I had been using the Canon 5D series from 2006 up until late 2014, after the creation of my first book (and having just got a new commission to create another) and when selling my fine art work as prints became more serious I made the decision to start using medium format and I upgraded from 35mm SLR to the Mamiya Leaf Credo 80. It is my aim to print my work really big and the detail captured by the system is breath taking, my biggest print size is 75 x 56 inches and in that size you can see every detail perfectly and pin sharp with no quality compromised at all. I remember the first time I used the system while on a trip in Israel, I took a photo of a cat handheld and when I got that image home up on my mac, I zoomed in 100% and could see every strand of hair, every whisker, pin sharp and every detail in the cats eye could be seen. I knew that that was the level of detail I wanted in my work, when viewed at the size I want my work to be on becoming a fine art photographer it was a natural progression to use this system as my work’s ultimate outcome is in print.
My way of working has changed a lot since using medium format, not only the scenes I choose to capture, but the speed of taking the photos. I take a lot more time to carefully compose the photo and to decide on exactly how it will look. I act like a director to create the photo and make sure it is perfect before I push the shutter button, it has made me even more of a perfectionist when creating images, knowing that the file will contain so much more information. I know that the dynamic range and sharpness and level of detail captured in the frame will blow away anything I have ever shot with before, the camera captures the scene more naturally and is closer to what the eye sees then my previous cameras I’ve used.
The system is simple, and reliable, when you strip back to the basics of simplicity and amazing quality you can focus and spend your time on the creation of the photo. The large touch screen on the back allows me to access all features really simply and view the images I have taken nice and big and with super amazing quality. I use Capture One Pro to process my images, which makes processing the RAWS a fantastic process. Working with images files of that size is a dream.
The Mamiya 645DF+ camera combined with Leaf Credo backs offers you unparalleled control, performance, precision and reliability and lets you focus on creativity. Building on the success of previous generations of the camera, the new 645DF+ camera went through a complete overhaul of all moving parts to produce a camera with the highest uptime in the market of high-end photography. An enhanced auto-focus mechanism delivers accurately focused images, even when shooting in low light or low contrast environments. An all-new custom adjustment feature permits fine tuning the alignment of the camera body to its digital back. This is especially important when dealing with focus critical captures in difficult environments. The Mamiya 645DF+ also makes use of the new high-powered rechargeable Li-ion battery, enabling up to 10,000 captures on a single charge. The unbeatable combination of the Mamiya 645DF+ camera and the Leaf Credo camera backs offers a seamless extension for your creativity. Extraordinary capture becomes natural through ease of use and direct control. Take advantage of the Mamiya digital focal plane lenses or Schneider-Kreuznach designed leaf shutter lenses. – Mamiya Leaf
The Leaf Credo series of digital camera backs deliver legendary Leaf image quality along with speed and versatility that are second to none. All Leaf Credo digital backs deliver exciting new features including a 3.2” high resolution (1.15MP), bright touch LCD with a viewing angle of 170° to elegantly display detailed images. The Leaf Credo uses high resolution DALSA CCD sensors with up to 80 Megapixel, measuring up to 53.7 x 40.3 mm. The Leaf Credo 80 offers the best price-performance ratio of any 80 MP 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. – Mamiya Leaf 80