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.

Webinar Archive: Introduction to Large Sensor Digital Photography

Webinar Archive: An Introduction to Large Sensor Digital Photography
Originally held on: September 7, 2011

The most demanding photography applications in beauty, fashion, product and architectural photography rely on the image quality, bit depth and color range that only a large sensor digital camera back can produce. Standard small-sensor DSLR cameras have gotten really good – but they still can’t produce the quality required for these applications.

Mamiya camera systems combined with Leaf’s Digital Backs and Phase One’s Capture One software make for a power trio that delivers unmatched image clarity, detail and color.

If you’re craving the jobs and clients that demand the best image possible, or just interested in learning about this world of digital photography, join us for this informative introduction to the capabilities of these amazing camera systems.

Who Should Attend?

  • Commercial Photographers
  • Fashion Photographers
  • Fine Art Photographers
  • Anyone interested in producing the best digital image possible!

The Eyes Have It

Photographer Landon Mathers has posted a fascinating video comprised of still images he’s shot.

Armed with a Mamiya 645, a Phase One digital back, and a 120mm macro lens, Mathers photographed eyes. This project confirms what humans have known since before recorded time: eyes are astounding. In Mathers’ images we can see everything from contact lenses to the stunningly delicate epithelium and stroma, the latter two giving each iris their unique and amazing color variations.

At the conclusion of the video, it’s implied the subjects photographed are photographers themselves. Awesome concept and superb execution, Landon! See more of Mathers’ work at his site.

VIDEO: ERIC’s Street Photography

Michael Zhang at the awesome PetaPixel site has another fabulous post for photographers everywhere. This time, he brings to readers’ attention to a Chinese photographer working under the name ERIC. The video (included below) was shot in China and on the streets of Hong Kong.

ERIC, armed with a Mamiya 7 II burns through medium format film like it’s nobody’s business, shooting street photography of pedestrians at a blinding speed. The end of the video promises there’s more to come.

Check out that bag of film! Haven’t seen that kind of fun in years! Thanks, Michael.

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!

VIDEO: Mamiya RZ33 — The Legend Reborn

If you’ve ever wondered why high-end fashion photographers demand Mamiya quality, check out this short video detailing some of the features which make the reborn Mamiya RZ33 the epitome of medium format cameras.

This model combines the legendary features of the Mamiya RZ system with a matched 33 megapixel digital back. You can shoot horizontally or vertically by simply rotating the back. Any of the RZ system accessories can be used with the RZ33.

We hope you enjoy this video. The full features of the RZ-Series can be seen on our site.

Creative Mamiya Triptychs

Duncan at The Inspiration Room recently posted some very cool creative work by DDB in New York. The series of three print ads featured the Mamiya 645DF shot at 1/1600 scond high flash sync speed. One of the three triptychs is presented below.

Duncan states the three ads were created by “creative director Eric Silver, art director Chuck Tso, photographer Craig Cameron Olsen, with retouching by John Cason and Aaron Needham.”

Great concept and fabulous job, guys!

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!