Medium & Large Format Systems

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Steve Anchell Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

If you want to make an immediate improvement in your photography, move up to medium format. Not just because of the larger format, which will instantly provide better resolution and quality, whether you use digital or film; more importantly, the larger viewing screen will assist you in defining your subject and refining your composition. I have seen near instant improvement occur...

Jack Neubart With Linda Bohm Gerald Marrazzo Posted: Sep 01, 2009 1 comments

Technical Specifications: Mamiya 645AFD III
Type: 6x4.5cm format (actual image size 56x41.5mm), electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter, TTL multimode AE, AF single lens reflex
Viewfinder: Fixed prism viewfinder, with built-in diopter adjustment and built-in eyepiece shutter
Focusing Screen:...

Jack Neubart With Linda Bohm & Gerard Marrazzo Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

If this is your first excursion into Mamiya medium format, you’re in for a treat.

Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 12, 2014 0 comments

If you've wanted to make the leap from 35mm full-frame digital photography to medium-format, the start-up costs just got a whole lot cheaper.

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Anyone who tells you medium format is dead hasn't seen the recent spate of products coming from all of the major players in the medium format market. If PMA is any indication at all, medium format digital is not only alive, it's thriving.

Hasselblad had the new H2D-39 on display in a private area. A solid digital update to the H1 system, the new version...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

You'd think that with 12- and 16-megapixel digital SLRs so readily available that demand for digital backs and medium format digital bodies would be languishing. But 2007 looks like another good year for the big guns with both Rollei and Hasselblad showing very impressive new products, Pentax still showing a prototype digital body, and Phase One still doing very well...

Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

The recently introduced Pentax 67II medium format SLR camera extensively updates the original model Pentax 67 which was introduced in 1969 by incorporating today's technologies. This resulted in improved performance, excellent maneuverability and...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2006 2 comments

Do you love black and white photography? If so, does this sound like a dream camera to you: inexpensive, easy to use, forgiving, and capable of the finest results in the world? I thought it might. Welcome to the world of 5x7".

Inexpensive? Yes. The last 5x7 I considered, but didn't buy, was a twin-lens (!) on its own studio stand. It...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2006 2 comments

In accordance with my predictions that medium format will move increasingly toward the specialist or niche market, there are no fewer than eight new panoramic rollfilm cameras since last year: one of the most active sectors in traditional silver-halide photography. In reverse alphabetical order, they are Walker/Canham, Shenhao (two models), Noblex, Gilde, and Fotoman (three...

Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jul 01, 1999 Published: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Evolution is inevitable in all camera formats. The past two or three decades have witnessed a vast degree in sophistication, automation, and electronicization of all types of photo equipment. The Pentax 645N was the first medium format SLR to incorporate...

Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 04, 2014 0 comments

Pentax's parent company Ricoh Imaging just announced some product news big and small: a whopping 28-45mm F/4.5 lens for its 645Z medium format camera system; and a tiny, retro-style Q-S1 mirrorless compact system camera.

Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 23, 2012 Published: Dec 01, 2011 42 comments
It isn’t often that as a camera reviewer you get the chance to test a camera with the technical experts right at hand, but that’s how I got to know the Phase One 645DF and IQ160 back. Actually, I attended one of the company’s Phase One Digital Artists Series workshops in Chicago with other photographers (see PODAS workshops sidebar for further info on this and other workshops the company is offering). Beyond the guided portion of the workshop, we were given time to go off and work with the camera at our own pace. It didn’t take long to find my comfort zone with the new IQ system. By the end of day one, I had a working familiarity with the camera and back and hardly paid attention to the big bundle I was hefting. Although I often felt quite at ease shooting handheld, for night photography and some other occasions I did employ my trusty Benbo tripod, with the camera seated on a Foba Superball M-2 on one day, an Acratech GP-L ball head on another.
Jack Neubart Posted: Nov 01, 2009 2 comments

On the surface, the Phase One 645 AF medium format D-SLR is the identical twin to the Mamiya 645AFD III, albeit with the Phase One logo.

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Large format cameras, in the sense of "cameras that take large sheets of film," are ever rarer at photokina. There are still plenty of cameras, and sometimes (it seems) almost as many manufacturers, but because so many of the manufacturers are so tiny, making a few score cameras a year, they are known by word of mouth in the large format "fine art"...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Despite innumerable premature reports of its death, medium format refuses to lie down. Instead, it polarizes increasingly into large-sensor digital (up to about 2x the size of full-frame 35mm) and highly specialized roll film--though the two biggest announcements of the show were actually traditional dual-platform (film/digital) SLRs.

Rollei deserves first...

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