Mamiya is a high-powered Japanese company that is best known for its professional film cameras, especially medium-format film cameras such as the Mamiya RB 67, RZ 67, and C-220/C-330, used by advanced amateur and top-notch professional photographers.
Mamiya started manufacturing 35mm cameras in 1949, and in 1982 the company introduced the Mamiya ZM - an advanced version of the ZE-2, with some of the features of the ZE-X, which was actually the last mamiya 35mm slr camera. It had an aperture-priority automatic time control, based on center-weighted TTL readings, an automatic shutter-speed range from 4 seconds to 1/1000, and a manual range from 2 seconds to 1/1000. It should be also mentioned, that mamiya 35mm slr camera has both optical and audio signals indicating over- or under-exposure, pending battery failure, or excessive camera shake. Improvements were also found in the metering modes, shutter release, self-timer, manual time settings and the on/off switch. The ergonomics of the camera body itself were even better, noticeable in the increased body bulge near the film advance lever, for a more comfortable grip.
As itвЂ™s transpired from the history of the company, Mamiya gave up on 35mm slr cameras in the early 80s and the ZM is the last of the line. But itвЂ™s interesting fact, that the decision was not caused by the producer itself. In fact, J. Osawa & Co Ltd. was the worldwide distributor of Mamiya products and one of the leading trading houses for consumer products; they even sold lenses for the ZE-cameras under their own label. But in 1984 they went bankrupt; it was one of the greatest economic failures in the Japanese history. Apparently this occasion was the main reason to drop the Mamiya 35mm line.
Today Mamiya is a maker of some of the best professional medium-format cameras, which still are the most important product branch of the company (about 40% of the total turnover). Nevertheless, one has to be aware of the fact, that at present, Mamiya is mostly specialized in manufacturing golf equipment and electronics.
LetвЂ™s hope that in future Mamiya will be in a position to overcome any crisis or challenge and will pleasure us with new products.
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