I just figured it out. The MAC USA is selling the ZD back as a standalone unit for $6999, or as a package system with the 645 AFD II, 80mm lens, and the ZD back for $9999. The orignial Mamiya ZD, which is a closed system with the back being non-removable is not available in the US, but in Canada.
I live in Europe so i get a choice.
Problem is I have a hard time to deceide whether to go with the ZD camera
or the back. Today I have an AFD body and a full set of prime lenses (except the 300). My initial plan was to get a AFD II body and the back. But perhaps the difference in flexibility isn't worth it. In that case I'd end up with a AFD for film and a ZD camera.
A couple of questions:
1. Is there an Arca-swiss compatible plate for the ZD camera? I have the Kirk
L-bracket for my 645AFD and would need something similar if I choose the
ZD camera route.
2. From various sites I have gathered that the ZD back comes with a viewfinder
screen that shows a cropped field of view. Is this done with a marker line in the
viewfinder image, or is the area "outside" the sensor blacked out? Ideally I'd
like the possibility of using the ZD back on several bodies, and switch between
film and digital. If this requires a focusing screen change it won't
be convenient, so I might as well get the ZD camera.
Any thoughts on this?