Mamiya ZD Back

June 3, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | Digital | Comment |

Mamiya ZD BackThe new Mamiya ZD 22 megapixel Digital Back is compatible with the Mamiya 645AFD II, 645AFD and RZ67 Pro IID cameras. The Mamiya ZD Back offer 1.2 fps, simultaneous RAW & JPEG recording, and ships with Adobe Lightroom. The street price of the Mamiya ZD Back is $6,999.

Mamiya Press Release

Mamiya Teams Up with Adobe Systems and Introduces the Mamiya ZD 22 Megapixel Digital Back

Elmsford NY, June 1, 2007 – Mamiya Digital announced the release of the new Mamiya ZD 22 megapixel Digital Back. The Mamiya ZD Back is compatible with the Mamiya 645AFD II, 645AFD and RZ67 Pro IID, cameras popular among professional
photographers and advanced amateurs.

“Mamiya’s careful planning in the design of the communication protocol MSCE (Mamiya Serial Communication for External) has successfully optimized two-way communication between our cameras and the digital back,” states Jeff Karp, Mamiya Product Marketing Manager, “this produces a unified operating experience identical to using a one-piece digital camera.”

The Mamiya ZD Back was designed with the user in mind. From the icon-based white balance settings, to the ability to shoot at 1.2 frames per second, to the option of controlling the camera through a computer, the Mamiya ZD Digital Back provides the features and tools needed to easily produce beautiful images. To make this experience even easier, Mamiya will include Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom™ with all ZD Backs. Street price of the Mamiya ZD Back is $6,999.

Here are just a few of the unique features of the Mamiya ZD Digital Back:

Save files as RAW, JPEG or both at the same time
The advantages are significant. For optimum results you should save your shots in RAW format. This allows maximum post-shooting manipulation. For high quality images that need to be placed into other programs, use JPEG mode. No special programs or “processing” is needed. However, when you need highest quality plus a file that can quickly be used for positioning only (FPO) in layouts, or quick review, you can shoot both at the same time and process the RAW file later.

Compact Flash and SD Card Compatible
By having the choice of cards (both can be inserted at the same time) you get additional flexibility of storage options. You could tell the back to record to CF, then to SD without the need to remove/replace the card. This lets you keep shooting. It also guarantees you will be able to go to any store in the world and find a compatible storage card. A 4 GB card can store approximately 100 frames of RAW images.

Exclusive Interchangeable IR/Low Pass Filter System
To suit a variety of photographic scenes, the standard IR (infrared) cut filter can be interchanged with the optional Low-Pass filter. The Low-Pass filter reduces or removes moiré effect which makes unusual patterns when photographing clothing and also fixes aliasing. Aliasing is seen when a thin straight line is slightly tilted with respect to the array of pixels. The line will be on one line of pixels, then jump to the next, then to the next, producing a “stairstep” effect. The ability to decide which filter to use guarantees the best possible results over a wide range of situations.

Lightroom software included with the ZD Back
Mamiya is the first camera manufacturer to include Lightroom software with every Mamiya ZD Digital Back. Lightroom is an all-new digital imaging solution for serious and professional photographers. Its ease of operation and ability to read Mamiya RAW digital files makes it the perfect choice for photographers looking for a modular, task-based and streamlined program that delivers a complete photographic workflow solution.

Camera Type: AF single-lens reflex digital camera
Compatible Cameras: Mamiya 645AFD/645AFD II/RZ67 PRO IID (The Digital Back Adapter HX701 (sold separately) is required with the RZ67 PRO IID)
Image sensor: 48mm x 36mm full-frame-transfer dimetric RGB CCD
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Card Slot: Twin-Slot, Slot #1: SD Card, Slot #2: CF Card (Type I/II) (256MB or more)
ISO sensitivity: ISO 50 to 400 (1/3 steps)
Recording format: RAW/JPEG (Exif 2.2 compliant), simultaneous RAW & JPEG
Image quality mode: JPEG: L (5,328 x 4,000 pixels), M (4,096 x 3,072 pixels), S (3,008 x 2,256 pixels)
File size: RAW: 35 MB (5,328 x 4,000 pixels) without compression
JPEG L: Fine approximately 10MB, L: Normal approximately 5MB, L: Basic approximately 2.5MB
JPEG M: Fine approximately 6MB, M: Normal approximately 3MB, M: Basic approximately 1.5MB
JPEG S: Fine approximately 3MB, S: Normal approximately 1.5MB, S: Basic approximately 0.8MB
* File sizes may differ depending on ISO sensitivity and subject.
Shooting speed: 1.2 frames/second, 10-frame continuous burst possible (when attached to the 645AFD II)
Color space: sRGB /Adobe RGB
White balance: Auto: Daylight/Overcast/Shade/Light bulb/Fluorescent/Flash (all of these six can be finely adjusted);
Preset: 1/Preset 2/Color Temperature (can be set in units of 100K between 2,800K and 10,000K)
LCD monitor: 1.8 inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT (thin-film transfer) LCD, Field of view = 100%, luminance adjustable,
with white LED back light
Playback function: Zoom, slideshow, histogram, highlight alert, shadow alert
Erase function: Frame (selected image,) all images, card formatting
Language: Japanese/English/German/French/Spanish (total of five languages)
Video Output: Switching between NTSC and PAL
External I/F: IEEE1394 4-pin
Filter: IR Cut Filter included (Low-pass filter YC401 for Mamiya ZD Back, sold separately)
Power supply: PB401 lithium ion battery (7.4V-DC 1500mmAh) AC power supply can also be used with the
PA302 AC adapter set (sold separately)
Battery check: Remaining battery power indicator on LCD monitor
Dimensions: 106 mm (W) x 90 mm (H) x 62 mm
Weight: 450g (camera only), Battery: 100g
Working environment: Working temperature: 0 deg. C to 40 deg. C, Working humidity: 75% or less

Mamiya ZD Back

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