Mamiya expands line with 40MP DM40/DM40 Digital Back

Mamiya today expanded its line of large-sensor DSLRs with the addition of the new 40-megapixel Mamiya DM40, featuring a 44mm x 33mm image sensor offering a pixel count of 7360 x 5562. The camera offers a peak capture rate of .8 seconds per frame and a sustained capture rate of 60 frames per minute. ISO range is 80-800 and the largest file size that can be attained is a 240MB 16 Bit Tiff. A 6x7cm LCD touchscreen allows for ease of use. At the heart of the DM40 is the “DF” camera-core technology, which utilizes both a leaf and focal plane shutter. Because the camera uses a focal plane shutter and lenses that feature a leaf shutter, photographers will be able to use flash sync speeds up to 1/1600 of a second. For portable use, the camera/digital back uses CompactFlash cards; tethered use is via FireWire 800.

Mamiya also announced the Mamiya DM40 Digital Back, which can be used with the Mamiya 645AFD series, 645DF, Mamiya RZ series (via optional adapter), Mamiya RB series (via optional adapter) or 4×5 view cameras via an optional adapter.

The new 40MP camera/digital back joins other Mamiya large sensor DSLRs/digital backs, featuring resolutions of 22MP, 28MP, 33MP, and 56MP.

Three new leaf shutter lenses designed by Schneider-Kreuznach and manufactured by Mamiya are compatible with the camera, in focal lengths of 55mm, 80mm, and 110mm. These lenses join 15 other lenses from 28mm to 300mm APO, designed for use with the cameras’ focal plane shutter system.

The file type captured by the DM40 camera/digital back is the 16 Bit Leaf Mosaic HDR-type file with a dynamic range of 12 f/stops. The files from the DM40 DSLR/DM40 digital back can be processed with a number of programs including Phase One’s Capture One, Leaf Capture, Adobe Lightroom 2 (or newer) or Photoshop CS4 (or newer). Tethered use is possible with Capture One or Leaf Capture. For those who choose to use Leaf Capture, you’ll have the ability of using the new Leaf Remote Capture app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

The Mamiya DM40 DSLR kit, which includes the Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 D lens will be available for $21,990. The Mamiya DM40 Digital Back has a price of $19,990. Both are expected to ship this month and include Phase One’s Capture One and Leaf Capture software programs.

For more information, go to www.mamiya.com.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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