Will 35mm film be the exact same quality as medium format film cropped to 35mm dimensions?

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Steven Lungley Regular Member • Posts: 115
Re: Will 35mm film be the exact same quality as medium format film cropped to 35mm dimensions?

They don't look the same.

Lenses are designed to have enough sharpness and contrast for the format they are intended to work with. Lenses for 35mm have to resolve more line pairs per millimetre, because the film will be enlarged a greater percentage to make any form of print. Part of the look of medium format film is the beautiful, gradual total gradations. Part of the comes from the lenses not needing to resolve as many line pairs per millimetre to be blown up to the same size print.

Plus, the film bases on 120 is thicker, so it will stay flat over the wider film gate. That results in a more diffuse image when working with an enlarger or scanned file.

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