READ ME FIRST The camera is shipped with the light shield cur- tain in the open position. Therefore you cannot remove the body cap unless you close the curtain first. Please read page 10 of the instruction book first. The camera will not function without a battery. Please read pages 8 and 9 next.
Mamiya camera owners ! Mamiya pioneered the 6x7cm medium format SLR system camera when it introduced the first Mamiya RB67 in 1970. In 1982 an additional model followed, the Mamiya RZ67 with electronic features. Both cameras soon became the market leaders and the preferred tool of trade for portrait, commercial and magazine photographers all over the world and established the 6x7 rectangular image as the "ideal format".
Contents Mamiya 7II, the ultimate 6x7 rangefinder camera ...3 Nomenclature Parts ...4 Camera Body ...4 Lens ...6 Viewfinder display ...7 Inserting Battery ...8 Power ON/OFF and Shutter Release Button ...8 Battery Check ...9 Mounting/Removing Lenses ...10 Closing the light shield curtain ...10 Removing camera body cap ...10...
Mamiya 7II, the ultimate 6x7 rangefinder camera The Mamiya 7II is the only camera in the world that has these exclusive features: Ideal 6x7cm film format that enlarges to standard photographic and industrial paper sizes without cropping and without wasting film. A size that can be viewed with the naked eye and that is easy to retouch.
Nomenclature Parts Camera Body Self-timer pilot lamp Exposure compensation lock release button Exposure compensation scale Power on/off lever Film speed window (ISO) Self-timer button Shutter speed Index Mark Rangefinder coupling roller Rangefinder window Cable release socket PC Terminal Electronic contacts Bayonet mount...
Hot Shoe for mounting electronic Nomenclature Parts Shutter speed dial A/AEL release button Film advance lever Multi-exposure lever Film setting index dots Film starting indicator...
Nomenclature Parts Back cover Viewfinder eyepiece Rubber eyecup Back cover lock release button Back cover latch Carrying strap lugs Film spool stud Tripod socket (The socket has U1/4" threads) Lens Focusing ring Depth-of-field scale Lens alignment dot Rangefinder coupling lever Memo clip 120 •...
Viewfinder display Bright field of view frame with 80mm F4 standard lens Long time exposure (under-exposure [Blinks]) Bulb Red warning lamp The red lamp illuminates when • the shutter is not cocked • the light shield curtain is closed • the film is not loaded •...
Illustration, being sure to properly place the battery with the “+” side up, facing the cover. * Batteries The Mamiya 7II uses one of 4SR44 silver oxide battery, 4LR44 alkaline battery or 2CR1/3 lithium battery. CAUTION : Insert the direction of battery polarities ("+"...
Battery Check 1. Set the shutter speed dial at 15. Turn shutter speed dial and set the figure 15 at the dot “A” *When the shutter speed was already set at the position A • AEL, the lock mechanism is functioning.
Mounting/Removing Lenses Closing the light shield curtain Removing camera body cap 1. Cock the wind-up lever. After cocking the shutter, close the light shield curtain. 2. Close the light shield mask. Set upright the light shield curtain closing lever handle “A”...
Mounting lens Mounting/Removing Lenses 1. Mounting lens. Align Lens Alignment Dot “A” with the Camera Alignment Dot “B”. Insert the lens into the camera body. Then turn the lens in the direction of the arrow (clockwise) until it clicks and locks into place. * Remove the front and rear lens caps.
Mounting/Removing Lenses Removing lens 1. Cock the shutter and close the light shield curtain. After cocking the shutter, close the light shield curtain just as same as mounting the lens. 2. Remove the lens. While pressing the lens releasing button “A”, turn the lens in the arrow direction until the lens alignment dot “B”...
Precaution for mounting/removing lenses Mounting/Removing Lenses 1) As the rangefinder coupling roller is precisely adjusted, be sure not to touch with your hand or move it with finger. 2) Gold plated electronic contacts are located inside the bayonet mount and at the rear of each lens. If oil, dirt, or other foreign matter collects on the contacts, poor electronic information transfer may result.
Camera Functional Test Before using the camera, it is advisable to understand how it works. Power on/off lever ... Set to ON. (See page 8) Film advance lever ... Wind the lever to cock the shutter. Light shield curtain ... Open.(See page 11) Back cover ...
Setting the film speed 25 • • 50 • • 100 • • 200 • • 400 • • 800 • • 1600 (32)(40) (64)(80) (125)(160) Opening/closing the back cover Before Loading the Film Set the film speed of the film being used by lifting up the outer rim of the shutter speed dial and rotate it until the correct ISO value appears in the window.
Before Loading the Film Setting the film type Memo clip This camera can use either 120 or 220/135 film. To set for the type of film used, simply rotate the pressure plate in either direction of the arrow until the white dot is at 120"...
Loading the Film 1. Operate the spool bearing release lever. Push the spool release lever “A” on right side to the right, and install the take-up spool in the take-up spool chamber “B”, top first, then push the lower spool stud up. 2.
Loading the Film 4. Align the start mark of the film with the start mark on the body. Wind the film advance lever until the small arrow (the starting indicator on the backing paper) aligns with the film starting indicator (M) on the camera body. Then close the back cover.
For preventing the film loose winding When any other numeral than "S" appears in the exposure counter window, it is an indicted that the film is loaded. So do not open back cover. If the film is not properly aligned with the “M” indicator, the film may be improperly loaded and cause spacing problems.
Taking Photographs AE (Automatic Exposure) Photography The aperture priority metering device is incorporated into the rangefinder system. The correct shutter speed for the preselected aperture will automatically be determined. 1. Align "A" on the shutter speed dial. Align "A" on the shutter speed dial with the white line index mark on the camera body.
Illuminating "LT" indicates that the shutter is set for a relatively long exposure from between 1 to 4 seconds. When taking pictures at such slow speeds you must be able to hold the camera very steady, or increase aperture to obtain higher shutter speeds, or best of all, use a sturdy tripod. Under AE (automatic exposure) or AEL (AE lock), the LED display in the viewfinder will continue to operate as long as the shutter release button is touched slightly.
Taking Photographs Manual Photography You may override the AE mode and select the aperture and shutter speed manually. Simply set the shutter speed against the white line index mark and also set the lens aperture to the desired " f " stop. When using built-in exposure meter 1.
When on manual, 10 seconds after activation, the LED indicators will go out, to save battery power. If they do so during metering, press the Shutter Release Button half way again. Please note: The LED indicators will disappear 10 seconds after you remove your finger from the shutter release button in the following situations: When the film advance lever is not advanced.
Taking Photographs Focusing the Lens When the lens has been focused, the double image superimposing rangefinder produces two superimposed images with in the square of the viewfinder. Focusing method within the double image coincidence zone Position the subject within the central square of the viewfinder.
Photographic area covered Taking Photographs Within the viewfinder the subject area covered is indicated by the visible bright frame. Parallax is automatically compensated for according to the subject-to-lens distance. The composition will be within in the lines of the bright frame “A”...
Taking Photographs 1. Pressing the shutter button. 2. After completing the last exposure. Press the shutter release button when you have focused and determined composition. Wind the advance lever until it stops. (Otherwise, a red warning Lamp in the viewfind- er will signal that it is impossible to press the shutter release button.) Remove the front lens cap.
Unloading the film Handling of Exposed Film DO NOT remove exposed film from the camera under direct sunlight. Find a shaded area or turn your back to the sun and shade the camera before you open it. Immediately place exposed film in your camera case or a bag, away from sunlight. Taking Photographs 1.
Photographing to conform to purposes AE Lock (AEL) Photography The AEL position is very useful when making selective exposure measurements of important subject areas which are not in the center of the finder image when faced with difficult lighting conditions. If you cannot get close enough to your subject for another meter reading make substitute measurements by pointing the camera to light and dark areas and calculate a mean exposure value or try taking a reading off your palm.
Self-Timer The shutter is released about 10 seconds after pressing the self-timer button. The LED on the front of the camera illuminates for about 8 seconds, then blinks for about 2 seconds and then the shutter is released. When the shutter is set to "B" (bulb), the self-timer does not operate. To override the self-timer, after having pressed the release, press the self-timer button again.
Photographing to conform to purposes Time Exposures Precautions for Bulb Photographing • When bulb photographing, the battery is consumed. A new alkaline manganese battery is durable for about 3 hours, silver oxide battery and lithium battery for about 7 hours. When the battery is fully consumed, the shutter will be closed automatically.
Photographing to conform to purposes Multiple exposure mechanism Infrared Photography *When using infrared film, be sure to read the instructions with the film. While pressing the lock release button “A”, move the lever in the arrow direction to the multiple exposure position.
Exposure Compensation [When a filter is used] Whether using the AE or manual mode simply compensate for the filter exposure factor as indicated in the table below. *After using exposure compensation, be sure to reset to "0". Precautions for Using Polarized Light Filter (PL) As this camera is the rangefinder type, it is impossible to check polarized light effect in the viewfinder.
Photographing to conform to purposes Diopter Correction Lenses Six types of diopter correcting lenses are available for near/farsighted people. Mount as indicated above. Powers available are: +3, +2, +1, -1, -2, and -3. +: Far-Sighted -: Near-Sighted Depth-of-Field The depth-of-field varies according to the aperture. The smaller the aperture (f/8, f/11, f/16...) the greater the depth-of-field;...
How to Hold the Camera Neck strap Photographing to conform to purposes Because most out of focus pictures are the result of camera movement, make sure not to move when pressing the shutter button. Hold the camera with your elbows close to your body: pressing part of the camera on your forehead will help stabilize it.
Trouble shooting Uniquely designed to prevent errors. the Mamiya 7II incorporates numerous safety features. If the shutter will not function, it is very likely due to user error rather than camera malfunction. Should there be problems, be sure to review the following points.
135 Film 36EXP ...16 135 Film 24EXP ...10 The picture area (24 x 65mm) provided by the Mamiya 7II panoramic format is 3.3 x larger than the 35mm panoramic format (13 x 36mm) Note: A panoramic paper slide mount 24 x 65mm, is also available.
Type of Camera Film Used Actual Image Size Film winding Lens Mount Lenses Shutter Multiple exposure Exposure Control Rangefinder Viewfinder Internal "Dark Slide" Curtain : To permit changing lenses with loaded camera Safety Mechanism Supply Power Dimensions Weight *Specifications and features are subject to change without notice. : 6 x 7cm format interchangeable lenses, rangefinder camera, dou ble formats (6 x 7 and 35mm panorama) : 120 Roll Film (10 exposures), 220 Roll Film (20 exposures), 135...
Common Sense Camera Care and Practice The Mamiya 7II is a precision optical/mechanical instrument, built for heavy professional use and a long service life, if properly treated and maintained. Please observe these basic caveats: Read instructions before using camera. Protect camera against shocks and falls. Use neck strap supplied with it, whenever possible.
Batteries Care 1. The sealed, new battery which is supplied with this camera may have been subject to storage conditions which have reduced its service life. Therefore it is desirable to replace it with a fresh battery as soon as possible.