Category: Mamiya

MARK SELIGER: Interaction! Imagination!

© Mark Seliger

Mark Seliger skillfully established his reputation for his work for Rolling Stone magazine, thusly creating some of its most unforgettable covers. His powerful yet simplistic portrait images transform the way we see people and understand them. Seliger is widely considered by many to be the leading portrait photographer of his day with his extensive portfolio featuring individuals such as President Obama, the Dalai Lama, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Mark successfully captures the personality of his subjects by using effective lighting, backdrops, poses, and most importantly the Mamiya Leaf Credo 60 camera system. Seliger explains why he chose the Leaf Credo 60:

“…The thing about medium format is that it gives you a different sort of connection to the work. With medium format you can get lens compression for a shallower depth-of-field—which is key in portrait photography”.

“I choose a camera system for its reliability and simplicity. Right now we’re trying out Mamiya Leaf. We like to keep or work streamlined and simple, because with our tight schedule, we don’t have the room to deal with equipment issues. Also, I understand that Mamiya Leaf has a great reputation for its film-like results”.

The Mamiya Leaf Credo digital camera provides that legendary Leaf image quality along with speed and versatility that are second to none. Additionally, the Leaf Credo delivers uncompromising image quality. For more product information, specifications, and sample images, please click here.

To learn more about Mark Seliger, please read this wonderful story titled Mark Seliger – Interaction! Imagination!

Down and Dirty in British Factories

© Daniel Stier

Daniel Stier is a veteran UK-based photographer with more than 20 years of experience under his belt. His work encompasses advertising, editorials, travel, portraits and personal works that are displayed in galleries and photo festivals. Daniel’s clients include Nike, Sony, VW, Budweiser, Harvey Nichols, Wallpaper W Magazine, Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Another, New York Times Magazine, GQ and many others.

Daniel recently took a Leaf Credo 80 and Mamiya 645DF+ to shoot on location at factories all over Britain. “The environments we shot in were sometimes rather challenging – noisy, wet, dusty and hectic. The Mamiya Leaf camera system was a real treat to work with and made it easy to come away with images of amazing quality.”

© Daniel Stier
© Daniel Stier

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Sean de Sparengo and Leaf Credo 80 Return to Innocence

© Sean de Sparengo

Sean de Sparengo is an award-winning British advertising and portrait photographer. His images immediately engage the audience, blending technical excellence with a startling creativity.

Corner-to-corner sharpness and crisp, clean details lend Sean’s images a powerful impact that cannot be ignored. To achieve his technical excellence, Sean depends on his innate ambition and on his Leaf Credo 80, which he mounts on a Mamiya 645DF+.

“I’ve shot with pretty much every current medium format digital camera system there is, but image quality wise I’ve always been impressed by the incredible natural tones that you get out of the Leaf backs. To my eye, the Credo has a more film-like look to it straight out of the box than any other back I’ve used, and my retouchers always pick up on that. I like the way the middle range of the exposure has so much tonality.

Getting the most out of a Credo 80 means you have to process the files carefully. Capture One software has the best tool set for job. Shooting at 35 asa already means grain-less imagery but then when you need to push the back to say 400 the noise reduction in Capture One 7 is quite amazing.”

© Sean de Sparengo

One of Sean’s most recent assignments was to capture images to raise money for a Chinese children’s charity. The images were used in a book and an exhibition. His days required seven to eight hours of driving on very rough and dusty dirt roads, often followed by hikes to reach the schools. With altitudes ranging between 3,000 to 4,000 meters and daytime temperatures of 30 degree (Celsius) with -15 degree nights, the project was a challenge both physically and technically.

“On the more physically demanding days I carried just one lens, a tripod and a bunch of batteries. It makes for a really simple setup and the Credo’s high-res screen gave me the confidence to shoot without an external monitor, even at apertures that required ultra-critical focus. The onboard digital level is a real bonus as I’ve never seen a tripod base and head spirit levels that actually agree with each other. Having a very accurate digital level right there on the back makes the initial setup fast and easy.

Live view has been much improved on these new Credos too, making table-top adjustments and focusing much easier than before. I don’t use it that often but I had a project where I used a tilt and shift lens and the faster frame rate made tilting the lens for extended depth of field a real breeze.”

On location, I like to use one of those cleverly converted Peli cases to house a Macbook with an external Lithium battery so I can set up quickly with all the cables pre-routed and then shoot fast while tethered for pretty much a whole day. I was pleased to take the latest Mamiya 120 mm auto-focus macro, which is a stunning portrait lens and probably one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever shot.”

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Mil-Leica on the Mamiya DM28

Mil-LeicaWisconsin Photographer Troy Freund has a blog called Mil-Leica, where he shares info and photos taken primarily with Leica cameras. Freund recently posted about his initial testing with a Mamiya DM28.

He includes several bullet point observations and some test shots. “The camera was great to work with. Though larger even than my Leica R8+DMR, it still felt good in my hand and wasn’t hard to hold,” Freund writes.

Check out Troy Freund’s site for more of his work.

Andrew Macpherson on Fotorater

Photographer Andrew Macpherson was recently featured on Fotorater. Los Angeles-based Macpherson has shot a laundry list of celebrities, always delivering moody portraits of exceptional quality.

In this fascinating interview by Marc Cameron, Macpherson covers his interesting rise to the professional level, which began when he was 15 and left school to learn photography.

Macpherson also has some comments about his camera choices.

“For work I used the RZ67 until 2004, when I went all digi…. I have totally fallen in love the new Phase One – Mamiya 645 system. It is really nice – especially with the 80MP back!”

Don’t miss the complete text of this insightful interview. You can see more of Macpherson’s work at his site and his blog.

New Mamiya Leaf Brand Delivers Strong Worldwide Synergy

Companies Integrate Products, Consolidate Worldwide Support, Service and R&D

TOKYO and TEL AVIV, January 16, 2012 – Mamiya Digital Imaging, a trusted manufacturer and developer of medium-format cameras and optics, and Leaf Imaging Ltd., a leading manufacturer and developer of digital backs for the medium and large-format photography markets, today announced that they have created a new, worldwide Mamiya Leaf brand that integrates both companies’ product lines into one complete medium-format digital camera system offering, streamlines new product development and establishes more efficient customer sales and support.

Mamiya LeafThe new Mamiya Leaf brand represents a synergy of the best that these two companies can offer as highly competent suppliers of comprehensive, fully integrated high-end digital photography systems comprising digital camera backs, bodies and lenses. Together, the companies are focusing on delivering new Mamiya Leaf camera systems. Unified support from worldwide Mamiya Leaf partners/distributors is also expected to be a major advantage for photographers; they will now be able to enjoy one stop expert service for all of the various components of a Mamiya Leaf medium format digital camera system.

“Creating a new Mamiya Leaf brand represents a win-win situation for photographers” said Dov Kalinksi, Leaf General Manager. “Not only will photographers be able to immediately benefit from a highly advanced, fully-integrated medium format system from the industry’s leading suppliers, but they will also be able to enjoy powerful new products emerging from a unified R&D effort.”

“We are aligning our resources to ensure that customers will benefit from the extensive expertise residing in both Tokyo and Tel Aviv,” said Mamiya Digital Imaging President Toshio Midorikawa. “We are confident that the synergy created and the efficiency gained by simplifying our operations will enable us to serve our customers faster and better.”

Mamiya Leaf medium format digital systems comprise a broad range of equipment — from 22 to 80 megapixels. Camera bodies are manufactured by Mamiya; digital backs are manufactured by Leaf. Also available are Mamiya focal plane shutter lenses and Schneider Kreuznach-designed leaf shutter lenses. Cameras, lenses and backs will retain their respective Mamiya and Leaf labels and they will still be sold as individual components.

Included with all Mamiya Leaf systems are two native software options: the award winning Phase One Capture One and Leaf Capture.

About Mamiya Digital Imaging
For almost 70 years, Mamiya has been a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in professional photographic cameras and lenses. Mamiya Digital Imaging is dedicated to the professional and advanced amateur markets. For Mamiya it’s always been about one thing: the love of photography. A passion shared by enthusiastic owners of Mamiya cameras all over the world. For more information, please visit the new Mamiya Leaf website at

About Leaf Imaging, Ltd.
Leaf Imaging has been a pioneer in professional digital photography. In 1992, Leaf introduced the world’s first commercial digital camera back. Today, the Leaf Aptus-II digital backs are the choice of leading photographers. Leaf is dedicated to improving the quality of its products, technologies and services to support the advancement of professional digital photography. For more information, please visit the new Mamiya Leaf website at

Catherine Day and How it Just Happens

Six years ago, after finishing college at 18, Catherine Day decided to leave her picturesque hometown of Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the U.K. for a university far from home. She went from the northeast of England to the southwest, a seven-hour train ride, to study at the University of Gloucestershire’s arts campus in Cheltenham.

Given her first camera at age six by her father, by 17, she knew she wanted to be a photographer. “That was around seven years ago, now, but it feels like a lifetime,” she says. In that time, she studied Photography for two years at Redcar and Cleveland College as part of an advanced foundation course. She then completed three years at the University of Gloucestershire.

©Catherine Day

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Markus Klinko on has published a new interview with Mamiya RZ shooter Markus Klinko.

Be sure to check out Klinko’s thoughts on his life, art, and photography gear in the interview. One year ago we published a detailed profile of Klinko and his photographic work with his partner Indrani. You can see our latest video featuring Klinko on YouTube for more details.