Mamiya RZ33 announced

Update: The Mamiya RZ33 is already listed on B&H.

The previously rumored Mamiya RZ33 is now official. This is the overview from their website:

Mamiya announces big news for large-sensor digital: the new Mamiya RZ33 camera kit. The RZ33 advances the long adored Mamiya RZ line to a new level, bringing the famous ease of use and versatility of the Mamiya RZ camera system to the large-sensor digital arena. No cables required! Simply add your favorite razor sharp RZ lens and a CF card, and you are ready to produce big, luscious images.

  • Ideal for the existing Mamiya RZ system owner
  • Integrated-operation 33mp large-sensor digital system – no cables required
  • Vertical-Horizontal rotation built-in — no need to turn the camera
  • Fully compatible with all Mamiya RZ system lenses
  • Leaf shutter flash sync with all RZ system lenses, up to 1/400 second
  • Integrated bellows focusing system: for close focus with every lens
  • Fully compatible with all Mamiya RZ system viewfinders
  • Includes Capture One and Leaf Capture image processing software

Full press release after the break:

Elmsford, NY – June 2, 2010 – Mamiya announces today the new Mamiya RZ33 large-sensor digital camera kit for professional photographers. The Mamiya RZ33, featuring a high performance 33 megapixel CCD sensor, advances the long adored Mamiya RZ line to a new level, bringing the famous ease-of-use and versatility of the Mamiya RZ camera system to the large-sensor digital arena. With no cables necessary, RZ33 users simply add their favorite razor sharp RZ lens and a CF card, and they are ready to produce big, detailed, gorgeous images.

“The RZ camera system has always been a favorite of professional photographers around the world,” says Mamiya Product Marketing Manager Mike Edwards. “Now, what has been a favorite film camera for so many photographers through the years is poised to become their favorite digital camera. The new RZ33 brings all the ease-of-use advantages of the tried and true RZ camera system to large-sensor digital photography while making tremendous use of the existing line of world-renowned Mamiya RZ optics and accessories.”

With the demand from photographers to provide their clients with clearly superior digital image quality, Mamiya’s new RZ33 digital camera kit is the result of an evolution into the next generation of digital large-sensor cameras. It offers advanced microprocessor technology for direct communication of all camera functions to its 33mp digital back through its MSC (Mamiya Serial Communication) system. The result is cable-free digital operation just as smooth and trouble-free as shooting with film.

The new Mamiya RZ33 is ideal for existing Mamiya RZ system owners that already know and love the system as well as those professionals looking to add the quality of medium format photography to their workflow. It features cable-free integrated-operation, a large 33 megapixel CCD sensor, is fully compatible with all Mamiya RZ system lenses, viewfinders and most accessories.  Of course, the RZ’s legendary Vertical-Horizontal rotation is built-in so there is no need to ever turn the camera.

The new RZ33 also offers professional photographers the same exclusive features of its legendary predecessors such as:

Precise Rack and pinion bellows focusing, with left and right course and fine focusing adjustment knobs plus a locking focus lever. The bellows focusing system provides for close-up focusing capabilities with every RZ lens, as well as infinity focusing—all without mounting-and-unmounting cumbersome adapters.

Interchangeable Mamiya world-class quality lenses, with built-in leaf-shutters offer shutter speeds from 8 to 1/400sec. (plus T-setting for up 32 seconds). Electronic flash synchronization is achieved at all shutter speeds and intermediate shutter speeds can be set on the camera’s speed dial setting for more critical digital exposure control.

Interchangeable Viewfinders, offer multiple viewing options. Choose from the waist-level finder (included) for low-angle versatility, or one of the eye-level prisms, such as the AE Prism Finder FE701 which provides A/S Matrix metering, 1/6 f/stops exposure accuracy plus an LED function display in the viewfinder.

Interchangeable power winder (optional). The Power Winder 2 is powered by AA batteries or an AC Adapter and adds ease of use by cocking the shutter and resetting the mirror automatically. It produces single or sequential exposures at about 1 frame per second. It can also be remote controlled with radio or infrared transmitters.

Many fail-safe system checks, warn the photographer both with visual and audible warning alert signals. And, the new RZ33 is system compatible with all existing RZ lenses and most accessories.

Specifications Highlights

Capture File Format: .mos RAW file, 16 bits/channel

Included Capture Software Packages: Capture One DB and Leaf Capture

CCD: 48 x 36mm, 33 Megapixel

Largest file size: 190 MB 16 bit TIFF

ISO: 50-800

Capture rate: 1.1 sec/frame

Digital imaging user interface: 2.4 x 2.7 inch (6×7cm) LCD touchscreen

Pricing and Availability

The new Mamiya RZ33 digital camera kit, including Capture One and Leaf Capture software, will be available in the U.S. for $17,990 and will begin shipping in July 2010.

Via Imaginginsider

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  • Lorenzo

    How big is the sensor? The film cameras had 6×7 cm, which was a lot, and THAT was the reason of the great quality of the pics (not the lenses per se, I must say). So I guess the point now is to understand how much crop there is in this new camera…

    • zeissdarling

      LOL slag the lenses

  • RomeoBSM

    48 x 36 mm… I agree with you Lorenzo, I don’t see the point to use old lenses on such a small sensor. It is much better to buy a Nikon D3 / Canon 1D with dedicated lenses…

  • Bernard

    ”Capture Characteristics
    6726×5040 pixels, 16 bits/channel
    ISO 50-800, user selectable
    12 f-stop dynamic range
    HDR-type Mosaic RAW file, uncompressed or lossless compression settings
    Lens conversion- use lens approximately 30% shorter focal length than for 6x7cm film
    Burst rate of 1.1 sec/frame”

    Sounds like a 645 sized sensor if the lens drops 30% as above…

    16 bits per channel has not been featured in a popular DSLR 135 format yet….

    I guess there are loads of pro’s out their with a big mamiya lens collections…

    Medium format lenses tend not to be a sharp per mill of film real estate but the larger sensors made the difference and Mamiya lenses (some of) were very good…

    The rotating back for those that will shoot on a tripod is a real advantage…

    I doubt anyone will buy into this system if they are starting out… 135 format has the DOF control with large F lenses and the DOF advantage a smaller format gives. I also note that MF lenses are poorly sealed so tend to gather dust, not a great mixer with digital…

    I am sure they will sell these but not a starter system for sure…

    • Lorenzo

      The worst aspect: those camera are bluky at best, and lenses can be real monsters. No way to use it without tripod, etc. Still fascinating, though, ain’t they? 😀
      But we are still lacking the appropriate sensor… do you remember those cameras with 6×8 format ratios? or 6×9 (even the 20 dollars Moskva :D), or the 6×12, etc.? All of those could be replicated, but we still miss the sensor that can replicate the area of the film impressend by each single shot. That large area made those cameras so magnificent, not the resolution of their lenses, for sure…

  • zeiss darling

    Why buy it if the Pentax 645D is going to be about £5000? Tho i’m not impressed with the Pentax sample images on the japan website – soft. but then the lenses are meant to be better.

  • yay, it comes all about price. 33Mpix is on border of too little for MF system.

    • ok, 17k, forget it Mamiya, watcha what competition is doing, kthxbye

  • John Bowen

    If it was a 6×7 sensor, I’d be interested. As is, if I need 6×7 for studio work (unlikely, 6×45 is ridiculously wonderful enough), I’ll buy an old Mamiya or Pentax, shoot film and have it developed and scanned at North Coast Photo.

    I doubt I’ll need this, since my Mamiya 645AF is providing me with images that crawl off the paper and make love to your eyeballs at 16×20 and 20×30. Just how big do they expect me to need to print at 300dpi?

  • Anonymous

    The 6×7 has a diagonal line of (36+49)^0.5 ~ 9cm, while this sensor has only 6cm, so that’s a 1.5x crop factor right there, it’s just like using full frame lenses on a DX body, and given the sheer size of this system’s camera body and lens, there’s really little point of doing so, especially when 645 format M22 digital back has the same sized sensor… I personally don’t quite see the point, although it may be meaningful for pros with a lot of RZ67 gear, the downgrade in film/sensor size is really not fun.

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