Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mamiya Lives!

The death of Mamiya (to paraphrase the old saying) has been greatly exaggerated.

According to a press release issued by Mamiya Optical Company in Japan, the new company Mamiya Digital Imaging (which is the old Mamiya Camera & Optical Division and has been sold to Cosmo Digital Imaging) plans to continue developing, marketing and selling its existing cameras, lenses and digital backs. It also plans to have new products at Photokina in September.

Here's what the company had to say about its plans:

Mr. Tsutsumi, President of Cosmo Digital Imaging, the company acquiring the Mamiya Camera & Optical Division, stated "We will concentrate our efforts on expanding development of the Mamiya ZD Digital Camera, the Mamiya Digital Back, and the continuation of the current series of Mamiya cameras and lenses."

Mr. Tsutsumi went on to say that Mamiya Digital will concentrate on producing products for professional photographers. The way I read it is the company will continue developing the Mamiya ZD, its digital backs and a film camera in the lineup (maybe the 645 AFD?).

It seems I jumped the gun when I wrote about Mamiya getting out of the camera business in April. See Et Tu Mamiya?.

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