Category: Mamiya

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.

Ira Block Chronicles the Aftermath Ten Years On

Photographer Ira Block has a straightforward, haunting, unblinking look at the aftermath of September 11, 2001. As an internationally renowned shooter, Block has over thirty National Geographic stories under his belt. He is also a respected photo educator and workshop leader.

Due to restrictions in his agreement with National Geographic, we are unable to reproduce any of the images used in their story, which is now available for viewing on their site. Written by Luna Shyr, Block’s photos accompany her piece entitled “Starting from Ground Zero: Ten years after 9/11, how have the survivors healed—and what wounds still remain?”

A gallery show of these impressive images is scheduled for October 19th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Foto Care in New York City.

To capture both the disturbing images of wreckage, such as a piece of one of the planes’ fuselage, to the life-affirming smile of a survivor with her children, Block relied on his Mamiya 645AFD III with a 33 megapixel back. Mamiya lenses used were a 120mm macro, an 80mm f/2.8 and a 150mm f/2.8. His tripod is an Induro CT414—”the big one,” he says. Profoto Strobes were used, along with Acute2 1200 Generators, and Acute2 2400 Generators. He also employed a Creative Light Octa Sofbox. His lights were triggered by PocketWizard MultiMAX units.

You can see Block’s thoughts on the event, the subsequent images, and the intervening years in a new post on his blog.

Another impressive credit belonging to this photographer is Block taught the first creative digital photography class at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He regularly appears at workshops around the world. His blog on photography, photographic gear, and creativity, is not to be missed.

Alexandra Roberts Does Medium Format in Miami

Photographer Alexandra Roberts has a recent blog post featuring some black and white Mamiya goodness she shot in Miami. Roberts was shooting Kodak T-MAX 100 with her Mamiya 645 AFD II.

©Alexandra Roberts

Roberts reports her wedding clients are loving the medium format black and white work she’s mixing into her photographic offerings.

To see more beautiful film and digital photography, check out Roberts’ site. Nice job, Alexandra!

Hamish Innes-Brown’s Perfect Landing

Michael Zhang writing for PetaPixel has pointed out Hamish Innes-Brown’s beautiful images of planes landing at night. Innes-Brown is a Ph.D. student in Australia who hung around Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport with his Mamiya C330 loaded with Kodak Portra 160NC.

You can learn more about this photographer from Down Under in an interesting interview on the Melbourne Silver Mine site, of which he is a founding member. He’s also on Flickr. Go to Innes-Brown’s site to see more recent film work in both color and black and white. Be prepared for more beautiful night photography!

Otto Kitchens and the Art of Wabi-sabi

Atlanta, Georgia photographer Otto Kitchens is fascinated with the Japanese aesthetic known as wabi-sabi. According to Wikipedia, wabi-sabi celebrates beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete,” among other qualities. Asymmetry and asperity also also reflect values in the aesthetic, and it seems Kitchens knows how to find these in abundance.

Kitchens has some beautiful examples of wabi-sabi and they were shot with his Mamiya 645 Super. Check out the way he captures the textures of Detroit’s finest in various stages of decay using medium format film goodness. He frequently relies on Kodak Portra 400 color film, and the muted light makes the forgotten and discarded look magical.

Cars aren’t the only thing Kitchens has captured. There’s a fascinating series on the Miller Theater in Augusta, Georgia, and lots of examples of decay in small rural towns of Georgia.

Wabi-sabi is indeed the finding of beauty and art in the ordinary. Kitchens does this regularly and is worth following. His site is a great photoblog, and breaks down his shots by the type of camera they were captured with. A great job all the way around!

Mamiya — Now Powered by Leaf & Phase One

Elmsford, NY, June 20, 2011 – Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group (formerly Mamiya America) is proud to announce in the U.S., the collaboration of the leading companies in professional digital photography: Mamiya, Leaf, Phase One and Schneider Kreuznach. This has led to the creation of the New Mamiya – Powered by Leaf & Phase One.

Now, as the exclusive importer of Mamiya / Leaf products in the USA, Jan Lederman states, “This collaboration is the fulfillment of a dream we have worked towards for years. The finest solutions in hardware, optics and software are now all together from a single source to offer photographers the best in large sensor digital photography.” Both customer and repair service for Mamiya and Leaf products will be provided by factory-trained technicians at MAC Group.

New Mamiya DSLRs and Digital Backs range from 22 megapixels up to the exciting 80 megapixel version. Mamiya / Leaf Digital Backs, also available separately, are compatible with Mamiya 645, Mamiya RZ, Hasselblad V and H series, Contax 645 and most view cameras.

Camera bodies and lenses are manufactured by Mamiya, digital backs are manufactured by Leaf under the Mamiya/Leaf name, Capture One software is made by Phase One, and new leaf shutter lenses are designed and certified by Schneider Kreuznach.

Included with all Mamiya DSLRs and Digital Backs are two native software options: award-winning Phase One Capture One and Leaf Capture. These powerful software programs are industry leading, and will be valuable assets to any professional’s workflow.

“We’re pleased to be part of this effort. The combination of products brings together the best in medium format photography delivered with service and options to expand the capabilities of professional photographers,” says Henrik Hakonsson, President of Phase One.

For more information, visit Mamiya.

About Mamiya
For over 50 years, Mamiya has been a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in professional photographic cameras and lenses. Mamiya continues to be a pioneer by continually improving and refining the finest professional, digital photographic products with state-of-art advancements as well as developing superior apochromatic lens technology.

About Leaf
Leaf Imaging has been a pioneer in professional digital photography beginning in 1992 when Leaf introduced the world’s first commercial digital camera back. Leaf is dedicated to improving the quality of its products, technologies and services to support the advancement of professional digital photography.

About Phase One
Phase One’s Capture One software helps streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling professional photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise.

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Alfie Goodrich Before and After the Disaster

One of Alfie Goodrich’s earliest memories is at the age of three, sitting in a darkened living room, looking at his father’s slides projected onto a big screen. It left a lasting impression which would shape his career. At seven, his father helped kickstart his son’s love of photography further by passing down an old rangefinder camera.

Goodrich used the rangefinder until he joined the British Army. A knee injury got him discharged, and began a three year study of photography at an art college in the U.K. He spent the next nine years at a record company, working his way up to Director of Public Relations. Taking many photos during his time in the music business, he eventually managed a record label in London for a few years before turning to a solo career as a professional photographer.

©Alfie Goodrich

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Mary Ellen Mark’s Oaxaca Workshop

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Photography legend Mary Ellen Mark will be hosting a hands-on workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico from June 26 – July 6, 2011. The workflow is centered on black and white film photography. Each student will receive multiple reviews of their work, assignments, and individual conferences with Mark herself. A book will be put together containing the best images from the workshop, with three or four images from each student.

Mark’s site also contains PDFs optimized for Apple’s iPad which chronicle the Oaxaca workshop photographs from 2009 and 2010. Full details are available here.

Visit her site to view all details of the workshop, including logistics, requirements, travel and lodging information, applications, and an insightful statement from Mark herself on the workshop.

We previously profiled Mary Ellen Mark on the Mamiya blog in April of 2010, when she reported, “The work my students do in Oaxaca is very inspiring to me. I’m very proud of them. It’s great work.” She has run workshops in New York, and launched her beautiful new site in February.

1950′s Mamiya Super 16 Spy Camera

Similar to the 1954 Mamiya Speed Shot Special we found online last year, here’s something equally cool, if not quite as rare. has recently posted not one, but two 1950′s Mamiya Super 16 cameras.

There are plenty of examples of this beauty online, and they do pop up for sale now and then, although collectors don’t part with mint specimens very often. Made from 1949 to the early 1960′s in many slight deviations, all model Mamyia Super 16 cameras have a rabid fan base. There was even an automatic version. Many are no longer functioning, but some folks are still actively shooting the 16mm film today. Some collectors are making scans of the original manuals available for intrepid fans attempting to repair them.

There are many resources online for this old gem from Mamiya if you’re thinking of starting or building your existing collection. If you’re diligent, you can even find and collect an official Mamiya Super 16 Cleaning Brush or some of the original advertising. Some fans are so passionate about these models there’s an abundance of great images of the cameras themselves. They are, after all, obsessed with photography.

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward’s Old Work Rediscovered

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward has pulled some great Polaroids and prints out of his archive, scanned them, and posted them with commentary. This blog entry is filled with shots from a 1992 photo shoot he did with Lisa Montonen holding various flora.

©Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

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