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Mamiya 645-AFD III Medium Format SLR Autofocus Camera (Body Only)

B&H # MA645AFD3 Mfr # 211-160
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Product Highlights
  • Cross-Platform Camera - Digital and Film
  • Choose Between Film and Digital Backs
  • Ultra Fast Focusing
  • Silent Coreless Motor
  • User-Selectable Focus Points
  • 36 Custom Functions

Mamiya 645-AFD III - Mamiya, the unquestioned leader in the medium format photographic field, has once again designed a camera that not only meets the needs of the photographic community - but far surpasses it. This new version of Mamiya's successful 645 series of cameras incorporates the latest design of auto focus technology.

The 645 series was always a fast focusing camera - even under the lowest of lighting scenarios. This newest version takes that design to the next stage. With a new focusing algorithm, the focus point is now user-selectable to the left, center or right of the frame. Or, you can set it to "auto" and let the camera choose for you - which will usually be the closest object to the lens.

Blazing the path in cross-platform photography, the 645AFD III contains the latest MSCE (Mamiya Serial Communication for External) data transfer technology. All data from your exposure is neatly exchanged between the camera and the compatible digital back. It's all done internally - quickly, efficiently and well organized.

Individual camera preferences such as 1/3, 1/2 or full aperture/shutter speed increments, flash synch speed, dial functions, exposure compensation increments, bracketing sequence, dial direction setting and much more are easily set and recalled in a snap. In addition, separate user configurations can be set and recalled on-the-fly when several photographers are using the same camera.

Finally, Mamiya has designed "Quick Action" buttons which allow you to rapidly access certain functions such as multiple exposure, bracketing, auto exposure lock and auto focus lock. This sophisticated camera has it all - at a affordable price for a machine packed to the gills with the latest technology. Combined with ultra sharp Mamiya optics, this camera is nothing less than a winner in the world of cross-platform cameras.    

 

Accepts interchangeable 120/220 film magazines, Polaroid proofing backs and digital backs
Auto focus system that's faster and quieter than ever - even under the lowest lighting situations
Latest MSCE (Mamiya Serial Communication for External) data transfer technology
User-friendly
Greater connectivity
Auto focus clutch for certain Mamiya lenses
Full Program, Aperture priority, Shutter Speed priority, full manual, "X" mode and "B" (Bulb) exposure modes
TTL flash compatible
Retractable shutter to prevent damage - remove film magazine and shutter disappears into the housing
Great balance and "feel" to the camera
The first medium-format camera with a magnesium alloy viewfinder cover
Die-cast aluminum alloy body and film magazine
Camera Type Autofocus, 6 x 4.5cm, Single-Lens-Reflex camera - Dual platform: Accepts film and compatible digital backs
Film Back/Loading Interchangeable type; Accepts film insert which switches from 120 to 220 film by rotating pressure plate
External LCD Display on film magazine shows ISO speed, type of film (120/220), exposure number
Dark slide pocket
Also features databus connections to accept digital backs
Film Type 120 roll film (16 exposures) 220 roll film (32 exposures)
Polaroid Land Pack Film as well as Fuji Polaroid (any of the 3 1/4 x 4 1/4" pack film series, i.e Fuji FP100C, Polaroid 669, 664, 679)
Film Speed: ISO 25 to 6400 1
Please Note:

Tripod Adapter N or N2 is required with a Polaroid Back. Adapter N2 has a larger base and contains anti-twist pins for secure camera support.

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Lens Mount Bayonet Mamiya 645 AF Mount; M645 Mount can be used with strict limitations (manual focus confirmation, stopped-down metering)
Also compatible with Hasselblad V series lenses (manual focus confirmation, focus aid, stop-down exposure metering). Requires optional Lens Mount Adapter #310-244 (Black) or #310-245 (Silver)
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical metal focal-plane shutter 

AE: 30 to 1/4000 sec. (1/8 step)
Manual: 30 to 1/4000 sec. (1/2 step)
X: (locks shutter speed to 1/125th sec. while allowing for full control of aperture values)
"B": (Bulb, electronically controlled)
"T" (Time, mechanically controlled)
Automatic shutter curtain open mechanism (opens when film magazine, Polaroid holder or digital back is removed, automatically closed when re-attached)

Shutter speed and aperture both can be set in 1/3 or 1/2 steps Electronic dial lock (in X, M, Av and Tv exposure modes)

Shutter Release Utilizes standard screw-in type cable release located on shutter button
Remote-Control Terminal: Located on the left side of the body: Electromagnetic Cable Release RE401 (Mamiya #211755) is 5m and coiled; Electromagnetic Cable Release RE402 (Mamiya #211754) is 1m and is straight.
Self Timer With shutter release mode selector 2 to 60sec. (default setting: 10sec., can be set in 1sec. steps between 2 and 10sec., and in 10sec steps between 10 and 60sec.)
Flash Synchronization 1/125 sec. or slower, automatically sets to 1/125 when shutter speed dial is set to higher speeds (when Metz flash unit is used). In P mode, the shutter speeds are controlled to 1/125 ~ 1/60 sec.
Supports Metz SCA3002 system (SCA 3952 adapter required), and SCA 3000 and SCA 300 series (300 series requires both SCA 3952 and SCA 3000C converter)
Mirror Lock-Up Electronically-activated by Mirror-Up switch on grip
Exposure Metering 5-segment evaluative center-weighted average (AV) with bright point elimination Spot (S) Variable Ratio Auto-Shift (A-S AUTO)

Manual (M)
Flash Sync (X)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Programmed AE (P) with program shift: PH and PL settings possible

Metering Range: EV 2 to EV 19 (with ISO 100 film, f/2.8 lens)
Light Metering: TTL metering; center-weighted average (AV), spot (S) and auto A-S variable ration

Exposure Bracketing Enabled with Auto-Bracketing button (2 or 3 frames selectable) , 0.3, 05, 0.7, 1EV step units selectable
Exposure Compensation +/-3 EV or +/- 5EV (1/3, 1/2 or 1 steps)
Depth-of-Field Preview Preview button on front of camera, aperture can be changed during DOF check
Viewfinder Fixed prism finder magnification 0.71x
Built-in diopter adjustment (-2.5 to +0.5 diopter
Separate diopter correction lenses provide adjustment ranges of -5 to -2 diopter and 0 to +3 diopter)
Built-in eye-piece shield
Interchangeable focusing screens: Matte (Standard), Checker (Grid) and manual focus microprism for M645 lenses
Viewfinder Info Focus mark
Out-of-focus direction marks
Aperture value
Shutter speed
Metering mode (A, S, A/S AUTO)
Exposure compensation value (difference between set value and actual value)
AE Lock
Bracketing Position
Battery Checker

External LCD - On camera body::
Aperture value
Shutter speed value
AEL
Battery check
Programmed AE
Programmed AE shift value
Data imprinting mode
Flash Compensation Indicator (Over/Under)
Auto-Bracketing indicator
Multiple Exposure indicator
Self-Timer indicator

On Interchangeable Film Magazine:
ISO speed
Type of film (120 or 220)
Exposure number
Buffer for ZD Digital Back v1.1 and newer

Film Transport Automatic via built-in motor, single or continuous exposures 2 frames per second (with new HM402 Roll Film Magazine)
Multiple Exposure Enabled with Multiple Exposure Button (2 to 6 exposures or unlimited); can be cancelled. More exposures may be dialed in before exposure set is complete
Focusing System TTL phase-difference detection type, user-selectable focusing point (center, left, right or auto)
4 CCD line sensors in a | + | shape (area indicated on the focusing screen, 10.8 x 3.6mm)
Infrared AF Sub-Beam :
Activates automatically under low light, low contrast in Single (S) AF Mode
Switchable On/Off
Range: 29.5' with 80mm f/2.8 AF lens
Automatic switching to flash unit's built-in sub-beam when
Metz flash unit is attached with SCA 3952 adapter

AF Lock: Half-press on shutter release and AF Lock Button

Power Source 6 "AA" batteries (alkaline-magnesium or rechargeable Nickel-metal hydride)
Custom Functions 36 custom settings
Data Imprinting 7 segment dot matrix
DATA mode imprints:
Exposure mode
Aperture value
Shutter speed value
Exposure compensation
Bracketing position (normal, over, under)
Metering mode
ID number
Lens Focal Length
DAY mode imprints:
Year
Month
Date
Time
ID number (switchable between enabled and disabled)
Tripod Mount 1/4" and 3/8" included
Dimensions 6 x 5 x 7.2" (153 x 128 x 184mm) (WHD)
Weight 61oz. (1730g), without batteries
Miscellaneous Remote Control: Terminal On side of body (works with remote triggering devices and electromagnetic cable releases)
Cable Release: On shutter button
Mamiya 645-AFD III Medium Format SLR Autofocus Camera (Body Only)
  • Front/Back Caps
  • Mamiya Strap
  • 6 x "AA" Batteries
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    Mamiya645-AFD III Medium Format SLR Autofocus Camera (Body Only)
     
    5.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Interchangeable film back (5)
    • Reliable operation (5)
    • Metal housings (4)
    • Stable flash sync (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Advertising (4)
      • Artwork (4)
      • Fashion (4)
      • Photography (4)
      • Posters (4)
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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I've got both worlds!

      By Aryan

      from Melbourne, Australia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Auto Focus
      • Interchangeable Film Back
      • Metal Housings
      • Reliable Operation

      Cons

      • Max 1125s flash sync

      Best Uses

      • Fashion
      • Landscape
      • Portrait

      Comments about Mamiya 645-AFD III Medium Format SLR Autofocus Camera (Body Only):

      I stepped into medium format camera systems by purchasing a Mamiya 645 AFD III with a DM22 digital back from B&H. Since then, I am really really happy with the money that I spent on this beautiful system.

      First of all, it delivers great dynamic range, color depth and depth of field not comparable to even high end 35mm DSLRs. Although I have been using Canon 5D MK II for almost past three years, I can see a clear difference of a larger sensor size, almost 2 times larger than full frame DSLRs. The biggest differences are, much more finer grain-like noise in shadow areas, thiner depth of field, higher dynamic ranger and much real to life colors and skin tones.

      I also shoot 120 films with my Mamiya RZ67 PRO II and now that I have AFD III body as well, I can have a film back as a backup in case I need to go over max ISO of DM22 back which is 400.

      The only issue that I have with this body is that I wish Mamiya/Phase One could have incorporated the new features of DF bodies into AFD III bodies as well so we could use the new leaf shutter lenses and synch flash at least by 1/800s second. Except that, I am super happy with AFD III and DM22 back.

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      5.0

      Reintroduction To Medium Format

      By silent-tortoise

      from Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Auto Focus
      • Interchangeable Film Back
      • Metal Housings
      • Reliable Operation

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Advertising
        • Artwork
        • Fashion
        • Photography
        • Posters

        Comments about Mamiya 645-AFD III Medium Format SLR Autofocus Camera (Body Only):

        I have been using this camera for fashion, portrait and some landscape photography. I really like the way that this camera feels in my hands. Indeed, it may be heavier than a 35mm you may be accustomed to. I use this with a film back and it has delivered high quality negatives from the various film stocks I have used. The lenses I am currently using ( 80mm and 150mm ) help me to achieve my vision and are reassuringly sharp and well built.
        Another point I would like to mention is the almost silent automatic focussing mechanism this camera has. I have no reason to use it in lower lighting conditions and so I cannot comment on how auto focussing works in low light.
        I cannot find anything that I do not like with this camera or that I feel would improve on its design.

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        5.0

        Sturdy and good quality

        By Charles

        from San Antonio, TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Interchangeable Film Back
        • Metal Housings
        • Reliable Operation
        • Stable Flash Sync

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Advertising
          • Artwork
          • Fashion
          • Photography
          • Posters

          Comments about Mamiya 645-AFD III Medium Format SLR Autofocus Camera (Body Only):

          It's a Mamiya so what more do you need?

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          5.0

          Just the Body

          By Charles

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Interchangeable Film Back
          • Reliable Operation
          • Stable Flash Sync

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Advertising
            • Artwork
            • Photography
            • Posters

            Comments about Mamiya 645-AFD III Medium Format SLR Autofocus Camera (Body Only):

            It's a Mamiya!

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            5.0

            A great step up from 35 mm.

            By Jeff

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Interchangeable Film Back
            • Metal Housings
            • Reliable Operation
            • Stable Flash Sync

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Advertising
              • Artwork
              • Fashion
              • Photography
              • Posters

              Comments about Mamiya 645-AFD III Medium Format SLR Autofocus Camera (Body Only):

              I've shot Canon of several years but always wanted to step up to Medium Format. Scouring all the models and doing research led me to the Mamiya 645 AFD III and it's not just met but usually exceeded most expectations I had.

              I decided at the outset that I was going to shoot the Mamiya like I would a 35 mm. Mostly that's possible as long as you're willing to make the effort to learn some MF "quirks" like how to load the film magazine (I shoot film with it for now, but being able to add a digital back was one of the main attractions for me) and the long strips your slides come back in from the lab. And yes, the camera is noticeably bigger and heavier than a 35 mm unless you're using one of the big, fast telephotos. All that said, in my view anyone complaining about things like that shouldn't be using Medium Format at all.

              The photos are substantially sharper with this rig and that alone, for me, justifies having it because it will give me a definite advantage for some upcoming projects. On occasion it does show the traditional Medium Format slow autofocus in low light, but that hasn't been a major problem yet. I haven't shot it at night all that much as yet, though I plan to so soon, so we'll see how that goes.

              Also the Manual says to keep this rig away from sea air and salt water, and I'm definitely going to test that rigorously because I have some work coming up that will take us on ships for extended periods.

              Overall I love this rig and consider it one of the best purchases I've made. If you want to try Medium Format, this is the best stepping stone I can think of.

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