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What are Medium Format Cameras?

 

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Username: Rovin

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U mean absolutely no 1 ever posted anything on this section !?

Well then i'll be the very 1st then .....

Upload.......
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 5218
Registered: Dec-03
If they have a question about medium format cameras, then I'll start answering questions. There are better forums out there for medium format users.
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 5221
Registered: Dec-03
So...you have a question about these type of cameras?
 

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Username: Chaunb3400

Huntsville, Alabama U.S.

Post Number: 4948
Registered: Jul-05
what is it??, i dont no any thing about cameras
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 5315
Registered: Dec-03
It uses bigger film than 35mm.

Don't worry about it, though. You probably won't be using one in your life time. Just get yourself a nice little point and shoot digital camera and you'll be fine:-)
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 5335
Registered: Dec-03
This is a digital medium format camera
Upload
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 5991
Registered: Dec-03
What?!?
Nobody wants this wondrous camera?
 

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Username: Frank_abela

Berkshire UK

Post Number: 1495
Registered: Sep-04
The term 'medium format camera' comes from the days of film and denotes the size of the negative. The most popular film ever is always 35mm (measured as the diagonal of the negative). The most popular medium format was 6x4.5cm. Next up was 6x6cm used predominantly by Hasselblad (you know, the cameras that went to the moon). Mamiya and one or two others use 6x7cm negatives. There is also Large Format!

The main benefit of medium format over 35mm is the larger negative allows you to blow up the picture much further than the 35mm allows before grain and blemishes set in. Furthemore, the medium format cameras were aimed much more at the pro-photographer. Most allowed you to change the film back even when part-used. In this way, the pro could take a few shots with a back containing polaroid film to see the results there and then, and then switch back to alternative film and shoot away. It also meant you could have black and white film in one back and colour in the other, a combination which a lot of nature photographers would carry with them. All of these are features we take for granted with digital of course, since it allows us to make these changes in software. The killer advantage of medium format over digital remains - to this day - how far you can blow up the picture and remain tack sharp. 16 megapixels isn't a patch on the resolution of 6x4.5, let alone the larger formats.

The downsides are that the cameras have to be a lot larger than the standard cameras. The lenses are typically a 72mm minimum and for fast lenses you're talking bigger and heavier. This raises the cost of lenses significantly too since the glass has to be precision ground in order to avoid abberations. A standard lens in medium format is of the order of 500 whereas the equivalent in 35mm would be 200. You also therefore get limited zoom lenses in any medium format range purely because of the cost, size and weight. You usually only get prime lenses.

For many years I lusted after a Bronica ETRSi. I've never bought one, and I still really wish I'd enjoyed the experience, but with the advances and convenience of digital, I fear I'll never give medium format a go.

Regards,
Frank.
 

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Username: Project6

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Registered: Dec-03
I don't think theTank was ever interested in Medium Format.
 

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Username: Ftalife

Post Number: 226
Registered: Jul-06
lol, well I never new what a medium compact camera was till now. Thanks
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 9245
Registered: Dec-03
I doubt you'll ever use that information.
 

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Username: Illuminator

USA

Post Number: 4258
Registered: Apr-05
Interesting features, but, it's definite that they're useless for any normal consumer, even pro's.
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 10152
Registered: Dec-03
You'll be surprised at how many pros use medium format, specially digital.
 

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Username: Claudermilk

Post Number: 375
Registered: Sep-04
So back on topic. I've been browsing the MF areas at KEH & the prices of bodies & lenses surprised me...as in they are reasonable affordable in comparison with the fancy DSLRs we're playing with. It's the digital backs that cost a fortune. Then of course, you can go Holga for all of $30 and be shooting MF. :-) I'm sorely tempted....
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 10354
Registered: Dec-03
Holga...holga...holga!!!!

I've been wanting to get one of those.
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 10372
Registered: Dec-03
Did I miss all the excitement?
 

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Username: Camar

Post Number: 12
Registered: Jan-10
Sorry buddy! I am not able to get your idea. What is the meaning of medium format? Please explain me.
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 15964
Registered: Dec-03
I doubt you will ever get the idea.
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