On the way to me later this week is a promising newcomer to the medium format arena: the Mamiya DL28 system, a combination of the Mamiya 645 AFD III and the Leaf Aptus II 6 28-megapixel digital back.
This exciting new system promises a very competitive price point for medium format ($14999 MSRP), as well as top-notch image quality. I expect to receive the evaluation system with the new Sekor AF 80mm f/2.8 D and Sekor AF 150mm f/2.8 IF D lenses, reportedly outstanding performers.
The Leaf Aptus II 6 back on the DL28 offers promising specifications, including a 44X33mm sensor (68% larger than full frame DSLR), ISO from 50-800, 16-bit color, 12-bit dynamic range and a whopping 3.5" LCD touch screen. The new 645 AFD III also should prove interesting.
Look for my report late next week, after I’ve had a chance to work with it in the field.
I’ll be picking up the Mamiya system at my local dealer, Keeble & Shucat Photography in Palo Alto. If you’ve never visited K&S, be sure to check it out sometime—they have a huge range of products far beyond what you’ll find at any other peninsula store. They’re also having a “no tax” day promotion for Canon products this coming Friday/Saturday (Nov 7/8).