operating the mamiya polariser on the mamiya 7

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by bevan_young, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Hello,

    Just wondering if anyone has experience on using the mamiya polarizer with the
    mamiya 7 camera..I have just got the polariser and havent quite figured how to
    use it and after many searches on the net, cant seem to find any
    info/instuctions on how it works and didnt want to go to gung-ho into it as it
    seem relatively delicate.

    Thanks very much for your help.
  2. Scrol down and read the polarizer paragraph here (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/m7_hands-on.shtml) at luminous landscapes Mamiya 7II article. Good Luck!
  3. Also see:


    They have a pic & directions for using it.

    Good Luck
  4. From my review of the Mam 7 at http://www.northforkphotos.com/about.html:

    Mamiya makes a polarizing filter especially for this camera. To use it you tension the polarizer housing in place over the barrel of the lens, which can be a pain in the butt (I was always nervous about scratching the front glass). Then the glass polarizing element can be flipped up and in-line with the built in meter, allowing you to meter through the polarizer in the AE mode. Then you flip the glass element back down in place over the lens for the photograph. This sounds like a cumbersome operation and it kind of is. The utility of this device is also limited by the fact that, as noted, you can't use the timer or cable release in AE mode. So you can meter directly through the polarizer, but you have to depress the shutter manually to take a photograph. I always ended up compensating for exposure manually. I mean, the exposure compensation for this filter is always +2, so why not just dial that in when the polarizer is mounted? A final issue: You can't fit the polarizer over another filter.

    The upside of this polarizer is that it's a truly exceptional piece of glass purpose made for the lenses that produces great images. Nevertheless, I haven't really missed mine since it fell out my pocket into 800 feet of water in Prince William Sound. I do miss the $150 I paid for the thing.

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