Medium format photography the old way, is it advisable?

Started Feb 24, 2014 | Questions thread
Allen Greenky Contributing Member • Posts: 860
Re: Medium format photography the old way, is it advisable?
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People are selling off their medium format gear cause its just taking up space in their closets.  Market value has dropped but still $500 for a something you can't use is better than nothing.

Medium format lenses are generally the best quality, high contrast, sharp. (heck, so sharp that most portrait photogs spent more money to buy add on lens/filters to soften them again)  OTOH, there's this thing called MTBF which for the average MF bod was 12-15 hundred rolls.  In the 80's that was about 3 years use.

Of course those bargain prices probably don't include the auto focus models, lets not forget the big heavy tripod we needed and having to use the mirror up feature to keep the mirror flapping and adding camera shake.

Its my understanding that most commercial labs have gone digital themselves, so the negs are scanned and the output is the same quality dpi whether the original was digital or film.

But for the fine art wall portrait market where folks are spending 4 figures even 5 for a family portrait over the couch, the slow and deliberate pace that medium format pretty much requires works towards whole designer experience, kinda like how a hollywood movie is a big production vs youtube video.

The cost of a high end digital will buy a lot of film and processing.

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