The world's first medium format digital camera and digital back, the Mamiya ZD first previewed at Photokina last year, is expected to start shipping in the summer. The camera is currently being tested in Japan and results show that initial production tests have been successful. No official pricing has been announced but it is expected that the ZD body will be no more than £8,000 (approx $12,600) and the Mamiya ZD Back £7,500 (approx $11,800).

Press Release:

Mamiya ZD Announcement:

Mamiya are pleased to announce that initial production tests of the ZD camera have been successful. To ensure that the camera meets the high demands and requirements of the professional photographer there are significant field tests now taking place in Japan. It is estimated that these tests will conclude at the end of March and that once any modifications have been implemented full production will start and then be launched during summer 05.

The Mamiya ZD back is in final development and is also due for launch during summer 05.

Mamiya Japan are yet to announce final prices however we estimate that the ZD camera body will be no more expensive than £8k and the ZD back £7.5k.

Since the preview of the Mamiya ZD and ZD back at Photokina last year world-wide demand has been far greater than first expected. Although Mamiya will be ramping up manufacture to meet these demands it is believed that for the first few months they there will be a limited supply and there may not be enough to satisfy all orders.

JP Distribution will have a Mamiya ZD at Focus in the UK but it will be in a locked cabinet. Anyone wanting to handle will be welcome but must do so either before the show has opened or after it's closed. Visit JP Distribution at Focus - stand number E51.