Mamiya Legacy FAQ

Q: Does the RZ80, 33 and 22 kit include a lens?

A: Lenses are available separately, or you can use your existing RZ lenses.


Q: How is the RZ80, 33 or 22  camera body different than the RZ Pro and Pro-II?

A: The RZ kits feature a new RZ camera body with  integrated electronics for direct, cable-free communication with the digital  back. While previous models of the RZ67 camera can work with the Mamiya / Leaf digital back, these older models require a special  adapter that involves external cabling systems. In short, the RZ digital kits are almost exactly like using a RZ67 film  camera: simple and hassle-free.


Q: Can I use the Mamiya RZ lenses I already own,  and are they sharp enough for such high-resolution capture?

A: Yes, the entire range of Mamiya RZ lenses is fully compatible with the RZ80, 33 and 22, and are some of  the sharpest lenses made — currently or historically. In fact, you may be amazed at  the level of detail that your existing RZ lenses will produce with the RZ80, 33 and 22 system.


Q: When looking through the viewfinder, how can I tell if the digital back is vertical or horizontal?

A: The focusing screen of the RZ80, 33 and 22 features an alternating  horizontal/vertical indicator system, which is visible at all times.


Q: Can I use my existing RZ67 prism and power winder with the RZ80, 33 and 22?

A: Yes. They are compatible with all RZ67 system accessories.


Q: Can I use my RB system lenses with the RZ80, 33 and 22?

A: No, only RZ system lenses.


Q: Can I use a film back on the RZ80, 33 and 22’s camera body?

A: Yes.


Q: Is there a lens conversion factor for the RZ80, 33 and 22?

A: While the RZ80, 33 and 22 feature a very large sensor, there is still a slight lens conversion when compared to 6x7 film. The simplest way to express this is to determine the lens you would use with 6x7 film, and then subtract 30% from that focal length. The result is the focal length to use with the RZ80, 33 and 22. Example: If you would use a 150mm lens with 6x7 film, then the RZ80, 33 or 22 would require a 110mm lens for the same results.


Q: My RZ67 film camera did not need to be turned off when I was done using it. Why do I need to turn off the ’D’ (digital) camera body with the RZ80, 33 and 22 when I am done photographing?

A: The RZ80, 33 and 22 digital camera kits come with a new version of the RZ camera body, which features integrated circuitry that "talks" internally with the digital back (thus the ’D’ designation on the camera body). With this circuitry, each of these kits iscontinually on so that they always remain ready for your next photograph. No annoying ’sleep modes’ will surprise you during your sessions or cause you to lose a shot!

When you are done photographing, turn the RZ camera body off just like you would any other digital camera. On the RZ80, 33 and 22’s new-style camera body, simply locate the rotating collar around the shutter release button, and turn it to the orange dot to turn the camera body off. You can then power down the digital back. When you are ready to photograph again, turn the RZ’s shutter release collar to the center (white) position to power up the RZ camera body, and then power up the digital back.