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Mamiya Leaf Aptus-II 22 Digital Back (Hasselblad V Series)

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Mamiya Leaf Aptus-II 22 Digital Back (Hasselblad V Series)


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Product Highlights

  • 22Mp Resolution
  • 48 x 36mm CCD Sensor
  • 3.5" Touch Screen LCD
  • 25-400 ISO Sensitivity
  • 1/10,000 - 32 Second Exposure Time
  • Leaf MOS 42MB Uncompressed RAW File Size
  • 16 Bit Color Depth
  • FireWire 800 Connectivity
  • CF Card & FireWire Disk Portable Storage
  • Powered by 2350mAh Leaf Battery
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This Mamiya Leaf Aptus-II 22 Digital Back is compatible with the Hasselblad V Series. This digital back provides 22Mp of resolution from a 48 x 36mm CCD image sensor with 5334 x 4008 pixels. Perhaps more impressive, however, is the collaboration that brought this back to fruition. Mamiya, Leaf, Phase One, and Schneider all came together to create one of the world's most sensitive and formidable imaging devices. The monster sensor, with its 16 bit color palette sends garden-variety DSLRs running scared, with image quality that's beyond phenomenal.

The Leaf Aptus-II 22 features the Leaf MOS file format, compatible with Phase One Capture One, Leaf Capture, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Camera RAW. The MOS file sizes are 42MB for RAW uncompressed and 21MB for RAW compressed. The back also provides an ISO sensitivity of 25-400, a 12 f/stop dynamic range, and 1/10,000 - 32 second exposure time.

A 3.5" touch screen LCD provides state-of-the-art navigation and composition, if you so choose, along with a preview of up to 20 images and 1:1 zoom. Tools, such as the histogram, exposure alarms, average exposure meter, and the spot meter are also displayed on the screen. Various image settings, multiple language support, CF card and high volume portable FireWire disk storage, and FireWire 800 connectivity round out the in-camera feature set on this 22Mp power house.

When it comes to software, the back works with the multiple aforementioned choices. Phase One Capture One and Leaf Capture come included with the Leaf Aptus-II 22, both ready for professional tethered use and RAW file post-processing. Phase One Capture One 6 is a RAW converter and image editing software that both streamlines workflow during and after shooting. Leaf Capture is user-friendly with an upgraded GUI for the Leaf Aptus-II series. It's also the fastest tethered application for commercial shooting. Along with the new GUI this software includes Lens Calibration files. The software can also be used with the new Leaf Remote Capture app for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Mamiya / Leaf Aptus II Digital Backs
When "good enough" is not
The Power of Four
"Mamiya - Powered by Leaf & Phase One" is a stunning collaboration among Mamiya, Leaf, Phase One, and Schneider - the creators of the world's finest solutions in hardware, software, and optics
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Featuring a 22 megapixel sensor precision-matched with the world's greatest optics results in exquisitely detailed image files, even when tightly cropped. The large sensor coupled with a lush 16 bit/channel color palette, provides exceptional color accuracy and rich high dynamic range photographs in just a single capture. Other digital camera backs or 35mm-sized DSLRs simply cannot compare!
World's Widest Pro Software Compatibility
Stellar camera performance is of little value without equally powerful software options. Mamiya/Leaf files can be captured and processed using Phase One Capture One or Leaf Capture (both included), or applications like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS5/Adobe Camera RAW (sold separately)
World-Class Service Performed in the USA
Customer and repair service for Mamiya and Leaf products is performed in the USA. MAC Group has been the exclusive distributor of Mamiya in the USA since 1987, and their award-winning service department has been servicing Leaf Backs since 2000
Software Choices
Different shooting situations require different photographic tools, especially when it comes to software. Choosing software that you are comfortable using is paramount. This is why Phase One Capture One and Leaf Capture, which are two of the most powerful solutions for tethered shooting and RAW file post-processing, are included with all Mamiya Camera Kits and Mamiya/Leaf Digital Backs.

Mamiya/Leaf RAW files are also natively compatible with applications like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop/Adobe Camera RAW (sold separately)

Phase One Capture One
Capture One 6 is a professional RAW converter and image editing software that gives photographers the ability to reduce the time and effort required to deliver stunning, ready-to-use images that possess excellent color and detail.

Now with tethered shooting support for the Mamiya/Leaf Digital Backs, Capture One features a sophisticated yet intuitive toolset and customizable graphic interface that has become the industry standard for many professional photographers and their clients

Leaf Capture
The latest Leaf Capture software has been specifically designed to maximize productivity. It provides an intuitive, user-friendly, and upgraded GUI to all models in the Leaf Aptus-II series.

Leaf Capture is the fastest tethered workflow application for commercial shooting. It's ideal for high-volume productions on tight deadlines, such as fashion shoots and catalog work.

In addition to the new GUI, the software includes Lens Calibration files, now available while shooting to CF cards, to fix effects like lens fall-off and color cast, which can appear when shooting with wide-angle lenses.

Exterior shooting is now much more enjoyable through improved visibility in high glare and reflection situations. Accelerated start-up time by up to 50% (via Firmware update), and speed-up zoom by up to 30% are among many new features.

With the addition of the new Leaf Remote Capture app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, the Leaf Capture Suite is the professional photographer's ideal tool to quickly and easily move from image capture to print.

The latest versions of Capture One, Leaf Capture, and Leaf Capture Remote are available for download through Mamiya

Imaging Sensor 48 x 36mm CCD
Effective Resolution 22Mp
Pixels 5344 x 4008
Capture Rate 0.9 frames/second
Lens factor: 1.16
File Format Leaf MOS file format: Phase One Capture One; Leaf Capture; Adobe Lightroom; Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Camera RAW
File Size MOS File Size - RAW Uncompressed: 42MB
MOS File Size - RAW Compressed: 21MB
TIFF 16-bit: 128MB
8 bit RGB: 63MB
8 bit CMYK: 84MB
ISO 25-400 ISO sensitivity
Dynamic Range 12 f/stops
Exposure Time 1/10,000 - 32 seconds
Color Depth 16 bits (65,536 levels per channel)
Color Management System 16 profiles including factory profiles, plus optional own custom camera profiles
Utilities Management: Preshoot file naming, image flagging, full browsing, creation of job folders, custom file annotations
Images Viewing: Preview up to 20 images on one LCD screen, true 1:1 zoom
Measuring tools: Histogram, exposure alarms, average exposure meter, spot meter (f/stop)
Connection FireWire 800
LCD 3.5" / 6 x 7cm high-contrast LCD touch screen
Languages English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese
Image Settings Custom and preset gray balance, ISO, selectable image-setting tags, IPTC and EXIF metadata
Storage CF cards and high volume portable FireWire disks
Operating Environment 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Power Supply Leaf battery - 2350mAh power
Dimensions 3.7 x 3.2 x 2.3" / 95 x 82 x 59mm
Weight 1.3 lb / 600g
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.2 x 14.8 x 7.2"
Mamiya Leaf Aptus-II 22 Digital Back (Hasselblad V Series)
  • FW 800 Cable
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Phase One Capture One DB Software
  • Leaf Capture Software
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty

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    MamiyaLeaf Aptus-II 22 Digital Back (Hasselblad V Series)

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    Low ISO par excellence

    By Bailin

    from Australia

    About Me Semi-Professional


    • Great at Low ISO


    • Use film at ISO 400

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Traveling

    Comments about Mamiya Leaf Aptus-II 22 Digital Back (Hasselblad V Series):

    This back is the antithesis of your average 35mm DSLR. It's domain is low ISO. I mean ISO 25-100. ISO 200 not so great. Above ISO 200 noisey.
    It will rejuvinate your V System and bring it into the digital age for about what it costs to buy a Leica M9.
    It will not do low light well. It blows away full frame DSLR's with aplomb in good light. I mean the image is 3 dimensional, crisp, with a colour palette and dynamic range a full frame DSLR doesn't get close to. Mounted on a tripod you get levels of detail at 100% you can't see from a full frame DSLR.
    The back does not do 1 second exposures on a V Lens. If you need to shoot 1 second, use the Bulb setting on the lens. That is a weakness. Long exposures are not as great as the maximum useable long exposure I managed to pull out of the back was 5 seconds. It came up with an image on a equivalent amperture I expected from film that I exposed for 30 seconds. I am still trying to work that one out.
    In good light, the images are without equal. In low light they are average but you can pull great detail out of it even if the output is noisey.
    I would choose this even with its limitations over a Leica M, Canon or Nikon because its image quality is significantly better even if it is less flexible a system.
    If you are using a V system and you retained the film back, Kodak Portra 400 and 800 is a less expensive choice over the $20K plus full frame super backs from Phase One and now the Leaf Credo if you need high ISO performance. Even so, neither of those backs match Portra at ISO 800 and the new Portra emulsion at 400 ISO gives you a more distinct colour pallette over the super backs. I understand the new Portra 400 can be pushed one stop and still give you better results than the Portra 800.

    It's something that you can live with if you are not a working pro requiring high ISO performance from a medium format back. I respect the convenience of digital but the cost of film can pale into insignificance when compared to the depreciation of the mega buck digital Medium format backs. It's a lot of film shot at ISO 400 plus for 20K new which in a few years will be outclassed by something newer and worth $5K.

    This back will take portrait photography to another level. You will not get the results from this back (yes an entry level leaf back with a fan on the back) on any DSLR even the Nikon D800 or D4 or EOS 1Ds. I have tried.

    These are the things I had to find out for myself and did not read it in any review. Its worth taking it for a test and pitting it against your favourite DSLR to find out for yourself. Good luck with your choice.

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