In equipment, photography on February 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm
The Mamiya RZ is a camera system with a proud tradition, long a beefier, lesser-known big brother to Hasselblad. Now, several years after the digital shakeup – a cruel transition for the medium format market – the RZ receives a high tech makeover. Interestingly, the camera is unchanged from its historic form. Refinement has gone towards smooth, cable-free integration between a detachable digital back and a classic film camera front. All the parts are familiar. The digital back is a Mamiya DM33, originally designed for 645 duty, the camera body is a RZ67 Pro IID, still capable of accepting film backs, RZ67 lenses, and Mamiya’s wide range of accessories.
The assembled Mamiya RZ33 is a classic all-manual camera, hefty and capable, with the most modern of 33MP digital output. Over the coming weeks, we’ll dive in to its full capabilities and come out with stories to tell!
The RZ33′s Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID Camera Body
The Mamiya RZ33 is a large camera, easily making other modular medium format systems, like the H4D series from Hasselblad, seem compact. By comparison, the Hasselblad, as well as Phase One/Mamiya’s 645DF camera, are high-tech compromises between this and the likes of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax. Indeed, the RZ does no compromising (there isn’t even a handle!)
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In photography on January 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm
It’s been a great adventure to start this blog and watch it grow over the past year or so. I’m very grateful to my readers and subscribers and those who have shared links and comments. The blog has done so well for itself, that I’ve decided to scale it up to something more accessible and wide reaching, a new Web-based magazine!
I hope you will follow me there and consider subscribing to the new site (I’m using Feedburner for the new page, which allows very nice integration with any RSS or Feed reader and issues nicely compiled e-mail updates). Also, in line with the current trends, the new pages (both the magazine and my new portfolio page) offer smoother integration with social networking and link sharing.
Over the coming months, you’ll see a lot of cool new content there, including upcoming reviews of products from Broncolor, Profoto, Leica, Pentax, Nikon, and Mamiya, as well as a regular featured artists, the current artist being San Francisco-based editorial photographer, Anne Hamersky (the interview with Anne is the first official entry to not be migrated from this site). I’m bringing on a couple new expert contributors and hope to create a valuable resource for photographers.
Now, more than ever, I appreciate your support, in reading, commenting, sharing, and in visiting my sponsors. Check it out and let me know what you think! [I'm especially encouraging commenting on the new Facebook page you'll find linked to the magazine].
So, as a sneak peek:
Photo Arts Monthly
The Art and Science of Photography