Excerpt: The other part of the problem, at least as far as the Mamiya ZD goes, is that Mamiya has had its ups and downs during the past year or so. It went though a financial reorganization last year, and this has to have taken a toll on the ZD project.
Excerpt: The body tested appears to be almost full production quality, at least as far as features, functions and build quality are concerned. I found the handling to be quite good, with the large body fitting comfortably in my relatively large hands. The weight is within a few grams of the Canon 1Ds MkII, and the Mamiya even a breath narrower. That is amazing, considering that the sensor, mirror and prism are nearly twice as large.
Excerpt: Not long ago, most serious photographers dreamed of joining the elite club of pros who shot with 6x4.5cm or 21¼4-inch medium-format cameras. Why? Nearly all top wedding, portrait, and nature shooters favored medium format for its ability to produce higher-quality photos than the lightweight 35mm SLRs carried by photojournalists.
Excerpt: Most shots takenhand held were lost due to movement of the camera. So a tripod it will have to be for this camera. That will of course give you all the freedom you need to use smaller apertures if there is to be more than shallow DOF. The higher ISO settings, 200 and 400, will have some noise, so they are better not to be used to get more DOF.
Excerpt: Mamiya has been building cameras for a very long time. They dropped out of the 35mm game in 1984 and since then have focused on medium format segment. Their Mamiya 7 rangefinder, RB and RZ 67 studio cameras, and 645 AFD models have been stalwarts of the industry, and have offered professional and advanced amateur photographers a broad range of camera bodies and lenses.
Summary: Das Potenzial ist da und die Bildqualität sehr gut, auch wenn die Auflösung nicht den Erwartungen entspricht. Die Mamiya ZD ist eine gute, aber zugleich eine sehr teure Kamera. An einigen Punkten wird allerdings die rasante Entwicklung im Digital-Kamera-Bereich deutlich. Als die ZD in Planung ging, war der 1,8-Zoll-Monitor sicher Stand der Dinge. Heute ist er es nicht mehr.