Want to try Medium Format

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MattPointZero Senior Member • Posts: 1,385
Re: Want to try Medium Format

PWPhotography wrote:

50mp GFX-50R or S doesn't have much IQ advantage over A7r IV. Only GFX-100 has clear advantage but only if you print in very large size. But guess Sony has next 80~100mp FF sensor in developing that likely better in other areas so will narrow the gap.

I could afford GFX-100 and lenses but I have no interest to build a MF system. FF IQ is good enough, much much more versatile and has much better lens choice. Instead I own three Sony FF cameras (A7r IV, A7r III and A9) and many lenses. I rather spend extra money into trips.

Nobody can answer for you but yourself on your priority.

Check this video, 24mp A9 vs mighty GFX-50s


Despite having got rid of the GFX system, I don't agree with this - it might seem that way from youtubers, but having had both systems there is absolutely an identifiable IQ jump on the medium format.

The caveat is that it is dependent what you are shooting and the environment.  Shooting in the street and handheld at distance, you likely won't notice huge differences.  Shooting on a tripod, or at higher ISO, or in a studio, or where a narrow DoF is key to the shot, the MF is markedly better - the pixel level noise on the A7Riv against the GFX is hugely different.  The GFX50S I had took the cleanest images I have ever taken when it was at it's best, and there is no doubt that the tonality for want of a better word is superior - you will notice clear gradation of tonal change in the MF where there will be only shadow on the FF.

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Sony a7R IV Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Tamron 20mm F2.8 Di III OSD Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG GN
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