Stronger Than Ever
Technological Advances Make Medium Format Even More Versatile
There's another section
in this issue of Shutterbug where many of the writers are asked to predict
the future of photography. I've got to admit that I try my best
but I'm not very good at it.
There used to be a very short list of metering choices in medium format,
and that list was what's available in handheld meters, because there
just weren't any built-in meters in medium format. Now, you have
a full range of options, such as spot, averaging, and matrix, and the
camera would be happy to supply you with finished results automatically
using programmed, aperture priority, or shutter priority options. Still
not quite sure the camera will nail the exposure? Try the auto bracketing
feature and concentrate on the image, not the exposure. Then check 'em
when you get the negs or chromes in your hand because all the critical
exposure information will be printed in the excess film area, along with
the mode you were using and other little tidbits. You still have to remember
your mother's birthday yourself.
some people consider the computer the greatest invention of this millennium,
others argue it would be glasses. Enter autofocus. While first appearing
in many 35mm cameras in a store near you, there are several makers of
medium format cameras now with autofocus models. Faster than you can say
"hardened cataract," you're in focus. No more "10'
at f/11" shooting in dark reception halls.
Cambridge Camera Exchange,
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.
Hasselblad U.S.A., Inc.
Mamiya America Corp.