Is it worth stepping into the world of Medium Format photography? (film or digital)

Started Feb 27, 2013 | Questions thread
Jalmod90
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Re: As a learning exercise ...
In reply to Sante Patate, Mar 4, 2013

Sante Patate wrote:

... yes. The reason to do this is the different way of working that medium format imposes. Compared to digital, 35mm film is slower and more thoughtful, but compared to 35mm film, medium format film is monastically contemplative. Which makes your pictures better.

As you will have discovered, medium format digital is buttock-clenchingly expensive, and for learning purposes no better than digital in any other format. It is medium format film that you want, and that is cheap. A Mamiya 645e in excellent condition with lens and film insert is under $500 (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/800910108-USE/Mamiya_645E_Pro_Value_Pack.html). A few bits and pieces to develop your film, a flat-bed scanner and you are away.

This looks like a good start. While I do not mind shooting film, I simply don't know where I could process said film without having to ship it to a different state. Any recommendation for film? Do you think its even worth the trouble of looking for a body that accepts both film and digital backs if I decide to pursue it further?

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