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.

Alex Prager Wins Foam Paul Huf Award

British Journal of PhotographyAs reported by the esteemed British Journal of Photography, Los Angeles native Alex Prager has won the latest Foam Paul Huf Award. Known for her saturated film exposures which blur lines across decades by utilizing multigenerational styling, Prager shoots with a Mamiya 645.

The story, written by Olivier Laurent and Diane Smyth, has several great quotes by Prager, and goes into detail on the Foam Paul Huf Award itself.

See more of Alex Prager’s work at her site. Congrats, Alex!

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.

David Hibbard’s Tropical Sea Morning

David Hibbard InMenloPhotographer David Hibbard was featured on the Web site InMenlo this week. The article announces Hibbard’s photo “Tropical Sea Morning” being juried into this year’s photo exhibit at Santa Clara’s Triton Museum.

Hibbard shot a series of photos on a beach in Waimea, Kaua’i. His Mamiya 645AF II with a Phase One P45 digital back was used. He reported the exposure as f/11 at 1/40 of a second. The ISO was 100.

Congrats to David on a great shot. We hope to see more of your work in the future. Read the full post at InMenlo.

VIDEO: Turn Your Hassy into an Extreme Camera

A new video on how to turn your Hasselblad into an extreme camera has been posted to our site. It features the Leaf Aptus-II R series, the only digital back in the world with an internally rotating sensor.

Cesar Lloreda Calvo uses a Leaf Aptus-II R series back with his Hasselblad V series camera in the below video. The Leaf Aptus-II R series digital backs are available in both 56MP and 80MP sensors. This video demonstrates how you can bring your Hassy back to life!

You can also see the video on YouTube.

Frank Stefanko on Shooting the Boss

John Barna of The Gloucester County Times has written a story on the work of photographer Frank Stefanko. In particular, he focuses on Stefanko’s portraits of Bruce Springsteen taken over decades.

As a college student, Stefanko attended Glassboro State College in New Jersey. He was friendly with vocalist Patti Smith. A connection with Springsteen was made, Barna writes, and Stefanko went on to photograph for the Darkness on the Edge of Town album, and would continue to photograph Springsteen for the next 40 years.

Stefanko used a Mamiya RB67 and shot Springsteen in his natural environs. If you’re into rock and roll trivia and the story of how an unknown took some of the most memorable photos people around the world recognize, don’t miss the full article.

Patrick Nicholas on Photobotos

Patrick Nicholas on Photobotos.comPhotographer Patrick Nicholas was featured on The author of the article is not clear, but he or she writes, “Although photography is an art form, this is certainly the first post we have had where the lines between art and photography are blurred. It is an honor to have a professional as good as Patrick to guest on our blog.”

The featured photo, entitled “Daphne,” was “taken back in ’94 with a Mamiya RB67 using Kodak Tri X black and white film and developed by myself,” writes Nicholas himself. Check out all the details. You can see more of his work at his site.

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

Danny Zapalac’s Traveling Lifestyle

Traveling is in Danny Zapalac’s blood. When Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia in 1968, his parents fled west. Thirty-nine years ago, Zapalac was born in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York. Five years later his parents moved again, this time to East Long Beach, California, where he was raised.

Attending college locally, Zapalac went to Long Beach State University, and graduated with an International Business degree. After graduation, he worked at a snowboard shop. He eventually realized it wasn’t for him, and, at 26, he picked up a camera for the first time and fell in love with photography.

©Danny Zapalac

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