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WizCraker
03-20-2004, 07:30 PM
Anybody ever use a Mamiya Camera?

I'm looking at getting the Leaf/Mamiya Pro Digital (http://www.mamiya.com/products.asp?id=1&id2=1728&id3=1942) More info at Leaf (http://www.leafamerica.com/prodigital.html).

CoryC
03-20-2004, 07:41 PM
Mamiya has always had a good reputation and Leaf digital backs are used in a lot of studio work these days. Just remember to have a LOT of storage space and you should be fine.

WizCraker
03-20-2004, 08:03 PM
CoryC,

Thanks for the quick reply. Is there anything else I should know?

CoryC
03-20-2004, 08:13 PM
I am assuming that since you are looking at a camera at that level you have photography and digital photography experience so if the camera looks like it will fit your needs you shouldn't have any problems. Mamiya lenses are good and Leaf systems put out high quality images (at about 160 meg each). I just toured Kohler's 30,000sf studio and they use Leaf backs for everything except the few shots that need to be blown up to billboard size.

WizCraker
03-20-2004, 08:30 PM
Just what I wanted to hear.

UnCommonGrafx
03-21-2004, 06:32 AM
Drroooolll....

Hard to breath after seeing that...

Buy it. Tell us how great it is when you give it a good workout.


drooolll...

Capt Lightwave
03-21-2004, 12:07 PM
Drroooolll?

Do you mean you have enough saliva in your mouth to actually drool?
I drew my breath so long i felt like a Hoover....but yes, it IS hard to breathe after seeing this....

riki
03-21-2004, 03:40 PM
Hey that looks like my camera. I've got a Mamiya 645 AF. It cost me an arm and a leg and I'm ashamed to admit, I've owned it for two years and never developed a single print.

UnCommonGrafx
03-21-2004, 03:47 PM
That's why this thing just makes me lust: Print all day in the Computer!!!!!!!!

Man, how'd I do on the lottery last nite...

riki
03-21-2004, 03:57 PM
I haven't had a chance to read it properly, I wonder if that back would fit my camera. I'll have to check it later when I get time to breath. A digital option would make a whole lot more sense to me.

WizCraker
03-21-2004, 06:48 PM
Originally posted by riki
I haven't had a chance to read it properly, I wonder if that back would fit my camera. I'll have to check it later when I get time to breath. A digital option would make a whole lot more sense to me.

Exactly what it is. A Mamiya 645 AF but with a Digital back bundled in.

If you bought it seperate the Pro Digital 6 $9999, 11 $15999, 22 $25999.

If you buy it with the new bundle you get Pro Digital 6 with Camera and Lense $6999, 11 $13999, 22 $23999.

Not a bad savings actually, comes out at a savings of $2500 or so after taxes.

Also there are 10+ digital backs available for the 645 format. And the nice thing is with the 645 AF/d you can shoot 35mm, 120, 220, polaroid, and of course digital by just switching the pro backs. Medium format cameras are the ultimate and verstile cameras on the market.

riki
03-21-2004, 08:35 PM
If I had the dough I'd definately buy. I bought my Mamiya a few years ago before I went to Hong Kong. It's an amazing camera. I think I originally paid about AU$7000. But I'd need to get a decent day job before I could think about that sort of cash again. Just a bit out of reach for me.

WizCraker
03-22-2004, 11:18 AM
I will be leasing it if I buy it. US$283 a month is a lot easier to stomach than dropping $7000.