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« on: October 08, 2009, 01:34 »
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Mamiya just released 2 new digital medium format camera lines (4 cameras) and it got me drooling again over medium format.   So far the costs have been pretty prohibitive, especially considering what a Canon 5D mark II can do.  But the big sensor of a medium format sure looks tempting.  Mamiya hasn't released their pricing yet but this is what they say
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Mamiya 28 and 22 Megapixel Series
The new Mamiya DM28 and DM22 each offer an unmatched value for the new professional photographer. Featuring 16-bit/ channel image quality and industry-leading shooting speeds, they will be priced at extremely attractive points.

Utilizing a range of 15 existing Mamiya 645AF focal plane lenses, the Mamiya DM22 and DM28 offer many of the features found on their higher-end siblings. They also include Raw file processing with new versions of either Leaf Capture, or Capture One software by Phase One, allowing photographers their choice of workflow from the industry leaders.

[Press release]

There is also the option of buying a good used older medium format camera (for film) and buying a digital back.

Anyhow, anyone using medium format here?  I know Yuri does (or at least did).


« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2009, 02:01 »
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I have a Mamiya 645 1000s and a couple of great lenses from many years ago, also an Epson Perfection V700 scanner but haven't made much use of that combo yet. I'll be attending a shoot in about six weeks that I've seriously considered taking the Mamiya to because the location seems to lend itself to the film look.

« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2009, 02:18 »
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 that looks like it will be a great shoot.

« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 02:40 »
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I just bought a Bronica SQB 6x6 boxed in mint condition from ebay for $320.  I will see if I can get some decent scans from the canon 8800F.  I am only going to do B&W for a while, I just can't get used to doing B&W with digital and I really miss it.

Processing should be cheap, I am going to use coffee.
http://www.shutterbug.com/techniques/film_processing/0903sb_coffee/

« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 02:42 »
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that looks like it will be a great shoot.
Hope so. There will be some top guns there - hidesy, chemc (steel cage head honcho), mark evans (3D guru) and several other very experienced microstockers.

« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 03:29 »
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The price for the Mamiya ZDb 22 MP back has drop from $7,199 to $3,699 at B&H.

« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2009, 03:32 »
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The price for the Mamiya ZDb 22 MP back has drop from $7,199 to $3,699 at B&H.

Yeah, that price is starting to look affordable.

« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2009, 05:38 »
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Could this back go on the RB67 Pro S?

« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2009, 13:05 »
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The price for the Mamiya ZDb 22 MP back has drop from $7,199 to $3,699 at B&H.

Yeah, that price is starting to look affordable.
It looks affordable for a digital back but what would  put me off is  the 50-400 ISO range of it

« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2009, 15:54 »
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Just got this from Calumet's newsletter:

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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its cameras' first journey to the moon, Hasselblad made an astronomic announcement at the Kennedy Space Center on 24 September:
The H4D.
Making the H4D worthy of a new camera line is its revolutionary True Focus technology.
(...)
Hasselblad's H4D arrives in the new year in two models, leading early with the H4D-60 and followed thereafter by the H4D-50.


H4D60 data-sheet: http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/resources/pdfs/H4D60-Datasheet.pdf

And more:

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When you purchase the current flagship H3DII-50 before 31 December, 2009, you'll be eligible for a FREE upgrade to the H4D-50 when it is released. Or boost your output by 10 megapixels and get the H4D-60 for the price difference between it and the H4D-50.


H3DII-50 costs just 18,394.25 at Calumet.  Anyone? ;D

« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2009, 16:28 »
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The price for the Mamiya ZDb 22 MP back has drop from $7,199 to $3,699 at B&H.

Yeah, that price is starting to look affordable.
Yeah but what extras will it give you comparing to EOS 5D Mk2? Extra shallow depth of field for portraits?

Dook

« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2009, 16:29 »
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Mamiya  and Phase One look much more affordable. Hasselblad H4D price scares me. These cameras are targeted towards fashion photographers(new AF system). I am not fashion photographer, but, for some reason they need these big resolutions. But, a microstock photographer does not. Yes, Yuri uses Hasselblads, but just because he can, not because he needs it. Sorry, just my opinion.

« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2009, 16:54 »
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Mamiya  and Phase One look much more affordable. Hasselblad H4D price scares me. These cameras are targeted towards fashion photographers(new AF system). I am not fashion photographer, but, for some reason they need these big resolutions. But, a microstock photographer does not. Yes, Yuri uses Hasselblads, but just because he can, not because he needs it. Sorry, just my opinion.

Some people drive huge SUV one block down to buy a milk cause they can do that ;-)

« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2009, 03:35 »
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Mamiya just released 2 new digital medium format camera lines (4 cameras) and it got me drooling again over medium format.   So far the costs have been pretty prohibitive, especially considering what a Canon 5D mark II can do.  But the big sensor of a medium format sure looks tempting.  Mamiya hasn't released their pricing yet but this is what they say
Quote
Mamiya 28 and 22 Megapixel Series
The new Mamiya DM28 and DM22 each offer an unmatched value for the new professional photographer. Featuring 16-bit/ channel image quality and industry-leading shooting speeds, they will be priced at extremely attractive points.

Utilizing a range of 15 existing Mamiya 645AF focal plane lenses, the Mamiya DM22 and DM28 offer many of the features found on their higher-end siblings. They also include Raw file processing with new versions of either Leaf Capture, or Capture One software by Phase One, allowing photographers their choice of workflow from the industry leaders.

[Press release]

There is also the option of buying a good used older medium format camera (for film) and buying a digital back.

Anyhow, anyone using medium format here?  I know Yuri does (or at least did).


Hi Leaf,

I bought a 645AF and p45+ back in mid July and took around 100 photos for stock since then. There was a huge discount on Phase One here in Italy so I couldn't miss that chance....
Many pros but some cons (e.g. flash sync, more noise at high ISO compared with 5d markII).
I'm a bit in a hurry now, but feel free to PM for more info

Best,
Diego

« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2009, 03:48 »
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The price for the Mamiya ZDb 22 MP back has drop from $7,199 to $3,699 at B&H.

Yeah, that price is starting to look affordable.
Yeah but what extras will it give you comparing to EOS 5D Mk2? Extra shallow depth of field for portraits?

since pixel density is greatly reduced with a large sensor, going from 35mm to medium format should be like going from point and shoot to 35mm.

I haven't done much research on this, or tested.. I am just saying what I assume.  It is interesting to hear your thoughts diego - and also interesting that at high ISO the Canon 5DmarkII images look better.


 

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