Medium Format Cameras Proficiency Test

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Proficiency Test


Answers can be found in Medium Format Cameras Operating Guide.

Complete this written portion on a separate sheet of paper before arriving for your operational proficiency.

  1. What size film do the Mamiya cameras use? What size are the pictures taken with these cameras? How many exposures to a roll?
  2. What is the significance of the two red dots or triangles inside the back of the camera, and how do they effect the loading of the camera?
  3. When would you use the magnifier? How do you set it up?
  4. Identify the differences between the film advance and shutter cocking mechanisms on the different cameras.
  5. Where does the empty spool at the bottom of the camera go in order to load a new roll of film?
  6. Explain the difference between a 35mm camera and a medium format camera.
  7. What is the function of the MX sync selector? Why should you not set the self-timer with it in the "M" position?
  8. How do you rewind the film?
  9. What is the extent of your financial responsibility when you check out equipment from Media Loan?


(To be done during your scheduled appointment)
  • Identify all parts and controls on the camera, and identify differences between cameras.
  • Remove the camera from its case and load it, taking note of how easily the case can be damaged.
  • The back cover latch ring is marked with a "C" and an "O". Describe what do they stand for and how to use them.
  • Set the shutter speed to 1/125th sec. and f-stop to f4.
  • Demonstrate focusing and framing using the viewing screen, critical focus magnifier, and sports finder.
  • Cock the shutter and take a picture, advance the film.
  • Use the self-timer properly, explain flash sync function and precautions
  • Wind film through camera and demonstrate proper film handling when unloading camera.
  • Demonstrate proper lens cleaning techniques and finally close up the camera and prepare it for storage.