This 63 years old camera appears to be in excellent cosmetic condition, only has a small dent on the top left corner(see last picture), the lens is clean and clear with no scratches, fungus, haze or cleaning marks. Tested fully functional, shutter speeds sound accurate, B works well too.
The focusing system works smoothly, the yellow patch in the viewfinder is bright and adjusting the focusing lever cause the double images to merge into one. The film back also in good working order. Only thing is the aperture blades have some oil, but it did not affect the function because this camera has other. Shutter leaf in good working condition. It also comes with a 33 pages manual copy.Please do not miss this opportunity to own a piece of Mamiya history as an item like this may never come up for sale again. Priced a little higher because this is expensive camera than another Mamiya and hard to find one in good working condition today. One gets what one pays for. This Mamiya Magazine 35 was introduced in 1957 and was made by the. It did have a coupled rangefinder. A 5cm Sekor f2.8 lens was standard with an f2 Sekor being an option. The shutter is a Seikosha-MXL with speeds 1 to 1/500. The most unusual feature of the Mamiya Magazine is that the film back is removable, hence the name "Magazine".
The back contains the winding and rewinding mechanism, as well as a slide to protect the film whenever changing the back. The back were available separately, allowing the photographer easily switch from one film type to another and back again. T first glance its a fairly plain camera that you might not look twice at, in fact viewed from the front and back you wouldnt even know that it separates. It feels solid and looks well made; the viewfinder shows a bright frame with parallax lines and a rangefinder spot. A rewind knob and a film counter are noticeably absent from the top plate.The baseplate has the film counter, a film reminder dial and a round red wheel to unlock the magazine from the rest of the camera. Rotating this also slides the darkslide into the closed position so you can change magazines at any stage. On top of the magazine is the rewind knob that rotates freely without any unnecessary lock or ratchet. The inside of the magazine looks just like any other 35mm camera back, its door is opened via a slide lock on the side and a cassette is then loaded in the usual way. Attaching the magazine to the camera and turning the lock wheel secures the magazine in place and opens the darkslide.
The cameras wind lever is connected to a slotted drive that fits into the magazines film sprocket drive slot. There is a small indicator in the base to show if the film is advancing. The magazine can be removed either with the shutter cocked, or un-cocked with the film not wound on.This makes blank frames and double exposures possible - intentional or not! But there is a procedure to follow to avoid this. A red dot behind the film wind lever shows when the shutter is cocked, a white dot shows when the shutter has been fired.
A similar red dot on the magazine indicates the film has been advanced, a white dot indicates an exposed frame, and so you just match the dots when changing magazines. Its a simple system that avoids the need for manufacturing complicated mechanical interlocks.I don't know how many made at that year but the camera is quite rare today. Interchangeable backs is a feature rarely found on rangefinder cameras. Other examples include Adox 300 and kodak ektra. This camera serial number is 781806(this model should be start from 780000). The item "Mamiya Magazine 35 Camera with Original Leather Case Excellent Working Order Rare" is in sale since Monday, June 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photo\Vintage Movie & Photography\Vintage Cameras\Rangefinder Cameras". The seller is "rich2000animals" and is located in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.