What is so unusual about the Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL is that the metering has a switch that is either "S" or "A" mode - meaning Spot or Average. As far as I know, it was the the first SLR to offer that feature. There is a partially silvered area of the mirror where the spot metering area (CdS sensor) is located. The DTL literally means Dual Through the Lens metering. The metering is stop-down, and is accomplished by pushing the wind lever towards the body. The metering is turned off by pressing on top of the round base of the wind lever, which releases the wind lever against the top deck of the camera. Pretty ergonomic, but certainly not obvious without a manual! Here is where I plug the Butkus web site. If you download a manual from there, please donate to keep his site going. The 1000 DTL was introduced in 1968, and my example is in really excellent condition. You can read more about that line of cameras here.
While Mamiya is well known for their medium-format cameras, their 35mm models never gained the prominence attained by other manufacturers. I think the lenses are very good, but the bodies may not be as robust as the Pentax Spotmatics that they competed with. When other manufacturers went away from the M42 mount, Mamiya later went with a bayonet mount, in the Z-series. Those SLRs were quite sophisticated, but apparently not as popular as other brands. Due to issues with a supplier, the series ended in 1984 with the ZE-X. Mamiya stuck with medium format, and were quite successful with their line of professional medium-format cameras.
Okay, on with the pictures! The following were taken at Matthaei Botanical Gardens on Christmas day. All are with Tmax 100 film, developed in HC110-B. I used the camera's metering exclusively.
|This bonsai tree was donated many years ago by a deceased friend.|
|Abby shooting water droplets.|
I am quite happy with the results, and the metering seems to be pretty accurate. I look forward to doing more shooting with it, and maybe I'll find a 28mm Mamiya/Sekor lens for it.