MX - B, 1 - 1/500 sec.
  • Size: (WxHxD)130 x 75 x 68mm
  • Weight: ~640g
  • Serial: 66099
Mamiya 35 III
  • Camera type : 35mm , rangefinder
  • Film : 35mm, 24x36mm
  • Lens : Mamiya Sekor 50mm f: 2,8
  • Shutter : Seikosha MXL - B, 1 - 1/500 sec EV
  • Flash sync : M, F, X sync.
  • Size : 135 x 77 x 69 mm
  • Weight : ~700 g.
  • Serial : 106889
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