I want medium format!

Started Aug 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 19,041
Re: I've seen what I have seen

Donovan L wrote:

stevo23 wrote:

Donovan L 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?

Not really.

I've looked at boxes of grandpa's hasselblad slides and negatives and piles of his prints, had some slides scanned professionally, and the d800 seems to be totally outclassing it in every possible way.

The only thing medium format film does better is look nostalgic.

That's a bit hyperbolic. If you've actually seen the results of good enlargements from well exposed 6x6 or 6x7,

But I have.

you wouldn't be saying that.

And yet, I did.

So, in telling me that I haven't seen what I have seen, you're the one venturing a bit into hyperbole and disingenuity.

It makes no difference, anyway. 6x6 and 6x6 aren't on the table. There isn't medium format digital that big, and with the latest news from Teledyne dalsa and truesense imaging, there never will be. $10,000 gets you 3x4cm, and $15,000 almost gets you 4x5cm.

Right - the digital isn't as good, I'd rather have a D800 right now. But truly - how hard does it have to be? Larger sensors should be easier to make...

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