110 film is to 35MM as M43rd is to FF?

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Klaus dk
Klaus dk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,368
Re: 110 film is to 35MM as M43rd is to FF?

HL48 wrote:

Wasn't there a problem with the cartridge design prohibiting the use of a film registration plate that doomed the format to 4x6 mediocrity from the outset. Pentax's attempt was seen as misguided by the photography journals of the day - if memory serves.

Harry

Exactly! The cartridge was unable to hold the film flat, which meant that even with the best optics, sharpness were hit and miss, much the same as 126 cartridges. If anything, 110 film should be compared to phone cameras, and even they are much, much better.

I think some of the cameras were quite innovative, but the medium was not meant for serious use, so the cameras failed to produce consistently good results. I am sure there must be some good 110 pictures, but compared to the amount of bad ones I think they must be few and far between.

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