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VIDEO: Introduce Yourself to the Mamiya Leaf Credo 80

Lance Schad of Digital Transitions acquaints viewers with the brand new Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 in this quick video.

Schad demos the digital back’s touch screen, which he finds both beautiful and intuitive, and takes us on a tour of the the back’s various ports. He also highlights the camera’s wireless capabilities; it comes with built-in support for the Profoto D1 Air and for Capture One and Capture Pilot.

If you haven’t been able to get your hands on a Mamiya Leaf Credo yet, let Lance introduce you!

Head over to Digital Transitions for their detailed list of the Mamiya Leaf Credo’s specs and features and take advantage of their dedicated Mamiya Leaf Credo FAQ page.

Mamiya Leaf Introduces the Leaf Credo

Mamiya Leaf Introduces the Leaf Credo
Medium Format Digital Camera Back Platform

New Hardware Design with Blazing Performance Speed

TEL AVIV, April 23, 2012 – Mamiya Leaf, a leading provider of medium format camera equipment, today introduced a newly designed medium format digital camera back platform — the Leaf Credo. Available in three different models, the Leaf Credo 80, Credo 60, and Credo 40 digital camera backs feature high-quality resolutions of 80, 60 and 40 megapixels respectively.

Key platform features include:

  • A large, high resolution (1.15 megapixel), touch screen with excellent rendition of 16 million colors for quick and easy verification of focus and tonal accuracy;
  • Fast, new dual-core microprocessor enables powerful performance for the fastest available image viewing, focusing and editing;
  • A new, intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) offers easy navigation and extends the touch screen beyond the LCD area — letting you navigate and click outside the image area;
  • New FireWire 800 and USB 3 implementation delivers fastest image transfer speeds.

Planned from the ground-up for comfortable, effective shooting both indoors and out, Leaf Credo delivers high-resolution Live View functionality for precise focusing when shooting un-tethered.  It also offers a wide viewing angle and a built-in bi-directional spirit level.

The flagship of the Leaf Credo platform is a full-frame 80 MP CCD sensor with a dynamic range of 12.5 f-stops. New to Mamiya Leaf is a full frame 60 MP CCD sensor with 3:4 aspect ratio providing unmatched detail, richness of color, low noise and beautiful tonality. Also available is the 40 MP CCD sensor which offers the fastest capture speed in the Leaf Credo platform at 1.2 frames per second.

Leaf Credo digital backs work seamlessly with the Mamiya 645DF camera — which offers shutter speeds up to 1/4000 of a second and sync speeds of up to 1/1600 of a second with Schneider-Kreuznach designed Leaf shutter lenses.

The Mamiya Leaf open platform philosophy enables compatibility with other medium format camera bodies, such as the Hasselblad V and H and Contax (see www.mamiyaleaf.com for full compatibility list).

Leaf Credo digital backs are optimized for shooting with Capture One software, which comprises a comprehensive workflow to capture, organize, edit, share and print images.

“Leaf Credo delivers the best price/performance ratio in the large sensor digital back market,” said Ziv Argov, marketing director, Mamiya Leaf. “Its impressive combination of high resolution image quality, ease of use, and the latest touch screen LCD technologies makes the Leaf Credo digital back platform appealing for all photographers regardless of their styles.”

Pricing for the Leaf Credo 40 starts at € 14,995/$19,495. The Leaf Credo 60 is listed at €24,995/$32,495 and the Leaf Credo 80 for € 29,995/$38,995. Shipping is planned for June, 2012.

Leaf Credo Technical Highlights:

Leaf Credo 80 Leaf Credo 60 Leaf Credo 40
CCD size 53.7 x 40.4 mm 53.0 x 40.4 mm 43.9 x 32.9 mm
Pixel size 5.2 micron 6.0 micron 6.0 micron
ISO 35-800 50-800 50-800
Capture rate (frames per second) 0.7 1.0 1.2
Exposure time Up to 2 minutes Up to 1 minute Up to 1 minute


Please see more information on the Leaf Credo product page.

About Mamiya Leaf
Leveraging 70 years of Mamiya camera and optics expertise with the digital imaging technology of Leaf – the company that introduced the world’s first commercial digital camera back – Mamiya Leaf represents the finest in high end photographic solutions, and 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 Web site.

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Michael Smith Goes Old School

With a ten-year banking career, a wife and two children at home, and a serious yearning to be a photographer full-time, Michael Smith was in a position many serious hobbyist photographers have found themselves in. He wanted to shoot for a living. Originally solely interested in landscape and nature photography, a coworker in approached him in desperation after their professional photographer bailed a short time before the wedding. Grudgingly and with the proviso it was understood he didn’t photograph people, Smith accepted the assignment.

©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery
©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery

“I always thought nature photography was more up my alley,” says Smith. “There’s nothing moving. It suits my speed. Shooting people didn’t appeal to me because of the constant movement and change. Teaching people how to move didn’t interest me. Then I started doing it, and I surprisingly found I loved the challenge. I couldn’t wait until my next session. Here it is a few years later and I find I love the dynamics, the diversity, the differences in the people I shoot. I can mold a session to their personality. It was a really nice surprise, especially when I shoot people in nature settings.”

In May, Smith made the leap to full-time photography. He is careful to be judicious with his time, pouring all his effort into fewer weddings. “I’m very fortunate. I’m not looking to blow out fifty weddings a year. If I can provide for my family and be secure, I’ll be set. This is my passion and my art. It’s a dream job.”

©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery
©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery

“I’m shooting the Mamiya RZ67,” he reports. “I’m leaning toward eventually shooting film full-time at weddings. Definitely all the intimate and portrait shots at weddings are done with film now. I have the 120 and 220 backs for the RZ67. I’ve been using the Polaroid back on it now quite a bit. It’s great to bring to sessions and weddings. The clients love it. It really gives a unique feel, and I like doing things a little differently than every other photographer.”

©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery
©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery

A typical portait session for Smith now involves a whole roll of 35mm film, a roll of instant, a roll of Instax mini from Fujifilm and a roll of medium format. He’s found shooting across a variety of cameras and formats brings out things in both himself as an artist and his clients. “They love all the different formats. They get so excited to keep the instant film. It makes the client so happy, and this is possible, in part, with the Mamiya. I can flop out three different backs to shoot two different formats in one session, and it’s wonderful.”

©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery
©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery

A big proponent of remaining creative, Smith can draw the distinction between paying jobs and shooting for himself. “I know wedding photographers who only shoot weddings,” he says. “After the first hundred they stop innovating, and it all looks the same. I don’t know how they keep doing it. A lot of them forget to step back and shoot out of their element.”

©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery
©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery

To get the below photo at a night wedding, Smith shot Ilford 3200 120 film at f/4.5, manually metered. “I’m unsure of the shutterspeed, but I believe it was around 30-60,” he says.

©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery
©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery

“I bought the f/2.8 110mm Mamiya lens. My goal is to use it in a manner it hasn’t often been used. It’s a lot of experimentation, but I love it. I’m really excited about the Impossible Project. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I never had a chance to shoot real Polaroid because I got started late. I’ve been using the Fujifilm Instant ever since.”

Smith is relentlessly drawn to shooting in available light. “My goal is to do more fashion, but not studio fashion. Fashion on location is more exciting to me. Doing that and a combination of luxury weddings would make me very happy.”

©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery
©Michael Smith for Ash Imagery

“Everything about shooting film excites me,” says Smith. “Even the lensflares are beautiful, and add to the photograph. There’s something about the physicalness of the camera. When clients hear the sound of the shutter for the first time, they know it’s real-photography time. I also discovered that before I was seriously shooting film, I was trying to mimic film digitally. Now, it’s the real thing.” Indeed, Michael Smith. Indeed.

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Written by Ron Egatz