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.
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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Similar to the 1954 Mamiya Speed Shot Special we found online last year, here’s something equally cool, if not quite as rare. Gadgethobby.com 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.
Travel story and social documentary photographer Matt Shonfeld travels extensively, but not quickly. Typically, after being flown to an exotic location by a top publication, he’ll elect to stay in-country for weeks after his initial assignment, moving almost exclusively on foot, and shooting the locals with his standard gear: two Mamiya 7II bodies and three lenses.
First handed a camera at the age of six, Matt has been “passionate about pictures” since that day. In fact, there’s no lack of passion in Matt’s love of the work he does. In an increasingly digital world, Matt remains loyal to medium format film exclusively. “I’m Frugal. Each picture matters. There’s ten exposures on a roll. I’m very careful,” he declares. “I’m passionate about color and color diversity. We see in color. I only shoot in natural light—never in the middle of the day, and I never use flash.” His beautifully-saturated photos for clients such as Vanity Fair, Courrier International, andThe New York Times bear this out. Self-proclaimed as “hopeless in Photoshop,” Matt insists of himself he get it right on film. As a rule, he always slightly under-exposes his Fuji negative film.
Matt’s sense of mission for photography takes him to extremes. He once walked 540 kilometers from Pakistan to India with a camel train, camera in hand all the way. He also spent one month in the jungles of Columbia with the FARC. Known for their habit of kidnapping foreigners, Matt narrowly avoided getting murdered near the end of his stay.
If his travel habits are extreme, his approach to gear is not. “I’m a real traditionalist. I travel light. The Mamiya 7II is like a big Leica, but it’s light. It doesn’t need a tripod. It’s as easy as it always was.” Without shooting digitally, there’s no need for a laptop or external hard drives to weigh him down or require power. “I can’t see myself going down the digital route.” He only develops his film after returning home. “It’s like Christmas when picking up film from the lab.”
To get his work in the hands of clients, Matt uses a Hasselblad scanner for a resolution of 32,000 dpi images, which are then reduced to JPEGs.
Originally a lover of Rolleiflexes, Matt spent a long time shooting with Canon, then Leica, before moving to Mamiya after someone at a photojournalist festival recommended the Mamiya 7II to him. “They’re tough cameras. They’re good in different temperatures and all kinds of climates. The lenses are great quality. The 65mm is fantastic, but I’ve fallen in love with the 43mm. For portraits I use the 65 or the 80. There’s not a better camera out there. It’s simple and easy to use.” He travels with two bodies: one for 400 speed film, one for 160 speed film.
Although modest about his process, Matt’s frugality and concern with “getting it” seems to pay off. Often on a contact sheet with ten exposures, his client will use as many as eight or nine photos, an astoundingly high rate, especially when compared to his digital counterparts.
Having lived in Poland, France, Italy, India, and South America, UK-native Matt is currently engaged in years-long personal project of documenting British seaside towns with his 7IIs. Treating his fellow countrymen the way he treats his subjects when a guest in foreign lands, Matt says, “don’t ask permission. If you ask permission, the picture’s gone.” This approach has only caused him problems in one location: the city of love. While once shooting on a Parisian street, he was chased a few blocks by a large man not happy to be photographed. Matt still feels fortunate he escaped.
When advising beginning photographers Matt says, “learn the traditional craft. Do it with film, not the computer. Learn about light and traditional processes. This is important. Look at other people’s work, both contemporary and earlier.” In a competitive industry, he advises, “cut your own way. There are many great resources available, both real and online. Get out there. Shoot. Learn to be confident locally first. Can you tell a story in pictures? It could be a mundane thing like making tea, but if it’s shot beautifully, then it works.”
The night before meeting Lynn Goldsmith I researched her career. Holy Mamiya, Batman! This woman has done everything except walk on the moon. According to Wikipedia, “Lynn Goldsmith is a recording artist, a film director and a celebrity portrait photographer. Her work has appeared on the covers and inside almost any important publication in every country for the past 35 years. She has done over 100 album covers. In addition to her editorial work, Goldsmith has also focused on fine art photography with conceptual images.” If you keep reading, your jaw starts dropping every time you get to a new category i.e. books, awards, education, etc. Suffice it to say I had good reason to be intimidated and didn’t know at all what she would be like in person.
The story continues with five videos after the jump