New Mamiya DM40 medium format DSLR kit priced at $22000
Medium format company executives may not be willing to admit it in public, but Leica's entry in the field may end up being the best thing to have happened to digital medium format. Leica's entry brought medium format in the spotlight, and brought it to the attention of a number of 35mm DSLR photographers who may have been associating "medium format" with "mainframe".
Which brings us to today - Mamiya has announced the brand new 40-megapixel medium format DSLR, the aptly named DM40. The camera has a 44x33 CCD sensor, ISO 80-800, and 1.25 fps "burst" mode (0.8 seconds per frame). The starting price is $22000 for the DSLR with the 80mm f2.8 lens. Also available is the digital back DM40 for $20,000 (we round up prices to counter the silly number games of $9.99). The Phase One software is included.
The Leica S2 opens at $23,000, without a lens, and 37.5 megapixels and a 45x30 sensor. It includes Adobe's Lightroom.