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Rumours of Mamiya's demise surface in Japan

A Japanese journal has reported that Mamiya will be selling off its film and digital camera business to concentrate on other areas.

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Rumours of Mamiya's demise surface in Japan
Although nothing can be confirmed at present, reports that Mamiya willwithdraw from the photographic business have surfaced on Japanese journal http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp

We have contacted Mamiya's distibuters in the UK who know nothing of the news at present. They assure us that Mamiya will return with a statement on Monday.

UPDATE - Confirmation of the sale of Mamiya's optical business can be found here
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Comments


spaceman 17 5.3k 3 Wales
It looks as if we might really be heading towards a Canon/Nikon only world. All these great photographic names disappearing - it's extremely depressing.
shed 17 586 England
Hope this rumor is unfounded, it will be a huge blow to photography if yet another great name bows out. Part of me doubts it as they have spent an awful lot developing the ZD.

Andrew
Consulo 17 840 10 Scotland
Absolutely awful news!
i reckon they might, the ZD seems like a bit of a flop, it can't compete with the hasselblad imacon backs.
Maybe this is the reason they've been so slow to introduce the ZD in the US.
Russian Mamiya users also shoked and hope that Mamiya will not leave photo world
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
Terrible, terrible news.
It's what's known as a market economy. Globalisation driven by American neocon business rules that profit is the only worthwhile aim. Service, loyalty, choice who cares?
Dream on.
Oh dear, get real why don't you superskib. Are you yet another who chucks around the word "neocon" without the slightest idea of its true meaning (rather like previous post-war generations did with fascist)?

I suspect (if this news is true) that the sheer cost of developing the ZD has exhausted Mamiya's reserves at a time when sales of medium format kit in general have been stagnant. There is a apparently a buyer in the wings, so we'll have to wait and see how things pan out. Hopefully it won't mean the end of the film cameras, in particular the 7.
I've got an RZ67. Its bulky, cumbersome, fidgety and weighs about 6 tons...... but it takes the most amazing qality images, and I love it for that. I will never get rid of it.
Tim Franklin, Read Naom Chomsky's 'Hegemony or Survival' it'll frighten the sh** out of you.
I do know what neocon means - trouble
Mamiya may not entirely disappear...that is, the name might, but there are quite a few big electronics firms who are realising they need more than just semi-conductor R&D experience in order to compete in the digital photography world. I'm sure one of them will do a Sony/K-M type of thing. Whether any buyer is interested in MF or not, Mamiya's optical expertise will no doubt be sought after.

This is the way its going. Don't be suprised if Panasonic end up buying out Olympus' camera division (Matsushita are huge). Has anyone bought Pentax yet? I lose track..if not, then it'll probably be Sanyo or someone. In the end, the only historically photographic companies likely to be left standing are Nikon and Canon... and even then who knows....Nikon need sensors from someone, alas (whatever happened to LBCAST, aside from the D2H?)...
Don't forget Leica,Contax & Practica real old names still out there even if often badge engineering Japanese or Taiwanese technology. But who these days makes everything 'in house' I have a feeling Sony make the sensors/CCDs for Nikon?
"But who these days makes everything 'in house' I have a feeling Sony make the sensors/CCDs for Nikon?"

Um....I think that's what I was suggesting. Nikon had great hopes for LBCAST giving them more control of their own destiny, but it hasn't really turned out that way. If all the sensor manufacturers buy in 'proper camera' experience, they may well use Nikon's dependancy on them as a weapon.

I'm not too keen on badge engineering either... although I have always wanted an olive green Bessa R2, but not because Cosina happen to have access to certain trademarks.

In general though, simply having the name still around doesn't count for much, as any Mini driver will tell you!
I was disappointed when Konica-Minolta left the photo business, as I have a Dynax 505si, and now even more disappointed as I have a Mamiya medium format film system. Is all my stuff to become unusable because of the rise of digital?! Hopefully there are enough film users in the world to maintain demand, and please Fuji, don't you go under.

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