LEAF introduces a new 50-megapixel CMOS - Leaf Credo 50

by JamesNYCSeptember 8. 2014 10:24

The Leaf Credo 50, from Mamiya Leaf, is the latest medium-format shooter to feature a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. As such, the new digital back follows in the footsteps of recently-released devices like the Phase One IQ250, Hasselblad H5D-50c and Pentax 645Z, by boasting a versatile wide ISO range, improved Live View, and faster continuous shooting than its predecessors.

The 50-megapixel medium-format (44 x 33 mm) CMOS sensor at the heart of the Credo 50 is manufactured by Sony, and is understood to be the same one used in a number of rival cameras. In this case it's paired with a new image processor, to offer faster read and write speeds, and help produce highly detailed images with classic Leaf colors, which tend to be more film-like than many other digital cameras.

With an ISO range of 100 to 6,400, the new digital back should be capable of delivering the photographic goods in a variety of lighting conditions. Its 14-bit RAW files also have an expanded dynamic range of 14 stops. Though it's certainly no sports shooter, the Credo 50 is capable of firing off 1.2 frames per second, and its exposures can range from 1/10,000th of a second to an hour.

While the Credo 50 digital back will be available in a number of mounts for use with different camera bodies, its makers would probably rather you use it with a Mamiya/Phase One 645 DF+. On its rear is a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a 1.15-megapixel resolution. This can be used for improved Live View focus and framing, adjusting settings, as well as inspecting and editing shots.

As full-resolution RAW files can come in at around 50 MB, users might want to stock up on CompactFlash cards if shooting un-tethered. However, if studio-based tethered shooting is more your thing, you'll be pleased to know that the Credo 50 features FireWire 800 and USB 3.0 connectivity, and comes with Capture One software for image capture and editing. Unfortunately though, it lacks the built-in Wi-Fi of the Phase One IQ250.

The Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 digital back will be on show at Photokina 2014, and available later this month for US$27,000 or $31,000 as a system with a 645 DF+ body. There will also be a Wide-Spectrum back option for Near IR and UV imaging.

NEW SENSOR-NEW POSSIBILITIES

The new Leaf Credo 50 is the latest member to the very successful Credo line. It follows the course of delivering legendary image quality and by employing a new high-performance CMOS sensor, it brings high iso capabilities along with fast capture rate, high dynamic range and improved Live View performance.

HIGH RESOLUTION AND HIGH SPEED

The Leaf Credo uses high resolution SONY CMOS sensor with 50 Megapixel, measuring 44mm x 33mm. It can capture at 1.2 frames per second and provides an extended iso range of 100-6400 means more freedom in choosing locations, lighting conditions and capture parameters. For many photographers this means they no longer have to carry another camera for certain type of jobs.

UNCOMPROMISING IMAGE QUALITY

The Leaf Credo 50 delivers the stunning, film-like quality that has been Leaf’s trademark for many years. The new CMOS sensor delivers an unsurpassed 14 f-stops of dynamic range provides unmatched detail, richness of color, low noise and beautiful tonality.

HIGH QUALITY LIVE VIEW

The use of the new CMOS sensor allows for improved Live View image quality with faster refresh rate ald low noise at almost every lighting conditions.

LONG EXPOSURES

The New Leaf Credo 50 digital back can capture virtually noise free images with exposures of up to 1 hour long.

WIDE SPECTURM

The Leaf Credo 50 is available also in Wide-Spectrum version, where the standard IR-cut filter has been replaced with an optically corrected glass. This new back delivers amazingly clean detail in a wider wavelength range due to high NIR sensitivity, high iso capability and excellent long exposures performance. Read more about the WS backs.

CAPTURE ONE SOFTWARE

You are now able to leverage the unique features and workflow environment of Capture One workflow software to optimize and enhance your images, create web galleries and print contact sheets directly from the computer. Together, the Leaf Credo 50 and Capture One are essential tools in producing the results you expect The Leaf Credo 50 offers the best price-performance ratio of any high resolution, high iso single-shot capture device, enabling you to take your photography further by capturing the highest quality, single-shot images possible. The sensor provides the ability to record the finest detail, eliminating the need to use cumbersome multi-shot solutions.

TOTAL CONTROL FROM CAPTURE-TO-DELIVERY

The Leaf Credo 50 lets you shoot anywhere. Featuring a high resolution, touch 3.2” screen, enabling you t o view, inspect and edit your images under all kinds of challenging lighting conditions, both in-studio and outside, as well as offering a wide range of on-screen functions.

CAPTURE SPEEDS AS FAST AS 1.2 FRAMES PER SECOND

Providing the fastest image transfer speed through the use of advanced FireWire 800, USB 3.0 and UDMA CompactFlash technologies, the Leaf Credo 50 is built for speed.

 

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Leaf Credo Presents: High Resolution Touch Screen

by JamesNYCMay 1. 2012 08:25

 

Total Control from Capture-to-Delivery

The new Leaf Credo lets you shoot anywhere.

Featuring a high resolution 1.15 MP, 3.2” touch screen, Leaf Credo enables you to view, inspect and edit your images under all kinds of challenging lighting conditions, both in-studio and outdoors. Its powerful processor allows you to verify fine details instantly with excellent color rendition and tonal gradations with 16 million colors.

The touch screen's wide format aspect ratio allows plenty of space for histograms, highlight warnings and to display EXIF data right next to the image.

Its touch screen is extended and covers a larger area beyond the LCD, giving a new innovative handling experience, which enables precise control without touching the actual display area.

The Leaf Credo series of digital camera backs deliver legendary Leaf image quality along with speed and versatility that are second to none.

Available in 80, 60 and 40MP versions.

The Leaf Credo 80 offers the best price-performance ratio of any 80 MP single-shot capture device, allowing you to take your photography further by capturing the highest quality, single- shot images possible. The sensor provides the ability to record the finest detail, eliminating the need to use cumbersome multi-shot solutions.

Click here for more information on the Leaf Credo.
Click here to book a hands-on demonstration or to learn about upgrade offers.

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Leaf Capture 11.5.2 Now Available

by JamesNYCSeptember 27. 2011 06:58

Leaf Capture Version 11.5.2 is now available.

Key features:   New user interface and firmware update for Mamiya DM digital backs.

 

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Leaf Capture Version 11.5.1 is Now Available

by JamesNYCJuly 19. 2011 08:37

Improved languages support for the new graphic user interface introduced in Leaf Capture 11.5.
New user interface and firmware update for AFi-II and AFi backs.

Fixed issues:

Communication issue with some Aptus-II backs is solved.
Power source selection added to AFi-II 12.

Download Leaf Capture 11.5.1 >>

Leaf Capture v. 11.5.1 is compatible with 64 bit Intel-based Macs.
Please see the Technical Bulletin for how to determine if your Mac has a 64 bit processor.

 

Compatibility
Leaf Aptus-II 12R, 12, 10R, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5
Leaf Aptus 75, 65, 22, 17
Leaf Aptus 75S, 65S, 54S
Leaf AFi-II 12, 10, 7, 6
Leaf AFi 7, 6, 5
Mamiya DM56, DM40, DM33, DM28, DM22

 

Minimum System Requirements

  Intel based Mac
Processor: Intel Dual Core Xeon
Processor speed: 1.83 GHz
Memory: 2 GB
Operating system: Mac OSX version 10.5

 

Recommended system specifications for high resolution backs

  Intel based Mac
Processor: Intel Quad Core Xeon
Processor speed: 2.8 GHz
Memory: 4 GB or more
Operating system: Mac OSX version 10.6

 

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Leaf Redesigns Aptus-II User Interface with release of Leaf Capture 11.5

by JamesNYCMay 23. 2011 09:33

Leaf is happy to announce that Leaf Capture 11.5 featuring new Leaf GUI (Graphic User Interface) for Aptus-II digital backs, support for lens calibration when shooting to CF card and new firmware updates that accelerate start-up time by up to 50% and speed-up zoom by up to 30% is now available for download.

Leaf Capture 11.5 brings the new Leaf GUI to all models in the Leaf Aptus-II series including Leaf’s latest product, the Leaf Aptus-II 12 80 megapixel digital back.

The new Leaf GUI is more intuitive and user-friendly. Designed with the needs of professional photographers in mind, it offers improved workflow processes and quicker access to important tools through its new menu - favorite settings. The new Leaf GUI’s outdoor theme makes exterior shooting much easier by improving visibility in high glare and reflection situations.

Leaf Capture 11.5 extends the existing Leaf Capture automatic lens calibration feature from tethered mode to enable its use while shooting on the go. Lens calibration files fix effects like lens fall-off and color casts which can appear when shooting with wide angle lenses.

Download and read more on Leaf Capture 11.5
Download Leaf Capture 11.5 Release Notes

 

 

 

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AD clients are now trying to screw the Ad Agencies

by JamesNYCFebruary 21. 2011 08:38

I just found thi sinteresting little story from Advertising Age.

Sears Riles Shops With Demand: We Will Own Your Ad-Pitch Idea

Calling the Practice 'Unreasonable,' 4A's Prevails Upon Consultant SRI to Intervene

Who would turn down the opportunity to work on an iconic retail brand that spent nearly $500 million last year and ranked No. 22 among all U.S. megabrands in 2009? How about Omnicom Group's DDB Worldwide and TBWA Worldwide; Interpublic Group of Cos.' Deutsch; and Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett Worldwide, all of which are snubbing Sears, Roebuck & Co.

The reason is simple: Sears is demanding that participants relinquish ownership of materials and ideas they present during the review -- even if they don't win the business. That demand is so unpalatable that agencies are opting out -- and Sears stands to lose out, unless an enterprising agency can convince it to waive the requirement specifically for them.

While such provisions have popped up over the years, the one attached to the Sears review stands out because of its scope. "I have not seen language this broad," said Tim Finneran, exec VP-agency management services at the 4A's. "From time to time clients will suggest that they want the rights to use ideas. But the wording in this case is so broad that it is outside the norm. Here is a client saying to agencies, 'It's all ours whether we hire you or not.'

Read the original story here: http://adage.com/agencynews/article?article_id=148998

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Leaf Capture 11.4.5 Now Available

by JamesNYCFebruary 16. 2011 14:56

Leaf Capture 11.4.5 Now Available

Please be informed that Leaf Capture Version 11.4.5 is now available.

Version Highlights

Leaf Capture 11.4.5 features tethered and portable support for Leaf SensorFlex technology on Leaf Aptus-II 12, Leaf Aptus-II 12R and the Leaf Aptus-II 12 for AFi/HY6 digital backs.

The release of this key feature means that when shooting tethered or to CF memory cards, Aptus-II 12, Aptus-II 12R and Aptus-II 12 for AFi/HY6 users will now be able to choose their cropping dimensions from a range of standard pre-set formats before the shooting even begins. Leaf SensorFlex enables photographers to choose the dimensions, capture speeds, burst lengths and file sizes that are most suited to their work.

Leaf SensorFlex technology enables all Leaf Aptus-II 12 users a range of cropping sizes that includes:

• Full size - 80MP (10320 x 7752 pixels)
• 4:3 - 60MP (8952 x 6712 pixels)
• 14:9 - 60MP (9856 x 6088 pixels)
• 1:1 - 60MP (7752 x 7752 pixels)

The new version also enables support for the Aptus-II 12 for AFi/HY6 digital backs.

Download Leaf Capture 11.4.5
Download Le af Capture 11.4.5 Release Notes

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Manfrotto | Kata bags

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 11:11
Manfrotto presents the new line of Kata bags

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K5600 Joker Bug Daylight balanced HMI's

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 10:32
Ryan from K5600 talks to us about the K5600 Joker Bug series of Daylight balanced HMI's

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K5600 Soft Tube

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 10:27
K5600 shows us the Multi bug adapter.

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