Marshal Press

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Built in the mid 1960s, by Marshal Optical Works, of Japan, the Marshal Press was a design direct from the brain of Mr. Seichi Mamiya. It is a medium format camera that can take either 120 / 220 film.

The design resembles a giant Mamiya Press camera and its coupled rangefinder. It also shows influences of the Mamiya TLRs with its rack and pinion focusing. It uses a permanently mounted 6x9 film back. The lens is a fixed Nikkor-Q 105mm F3.5 in Seikosha shutter. The shutter is not self-cocking, so it has to be set after each exposure. The lens is focused with a thumb wheel above the film back door of the camera. The focus distance is displayed in a window on the right of the body. Two lens converters were offered, giving a 135mm F4.7, or 150mm F5.6.


  • Lewis, Gordon, ed. The History of the Japanese Camera. Rochester, N.Y.: George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film, 1991. ISBN 0-935398-17-1 (paper), 0-935398-16-3 (hard). P.122.
  • McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). P.653.
  • Sugiyama, Kōichi (杉山浩一); Naoi, Hiroaki (直井浩明); Bullock, John R. The Collector's Guide to Japanese Cameras. 国産カメラ図鑑 (Kokusan kamera zukan). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1985. ISBN 4-257-03187-5. Item 6077.


In Japanese:

Japanese medium-format VF and RF (edit)
6×9 Fujica G690/GL690 | Fujica GW690/GSW690 | Mamiya Press | Marshal Press
6×8 Fujica GW680/GSW680
6×7 Fujifilm GF670 | Fujica GM670 | Fujica GW670 | Koni-Omega | Makina 67 | Mamiya 7
6×6 Mamiya 6
4.5×6 Bronica RF645 | Fujifilm GA645 | Fujifilm GA645i | Fujifilm GA645W | Fujifilm GA645Wi | Fujifilm GA645Zi | Fujica GS645 / GS645S / GS645W
Japanese medium format SLR and TLR ->
Other Japanese 6×6, 4.5×6, 3×4 and 4×4 ->