In August 2018, my husband and I went on a touring holiday in Tasmania. Eager to experience some proper winter weather, we made sure to include Cradle Mountain in our itinerary. I had previously visited Cradle Mountain during summer with my family when I was 17 and was really looking forward to experiencing it in a different season.

My goal for the trip was to photograph lots of scenery on film, especially up in the mountains, with a focus on shooting medium format. After some consideration and testing, I decided to go with my new (second-hand) Mamiya C330f and a wide 65mm f/3.5 lens.

In preparation for the trip, I stocked up on my favourite films (shout out to Ikigai Camera for their excellent service): Kodak Ektar, Portra 160 and ColorPlus 200. As you can see below, I decided to pick up some old (expired but well-kept) Ektachrome 100 to try as well but I wont go into that yet, it deserves it’s own blog post.

All in all, my C330f did well in the weather conditions. It was easy enough to operate while wearing gloves due to its large focusing knobs and advance crank but I did have a little trouble in low light situations since I couldn’t see enough detail to nail the focus (you can see this in the last photo of the set below). Using the distance scale in these scenarios would of course make focusing much easier however it is not the most ergonomic on the C330f.

Captured on Mamiya C330f, 65mm f/3.5 using Kodak Ektar & Kodak Portra 160.
Dev and Scan by Ikigai Camera.

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