Medium Format Camera Reviews

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Steve Anchell  |  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  |  Sep 01, 2009  |  0 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:...

Joe Farace  |  Jun 28, 2016  |  0 comments

When people asked legendary editor Herbert Keppler why he sometimes wrote about cameras costing more than the average photographer could afford, he told me it was because of the Maserati factor. “Most people,” he said, “can’t afford a Maserati but like reading about them.” And I get that. My personal dream car is a 1961 Maserati 3500 GT, which sells for north of $450,000. Fortunately, medium format cameras, while expensive, cost less than that.

Robert E. Mayer  |  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...

Edited by George Schaub  |  Mar 24, 2015  |  0 comments

Ricoh Imaging’s Pentax 645Z is a “medium format” digital camera with a 43.8x32.8mm CMOS sensor, 1.66 times the size of a standard full-frame sensor. The sensor features a very high resolution of 51.4MP (8265x6192 pixels) and can record in JPEG and in Pentax’s own Raw (PEF) or Adobe DNG format.

Jack Neubart  |  Jan 23, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2011  |  0 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.

Edited by George Schaub  |  May 13, 2016  |  0 comments

The Phase One XF 100MP is a medium format camera with extremely high sensor resolution. It is a modular concept comprised of the Phase One XF camera body, which was introduced in the summer of 2015, and the brand-new IQ3 100MP digital back. The body has a 90-degree prism viewfinder and includes a Schneider-Kreuznach 80mm LS f/2.8 lens. As expected, this does not come cheap: the total price for this kit is $48,990 USD, as of this writing, and is the most expensive camera system we’ve ever tested.

William Walker  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments

Since this is my first foray into camera reviews, I’ll start with a little background info. I am an automotive photographer on staff at two of Shutterbug’s sister publications, Motor Trend and Automobile. Prior to Motor Trend I managed Silvio’s Photoworks in SoCal, and before that I was a manager at the equipment and studio checkout at Brooks Institute of Photography, where I got my BFA. I have used everything from 4x5s to my iPhone, old or new, film or digital. And ever since my dad first handed me his Pentax K1000 in fifth grade, my lens has been aimed at cars.

Jack Neubart  |  Nov 01, 2009  |  1 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.

George Schaub  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Shutterbug, a member of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), once again joined forces with 30 other member magazines from around the world to choose the winners of the annual TIPA Awards for the best photo/imaging products in 40 different categories. The award process began in early 2017 with an initial selection of a wide range of products conducted by TIPA’s Technical Committee, on which Shutterbug’s Editor-at-Large George Schaub serves. 

Tom Fuller  |  Jan 01, 2002  |  0 comments

If you've been wondering about which medium format cameras would be a good choice for students and other struggling photographers, the answer today would indeed be one of the Seagull twin lens reflex models imported by Phoenix Corporation.

The Editors  |  Jan 05, 2018  |  7 comments

Another year has come and gone, which means it’s time for Shutterbug to once again pick our favorite cameras and lenses of the past 12 months. With so much great photo gear to choose from in 2017, it was a difficult task. The below list though is a good summation of the cameras and lenses Shutterbug’s editors and writers most enjoyed shooting with last year.

Joe Farace  |  Feb 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Now I know how my erstwhile colleagues at our sister publication Motor Trend feel when they test drive a $1,770,000 Bugatti Veyron.

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