For over 50 years, Mamiya has been a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in professional photographic cameras and lenses. Mamiya’s dedication to the professional and advanced amateur markets ranges from the original folding, compact Mamiya 6 rangefinder camera of the 1940’s to the recent introduction of the Mamiya 7 — the world’s only 6×7 rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses.
The company was founded in May, 1940 by Seichi Mamiya (pronounced Ma-mee-yah) – a camera designer, and Tsunejiro Sugawara who provided finances. The first camera they produced was the original Mamiya 6. This camera featured a back focusing system, which moved the film plane instead of the lens for focusing.
Seichi Mamiya designed the camera with “Human Engineering” in mind, making the camera much easier to handle than other cameras which existed at the time. Many additional features and improvements were added and Mamiya sold 400,000 cameras within 20 years.
Mamiya continues to be a pioneer by continually improving and refining the finest professional photographic products with state-of-art advancements such as superior apochromatic lens technology and practical, ergonomic camera design and function.