This is a new day in medium format photography and we actually have a revolutionary product come to digital Medium Format photography. The days of CCD sensors just maybe be numbered or not. Market will determine that one but today a new breed is among the community a new Sony Fabricated 50 MPX sensor being used by Leaf/Mamiya, Phase, Hassy and Pentax. They all share the same basic sensor but lets be clear they all design there sensors for there needs and add the algorithms to each brand to what each brand feels is the best setup for there backs. I think its safe to assume though that in basic terms these CMOS sensors will perform very similar in Image Quality. I think mostly we may see color renditions diffrently and things like that. Coming from 5 CCD sensors myself all within the Phase brand with 2 Kodak and 3 Dalsa CCD sensors we have differences on output of file. I came from a P25plus, P30 Plus, P40 plus, IQ 140 and a IQ 160. They all rendered differently for sure but now we have CMOS sensors all with the same basic charactoristics and we will focus more on feature sets and functionality between the brands. Let me be very clear here I am more interested in this review of CMOS itself than between brands. Now having said that I am thrilled to have the Leaf Credo 50 to use as a test bed for the future. This is one very nice back by a brand that has been in the industry for many many years and a world class leader in it as well. So when Francis Westfield from Mamiya/Leaf contacted me to spend a day with him and the Credo I said "I do" without question. LOL
Francis is one of those guys in the industry you just like spending time with and very knowledgeable and knows the industry very well plus a really nice guy to hang with. So first I want to give kudos to him and Mamiya/ Leaf for this opportunity for me to review the Credo. Secondly my next phone call was to Capture Integration my dealer since day one in MF for me and they loaned my a Alpa STC tech cam and 40 roadie and could not jump fast enough to get it out the door for me to work with. Again folks this is the Medium Format industry with dealers and representatives that you will not find anywhere else in the photo community. These guys are special and want to help in anyway they can. I bought all 5 backs from CI and I would never buy another without that dealer support. Thats me , thats the way I roll.
So Francis flew into Phoenix and we drove up to a town in Northern Arizona called Jerome which is a old copper mining town. Also I placed a call to our own Bob Freund here at GetDPI to join us for the day. Not sure anyone knows the story but Bob ran out of gas with his snowblower in Massachusetts and like any self respecting man decided to sell it the house and all that goes with it and move to a better climate. He now resides here in Arizona with his wife. The Honey Badger is semi retired now and enjoying his new digs.
Here is a video now to introduce them and the Credo 50. At the end of this video I mentioned Francis doing a section on the menus. Due to technical difficulties I do not have that clip. Maybe better said Im a freaking idiot and screwed it up. **** happens
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