I want medium format!

Started Aug 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,621
Re: I want medium format!

bosjohn wrote:

stevo23 wrote:

When I was young, we had medium roll film cameras like Yashica, Rolliflex and Mamiya. They weren't versatile, but the negatives were big and you could really blow them up. Then my dad got a Pentax Spotmatic and we were forever stuck in 35mm because 35mm was "good enough" (reminds you of another discussion?). Medium format was eventually the domain of pros.

But even after I bought my first Nikon, I always wanted to get into medium format or even large format. The look and image quality just couldn't be duplicated with 35mm. When I bought my F5, I was very close to actually getting a Mamiya 7. In the end, it was the old issue of embedded lenses - I already had Nikon lenses.

So now we have today. Medium format digital seems like a greater jump than medium format film was. It used to be about 40 to 50 percent jump to get into medium format film. But you'll have to spend a lot more to get into medium format digital and the low end may or may not yield better results than a D800. The lowest barrier I can find is about $18k or so. Really, much greater than that if you want to see better results.

So I find this disappointing. I suppose medium format film is still around and that may be part of it. Film hasn't been buried in the medium format world because it's hard to beat? That's too bad. I really like medium format, it looks great.

So here's my proposal:

Medium format camera in Fuji X series form factor only bigger.

80 Mp sensor

Optical rangefinder with split screen manual focus

Just the basics - no fancy scene modes or any of that useless stuff. Just simple, high DR, high resolution images.

Come on! Why not?

I am not sure why this thread has degenerated I loved medium format. I am sure all of you remember its not the over all sharpness indeed though there was some sharpness gain it was small the reall thing that was so wonderful about medium format was about how seemingly many more tones there suddenly were between white and black. how creamy skin tones were. how rich and velvet like deep blacks were. the information was spred out over more than four times in the case of 6/7 the negative area or something like that. I miss those tones and I hope that the cost of sensors will be low enough to think of affordable medium format cameras again

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bosjohn aka John Shick bosjohn@yahoo.com

Bingo! The glass didn't have to be as good and there were flatness issues with the film. But the end result was gorgeous! I loved it. It also inspired me a bit more because a lot of what wanted to see come out on film was rather disappointing on 35mm, but it came out nicely on medium and large format (when I was able to borrow or rent).

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