Mamiya and Leaf merger is now official
Ever since Phase One acquired a major stake in Mamiya as well as buying over Leaf Imaging, it was just a matter of time before Mamiya and Leaf merged to become a brand of it’s own.
Following the announcement today, the Mamiya Leaf brand is official to the world.
It makes sense anyway, since Phase One has its own digital backs to go with the 645 DF under the Phase One branding.
Yours truly have always been a fan of the Mamiya AFD as well as Leaf digital backs since the days of the 11 megapixel Leaf Valeo backs. I’d go as far as to say that Leaf digital backs have the best skin tone reproduction over Phase One and Hasselblad backs.
The differences, however, are diminishing as time goes by.
No matter how, where MF 645 is concerned, I am still a fan of the Mamiya 645 + Leaf combo even though I do enjoy the occasional use of the Hasselblad H4d-40.
It is noteworthy to point out that the only competitor standing in the way of Phase One/Mamiya/Leaf dominance is Hasselblad and its H4D offering.
And because I love love love the legendary V-series cameras from Hasselblad, I do hope that they are here to stay for as long as possible and fight to the end with Phase One.
A Mamiya 645 DF with Leaf Aptus II-8 combo, together with a Hasselblad 503CW with CFV-50 combo in my dry cabinet will make me the happiest photographer in the world.
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