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Frank Doorhof on the Credo 60

DoorhofDutch photographer Frank Doorhof has just purchased a Leaf Cred0 60 as an upgrade from his Aptus-II 7. Known for his fashion, glamour and celebrity portraits, Doorhof also teaches photography workshops worldwide.

In a remarkably short time of owning his new Credo 60, Doorhof has published a detailed review of his new acquisition. Complete with specs and many sample photos, this is one of the first comprehensive reviews we’ve seen on any Credo model.

Beginning with an interesting comparison of current DSLRs versus medium format cameras, Doorhof explores depth-of-field, speed, and f-stop range. He stresses the quality of the detail he can pull from the Credo 60, and that the speed of one frame per second holds up during a fashion shoot.

Doorhof gives high marks to the Credo 60′s display. When his workshop was doing outdoor work in direct sunlight, one of his students had difficulty seeing the back of a Nikon display. In comparison, the Credo 60 delivered full detail at 80% brightness. He calls the Credo 60 display “amazing.”

He cites the USB3 support and batteries as other highlights. Here’s a quote from Doorhof’s conclusion:

I LOVE the new Credo 60, it’s a very “sexy” back with a great display and it’s FAST. The resolution is nice (and I can’t wait to do some real detailed shots with this back). Color and sharpness are amazing like I’m used from Leaf, the “roundness/3D” look is even better than with my old AptusII 7. USB3 is a really good addition seeing that Apple is dropping Firewire800 from their MacBookPro series.

Doorhof also rates the Leaf Credo 60 as a “better buy” over the Phase One IQ. He wraps up his review with a 100% crop from an earlier shot in the review. The detail is stunning.

Don’t miss the full review here. Learn more about Frank Doorhof’s workshops, DVDs, or his photography at his site.

Leaf Aptus-II 80MP “R” Shines in British Journal of Photography Article

The British Journal of Photography, one of the industry’s most respected and widely read publications, has just released an article reviewing Cambo’s Wide RS Anniversary Edition “pancake” shift camera. This in-depth article also provides an excellent breakdown on the benefits of pairing Cambo’s camera with the Mamiya 80MP “R” back and Leaf Capture workflow software.

This article is the second British Journal of Photography article reviewing the 80MP Leaf Aptus-II digital back. The first one was released six months ago and can be accessed here.

The comparison includes the following excerpts:

“To complement this competent camera, I had the use of the Leaf Aptus II 12R back, an 80-megapixel, 645-format unit that delivers a 240MB file (as an eight-bit TIFF) of 10,320×7752 pixels, which are just over five microns in size. The Dalsa-made sensor measures 53.7×40.3mm, which effectively covers 100 percent of a 6×4.5cm frame.”

“It’s all too easy to drop expensive digital backs when mounting or remounting them so, to overcome such hazards, Leaf engineers have somehow found room to rotate the sensor within the casing of the Aptus back. A large and convenient thumb wheel on the left-hand side of the housing turns the sensor from vertical to horizontal, with a positive click stop at each limit. This is such a pleasure to use in any kind of shooting that it would be perverse not to buy this “R” version of the back, especially as it doesn’t cost any more money.”

Click here to read the full report.

Karen Nakamura on the RB67 Pro

Karen Nakamura has put together a review of the Mamiya RB67 Pro. It goes into some fine detail on the history of model, which was first introduced in 1970, with substantial improvements over the past 30 years.

©Karen Nakamura

Nakamura explains modifications she’s done to her RB Pro, including mounting an RZ waist level finder on it, “which confuses everybody,” she writes. She warns you won’t be able to use your RB hood after this conversion without replacing the screws a second time. She also reports this modification is physical, and there are no working electronics between her RB body and the RZ hood.

The review also contains interesting sections on lenses and an auxiliary handle.

You can see more of Karen Nakamura’s work at photoethnography.com.

Matt Beardsley on the Mamiya RZ33

Matt Beardsley recently posted a review of the Mamiya RZ33 on Photoarts Monthly. In this informative article, Beardsley covers all the basics and answers many questions photographers new to medium format cameras may have. He provides some beautiful product photography of his own, showcasing the camera and the RZ67 Pro IID, lenses, and the DM33 digital back, including its various menus. Be sure to view the slideshow at the end of the piece to see all of these.

Going into considerable depth on the DM33, Beardsley raves about its menus and options, including the industry-leading feature of having twelve options for color space. He also points out the RZ33 is one of a shrinking number of bodies which can accept a film back. “I can say the RZ33 gets top marks for beefy build quality. In fact, it might be the only one that feels worthy of its price tag,” he writes.

Beardsley ends his review with the following summary paragraph.

“The classic Mamiya RZ67 line lives on in the RZ33, a big, mechanical camera with both the RZ’s classic, straight-forward machinery and a highly sophisticated 33 MP digital capture system. The camera has a few unique features: a rotating back for landscape or portrait orientation, an all leaf-shutter and widely available line of highly-regarded lenses, a digital back that can also operate on a Mamiya 645DF camera, and the ability to accept a film back (available here as a $4,250 film back kit). Though more modernized and compact digital medium format cameras are available in roughly the same price neighborhood (notably, the Hasselblad H4D-40) the Mamiya RZ33is a unique creative tool, with undeniable character. It is certain to find a place in contemporary photography.”

Thanks, Matt. Love your product shots, and hope to see more soon.

Phase One Sekor AF 110mm Named One of Six Best Portrait Lenses

The British Journal of Photography has listed the Phase One Sekor AF 110mm f/2.8 LS D as one of the six best portrait lenses. Stating the lens is “designed to be critically sharp,” the David Kilpatrick also writes, “What sets this lens apart is the 1/1600s leaf shutter flash synchronisation speed, the first leaf shutter to exceed the 1/1000s sync of the linear-motor Rollei SLX lenses unveiled in 1970.”

Thank you for the great review, David. Cheers!

Leica-lover Tries a DM28

The Leica-centric blog Mil-Leica has an interesting post by Troy Freund regarding a recent test he conducted with the Mamiya DM28. Freund writes, “What gorgeous files this camera produced!”

Posting a list of what he likes and doesn’t about the camera, what’s interesting to note is this review resides on a Leica fan blog. We can only hope Troy Freund can get his hands on a DM28 for a longer period of time to become more familiar with it and aware of all its capabilities. On the other hand, he could also check out a Mamiya DM33, DM40, DM56, etc. Enjoy, Troy, and thanks!

Read “Mamiya DM28 test run with lots of comments, pics.”